by Emily Best
We're indie filmmakers, and started Seed&Spark on Dec 1, 2012 like an indie film: bootstrapped! We can already cover our costs, but 6 months of activity have shown us exactly what we need to do to grow, and we want to do it quickly! This campaign is about getting your input to make it work for YOU.
Use the WishList to contribute cash and loan items - OR - Make a contribution by selecting an incentive directly.
We will follow you on twitter or like your page on facebook and thank you relentlessly (and publicly).
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Social media love, relentless public thanks, and we'll give you a "Benefactor" badge for your user profile!
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Social media love, relentless public thanks, "Benefactor" status AND we'll send you a SWEET Seed&Spark t-shirt!
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All of the above AND a special invite to a New York Benefactors Party to screen great Fair Trade Films, mingle with filmmakers and film tech-ers. (Travel not included).
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All of the above and we will publish a blog on Bright Ideas written by you (provided it meets our guidelines) or find an expert to write on a topic of your choosing. You'll get a personalized Thank-You video from us.
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All of the above AND a standing invitation to the Innovators' Brunch at the film festival nearest you! (travel not included) ALSO, a Skype with any of our team for 30 min about your film or fundraising project - even for another product or for another crowdfunding site. If you're near where we're shooting, be an extra in our How-to Videos!
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All of the above and hey: Always wanted to be in a Western? Or a Noir? NOW'S YOUR CHANCE! You'll get all of the above AND a chance to BE A STAR. If you FULLY fund one of our How-to videos, you can PICK THE GENRE and BE THE STAR. (Travel not included, will shoot in NYC or SF.)
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All of the above and a custom badge of your choosing for your user profile. A dinner with the founding team members in NY or SF cooked by a Michelin-rated chef. (We do not mess around when it comes to food.)
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About The Project
Since we launched on December 1, 2012, we have been honored and humbled to support incredible films and filmmakers who took a risk on a brand new platform and weathered some not unserious hiccups along the way. At every step, our community has engaged to help us improve the platform, to teach us about pain points we hadn't considered but that we can help alleviate.
Thanks to them, the tool is not only working, it's starting to work really well:
And starting a tech company, we learned, is just like making a film: you make do with what you have, AND a little more money would make it better faster. So here we are. It's been six months and we have some BIG IDEAS about how to improve the Studio and Cinema to make every user's experience seamless. But we need your help and your collaboration.
We found ourselves sitting around saying, "Man, I WISH we could make how-to videos. I WISH we could create a wizard to walk new users through the platform." Then we remembered: WE ARE A WISHLIST PLATFORM.
So, we LITERALLY put our money where our mouth is. Using our own platform, our own methods and putting everything on the line to make it better now.
We're hoping that by reaching out in this way our community will help us not just fund this initiative, but shape it. We want to learn from you about more ways in which we can support the life-cycle of a film, about more ways we can help connect audiences to the content that matters to them.
We're all ears!
When Seed&Spark launched on December 1, 2012, we were proving a concept: that the real value of crowd-funding is to build audiences, but that films need to build audiences beyond just funders and long after funding. We launched with a WishList where contributors could buy or LOAN items to a production, and that would count as part of the fundraising.
Why? Because it's not about fundraising, it's about filmmaking!
Seed&Spark is the first end-to-end solution for filmmakers and film lovers to join together to fund, promote and watch films in a virtual movie STUDIO and CINEMA. Filmmakers crowd-fund their projects in the Studio using the WishList - a wedding registry for film production where supporters can buy or loan specific items. Audiences become players in show business, gathering rewards points called Sparks for funding and sharing film projects they can redeem to watch movies in the Cinema. Users gather followers, allowing filmmakers to build their brand and engaged audiences to become community curators. Our fees on crowd-funding are the lowest in the industry, and our distribution platform allows filmmakers to keep 80% of the profits and 100% of their rights. It's Fair Trade Filmmaking. Join us!
About This Team
Oh, this team. Best to check it out where we have already formatted it, here: www.seedandspark.com/who-we-are
Producer and actor Emily Best turned Founder and CEO. Has a small dog named Allistaire, a ridiculous obsession with food, a lucky break in a chef boyfriend, and an obsession with keeping her email inbox at 0. See the first feature she produced, that started this whole crazy Seed&Spark adventure: Like the Water.
Producer and actor Erica Anderson turned Chief Marketing Officer. Heiress to My Mom's Pie legacy, getter of all things done, calmer of nerves, maker of jokes, better at dealing with vendors than anyone. Ever.
Director of Photography Eve M. Cohen turned Chief Creative Officer. Designer of pages, decider of aesthetics, shooter of all promotional materials, avid maker and eater of pickles of any kind. Every kind. See her film Mana O'Lana: Paddle for Hope.
Writer/Director Liam Brady turned Chief Operating Officer. Pointer-outer of typos, master of the Studio, director of our Promo Video, lover of baseball (Specifically the Giants), player of Volleyball, taller than you. Support his upcoming film Fog City.
Writer Amanda Trokan turned Director of Content. Watcher of many films, lover of some; winner of 1993 West Road Elementary D.A.R.E. essay and two 2013 Oscar® pools, loser of hair thingies. Follow her on twitter where she mostly retweets what she thinks is funny but didn't actually come up with herself.