11 July 2010

5 of the Greatest People in the World, Part 7

There's a thing on Twitter called Follow Friday. Basically, you present a list of people that you recommend other people follow. It's a pretty popular idea and it makes everyone feel good. So with that in mind, I figure the least we can do for our wonderful Kickstarter backers is to give them a variant of the Follow Friday plug. So here they are, in order (well, some of them):

31. Gary King (@grking): Gary is a filmmaker based out of NYC that seems to have about a thousand things going on these days. He recently had a successful $30,000 campaign for a musical called How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song. His film New York Lately was scheduled to play in the now-defunct Indies for Indies, and his newest feature What's Up Lovely recently debuted at Cinefist. He also has an incredibly informative blog.

WHAT'S UP LOVELY - Official Trailer from Gary King on Vimeo.

32. King is a Fink (@kingisafink): The other half of the TILT team, King is a Fink is a lovely pair of ladies in the windy city. But let's talk about the TILT campaign. It's a campaign idea so very awesome that I wish I had thought about it first. Basically what they've done is created TILT: The Town and using Google Maps and some old-fashioned creativity, they've moved every single one of their backers into Brainerd, MN, given them their own stories and place in the community (I was a car mechanic!), and used that to expand the story. It's a fascinating combination of audience building and transmedia. It's also a lot of fun.

33. E Ericsson: I have no idea who E Ericsson and all my searches come up completely empty, but it's a Scandinavian name, no? So if you'll all forgive me, I'm going to imagine that it's some leggy blonde supermodel.

EDIT: Backer #1, Sean Gillane, tells me that E Ericsson is, in fact, his Mom. Apparently she saw something he wrote about the project and decided to contribute. Conveniently enough, this goes back to something I wrote about crowdfunding:

The trick then, is finding those strangers. But I think they come from the friends and colleagues, in some way. It comes from my friend telling his friend about it, and a blogger writing about it on his blog, and a fellow filmmaker mentioning it on Twitter/Facebook. So it builds a network in that way, and the all-or-nothing approach to the fundraising helps, as it adds a sense of urgency. I mean, so far people have pledged ~$1500, which is amazing, but if we don't hit our goal, we get $0. So the people who want the film to get made now have a vested interest in telling people, because you don't really get that warm fuzzy feeling of supporting the arts if the art never gets made.

And just because she's Sean's Mom, we'll post the trailer to Sean's film again. Why the hell not?

The Annual Trailer from Sean Gillane on Vimeo.

34. Paul Clark (@opalfilms): Paul writes the blog Silly Hats Only, where he dispenses all sorts of wise thoughts on film. No, seriously, he's one of the more astute film bloggers out there. He used to write for the now-defunct Screengrab (frowny face). But he's best known for creating the super-prestigious Muriel Awards, a film award voted on by some of the top film bloggers around (and me). Check out Paul's ballot from 2008 for an idea.

35. Aaron M.: Aaron is one of the patrons of the Indies for Indies series in Pittsburgh, and once had a very long and detailed discussion with Pericles Lewnes about his film LOOP. He's from Oil City, PA, where he went to high school with backer #6. I'm not sure if his degree is in literature or philosophy or what, but he has a great love and knowledge of the written word, and is well-versed in film, literature, and philosophy. So you can imagine the discussion between him and Pericles.

Stay tuned for the rest of our backers! And, as always, you can join them!