10 Crowdfunding Sites To Fuel Your Dream Project

…Cuz we believe wholeheartedly in this paradigm:

crowdfunding

by Alvaris Falcon

Do you have a dream? No, not the kind you get from eight hours of sleep, a dream dream. Your legacy to leave in this world that people will remember you buy. You know, like creating an epic video game, or recording a great music album, or the next social network to take the world by storm? Never hurts to dream big, right?

Alas, in this materialistic world, dreams are expensive – scratch that, dreams need a great deal of money to take off. That’s where crowdfunding sites, a place where everyone could donate money to fund your dream project, can help you kickstart your dreams!

Today, driven by our passion to spread this great news among dreamers, we want to introduce to you 10 crowdfunding sites that could be the key to seeing your dream come to life. You will see the features and advantages of each site, which can help you pick the site to feature your dream in.

So cheer up, buck up and fire up your dream project and do your best to convince these angels that the world still needs dreams like yours.

What Is Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding, as its name suggests, is a funding method where common people like you and me, henceforth the crowd, fund your personal or business project with their own money. There’s a term that we commonly use to describe this money-giving action; it’s called a donation.

The main difference between crowdfunding and donation is that crowdfunding is tied to the American JOBS act that allows online sales of small stock to a huge pool of investors, although the act has not been passed yet. Nonetheless, you could still embrace the crowdfunding method to raise your project funds, as long as you don’t sell any kind of stock.

Different crowdfunding site could have different a purpose or approach , but overall the concept is simple – you post your project to a large group of site users, or “potential investors”, and they will fund your project with money if they are interested in the project. you can start a crowdfunding exercise for free as you will only be charged when your project has raised some funs or the full amount. There’s nothing to lose and this is great for publicity.

1. Kickstarter

Probably the hottest crowdfunding site on the Internet is Kickstarter, which raised a total of $220 million from 61,000 launched projects so far. Thousands explore its listed projects every second waiting to give away their money to the project they think is most deserving! According to theguidelines, Kickstarter accepts all major kinds of creative projects but not for causes or awareness campaigns, charity or scholarships, and definitely not for vacations or a new digital camera.

The submission process is really intuitive and straightforward, you just need to sign up an account, then fill out your project details. You are encouraged to describe everything in great detail, as there will be crews reviewing your form and determining whether to accept your project or not.

Read it all (9 sites to go!)

How to Choose Your Battles and Fight for What Actually Matters

Appropos of our post last week about working in showbiz being a fight to the death:

mindfight

by Adam Dachis

Any moment in life can turn into a heated argument, but most shouldn’t. Conversely, you may not have the energy or confidence to stand up for yourself when it matters. Whether you fight too much or too little, you have a problem choosing your battles. Here’s how to choose your battles and get what you want when it actually matters.

I was raised by a devil’s advocate father and a mother who likes to stand up for the little guy, so I’m naturally inclined to take the opposite side of most points…whether I agree with them or not. While it’s good to see things from other perspectives, it’s horrible to argue them all. You can forego stress for yourself and others by approaching conflict both at the right times and more effectively. While I’ve learned a few things from my experience of changing my ways as a conflict-seeking individual, I’m no expert. I spoke with relationship and family therapist Roger S. Gil to find the best approaches to better conflict. In this post we’ll discuss how it’s done.

Learn Where Your Line of Conflict Should Lie

We all feel anger, but whether or not we act on it depends on a number of factors. Among them, confidence and forethought play a large role. Sometimes our anger gets the best of us, and we argue without thinking it through. Other times, we don’t feel confident enough to argue effectively when we should. To start solving this problem, you need to find where you draw the line between letting something go and engaging in conflict.

Finding your “line” means considering how others will react to your choices and how you feel about those results. For example, if you avoid most battles and you’re perfectly happy with that, your line may be fine just where it is. If you fight too many battles and upset a lot of people in the process, however, you probably need a behavioral shift. Roger suggests keeping track and analyzing what happened to figure out what’s problematic and what isn’t:

I have often had clients use journals or log sheets as ways of doing a “post-game analysis” of days where battles (or potential battles) occurred. Each entry should say what happened, how they did/didn’t deal with the situation, the outcome of how they dealt with it, and whether or not they liked the outcome. More often than not, similarities emerge across the various sections of each entry after about seven to 10 of them (e.g. they may notice that they tend to pick battles more often with family members instead of colleagues). There are usually patterns among the type of situations we ignore/confront, the people that push our buttons, and how we chose to deal with the situations. Desired changes to our style of choosing battles can then be identified after we have our behavioral baseline.

When figuring out where you need to adjust, look for patterns. When you start to see yours emerge, you’ll find it much easier to make the necessary behavioral changes and feel better about the battles you pick.

