I was reading an article in Filmmaker Magazine recently and came across this quote, from Nick Daschul. I’m not sure who he is or what he does, but this struck a nerve… at least with me.
“I’ve been reminded of why movies were so important to me back when I was a teenager. It wasn’t the cool camera move, or the heartbeat crush sugar rush romance moment, or the suave magnetic matinee idol glances, or the dolly, or the pop track, or the cigarette flame, or the eyeliner. I guess really what I was looking for, all alone in the dark, far from home, was that rarest of rare things — a friend.”
After a few months on the road, to Los Angeles to produce a film, then to AwesomeCon in D.C., C2E2 in Chicago and a bachelor party in Vegas – I am finally back on my home turf of New York. Since I was actually working most of the time, I don’t have a tremendous amount of photos from the conventions… but I do have some.
Below are a few from AwesomeCon, which was held in Washington, D.C. It was fun, but ultimately this convention was more of a pop culture thing than a comics convention. And we didn’t have the best table – stuck right next to a guy selling grumpy cat artwork. If you weren’t familiar with the type of books I create, they couldn’t be further from pop culture humor and anyone that would walk past a grumpy cat booth and cackle.
If you haven’t been paying attention, the JOBS Act could pave the way for low-budget films to raise money from normal folks in small increments – like the way our graphic novel R.E.M. raised money for printing through Kickstarter.
But the SEC will make sure this is not the wild west. Right now, they are weighing the language and here are some key points to consider:
Maximum aggregate raise is $1 million over a 12-month period.
Investors whose annual income and net worth are less than $100,000 can only invest up to $2,000 or 5 percent of their annual income or net worth, whichever is greater,
Investors whose annual income or net worth is equal to or more than $100,000 can invest up to 10 percent of their annual income or net worth, whichever is greater.
Crowd-funding will only be permitted through an SEC registered intermediary, either a broker dealer or a “funding portal” overseen by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Because up to 100 brokers and portals could initially seek to enter the space after the rule is adopted, it is likely the SEC will take its time and that the first non-accredited investments wouldn’t begin until the second half of 2014. At the earliest.
I actually told them that I didn’t have just one tip, there was a lot that went into it. But the thing I try to bring to everything I do is a personal touch. Going the extra mile and making sure everyone knows that I appreciate their support, no matter how big or small, is important.
Last week I sat down with Stacey Parks at Film Specific for an interview about my experience at AFM last year. I talk about White Space and Lunatic, and apparently my experience is unique. But it didn’t happen by accident. It was hard work.
I thought I’d take a second and post about something that isn’t ‘R.E.M.’. If you read this blog you may know that I’m in post-production on a feature film entitled White Space. I wrote the story, co-wrote the script and produced the film.
With over 800 vfx shots, it is a very long post process. And our vfx aren’t what you typically see in independent films. So it’s a painstaking process. However, we are making serious headway – and I wanted to post a picture of the cockpit in the Essex (our space vessel).
We have just one more week! Seems crazy to think it was 3 weeks ago that this campaign started. It has been a lot of fun, and interacting with all of you through messages or comments has been great. After the Kickstarter, I just want you all to know that I am always available through email, Facebook or Twitter – maybe more so than my family wants me to be. And this project stays live (in terms of being able to message me and send updates) pretty much forever.
We’re inching closer and closer to the next stretch goal (a download of a print quality limited edition poster only for Kickstarter). If and when we get there, Zsombor has something cool cooked up for all of you.
Have a great weekend everyone! Morpheus has something serious he wants you to ponder…
I hope everyone from the states had a happy and safe Labor Day weekend. And everyone from across the globe had a great weekend as well. I had been updating backers (and I guess those checking out the project) of the Kickstarter for ‘R.E.M.’ pretty much daily. I know it gets tired quickly, so I took it easy on the updating to give everyone a break from me.
Although I was slow with the updates, the campaign has been a success so far. We hit our stated goal in ten days and the current total is just above $9,000! This is a huge relief, because the book cost a lot more than printing to produce (it is closer to $25,000). I would have been thrilled if we hit our goal – beyond thrilled – but seeing the support and interest in the book is amazing… and helps take a great burden off my shoulders financially.
Hitting 9,000 means we’ve also unlocked the full postcard set for ‘R.E.M.’ (three altogether) I will hopefully post pictures of these in the next day or so…
It’s been like an amazing dream that you expect to end at any second, but somehow we’re still going. Willy Wonka once said, “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamer of dreams,” and here are the man that wrote those words with his thoughts on books/reading…
Well over two years ago, I backed a project on Kickstarter called ‘Galileo’ from Motrr. In essence, it is a docking station that acts a motion control rig for the iPhone. Being interested in photography and filmmaking, I thought this was a pretty awesome piece of technology. In theory, you can control the Galileo from your iPad, moving it in a circle (or tilting up and down).
Yesterday, it finally arrived (I know there was some serious hatred being spewed at these guys for taking so long to deliver, but I rather a complete product that works than cry over it – and also, that’s the risk with Kickstarter).
It looks great, and feels solid. However, after an hour of toying around with it, I started to worry that I bought a solidly built docking station. Because the great secret is that Galileo doesn’t create software, only hardware. And they are relying on third party developers to enable the devices to talk to each other. So, I had to download an app to even test the thing out for $5 bucks. And the app was shit. In fact, all of their third party apps are shit. The one standout is DMB Panorama, which stitches together photos to create 360 degree panoramas. But you have to rig it up in the iPhone direct – you don’t control it from the iPad. So that is lame.
Word is that FilmicPro is working on compatibility. I hope that is the case and it comes soon. I also hope that it works with the iPad.
If you have kids – there is a surveillance app. It is probably cool, but I’m not sure of the range and if you have to be on the same network as the iPhone you’re using to watch things.
In closing, it’s a cool device with almost no software to support it. So, I’m somewhat disappointed.