A director’s embarrassment packaged in a Kickstarter voiceover.

Okay, so this isn't in-keeping with the rest of my blog (a scrapbook of other people's work that I like) and is technically a piece of glorified self-promotion. But it's my blog, and I'll cry if I want to.

 
 

I was a virgin to crowd-funding up until 2 weeks ago when my production partner Kim and I launched a Kickstarter campaign for a film we've been working on for the last 18 months.

The thing that I was apprehensive about wasn't crowd-funding itself but that it was the first time anyone other than the post-production crew would see this work; a film I had been working on and thinking about everyday for the last 18 months. Also as the footage was raw - ungraded with unmixed sound - it felt even more exposing. However we desperately needed to start the campaign as the film needs to be submitted to festivals the second post-production is complete. We bit the bullet.

 

'Damned spot' artwork by Luke Harmer

 

The crowd-funding format requires text and a video. When we got onto the video part (explaining who you are and encouraging people to pledge - see video above) I refused to have my face involved - there is a definite reason I chose to be behind the camera and not in front of it - but Kim cajoled me into doing a voiceover. 

It soon became apparent that along with acting I also do not have a career as a voiceover artist. It was difficult to disguise the immense awkwardness coming through my voice (the takes chosen have been carefully edited!). It's not that I have an issue with talking and certainly not to groups of people (a prerequisite of being a director), I have an issue when there is a small button involved. The record button. My kryptonite it seems.

It took me 45mins to record 30 seconds of dialogue.

Buoying myself with the idea that most people take a bit of warming up to get a good take I began editing them. 

Kim, an actor, sent me hers and it became very clear, very quickly, who was the pro and who sadly should stay well and truly away from any recording device.

For all time.

Kim was clear, precise and on pointe each take. I'm sure it didn't take her 45 mins...maybe 30? No? Okay.  

We were overwhelmed by the support for the campaign and reached our target within three days much to our amazement. The generosity of our backers has meant we can now extended our target as this will allow us to apply to the bigger film festivals, very exciting!  

Teaser trailer for the film:

 
 

26.09.14 - Our project was successfully funded. We had a goal of £1500 and achieved £2436 thanks to some wonderful backers! You can see the Kickstarter campaign here: http://kck.st/1qNea1R