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Film funds source lets crowd join in to help get projects off the ground

Film funds source lets crowd join in to help get projects off the ground

A GROWING number of Tasmanian creative projects are getting off the ground thanks to crowdfunding. Small donations from lots of people secured through platforms such as Pozible are helping films to get made, bands to record albums and artists to stage exhibitions. Hobart filmmaker Jared Abdul-Rahman and business partner Alessandro Frosali reached a crowdfunding goal of $3000 in 45 days for their first feature film, A Step in the Right Direction. The money is being used to market the all-Tasmanian independent film and to secure screenings. The film was shot over…

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Crowdfunding Friday: Gerry Anderson sci-fi and more

Crowdfunding Friday: Gerry Anderson sci-fi and more

  It’s always great to see a crowdfunding project not only get the requisite backing, but also come to fruition so successfully. The 25th September saw the launch of A Brief History Of Time Travel, the six-part audio sitcom written by Seb Patrick and James Hunt (whose names may sound familiar thanks to their fine pieces of work for this very website). Having exceeded their £3,000 goal by more than two grand late last year, the project was put into production, with the distinctive tones of Robert Llewellyn providing the voice of…

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Crowdfunding: Crazy Money?

Crowdfunding: Crazy Money?

Crowdfunding website Kickstarter went live in the UK a year ago. All good fun, but does it work? Dave Waller takes a punt.   It’s not easy for entrepreneurs to secure capital these days – at least that’s the received wisdom. But tell that to the American inventors of the Pebble E-Paper Watch, a customisable, smartphone-synching timepiece that launched last year. Seeking a modest $100,000 of investment, the team wound up scoring a whopping $10.3m. In a month. Another example to hit the headlines recently is the Ubuntu Edge smartphone,…

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Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with Deposit-A-Gift CEO Dana Ostomel

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Live Interview September 25th, 2013 @ 2:00 PM PST Dana Ostomel is currently the founder and Chief Gifting Officer of the crowdfunding website, Deposit a Gift: the most fun, flexible, hassle-free way to raise money online for anything that matters to you. DepositaGift.com launched in 2010 as a cash gift registry service for people across the globe to communicate that they would prefer cash gifts for all of life’s Big Events. Since then we’ve helped thousands of users raise millions for everything from medical bills and disaster relief, to supporting…

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Indiegogo Co-Founder – Hollywood Will Permanently Adopt Crowdfunding

Indiegogo Co-Founder – Hollywood Will Permanently Adopt Crowdfunding

Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann doesn’t think it will be long until every studio in town is taking advantage of the crowdfunding model not just to raise an audience, but also to raise money, for their their own blockbuster ambitions. “Its not that far away, actually,” Ringelmann said at TheWrap’s Media Leadership Conference, TheGrill, Tuesday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. “What we are going to see is studios recognizing the value of unleashing a fan base early before the film comes out, as a tactic to actually identify social…

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