Seed&Spark's Seed&Spark!

Seed&Spark's Seed&Spark!

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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...
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Our DISTRIBUTION Wishlist

Browse the list to BUY or LOAN specific items to this production
Production
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Intro Wizard for Audiences
There's a lot to know about, we want to provide a site tour for audiences in 30 seconds.
$25.00 per piece 40 of 40
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Intro Wizard for Filmmakers
There's a lot to know about, we want to provide a site tour for filmmakers in 30 seconds.
$25.00 per piece 25 of 40
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Video: How to Launch a Campaign
How-to's are better as videos! Fund the whole thing, you get to pick the genre we shoot in and STAR.
$25.00 per piece 40 of 40
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Video: How to Stream on Seed&Spark
How-to's are better as VIDEOS. Fund the whole thing, you get to pick the genre we shoot in and STAR.
$25.00 per piece 7 of 40
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Video: How to Support a Film
How-to's are better as videos! Fund the whole thing, you get to pick the genre we shoot in and STAR.
$25.00 per piece 9 of 40
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Video: How to Watch and Share a Film
How-to's are better as videos! Fund the whole thing, you get to pick the genre we shoot in and STAR.
$25.00 per piece 8 of 40
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Video: The Guide to Fair Trade Filmmaking
Essential educational tool to help filmmakers build successful campaigns and wide audiences.
$25.00 per piece 80 of 80
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Publicity&Advertising
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Publicist
Extend our current professional help to get the word out about the New! and Improved! Seed&Spark.
$50.00 per hour 32 of 50
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Festival Costs
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Festival Fees
We go to festivals to raise awareness, find films, talk to filmmakers and learn what audiences want.
$25.00 per piece 28 of 100
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Travel and Living Expenses
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Business Meals
Sometimes in order to strike a great partnership, we have to buy dinner. It helps. Seriously.
$75.00 per each 7 of 25
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Flights
To get to festivals and conferences to reach out to filmmakers and audiences all over the country!
$25.00 per mile 11 of 100
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Crew
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Production Assistants
We'll need interns to help us update our databases, research new films, and SOCIAL ALL THE NETWORKS!
$10.00 per hour 31 of 250
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Professional Services
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Create a Pre-Launch Page
So filmmakers can launch and gather followers before starting their crowdfunding campaign.
$50.00 per hour 9 of 50
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Printing Services
Promotional materials for the New! and Improved! Seed&Spark.
$25.00 per service 5 of 5
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UX Developer
An expert to ensure the User eXperience is easy breezy beautiful for every user (at any age!).
$100.00 per service 25 of 100
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Total value raised : $32,966
Wishlist total : $32,500

Incentives

$ 10 or more

We will follow you on twitter or like your page on facebook and thank you relentlessly (and publicly).

Estimated Delivery : June, 2013
15 Supporters

$ 25 or more

Social media love, relentless public thanks, and we'll give you a "Benefactor" badge for your user profile!

Estimated Delivery : June, 2013
63 Supporters

$ 50 or more

Social media love, relentless public thanks, "Benefactor" status AND we'll send you a SWEET Seed&Spark t-shirt! 

Estimated Delivery : June, 2013
35 Supporters

$ 100 or more

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). 

Estimated Delivery : September, 2013
25 Supporters

$ 250 or more

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.

Estimated Delivery : July, 2013
9 Supporters

$ 500 or more

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! 

Estimated Delivery : July, 2013
10 Supporters

$ 1000 or more

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.)

Estimated Delivery : August, 2013
1 Supporters

$ 2500 or more

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.)

Estimated Delivery : July, 2013
2 Supporters
About the project

Hi Community!

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:

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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!

Synopsis

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Production schedule
Saturday, June 15, 2013 to Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Distribution plan
We will use these funds to produce awesome how-to videos to spread the word far and wide; to attend festivals and get the word out to filmmakers and film lovers alike; we will work the press as hard as we can to make sure everyone knows we're the hardest working audience-building site around. We will tweet, facebook, blog, pin, tumbl, reddit, google + (so the google employees know about us). We will engage at community events, throw parties to connect filmmakers and their audiences, screen films, reach out to expert film curators and community leaders to bring content that matters to the people to whom it matters.

UPDATES

Community! What an incredible week it has been here at Sundance. We launched Bright Ideas Magazine to a mob of folks. To be honest, it's the first party I've ever attended where people were lined up outside with cameras waiting to photograph celebrities leaving, let alone the first party I've thrown.  Here's what we now know: PRINT IS NOT DEAD! Click here to subscribe to the mailing list to find out where you can find the magazine and even possibly find out how to subscribe.  

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It was literally mobbed at the front. I know, I can't believe it either.

We wanted to just point out something to you before anyone else notices (since we haven't yet made the announcement). In the effort to encourage more movie watching of the exceptional films Amanda Trokan has been programming, we have multiplied your Sparks by 10. Which means it's VERY LIKELY you have enough Sparks to watch any one of our features or a few shorts for free - while the filmmakers still get paid!

SO MANY SPARKS!

Stay tuned for our announcements about True/False film festival (for which we are SO EXCITED)

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Team Seed&Spark high on altitude and print ink.

If you're planning to be at True/False, SXSW, Tribeca, or SFFS please let us know. You're obviously invited to anything we're doing! As ever, thank you for your support and we can't wait to see you at the next festival.

Cheers,
Emily

and team S&S

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Emily Best 2 months ago

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James Kaelan 5 months ago

So here are a few photos from our first how-to video test-shoot.

We're playing with the idea of working in forced perspective, and it's...

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Emily Best 6 months ago

Oh, it has been way too long. Well, we certainly have a great idea now of how hard it is to keep up with updates while implementing all you...

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Emily Best 6 months ago

While OF COURSE it was increidbly exciting to successfully raise our funds, it's been even more exciting see that we're still gathering a few...

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Emily Best 9 months ago

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We have been brainstorming all the words we can think of to express just how grateful, honored, flattered, excited, thrilled,...

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Emily Best 9 months ago

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We hit...

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Emily Best 9 months ago

I know your plans don't include me. But we've got tonight!!

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Emily Best 9 months ago

I'm a goober, and yes, I take advantage of my dog, but he's just as excited as I am about our GREEN LIGHT! If you are receiving this in your inbox...

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Emily Best 9 months ago

SEED&SPARK and TRUE BRAVERY

"Who do you think is...

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Erica Anderson 9 months ago

Seed&Spark was built by filmmakers for filmmakers and film lovers, so when a group like this gets together to talk about their experiences on...

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Erica Anderson 9 months ago

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Current Team

  • Liam Edward BradyDirector
  • Erica AndersonProducer
  • Emily Best Producer
  • Amanda TrokanWriter
  • James KaelanWriter
  • Eve M Cohen Director of Photographymore
  • Katja SchroederPublicist
  • Luc SchwabMotion Graphics
  • Jason ChewWeb Developer

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Seed&Spark. Born in Brooklyn. Can't you tell?
Seed&Spark. Born in Brooklyn. Can't you tell?
The Beginning: Launch Party Dec 2012
Eve & Liam Rocking. It. Out. at the Sundance Innovator's Brunch 2013
SXSW 2013 Booth Badasses

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