08 December 2010

Crowd > Funding

I've often said that when you're dealing with crowdfunding, the crowd is much more important than the funding. Really, the people you get emotionally invested in the project are much more valuable than the money (although, the money certainly helps).

So with A Year Without Rent, we tried to put together a series of perks that will, hopefully, really grab people. And we tried to price them as low as we could, with a goal as low as we could find.

We think people will like them. They're a lot of fun, and we're really looking forward to fulfilling them for you. My favorite is the $35 perk.


Anonymous said...

Who is this "we" you keep referring to? It's just YOU. You're the only 31 year-old man repeatedly turning to charity when you should be getting a job. "Man without country" - HA! You live with your parents.

But I guess saying "we" somehow makes you feel less ashamed of yourself. Or less absurd... makes sense.

By the way, congratulations on "partnering with the very cool folks at Shuttercal" (i.e. registering for a free Shuttercal account) you bigshot, you! I, myself, am partnering with the very nice folks at Apple to write this, as well as the very nice folks at Google, and the very nice folks at the electric company.

Your film heroes did not do things this way, Lucas. They WORKED and SACRIFICED and FOUGHT to get their projects made. They worked menial jobs and scraped together whatever resources and time they could afford to create their art. Maintaining a Kickstarter campaign is NOT on the same level. It's NOT hard work, just as living for a week in the woods on someone else's dime is no more than an all-expenses paid vacation. The only thing you consistently sacrifice is your dignity.

No doubt, my letter will trigger the usual halfhearted wave of defensive sympathizers/enablers who donate to your hapless causes out of pity, or the transparent desire to get their own projects funded, or simply to shut you up. To them, I ask, do you really think Lucas considers you to be more valuable than the money he expects you to contribute?

(I refer, of course, to his ingenious equation: crowd > funding)

Or, do you think he's simply doing whatever he can to spin yet another free ride into something noble?

Get a job, Lucas. Then start applying your creativity to keeping said job, moving out of your parents' house, and finally writing something worthwhile.

That would be your most radical way yet of attracting a crowd.

Sean Gillane said...

the part about partnering with apple is actually pretty funny.

art is not so precious. do you imagine these "heroes" were more concerned about some puritanical work process than getting their films made? fuck no.

if i drop $25 to help a dude make a film and he makes a film, where's the issue?

and your arrogant dismissal of folks like me that do support the man of the hour here: fuck off. guess what? there are people with passion in the world; people that believe in each other. are we backing the wrong horse? maybe! if, for example, UP COUNTRY ends up being great, i will actually have a slight feeling of pride about being a backer. if it's shit? i'll have a similar feeling of disappointment. realistic expectations. your depiction of me and those like me is so nauseatingly disgusting that i feel the need to relieve my queasy stomach on the keyboard you typed it on.

if you think art needs to develop and grow along some stringent system of values, then you are propagating the death of art. since that seems to be your cause, to that i can only respond: eat shit and die.


sean fucking gillane

ps. i can be less "halfhearted" if you like.

Anonymous said...

Sean, Kickstarter is a vastly useful tool that can help accomplish some wonderful things. It empowers people to democratically capitalize on capitalism in a very positive way -- based on the genuinely good causes you've personally supported (based on your kickstarter profile), I'd bet you agree.

However, people like Lucas abuse it, and should be called out for it, before they destroy Kickstarter's reputation as a vehicle for worthwhile change.

Lucas is looking for a free ride, pure and simple. He's not looking to do anything meaningful, or to enhance our lives in any way. He doesn't want a job! And he can't figure out a way to pay his rent without one.

Also, what is this finished product he purports to be working toward? An e-book? Where's the value in that?

Why should we pay to realize this guy's unremarkable, generic vision of a topic best left behind the scenes? Or at least, better left to someone with a genuinely unique perspective of what should be a real struggle?

Nobody learns by getting a free ride. So what can we learn from a guy who's been given one?

Not to mention the fact that Lucas has no on-camera personality, and can barely be considered a writer when he simply leaves that job to the confused actors who must make do with his nearly-wordless scripts...

Sorry to be so harsh, but Lucas has it coming. He's incredibly arrogant - promising to deign us with his thoughts and musings as a reward for our financial assistance - and by demanding so much money from us, he's essentially ensured that for every dollar he donates, he gets something like a hundred in return.

So, feel free to keep donating to him, and feel free to respond to my comments with more inane profanity and childish name-calling... it's your call. Just remember, there's no shortage of truly worthwhile causes that deserve your financial assistance more than he does.


Anonymous said...

For the record, Lucas deleted my very cogent follow-up to Sean's post, in which I explained how wasteful free-rides, such as the one Lucas hopes to obtain via Kickstarter, undermine the site's very valid and very noble function to society.

My post contained no profanity nor any inappropriate content whatsoever.

Lucas deleted it because it was true. And in his case, the truth hurts.


lucas mcnelly said...

I did no such thing. Hell, I haven't logged into blogger in 2 days.

Sean Gillane said...

dammit mcnelly undelete it!

in any case, i apologize for the profanities if they offended you. usually disdainful anonymous internet trolls are accustomed to foul language ; it was wrong of me to suspect this to be the case with you. it was just so easy for me to do so because you make big proclamations but sign anonymously.

you are a symbol. i seriously believe you are probably a swell human being, but here you've redrafted yourself as a symbol of contempt. the only emotion i can have for this symbol is the reciprocation of that hate you spew.

i would never suggest such superiority over another person as you have here. it still disgusts me.

and the thing is i am actually interested in the real conversation you are riding with your hate-letters. questioning the ethics of all this is a territory without answers yet. how great would it be to develop some answers to that debate?

unfortunately for both of us, to you it is more interesting to make it a personal attack on this fella's blog. both of our loss.

i'm sorry to be so harsh before. let's be friends now yeah?

your pal, in hugs,

sean huggin' gillane

lucas mcnelly said...


Google flagged the comment in question as Spam. I un-spammed it.

You're welcome.