An S&A Crowdfunding Survey - Your Participation is Appreciated

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 10, 2013 6:29 PM
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A quickie, simple S&A survey; your participation is much appreciated: 

1 - Have you ever contributed to any crowdfunding projects, whether on Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, or elsewhere?

2 - If you have, what encouraged you to contribute? And also, would you contribute again to other projects?

3 - If you haven't ever contributed to a crowdfunding campaign, why haven't you ever done so? And do you think you ever will do so? Or what will it take to encourage you to contribute to a campaign?

That's it!


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  • EJM | April 14, 2013 3:50 PMReply

    1. No.
    2. NA
    3. I've never contributed and don't foresee ever doing so. I can't quite put my finger on it, but crowdfunding seems like charity, in the worst possible way. As if people are begging, or asking a
    consumer to like or "invest" in something that's been unproven. And that doesn't sit well with me. I'm a capitalist -- and an entrepreneur myself (not in entertainment, but another area) and I thought, briefly, about utilizing crowdfunding, then thought better of it.

    Mostly because of some of the horror stories I've read about crowdfunding and the entrepreneurs not being able to fulfill orders in a timely fashion once they had raised the money. So, unless someone that I know, and trust, really well, has a campaign I would probably never give any money to any strangers. ... In short crowdfunding, it seems, is simply a different take on supply and demand, except whatever most people are selling there is clearly no demand for it, otherwise everyone would be able to raise millions of dollars like the V. Mars crew did a few weeks back.

  • NinaG | April 12, 2013 11:12 PMReply

    1 - Yes, a few times through both Kickstarter and Indiegogo

    2 - Interesting subject matter, quality of the pitch, and whether the fundraiser seemed to have invested in the projected before starting the campaign are key in deciding whether I will contribute. I'd definitely contribute to more projects in the future

    3 - N/A

  • Bee | April 11, 2013 3:42 PMReply

    1. Yes, once, Kickstarter.
    2. Presentation and product. I had seen several episodes of the show and understood the vision behind the show. After about three episodes, I decided to donate.
    3. I would contribute again, if the elements I mentioned in #2 are there. I like to see a sample first and get a sense of where the project is going and the vision. If I can get with the vision, I'll contribute.

  • Clayton Broomes Jr | April 11, 2013 1:04 PMReply

    1. Yes, twice, both Kickstarter and Indiegogo

    2. Concept, presentation and the noticeable ability of the filmmaker.

    3. And yes, if a project with a concept I truly like comes my way and I have some extra cash on me, I will contribute again and again. I don't have to know the filmmaker. I just have to see the passion, the effort, etc.

  • gad | April 11, 2013 11:44 AMReply

    Q1. Yes, several

    Q2. The factors that encourage me to contribute are (in this order)-
    1. The filmmakers involved. (But I am more likely to contribute to African/African Diaspora filmmakers)
    2. A strong/compelling concept/story/idea/will it be something that I want to watch
    3. A kick-ass pitch video. It has to look professional or it will make me think 'If they can't put together an amazing 2-5 minute video how will they pull off the project they are pitching?'
    4. Reasonable goal set/Likely-hood of reaching their goal.

    I contribute almost once a month ($10-$50 range as I am a poor filmmaker myself), I feel like its a small way to support the indie film world and emerging artists. I also had a successful Kickstarter campaign so I know it can help tremendously, just paying it forward.

  • Jason Pollard | April 10, 2013 10:14 PMReply

    1. yes

    2. What encouraged me to contribute for the most part was that I knew the filmmakers and the films they were working on. Other times I will contribute because I find the cause/subject of the film interesting. Yes I would contribute again to other projects.

  • Kelly | April 10, 2013 7:41 PMReply

    1. Yes.
    2. I like to contribute to black independent projects.

  • Shola Akinnuso | April 10, 2013 3:49 PMReply

    1. Yes, several.
    2. Combination of compulsion to support black media because it's the career I'm invested in so I have a professional interest in seeing these upstarts succeed, and partly because i like the projects.
    I would definitely contribute to other projects. Projects with decent production values immediately get my money. Ambitious projects like ongoing series get my support. Projects where my contribution guarantees a copy of what i'm supporting usually gets me motivated. Ultimately belief that the project will actually see light of day is usually what gets me to toss a coin in the cup.

  • Emanuel B. | April 10, 2013 12:56 PMReply

    1. Yes.

    2. I usually contribute to the projects and stories that I would like to see produced. Those tend to be from the AA perspective that extend beyond traditional story lines. I would absolutely contribute again to a crowdsourcing campaign. I've recently contributed to one featured on your site.

    3. N/A

  • James Madsion | April 10, 2013 2:14 AMReply

    Yes. I have contributed to several projects through the various funding strategies. I was encouraged to contribute because the work was compelling and there was a sense of fidelity from the creators. I would definitely contribute to other projects.

