My newest web fascination is Kickstarter.
I’m by no means an early adopter of the crowd-funding site, which has been around since 2009, but after recently discovering it, I’m pretty close to hooked on it. If you’re a creative person looking to fund a project, it’s definitely a website worth looking into. Coupled with the power of social media, it’s no surprise to see successfully-funded projects raising five, six and even seven figures by enthusiastic people like you and me, eager to see someone’s vision become a reality.
As a creative person whose first steps in the art and illustrative world were comic book-based, this also gives me ideas for how I may be able to take a few things “off the back burner” and try to finally make them real. So for that burst of inspiration, I say thanks Kickstarter!
Kickstarter projects are all independently created, meaning if John Doe has a really cool idea for a film, Doe and his team will produce that film (if successfully funded). Kickstarter is a platform to let people know about it, but the site does not take any role in the development of that work. For a project to be made, it must be successfully funded – meaning that, when a creator posts their project, they set a financial goal. If that goal is met, they go into production. If it’s not, then the backers’ donations are returned and the project gets no funding. Kickstarter calls this “all-or-nothing funding” and on the website says that, to date, 44 percent of projects have met their goals. Learn more about how Kickstarter works here.
From technology to games to art, there is a wide array of projects to choose from on the site. As a comic/graphic novel/film fan, I’ve tended to lean towards those projects while casually searching the site, but not exclusively. Thanks to social media, I’ve also discovered a few interesting things outside of those categories.
Here are a few current projects I’ve discovered:
This is an animated feature film that Disney veterans Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams want to produce. They’re seeking $350,000 to get this made, and from what I can see of the film so far, it looks impressive. Of course, this taps into a few of my passions – animation, film and art history. I’m not yet a backer, but expect to be soon. The story is about 11-year-old Walt and his grandfather, known simply as Grandpa, and their adventures after they magically get sucked into some of history’s most famous works of art.
Learn more from Aaron and Chuck in the following video:
What happens when 8-bit power ups are added to Texas Hold ‘Em? That’s the question that led Casey Ayers to create Power-Up Poker, which seeks to put a new twist on one of the world’s most popular card games while at the same time tapping into nostalgia with its 8-bit Nintendo-esque flavor. Casey needs $17,000 to fund this endeavor, which has a week left in its fundraising period.
This particular project, of which I am a backer, is one I might not have found by casually searching the site, as it falls outside of my general search categories. But thanks to Twitter, I learned about this project from Casey, who is a fellow #NASASocial alum.
Learn more about Power-Up Poker from Casey himself:
Most Kickstarter creators are unknowns. But once in a while, you’ll find an established professional like Zach Braff, a TV show like Veronica Mars or, currently, a filmmaker like Spike Lee turning to Kickstarter, which I find pretty interesting. It’s a truly creative community on Kickstarter, which is pretty cool. Spike is looking for $1,250,000 to fund his next Spike Lee Joint. If you back this project for $10,000 you can even sit courtside, front row with Spike at a New York Knicks game in Madison Square Garden. As of this post, there are already three $10,000 backers.
What cool Kickstarter projects have you discovered? Have you backed any?