I’ve been hesitant to put this post up and it’s been sitting my in draft folder for some time now but I feel its necessary to be transparent with everyone who follows Film Fervor.
I’ve put up a Patreon Page to help with the costs of running Film Fervor, as it’s not a job that pays particularly well and, frankly, I can’t keep running it at a loss indefinitely. We’ve been going strong at this for almost two years now, promoting and sharing independent films from around the world and giving an inside look into the independent film world.
Independent Films, especially those produced by normal folk’s (like us!) are our main focus and, unfortunately, there’s not a huge market beating down the door to support unknown filmmakers, so there’s even less of a market for advertising or financial support from corporations. That’s why the Patreon seems to make the most sense to me.
With Patreon, you can support Film Fervor for as little as $1 a month and help us continue to grow into a bigger and bigger show.
I have some big plans for Film Fervor in the coming year (2017) and I’m going to need your help to make them happen:
- Festival Coverage: The biggest thing I am wanting to do with Film Fervor in 2017 is to be able to accept all of the invitations I’ve had to go to independent film festivals and provide video coverage, interviews, and award presentations. We’ve estimated that, given how many film festivals we’ve been invited to, in order to really pull this one off our Patreon will need to pull in roughly $5,000 per month.It’s one of our “Stretch Goals” on Patreon and something we’re really hopeful to obtain. I’ll be taking along one another person as a camera assistant and we’ll be putting together a complete video coverage package for the festivals.
- Video Interviews: It’s always struck me as kind of a silly thing that I would do an audio podcast about an entirely visual medium: film. In 2017, I’m hoping to move into video interviews through Skype TX and post them through our podcast host of Libsyn as well as YouTube. It’s something we’ve been wanting to move into at Film Fervor for quite some time, but the overhead is somewhat limiting as I’m out of pocket for Film Fervor personally.
- Equipment Reviews: One of the biggest things we’re wanting to get into are video equipment reviews. Again, through Libsyn and YouTube, we’ll put up our video equipment reviews to show what our opinions are on the gear we’ve used and the gear we are recommended for indie filmmakers. There is a lot of stuff out there, stuff that we know is just nonsense for the low-budget indie filmmaker and there’s a lot of stuff out there we absolutely and wholeheartedly would recommend, so getting hands on in video is the next logical step.
- Film Fervor Magazine: We’ve explored the option of a digital magazine for Film Fervor for quite a while now and its still something I’m very interested in personally. My goal is to make a monthly magazine with information, videos (digital magazines have an amazing multimedia capability) audio interviews, behind the scenes coverage of festivals and behind the scenes of films we cover.
So, those are just some of the things we are trying to accomplish in 2017, as well as more interviews with filmmakers and distributors, editors, and everyone else in the film business to help fellow indie filmmakers arm themselves with all the knowledge they need.
I can’t do this without your help and that’s why I’m excited about the Patreon platform. It allows fellow indie filmmakers to help support Film Fervor so we can continue to support you in your ventures, promote your campaigns, interview, review and announce to the world you’ve made an awesome production.
You’ll see the link to our Patreon page at the bottom of every post, from now on, as well as on the sidebar if you’re not on a mobile device. Please consider contributing to the growth and continuation of Film Fervor and help us continue to #SupportIndieFilm in every way we can.