crowdfund campaign manager & asst. producer
director: karlton parris
writer: karlton parris
genre: drama, comedy, true story
nce a Year on Blackpool Sands is an independent LGBTQ feature film about love, identity and courage from director Karlton Parris of Babydog Films – a bold production company with a Queer slant.
As Campaign Manager and assistant producer, I created and lead a crowdfund campaign on IndieGogo, raising $5,000 from anonymous supporters. Harnessing the power of social media and creating engaging content (actor/director interviews, behind the scenes filmmaking etc.), I produced a ‘story’ about a story, utilising my skills as a storyteller and social-media savvy awareness. something.
By focussing the campaign on the story aspect, and engaging with people’s sensibilities, the crowd-funds success is evidence of the fact that audiences want compelling stories – no matter what form they are presented. e.g an Instagram post on their phone; a backstage video that makes them feel like they were there etc.
As a writer and aspiring filmmaker who’s curious about how we can re-shape and re-tell stories in our digital age, whilst
always connecting with audiences, this is hugely exciting. We can now create a believable, immersive story world even before the ‘final’ film has been presented.
Belief in independent films, where bold storytelling is at the heart, attracted me to this opportunity as I wanted to explore the myriad forms in which a story can be presented to engage and involve audiences. Therefore, learning about the potential audience for the feature film, as well as an understanding of what makes audiences sustain interest. If people/audiences can be immersed in a story simply by interacting with snapshots of content on their phones and feeling like they have a say in the creative process of the making of a bigger story, then there is infinite future potential for filmmaking innovations.
The film is now in post-production, premiering in New York this November 2019. Find out more here.