Funding your film/video production
Have you written a screenplay based on “true events” or started a documentary project and looking for a way to fund it? We know that storyboards help persuade investors to fund projects.
“A picture is worth 1000 words. Storyboards can be worth a million.”
So if you’ve already caught the eye of a producer, congratulations! If not, here’s some more info we thought might be helpful to your quest.
First of all, get creative. You might want to broaden the target audience of your project, so you can broaden your target for fundraising.
After a little research, seems like it is clear that film and art projects account for a good percentage of donations/investments.
How about GO FUND ME to start a project? Or Cinecrowd?
Or research other crowdfunding options.
In addition, notice that each of the crowdfunding sites have their own rules, fees and cater to different audiences. So after you expand your target market, you will have expanded your opportunity to meet your funding goal. Hence, make sure they accept international contributions.
Build a following with your passion
But it will be up to you to get the word out about your crowdfunding campaign …and your need for funding. After you start a campaign, post it to your social media contacts from either LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram followers. Sharing your passion will create a sense of community as you build a campaign and get people involved. And your community of supporters will also act as cheerleaders for your message on social media and in future campaigns and projects.
But how much funding to go for?
The only way to know is to estimate your budget.
You can use PowerProduction’s AutoActual program to estimate production costs. AutoActuals is a commercial bidding/budgeting software (Excel PlugIn) that is used on shorter media projects like commercials, music videos or short films.
Storyboards will help you get to the next phase
If your idea is a high concept ‘barn burner’ and you secure funding without presenting a ‘creative package’*, our digital storyboard software apps (StoryBoard Quick or StoryBoard Artist) will help you save time and money in pre-production phase as well as during camera and talent set up time when you’re on the set.
Let us know how it goes. We’d love to hear from you.
Here’s an example of a crowdfunding campaign
*Creative package a/k/a Business Plan: One sheet with logline, synopsis, short treatment, info on target audience, key personnel, advisers, budget and ideas on distribution.
“Saving time in preproduction and on the set means big savings to the budget. Digital storyboards save time in preproduction.”