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sciencegir1 AndrewC I'm not sure I understand your comparison of us trying to raise $8,000 to Lumina, if you understood Lumina was costly. You’re skeptical that making a good show should cost that much, but a good show like Lumina costs more than $8,000, contradicting the point you’re trying to make.
Hi-def cameras are definitely available to anyone these days, but again there's a difference between broadcasting something on YouTube and something that is broadcast quality for television. There is a large difference between low-end hi-def cameras and higher-end. Which is why some cost more than others. Because they're simply better.
Just to give you an idea, the camera we used to shoot our sample trailer is a $2000 hi-def consumer camera. Including the specific lens we chose, along with the necessary accessories, it was approximately $2,600. Add in the cost of software to edit the trailer, colour correction software, and a computer that can handle such hi-def footage, we're talking thousands more. This is JUST to do the trailer. Luckily we had free access to editing facilities, which subtracted those costs, and all our labour was done for free. This is for two and a half minutes of video.
Our episodes are going to be 10-15 minutes in length, and we obviously want to increase the production value dramatically from our very low-budget sample trailer. We also have 10 episodes planned. So you can do the math, that $8,000 is in fact extremely low, and can barely cover one episode.We’re asking for less than we need for the show because for one it’s more realistic to achieve, and second I’ll be putting in a big chunk of my own personal savings. It’s only fair that I put in the largest risk into the project.
To directly answer your question as best I can, the $8,000 is going towards everything you’d expect for any normal film production. Renting cameras, sound equipment, lighting equipment, grip equipment, location costs, wardrobe, travel expenses, props, licensing fees, and paying our labour which includes our actors, director, assistant director, editor, sound people, motion graphics artist, music composer, writer and producers, production assistants, etc.
We probably did underestimate what people know about where money goes on a film production, but we had to keep the video short. Essentially all Kickstarter videos don’t go into detail where every dollar is going because people aren’t investing in your project. Investors require these details so they can figure out their return. Kickstarter projects are for art enthusiasts that want to participate in an art project that they’re excited and passionate about, and have fun following along with the development of the project. It explains the astronomical success of some projects like Diaspora (an alternative to Facebook) http://kck.st/9QC2zk which raised $200K when they were only asking for $10K (1994% over what they asked). Did they NEED $200K? Definitely not, but the more money they received the better product they could create. The same applies for our Web Series project.
I hope this clears up your question. I do appreciate you taking an interest in our project.
3 years, 5 months ago on Help Fund MILLIONS: A Web Series
Ernie H. AndrewC That's fantastic Ernie, your pledge means a lot and will go a long way! I appreciate your support as well as everyone at 8Asians! Thanks again for understanding my passion!
I did an interview with Aznlover/EastWest Tribe. I delve a little bit deeper into what the show is about. Hopefully this provides some better insight for your readers about the project! http://www.aznlover.com/community/content.php/200-MILLIONS-Kickstarting-a-New-AsAm-Web-Series
Ernie H. As the creator, I can probably talk about this :) Thanks for the insight. It's really tough to actually defend the premise without giving stuff away. I'll just say thematically it attacks that very thing that bugs your reader. Some people have gotten the impression that this show is purely superficially about money. Which is understandable, the show is called MILLIONS. I can only say it's probably the exact opposite. I'd say it endorses getting rich as much as Requiem for a Dream endorses getting high.
sciencegir1 I just want to add that Lumina was shot on the RedOne camera. This is a $17,500 camera (for just the body). The lenses take this price through the roof. Renting this camera per day costs thousands of dollars. We're only trying to raise $8,000. We'd probably be able to get that camera for a few days. And we wouldn't have even paid for lights, sound, actors, crew, food, locations, costumes, etc. etc.
It's really astounding some times when the general public doesn't seem to realize how much filming can actually cost. If something looks good. 9 times out of 10 it cost a lot of money.
sciencegir1 Andrew here! As Moye said, the deadline is as per Kickstarter. That's how funding works. Without a deadline no one would have any pressure to pledge. And it doesn't give the creator any deadline to move forward with their project if it's just like...hey everyone, pledge whenever you feel like! Whenever I reach my goal, that's when I'll make the show! The projects on Kickstarter exist because creators are trying to make viable careers for themselves. Without deadlines, they're floundering.
Regarding how much it costs to make the series. Myself and Melanie have been working in the film industry for over 5 years now. We've made numerous short films and documentaries. Yes a film can be made for nothing, but there's a big difference between the Blair Witch Project and Star Wars. It's money.
Our aim is to making something that can be broadcast on television. We'd like to land a television deal. A la Sanctuary and Riese on the SyFy Channel. Not something disposable on YouTube. And if we were to take some old camera and some lights, we wouldn't be able to do that. Lumina does look great. And I'm actually acquainted with the creator and director Jennifer. If you don't think that series cost at least $8,000, unfortunately you'd be mistaken.