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1-1: What Inspires Your Story (SF)

Key Points

Inspiration Sources

  • Personal examples of existing shows: X-Files, Looper, The Booth at the End, BlackBoxTV, The Twilight Zone, Pioneer One, Quantum Leap
  • Books and magazine articles: Anthony Zuiker’s Cybergeddon
  • Your life: Your job, your friends, your family
  • Your motivation: Making people think? Just for fun?


  • List at least 3 sci-fi films, TV shows, or web series that inspire you.
  • List at least 3 non-sci-fi films, TV shows, or web series that inspire you.
  • List at least 3 non-films/TV shows/web series that inspire you. (Novels, comics, art, music, people, news articles, etc. Of any genre.)

3-5: How to Message People (CKC)

To do!  Identify your campaign milestones and highlight them in your messaging.

Key Points:

– Use your call to action in your messaging: ” say what your project is in one sentence, and pledge and spread the word”

– Give a heartfelt meaning with your call to action and visualize it as much as possible

– Reaching out to the media

– Choose the people with the largest following and reach out to them

– Say something when you have something meaningful to say: (Milestones, Once a week – or how often do you want to be reached? Know how often your audience wants to be reached, Make sure there is value in the content you’re sharing)

– Make sure your Kickstarter link is actually in your page

– Consider linking your website domain name to your Kickstarter page

3-4: How to Encourage Pledging (CKC)

To do: Make a list of who are the top targets to help you broadcast your pitch.

Key Points:

– Know your pitch: what will you say to the media?

– Create an EPK (electronic press kit) with a cover image and key words/statement

– Write a press release that says what the project is, why it’s special, and include the contact information for who to talk to

– Make sure people writing about you will want to write about you

– How will you reach out? (calls/emails, dinners, reaching out with blogs/media, traction from those links bringing in the most funding)

– Make a list and message everyone (get everyone to spread the word)

– Outreach via social media

– Reach out to thought leaders who have their own following

– Traditional PR like TV/Radio/News

– Online publications do better with a click through

– Incentivizing people to help

– Throwing / sponsoring events / PR stunts

– Create a website press center

– Email and text messaging campaign strategy

3-3: Outreach Materials (CKC)

To do!  Utilize social media to grow your campaign reach.

Key Points:

– Facebook page should link to your campaign

– What images will you use:  find a graphic designer to do visual storytelling of your campaign

– Utilize Twitter effectively to expand your reach

– Bring in expertise around areas that you need help with

– Consider a post-card, flyer, with your project story, or even a folding business card to hand out in person

– Be short on the messaging – main image should tell a lot

– Be clear on what the project is, where they can find it, and some visualization of the rewards to lend credibility

– How does your website back up your kickstarter campaign

– What are the visual items you have the back up your campaign?

3-2: How to run the Campaign (CKC)

To do!  Plan your Kickstarter blog and message & thank your backers.

Key Points:

– Tools: backer updates:  once every other day, once a day – plan them out

– Share news to get people excited when they’re following your story

– Messages and comments: interact with the people contributing and people interested in your project

– Be communicative, correlation between popularity and interactivity

– Send thank you messages to everyone who pledges like: “Dear ___ thank you so much, and include all social media links

– Capture pledgers contact information and keep them involved

– Give them other ideas on how else to be involved

– Answer questions with opportunities etc.

2-5: Web Series Campaign (CKC)

To do!  Make a website for your web series to link your audience to.

Key Points:

– Use past episodes / sizzle into your campaign

– Show off your creativity to your audience

– Demonstrate the world

– Consider immersing the audience in that world with the characters

– Have fun with your style to make it share-able

– Know the audience of your genre and what appeals to them

– Show off what the website might look like

– It’s not just about the show itself, it’s about the website and the links inside the experience

2-4: Credibility (CKC)

To do!  Write the mini-bios of the people involved and approach others who could lend your project credibility.

Key Points:

– Who is involved in your project and what are your credits

– Be clear why you are the right person for this project

– If you don’t have anyone that makes sense, who can you approach?

