Nine days after launch and “Mind My Brains, Darling!” is now one of the ‘Featured’ projects on the Indiegogo home page, which is great news! We’ve been bowled over by all the support and encouragement we’ve received from so many people – thank you all! As it stands now we’re just a whisker away from 70% of our total (wow – while I was writing this we had another donation that took us over 70%!).
VCON 35 in Vancouver next week
We’re deep into preparations for VCON 35, and more of that soon. We’re looking at flyers and promo materials and thinking about what else we can do on a limited budget. If you have any ideas, please let us know. We’ll be posting a couple of flyer designs tomorrow for you to critique since we know you have good taste – we want to make sure that if we’re printing up X copies they are the best they can be. And how many copies should we make/take, anyway….? Questions, questions….
Today we launch the first teaser for our brand new webseries, Mind My Brains, Darling, the much-hyped Project X that we’ve been preparing for for the last few weeks. It’s been hard to keep it all quiet and a relief to get it all out in the open (TWSS)! We’re also launching a funding campaign on Indiegogo.
Freshen your boots, Gov’nor?
Making webseries is a cost-effective way to tell your story, but it isn’t free. Even for a budget-conscious pair like us there are inevitable costs. We need a little help to build the sets, finish the props and costuming and upgrade our editing machine. We don’t want to get owt for nowt, though, and there are some rather nifty perks available to anyone who donates $1 or more.
Money isn’t everything
We’d still like your help even if it’s not the folding green stuff. Posting links or widgets on Twitter, Facebook, your blog and other social networks is invaluable, too. The more we can spread the word the better. We know not everyone can donate, but we’d still love to have you on board.
We’d love to hear from you about what we’re doing with the webseries and the funding, so please let us know. Ask away and if you have any suggestions, you comment here or email us: higletfilms at gmail.com.
And now….the pitch!
If you want to know more, go to Indiegogo.com/mindmybrains and see what’s in store. And while you’re there, you might want to make a quick donation….
Even though it’s been weeks since we wrote and uploaded Goodnight Princess, it has often been on my mind. People we’ve never met before contacted us about it and I’m really proud of what we achieved. It intrigued and moved people, and the last scene still makes me tear up. We were looking for a suitable outlet so Goodnight Princess is now submitted to the Vimeo Awards in the ‘Narrative’ category. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the Vimeo submission:
We’ve submitted, but you can nominate any eligible video
In order to submit a video yourself you need a Vimeo account. But you don’t need a Vimeo account to nominate a video from any video platform – just read the eligibility guidelines and go ahead. Nominating a video doesn’t submit it, but it does bring it to Vimeo’s attention.
So, for example, if you wanted to nominate Goodnight Princess, you would follow this link:
The category is ‘Narrative’, which is the default so you shouldn’t have to change it.
The next steps
It was the success of this video in terms of story telling that convinced us that we needed to look again at the equipment we have. Our camera is 11+ years old, we can’t source a battery for it so it has to be connected to the mains (and it’s from the UK so there is also a plug adaptor on it). We recorded this (and our other recent videos) direct to our little 13″ Macbook for editing in iMovie with audio post-production in GarageBand. It worked, but because we needed to record at night for atmosphere, the light levels meant the finished product is grainy.
Our new webseries is already in pre-production. The scripts are mostly done, the two teaser trailers are being shot in the next couple of weeks and everything is in place. But we need new equipment. We were lucky enough to receive some funding from an anonymous donor (THANK YOU AGAIN!) that went towards a new camera but with that comes a whole new set of problems. The Macbook’s hard drive is nearly full and iMovie can’t do everything we want to do for the new show. We can now record in HD but can’t edit it properly. We only have one Mac so only one of us can work at a time….
Time to take the plunge
So we are going to do something about it. We can’t fund the next series entirely by ourselves so we will be setting up an Indigogo account and will be launching a fundraising campaign very soon. Jeff Koenig has just completed a wildly successful fundraiser there for his new venture “What is a Webseries?”, a brilliant idea for a site and one that I fully support. He secured his required amount in just days and “What is a Webseries?” will benefit the whole community.
We are just waiting for a costume delivery from the UK so we can complete the teaser and then we are all set to launch the campaign. These are exciting times – we hope you’ll come along for the ride!