douchey crowdfunding

Alright, everyone knows I have a problem with crowdfunding. Even so there is a list–and it’s a pretty short one, believe me–of projects that I feel have a good chance of producing and releasing the content they have promised in their crowdfunding campaigns. I vet these projects in my own douchey way by communicating with the producers of the project in question. If I glean details that pertain to the relative chance of completion of the project, then I will share them with you.

So, how I go about donating to crowdfunding campaigns? Yeah, about that–I don’t. It just encourages the bad ones. But if I genuinely want the next round of content from a producer, and I think they can pull it off, I’ll give them five to twenty bucks, which is the value that their content has to me as an entertainment product. In my mind, I am pre-purchasing the content. Now, there are all sorts of laws that pertain to the nomenclature that can and cannot be used when running a crowdfunding campaign. I don’t care about that, I am not running a crowd funding campaign. I am a consumer who is pre-purchasing content. That’s how I view myself. And I’d better get my damn content, and it better be good.

You do whatever you want. If you don’t like these products, don’t donate.

Now, let’s get a couple things straight:  I am not receiving any compensation or consideration in any fashion from any of the below projects. And I what I am sharing with you is my understanding of the projects. If you know something I don’t, have a correction or addition to make, don’t be shy, put it right in the comments.


Douchey Crowdfunding



Chop Socky Boom Episodes V-VIII.

Chop Socky Boom is a charming, unpretentious webseries about a bunch of feckless Seattle actors stuck in the indie hell of a kung fu webseries.

I reviewed them awhile back: Review–Chop Socky Boom! I liked it. Go watch the first four episodes, see what you think.

Here’s what I found out:

  • Chop Socky filmed their first four episodes on their own dime.
  • Shooting is scheduled for fall of 2012.
  • Not counting in-kind donations, the budget is $18,000. They already have $6000 of it, leaving them $12,000 to go.
  • All major expenses are accounted for, including post production.
  • Any excess funds raised will be used for future episodes.
  • Chop Socky has dedicated, in-house post-production: one of the directors works as a professional editor, and will be personally editing the footage himself.
  • More robust resources (both tech and crew) are available to the production this time around.
  • Input from the fans has been incorporated into the writing.
Chop Socky has a reasonable budget, some content already under their belt, and their post production is covered–which is huge. I think they have a really good chance of cranking out content that is of equal or greater quality than episodes 1-4.
In the interest of full disclosure: I do indeed know some of the people who are working on Chop Socky personally. If that seems like a conflict of interest to you–I don’t care. My vetting process is the same for acquaintances and strangers alike. Don’t donate if you have a problem with it.



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