Transmedia 101: Crowdfunding Transmedia
NEW LOCATION MEANS MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE!!
June 18th, 7-9 pm University College, Room 140, 15 King’s College Circle Toronto, ON.
Often finding and raising the funding to produce transmedia content can be overwhelming and difficult. However, with the breakout success of the web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries earning a whopping $462+k to become the fourth top grossing Kickstarter campaign in video/film content on the popular platform, it can be truly said that crowdfunding is a viable option for transmedia production financing. But how does one run a successful campaign? What should you know about crowdfunding? What are the best practices, tactics & strategies? How can solid transmedia strategy enhance your crowdfunding campaign? And just how do you create a rabid fan-base willing to drop coin on your project?
Be sure to attend our June meetup: Crowdfunding Transmedia for these answers and listen to filmmaker James Cooper, author of the popular book Kickstarter for Filmmakers present his thoughts, to be followed by a discussion with Jay Bushman, transmedia producer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, (appearing via skype) on creating a rabid fan base to support your Kickstarter/Indigogo on June 18, 7-9 pm at University College, Room 140.
Tickets are 5$. Register Here to secure a seat or take your chances with $5 cash as the door.
About the Speakers
Passionate about storytelling from a young age, James is a film director, comic writer, and author.
In 2012, James directed the short film Elijah the Prophet, starring Art Hindle & Melanie Nicholls-King, after successfully crowd funding $21,006 for the film’s budget on Kickstarter. Later that year, he directed a promotional teaser for the Image Comics series Hoax Hunters, and his first commercial for broadcast television.
After the success of the Elijah the Prophet crowd funding campaign, James compiled his first hand knowledge into the ebook guide Kickstarter for Filmmakers, where he breaks down the process of launching a crowd funding campaign from conception to reward fulfillment. The book became the no. 2 business book in iBooks Canada the week of its release and was covered by popular filmmaking sites like Indiewire, Film Courage, and Ted Hope’s Hope for Film blog.
JAY BUSHMAN is an award-winning writer, experience designer, and producer of transmedia and platform-independent entertainment. An innovator and leader in the transmedia community, he pushes the boundaries of next-generation entertainment. One publication even named him “The Epic Poet of Twitter.”
Jay is the Transmedia Producer and a writer for the hit multiplatform web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. An innovative video and social media modernization of “Pride & Prejudice,” the show compiled an audience of over 30 million on YouTube and won Streamy Awards for Best Interactive Show and Best Comedy Writing as well as Best Interactive/Social Media Program from the International Academy of Web Television. He is currently creating and showrunning the sequel interactive series, Welcome To Sanditon, launching summer of 2013.
Previously, Jay worked as a writer/producer at the groundbreaking entertainment company Fourth Wall Studios, where he created content for their cutting edge RIDES.TV interactive platform. While at Fourth Wall, Jay helped to create the series Dirty Work, winner of the 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Original Interactive Programming. He also wrote and created the show Airship Dracula, an animated steampunk reimagining of the classic Stoker novel.