See Crowdfunding in Action!

Posted on May 31, 2014 in Member News, Seminars and Workshops

See Crowdfunding in Action!

As a follow up to the seminar on crowdfunding IFP Phoenix presented on Saturday, May 31st, we are showcasing two local filmmakers as they actively try to apply what they learned!

We selected a team of two local filmmakers (and IFP members) who will provide regular updates on their project and its progress. We will be featuring those updates on the IFP website in order to highlight the techniques that worked and give the community perspective into crowdfunding in action.

Meet the Team

Working together under the moniker of Resonant Films, the team selected consists of Bill Wetherill and Kristin LaVanway. Both Kristin and Bill are members of IFP- Phoenix.

Bill Wetherill holds a BFA from Arizona State University’s School of Art. He is an Arizona native, and has worked as a home builder, firefighter, arborist and artist. Though he has had a lifelong passion for cinema, he took the leap into actual filmmaking and acting 3 years ago, drawing on his diverse life experiences and fine arts background for inspiration. Bill graduated from the Kevin Phipps Meisner Program in 2013, and has already contributed to numerous local productions, including Grief, Within, and Celestial Hunt.

Kristin LaVanway approaches filmmaking from a unique perspective. As a mechanical engineer turned real estate agent, and a prolific producer of YouTube videos, she possesses a diverse skill set that has prepared her well for her roles as writer, director and producer. Originally drawn to comedy projects, Kristin is moving towards more dramatic projects, with strong, well-defined characters and a quirky aspect. She is currently attending Kevin Phipp’s Directing Actors series of classes.

Together, Bill and Kristin are an award-winning film-making team. In the course of producing a combined 10 short films in the last two years, including Bleaker Street, the 2013 IFP Breakout Challenge 3rd place winner, and Conundrum, the 2014 IFP Breakout Challenge 2nd place winner, they have built a core group that will enable them to produce bigger projects, namely their first feature film, Brazilian Wood.

About the Film

Brazilian Wood is an intersecting journey of two men, each coping with their own dark secrets and struggling to come to terms with events outside of their control. The script, written by Kristin LaVanway and Elizabeth Newlin, has matured and evolved over the last year to become a compelling, character-driven story. They are planning to produce the film for a total of $8,000 and while they hope to raise funds for promotion, perhaps though crowdfunding, the immediate focus is their production budget.

The team expects to start their Crowdfunding Campaign in July. Production is tentatively scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2014.

The Goal

Bill and Kristin have set an initial goal of, at a minimum, raising $4,000 while self-funding the remainder of the budget. Previous collaborative productions have been entirely self-funded and this is their first attempt at crowdfunding which gives them a real opportunity to raise the bar. They have not decided which crowdfunding platform to use and hope to get a better understanding of their options from the seminar.

In addition to fund-raising, they also view the Crowdfunding Campaign as an opportunity to promote their film while building a larger fan support base for future projects. They have already produced a short teaser to use in the Campaign that will give the audience an intriguing peek at the story and characters.

Check Back Soon!

Bill and Kristin will be back next to give us more information following the seminar. The IFP thanks them for agreeing to share their progress with other local filmmakers and wishes them all the best in reaching their goal!

Updates here:

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Crowdfunding Seminar – Coming May 31st!

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 in Member News, Seminars and Workshops

A Filmmaker’s Introduction to Crowdfunding

You want to make your next film! You want to pay your cast and crew! You want to up the ante with professional color correcting and sound design! You have no money! Wait…have you heard of…crowdfunding?

Officially, crowdfunding is “the collection of finance to sustain an initiative from a large pool of backers—the “crowd”—usually made online by means of a web platform.” Unofficially, it can be a great way for you to raise the funds you need from backers all over the world to make the project you want. The increase in popularity of this funding method has enabled a unique opportunity for independent filmmakers to raise project monies and promote their work. This seminar will examine different crowdfunding platforms, the keys to creating a successful campaign and allow attendees to learn practical tips and tricks from both crowdfunding professionals and experienced local filmmakers.

The guest panel includes:

Dan Abrams (via Skype) – A New York based award winning film producer and well-regarded speaker on raising money via Kickstarter and crowdfunding.
Erica Anderson (via Skype) – Director of Crowdfunding and Community Manager at the crowdfunding platform of Seed&Spark.
Kieran Thompson – Tempe, Arizona filmmaker, director and producer. Kieran successfully funded his film Broken Leg via a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Nathan Blackwell - Phoenix, Arizona writer and director of the web series Voyage Trekkers. Nathan created a successful funding campaign using indiegogo.

What we will cover:

  • Choosing a crowdfunding platform
  • The basic tenants of a successful campaign
  • Effective methods of campaign promotion
  • Creating effective campaign perks for your funders
  • Money management

Seminar Details

Date: Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Time: 12pm – 4pm

Location: North Lecture Hall on the campus of Grand Canyon University, 3300 W Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85017

Cost: FREE to all

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Special IFP Member Perk

At the end of the seminar, one lucky IFP member will win a free consultation (as well as a script notes session) from Dan Abrams to help them “kick off” their own campaign!

Erica Anderson is also giving away $100 to a Seed and Spark campaign!

Be sure to bring your you member card to be eligible for the selection.

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Posted on Oct 18, 2012 in IFP/PHX, News, ProDev Seminars, Seminars and Workshops

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On-Camera TV/Film/Commercial Audition Workshop with Scott Lairson

Posted on May 24, 2012 in Events, Seminars and Workshops

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