  • Denise M. | April 10, 2013 12:55 AMReply

    1. Yes!
    2. I'm encouraged to donate to projects that speak to me as someone who both creates and absorbs art. I've donated to several projects, and they were all projects that I wanted to watch/read/see if they became funded. Also, it helps if the perks are good. If you're trying to fund a book that I already know I'd buy anyway, like the super successful crowd-funded "Long Hidden" project, and a donation of $25 gets me the huge book plus another book, that's a great deal for money that I would have already spent.

    I definitely plan to continue to donate to these crowdfunding projects. I'd hope to get the same support if I ever decide to do a campaign of my own, and someday if I ever have a crapload of money to spend, I'm going to start darting around these sites contributing enough money to bring people over their goals!

  • VichusSmith | April 9, 2013 10:07 PMReply

    1. No.

    3. I've just felt that as someone who is at the next to last category of adoption, someone like I would not want to commit funds to something before it even exists, or barely exists.

  • Katie | April 9, 2013 9:33 PMReply

    3.) I'm a college student and am not able to give money at this moment. However, I do pass it on to my friends and family when I can. If it makes it to theaters or to YouTube I'll watch it. If it's a book and makes it to publishing, I'll highlight it on my blog so that others can know about it. That's all I can do for right now.

    I'll eventually contribute to future fundraising when I'm finished with college and have a job. What will encourage my future self to contribute is the quality of the project. I'm not going to finance smut/morally bankrupt garbage. Also, I would love to finance quirky/unique projects that are out of the box. I grow tired very quickly of the projects (book or film) that has racism, colonialism, slavery, or poverty as the main feature. There is more to the black experience than that. I'm looking for future projects in genres I'm not used to see blacks play in (magical realism, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, historical, western).

    I want to put my money where my mouth is and hopefully, that will be soon. The best thing we can do is start to build out own institutions and I think these projects (no matter how small) are a great stepping stone. That's why I want to support and just because I can't right now, doesn't mean I'm not keeping track of the directors/authors for future fundraising efforts (I have a list of feature content makers that I can't wait to support).

  • Urbangirlla | April 9, 2013 8:05 PMReply

    1. Yes, I have.
    2. I knew the filmmakers and wanted to support their work.

  • gabrieltolliver | April 9, 2013 4:20 PMReply

    1 - Have you ever contributed to any crowdfunding projects, whether on Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, or elsewhere? YES

    2 - If you have, what encouraged you to contribute? And also, would you contribute again to other projects? The project description...I would continue to...

  • Anthony | April 9, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    1 - Yes, I've contributed to multiple projects.

    2 - I contribute to filmmakers with great stories who can in some way demonstrate the tenacity needed to get their films made. Yes, I would contribute again to other projects.

  • Rodney | April 9, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    1. I've contributed to projects on both Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.

    2. As a concept, I wanted to put my money where my mouth is and support African American filmmakers creating interesting projects that would otherwise not get made. Yes, I would contribute again, even though I was "burned" once (i.e, the person collected the money but changed the scope of the project and, after 16 mos. has still not completed it)

  • Wanett | April 9, 2013 3:44 PMReply

    Yes, I have contributed to a few campaigns.
    I usually contribute if something about the campaign touches me personally. If its affecting the lives of black women and girls, if it will help a project I believe in get made. Even if I don't contribute, I try to tweet, facebook and blog about things that I feel other people will be interested in.

  • KikiDee | April 9, 2013 3:36 PMReply

    1 - Yes. I've contributed to a few projects that were either already shooting (a webshow, feature film, documentary) or was truly in beginning stages (an actual stage theater company).

    2 - Usually, I've seen the filmmaker's work, loved it and wanted to help him/her continue on said projects; or, in one instance, I knew the person and wanted to help a fellow artist. I would donate money again if the project piques my interest. But it REALLY has to be interesting and something I would like to see.

  • M. | April 9, 2013 3:09 PMReply

    1 - Yes, mostly Indiegogo. I'm all about the pitch. I've seen some pitches where it's obvious that the person just wants the money and isn't necessarily passionate about the project. Other pitches have been too long, too short, or just uninteresting.

    2 - Most projects I've donated to had a story that I was interested in or related to. Others were projects already in existence that needed additional funding to continue being made.

  • Monique a Williams | April 9, 2013 12:54 PMReply

    I've contributed to a few crowd sourcing campaigns.
    these are for people and projects I consider worth helping because the content is great, the project will generate jobs, or it is something different I'm intrigued by.

    My only thing is, I wish they would make available the actual breakdown of monies spent after the fact. Seems like people are using the money to buy new cars or move across country and chalk up delays to "the business."

  • No | April 9, 2013 12:15 PMReply

    I did a Kickstarter last April & May and failed; I did an Indiegogo campaign last fall and succeeded in my goal. I'm planning on doing another crowd funding campaign this May on Indiegogo.

    I haven't contributed to any other crowdfunding project because my project is on a micro-budget and I'm trying to finish it this fall, but will consider the needs of others later this year when I move from postproduction to marketing and distribution.

  • No | April 9, 2013 12:18 PM

    To contrast and compare, go and place "How Washington Really Works" on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

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