Kieran Thompson: Funding a Local Film w/ Kickstarter

Gangplank Chandler welcomed Kieran Thompson on July 28th, 2014 for our weekly Brownbag. He shared with us his personal experience with using the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform to fund the production of his local, feature film: Broken Leg.

Watch it here:

You can also follow along with Kieran’s visuals on his Kickstarter page, now over two years old.

We were all excited for the Brownbag to start, including the man himself:

Kieran focused much of his time on what he learned running his campaign, but took a few moments to discuss the role of the filmmaker and how personal branding is key. He believed that the collective talent and brand of his team was a big a part of reaching his kickstarter goal.

He reminded managers of crowd-funded projects should always be mindful of delivering their promises, including keeping backers up-to-date on progress and saving money to pay for promised rewards:

Kieran also touched on the importance of educating your backers on how to use the platform. Grandma, Mom, Dad, distant family, etc, are likely to throw some support your way, but might not understand how a crowd-funding system works.

We finally got to see the incredible creativity of his campaign’s Kickstarter video, which he encouraged us to do well. (Webcam videos are not okay!)

During Q&A, Kieran fielded questions from the audience, including a question on the Arizona film industry (or lack thereof):

At the end, Kieran asked us to consider helping his awesome lead actress, Sarah Sawyer, get to school in the United Kingdom, where she was accepted to the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theater School. Sarah will be representing Arizona talent as one of only 12 students this year! Its an honor, but she needs a hand if you can help out!

Kieran’s movie was widely released on August 1st, 2014. Check out their website if you’d like to know more, get a DVD, or view it via digital download or rental!

See you all next week, when (your’s truly) Jeremy Scott discusses his company’s successes and lessons learned with social couponing! 12pm, Wednesday, August 6th, at GP Chandler!

Gangplank resident company Bonanza Educational spent the summer running educational summer camps for kids. To promote our programs, we engaged customers using social coupon sites, including Groupon, Living Social, and more. We heard the horror stories and treaded carefully! We are going to share how we sold $100,000 of product via social coupons, what it actually means, and how we avoided becoming the next “horror story”.

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