What You Need to Consider When Choosing Your Battles

Read it all

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 3/18/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Rene Balcer (LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT) will be showrunner of the new CBS drama, THE ORDAINED, working with Lisa Cullen, the show’s creator. (So if you’re an old writer bud, now’s the time to start bugging your pal for a new gig!)
  • Andy Briggs (TARZAN ) is writing THE DRAKE EQUATION, a drama pilot about a Space Intelligence Agency. (And the showrunner will be Tim Kring. But don’t worry about getting on staff just yet. The notion is still homeless for now. )
  • Aaron Guzikowski (PRISONERS) has gotten the Sundance Channel to greenlight his drama series THE DESCENDANTS straight to series. Of course, he had to make them the owners of the show, but, hey, we do what we gotta do. (And now what you’ve got to do is find out who you know who’s BFF with Aaron and use that to make your writing staff dreams come true. We know you’ve already got the talent, right?
  • Curtis Gwinn (NTSF:SD:SVU, DEATH VALLEY), Channing Powell (WHITE COLLAR), and Matt Negrete (also WHITE COLLAR) have joined the writing staff of THE WALKING DEAD, with Curtis as Supervising Producer. (So call ’em! Now!)
  • Kyle Killen (AWAKE) has written INFLUENCE, a drama pilot for ABC that will star Christian Slater as a slick ex-con who solves people’s problems by, um, manipulating the folks who’re giving them trouble. (We love these truelife adventures!)

munchman: OMG! A Real TV Pro Who Wants to Read Your Script!

funniestshowontvnoshit

IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA star/co-creator Glenn Howerton has tweeted the following:

Got a great feature length screenplay? Send to IASIP 10201 W PICO BLVD BUILDING 41 SUITE 300 LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90064-2651

We have no idea what the dude’s up to, but what the hell, it could be that little foot in the door thing so many of us need. I’ve already sent him my spec screenplay LOVE IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NUTHIN” LEFT TO LOOSE. I know that after he reads it my Destiny Will Be On Its Way.

Mmm, this could be my last post before writing superstardom, so savor it, m’friends.

And send ole Glenn sumthin’ of yer own cuz maybe then we can party together. No! Wait! Don’t send in anything! You might beat me out! Forget this chance. Forget this post! Aargh!

John Ostrander: Revamp, Reinterpret, Regenerate, Reinvigorate

On makin’ the old wine new:

Ostrander Art 130303 John Ostrander: Revamp, Reinterpret, Regenerate, Reinvigorate by John Ostrander

There’s been a lot of pushing the reset button in pop culture recently and I find the results interesting. J.J. Abrams rebooted the Star Trek franchise a few years back and, while some fans complained, I think it was successful. Certainly it was financially successful, which is what the Hollywood moguls really care about.

At the start of Daniel Craig’s run, the James Bond movies were also rebooted, culminating in the recent spectacular Skyfall, which – again this may be heresy to some – was the best Bond film ever. It’s visually stunning and takes Bond himself to greater depths and heights than I’ve seen up until now.

Sherlock Holmes has been reinterpreted into the modern age with two versions, the BBC’s magnificent Sherlock and Elementary on CBS. Both are true to the basics and it’s amazing how well the classic fictional detective gibes with modern times.

Of course, we’ve witnessed DC’s rebirth with the New 52. Again, you can argue as to whether it is artistically successful but I don’t think you can argue that it hasn’t been financially successful thus far. This summer will see a movie rebooting of Superman with Man of Steel. The Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy rebooted that cinematic history as The Amazing Spider-man did with that character’s movie version. X-Men: First Class reimagined Marvel’s mutants and so on. The next Star Wars chapter and the announced Star Wars solo films, while they will undoubtedly respect the previous movies, will probably play hob with what is known as the Extended Universe, the complex continuity that has sprung up around the films via novels, comics, games and more. Depending on how they turn out, that may not be a bad idea.

All my professional comic book writing career, I’ve played with and enjoyed continuity. I respect it but I don’t worship it and I don’t think it is cast in stone. Sometimes, continuity becomes like barnacles on the bottom of a boat and need to be scraped off in order to make the boat (or the franchise) sea/see worthy again.

One of the most successful franchises is the BBC’s Doctor Who and part of its longevity (it celebrates 50 years this year) is its ability to change the actor who is playing the Doctor. It’s built into the series; the Doctor is an alien being who regenerates from time to time into virtually a new character, played by a different actor. The new Doctor doesn’t look, act, dress or sound like any of the other incarnations. The re-invention is a part of the continuity and that’s very clever.

I think this is very healthy; characters and concepts can and should be re-examined and re-imagined for the times in which they appear. They have to speak to and reflect concerns that its current public has if they are going to remain vital and alive.

Can it be overdone or badly done? Absolutely. Some remakes get so far from what the character is about that they might as well be a different character altogether. You want to take a look at the essence of the character, what defines them, and then see how you get back to that, interpreting it for current audiences. Some folks revamp something for the sake of revamping or to put their stamp on the character. I don’t think that usually works very well. Change what needs changing, certainly, but be true to the essentials of the character or concept.

Have I always done that? I don’t think so; when I was given Suicide Squad, I didn’t go back to the few stories that were originally published and work from that. I created a new concept for the title. However, I did reference the old stories and kept them a part of continuity, albeit re-interpreting them. I think we played fair with the old stories.

On The Spectre, Tom Mandrake and I took elements from as many past versions of the character as we could while getting down to what we felt were the essentials. Really, our biggest change was not the Spectre himself but his alter-ego, Jim Corrigan. Originally, he was plainclothes detective in the 30s and our version reflected that. I think that was a key to our success.

Even with my own character GrimJack, after a certain point I drop kicked the character at least 100 years down his own timeline into (shades of the Doctor) a new incarnation. I gave him a new supporting cast and the setting changed as well. It made the book and the character fresh again and made me look at it with new eyes.

The old stories will continue to exist somewhere; they just won’t be part of the new continuity. At some point, that new continuity will be changed as well as the concepts and characters are re-interpreted for a newer audience. That way they’ll remain fresh and alive. Otherwise, they’ll just become fossilized and dead. Who wants that?