As crowdfunding becomes more and more the standard for independent film projects, filmmakers continue to look to Indiewire for resources on the best practices and tips for crowdfunding.
Indiewire's developed quite a corpus on the topic, and we've got a list of our essential reading below. Feel free to bookmark this page; we'll keep it updated when we publish new articles that are essential reads for those prepping for their campaigns.
SOME GENERAL GUIDES:
Indiewire asked a group of crowdfunders and experts to share their experience with crowdfunding anonymously, and we got some very frank responses.
Filmmaker Stephen Dunn's shares his tips on The Lost Boys blog following his own successful campaign.
Darryl Wharton-Rigby's tips on Shadow & Act are a must-read for anyone, despite what the title says.
Anthony Kaufman looks at the top 7 crowdfunded films (as of June 2011) and gains from them some important tips from these success stories.
Filmmaker Mark Tapio Kines' latest crowdfunding campaign didn't reach its goal, but he shares important tips and lessons he learned along the way.
BIG DATA ON CROWDFUNDING:
Indiewire analyzes the success rates for film and video projects on three crowdfunding platforms.
Former Indiewire blogger (and now the Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society) compares the cost of the crowdfunders that were around in 2011.
James Cooper writes about his own experience with a crowdfunding campaign and forces all creators to face an important question: Is crowdunding right for me (now)?
A survey of which 2013 SXSW filmmakers used crowdfunding sites...if at all.
And more of the same for the 2013 Tribeca filmmakers.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE LITTLE GUYS -- PLATFORMS THAT AREN'T KICKSTARTER OR INDIEGOGO:
A profile of Seed & Spark, a crowdfunding platform created by filmmakers.
Have a sexually explicit project in the works? You may want to check out the porn-specific crowdfunder Offbeatr.
SOME EXTRA TIPS:
Seed & Spark CEO Emily Best explains why her platform allows people to donate and rent out goods and services as well as donate money.
Shadow and Act editor Tambay Obenson clues you in on what you need to do after the campaign is over.
If you go with Kickstarter (or if you donate regularly), think about their mobile app.
Here was the lowdown about the JOBS Act (which allows for equity crowdfunding) when it was signed.
And here's an update after the SEC developed its rules for the implementation of the JOBS Act.
Upworthy has become responsible for making viral a lot of content that roils emotions-- especially from independent film producers.
While crowdfunding campaigns talk about donations, the money is not a gift and you will have to pay taxes... It's quite complicated so do the research before you kickstart your project!
Kickstarter pros talk about how to attract attention to your campaign and make it a success.
A crowdfunding backlash against projects that are perceived to have "sold out" raises questions about what campaigns owe to backers aside from fulfilling backer rewards.
Stacey Maltin, the screenwriter behind "The Other Side," writes about why they chose to create an interactive video to stand out on Kickstarter.