Sunday, March 11, 2018
I'm on Patreon now
I really hate fund-raising. Like most independent film-makers, I spend a good portion of my time trying to raise the money to produce films, and most of the time the monies raised is barely enough to cover the production of the film let alone all the expenses of promoting it and taking it to film festivals.
Over the past several months, my partner in Rogue Chimera Films and I have been pushing to finance a feature film using a revenue-sharing investment platform (that cost us a small fortune in legal fees just to set up the campaign!)
So far, that campaign has been quite painful to watch. I'm fairly certain that we are not going to get anywhere near our minimum required funding goal to get The Family Way into production. It's actually a bit heart-breaking since we've been working on the package for that film for the better part of two years now.
One of the biggest problems I've heard from my fans is that while they'd like to support my work, they just couldn't afford the $100.00 investment minimum. I completely understand that.
A friend of mine suggested that I open up a Patreon page for people who would like to support my work with smaller amounts on a monthly basis. I'll admit that I was a bit leery of that at first, but I did understand the concept in its historical context.
Then it occurred to me that my fans may wish to subscribe to my Patreon and get access to sneak peeks and excerpts from the screenplays that I've written, especially ones that are currently in competition. After all, I've recently begun to talk about the screenplay for The Haunt, but no one outside of contest judges know what it's about!
Proceeds from my Patreon page will be going toward the production and promotion of my film projects. You can find out all about it here: www.patreon.com/ShivaRodriguez