– Make sure that you have value behind your rewards

– Don’t come off as a scam: make sure graphic looks good, and make sure the project is developed to a do-able point

– Make it clear that you have the ability to pull it off with your resources

2-3: Choosing Rewards (CKC)

To do!  Choose your rewards.

Key Points:

– Make sure your goal has enough money for the rewards

– Be sure that your rewards provide value to your pledgers

– Choose rewards that are creative, unique, and fit your budget: some rewards can be material or experiential, consider credits in the project or even on your website

– Rewards are about letting people become a part of your project

2-2: Videos, Story, and Rewards (CKC)

To do!  Design your campaign and assemble the assets you need.

Key Points:

– Three sections:  the video, the story, and the rewards

– The page design is broken down into modules: about the project, who’s involved, screenshots of product or stills of the video

– What is the strongest message you can share with your “customer” — it’s not about what you want to say, but how you want them to interpret it

– Basic call to action is pledge, and spread the word

– For each person that you reach out to, they can reach out to their network

– The Video – what information do you absolutely have to have?

2-1: Visually Telling Your Project’s Story (CKC)

To do!  Choose images that tell the story of your project.

Key Points:

– Kickstarter tools include:  pictures, text, video clips, and sound clips.

– Donor engagement correlates with how well the story is told visually via page scrolling

– Simplicity of pictures tell the story that gives people a quick idea of your project

1-5: Goal Amount (CKC)

To do!  Budget your project out and set a realistic goal.

Key Points:

– Set it for the minimum amount it will take for you to complete your project

– Include the amount necessary to fulfill the rewards you offer

– Be aware that you can lose your money if you set your goal higher than is realistic

1-4: Kickstarter Video (CKC)

To do!  Map out and make your Kickstarter video.

Key Points:

– A minute and a half to ten minutes is a good general range

– You have room to put other videos on your page

– Basic formula:  Who are you? What it is?  (include a sizzle here?) A final 15 seconds with a call to action – “pledge below”

– Who should be in your video?  (If it’s you, just be yourself, be someone who people can connect to?

– Be clear about why they should care about you

– Use sizzle footage that let’s them see what to expect

1-3: Length (CKC)

To do!  Set a realistic timeframe for your campaign based on your own schedule and resources.

Key Points:

– Determine how much time you have to commit to your campaign

– Time ranges anywhere from two weeks to two months

– First half is about building awareness with groups that wouldn’t have known about it otherwise

– The Most money comes in during first and last three days

– 15 Days is a sprint

– 30-45 Days gives you time to test what’s working and what’s not

– 60 Days works but can be exhausting

1-2: Success (CKC)

To do!  Find a successful project and an unsuccessful project, and make a list of the things that worked or didn’t work.

Key Points:

– Research the successful projects and see what worked or didn’t work (What kind of buzz did they get?)

– Figure out what gets you interested by browsing on Kickstarter’s main site (What gets you to press the buy button? What’s special about that project?)

– Define what success means to you (Getting funded? Validation? Supporters from talent, investors, or other connections?)

1-1: Design, Credibility, and Outreach (CKC)

To do!  Outline your campaign plan design, credibility factors, and outreach strategy.

Key Points:

– Create a streamlined visual design look on your Kickstarter page (Do you understand the project? Are you enticed? Is there a call to action?)

– Highlight your credibility (Show who you are and what you’ve done in the past. Show that you’re giving something of value that you can complete

– Touch your audience in some way

– Reach out beyond your network for outreach (Bloggers and news, get your project in front of the right people)


Intro (CKC)

Key Points:
Higher Awareness of Crowdfunding
Higher Crowdfunding Volume
Kickstarter & Indiegogo Established
Celebrity Involvement
Make Unique Campaigns

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Running time: 33 minutesThree Chapters, 15 Episodes

OVERVIEW: Learn how to raise $10,000 by designing a one-of-a-kind crowdfunding campaign. Learn how to set goals and better prepare yourself for a campaign launch. Once your campaign launches, you’ll be an expert on methods of raising the most money, and how to design a professional page.

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