When people use the expression, "Your film is your baby," they're not joking. Filmmakers cater to their project's needs with the patience and endurance of a mother with a newborn. We nurse our films 24-7, and share the workload when possible.
Today we launched our Kickstarter Campaign to fundraise the remaining amount we need to cast, shoot, edit, and finish our movie. Fundraising takes a lot of effort and a lot of love, and today, we had heaps of both! In a mere 7 hours, we managed to raise $5,000, and right before midnight, we were able to finish the day with $5,591!
So how did we do it? Well, Team MyM is a strickler for schedules, so we divided up our team to take on certain days of the week, managing our social networks, blogging, emailing, and basically doing what we can to get the word out.
Today was our FIRST day of launch, and I was left in charge. Below is a play-by-play diary of how the day went.
12:00 am - Emailing with Aurora back and forth, deciding on which thumbnail to use. The poster or the girls holding hands?
12:17 am - Why can't I embed a picture of the poster on our Kickstarter page? Ugh, I should have learned HTML!
12:32 am - Why won't this poster post?!
1:38 am - Last looks before we launch!
9:20 am - Last minute tweaks, image embedding still being funky, prepping Facebook for onslaught of status updates.
9:52 am - We've launched, we're LIVE and we're READY!
10:01 am - Our first Backer just pledged $50! Thanks, Sofia Quintero! Expect a crazy hug if ever we meet!
10:30 am - Still figuring out the image embedding problem. Need coffee.
10:43 am - A $250 pledge! Yes!
11:00 am - I'm blowing up our Facebook and Twitter. And my gchat is blowing up with friends and colleagues asking about the project.
11:03 am - $725 so far! Wow!
11:40 am - Working on a publicity blog to help get the word out in the film community. Still in my PJs, feeling very classy!
2:00 pm - It took a while, but finally had lunch. You think you've mastered eating and email? Try it with chopsticks. $2,085 and over 13 Backers!
3:00 pm - We get a Facebook shout-out and donation from my friend, Writer and Director, T.J. Peters. I'm so stoked!
3:38 pm - 29 Backers, $3,860. Maybe we can get $5k by 5pm. Its a catchy slogan, so I post like mad.
4:00 pm - I manage to tear myself away from my laptop for a shower.
5:12 pm - $5,021! We're overwhelmed and inspired by all the feedback people are giving us!
7:00 pm - Pizza break. Feeling nervous about being out of the house and only having my iPhone on me.
10:00 pm - Team MyM pow-wow via phone. We are pumped and gush over the amazing feedback.
11:00 pm - Posted a note on Facebook, thanking all 50 of our Backers. Too excited to sleep!
1:04 am - Just peeked at our Kickstarter page... $5,893! We're off to a good start on our 2nd day already!
Now that I've peeked one last time, I can finally go to bed.
Thanks to all of you who made our first day AMAZING and please keep up with us! Your support keeps us going!