On June 23rd, with fifty hours to go, SYNC reached its funding goal of $3,000. The morning played out like this: I got to my desk about 4:30 am, and the target was $140 away. I composed a few “ain’t too proud to beg” e-mails, and made the decision that I wouldn’t leave my computer until the magic number flashed on screen. Within minutes of pressing send, a new patron joined the team, putting SYNC $60 away. This was good, as I had two Grande Americanos before starting the pre-dawn vigil, and my bladder was furious. I took to Twitter, and all of the wonderful people I have met over the past year RT’d and @mentioned SYNC. Word spread quickly. Before I could post on FB that the goal was within reach, Phil Holbrook, a fellow filmmaker, and all round awesome guy, pushed SYNC over the top!
Being that SYNC is my first film, and inaugural voyage on the good ship IndieGoGo, I really didn’t know what to expect; I felt like I had a solid pitch, and my plan seemed very doable. I figured if I came close to my goal, I could go the Hollywood Shuffle route and charge the remaining expenses. When the timer ticked to zero, SYNC’s amazing supporters pushed the total raised $405 ABOVE my original goal! It’s hard to describe how I felt at the conclusion of the campaign. Crowdfunding is intense, exciting, and very rewarding. Not only did it make SYNC possible, crowdfunding introduced me to many great people. It’s a challenge–without question. It’s also an opportunity. An opportunity to connect with lovers of film, patrons of art, and fellow creators…a community of talented people, supporting each other.
With money burning a hole in my pocket, I set my sights on preparing for the shoot, which I’ll write about in upcoming posts.
I want to thank everyone who supported SYNC on the campaign trail–I couldn’t have done it without you.