24 April 2008

the possible potential of that whole web 2.0 thing

Currently I'm working this temp job where the pace isn't that fast, essentially it's small burst of work surrounded by 10-20 minutes of nothing to do. It's longer than you need to catch a breath, but not long enough to go to lunch or really get into any writing. As a result, I spend a lot of that time either reading about the election, checking my email, or trying to learn what's out there on the internets.

One of the things I've found is IndieGoGo, a website that bills itself "an online social marketplace connecting filmmakers and fans to make independent film happen. The platform provides filmmakers the tools for project funding, recruiting, and promotion, while enabling the audience to discover and connect directly with filmmakers and the causes they support."

What does that mean exactly? Well, I'm not yet sure, but the website's potential seems to be that it would enable filmmakers who have projects to fund and promote an opportunity to connect with the people who are interested in that sort of thing. Think of it as online dating for indie film buffs.

Part of me wonders if this is something that could actually take hold (then again, I initially thought MySpace and Facebook would amount to nothing.

Honestly I haven't spent enough time on it to figure out how valuable it could be, but there's something about it I like. One of the nice features is a widget that you can place on blogs/websites/etc that will allow people to find your project as it needs funding. As an example, I threw one together for gravida. Pretty much it looks like this (to give you an idea):

The widget will take people to a site where they can contribute to whatever fundraising goal the filmmaker has established and the widget updates as the dollar amount goes up. Clearly this could be of great benefit to a filmmaker looking to expand fundraising beyond their parents and friends. Or, maybe nothing will come of it and they'll have to beg Mom and Dad anyway.

The website is really new (and I have no connection to it, by the way), so who knows. Check it out. Play around. See if it's worthwhile. Regardless, I kind of like how they're set up.

If you like the website, be my friend and stuff. Me, I think this stuff is kind of cool.


17' 64' said...

The site looks interesting, but its not the first site of its kind. I remember another site a few years ago that went nowhere. Wish you luck!

Lisa M
Get Your Film Funded

lucas mcnelly said...

i think the question is maybe less "will this site work?" and more "will this model work?"

i've seen the idea elsewhere and i've gotta believe that in some way this will work, eventually. but how and when?