Yes, we made it over 100% funded! As the clock ticked down to the deadline, we finally made it to our target at about 11pm (local time) on Friday evening. Exhausted after a day of non-stop tweeting, Stephen decided not to set a further target to try and push towards £6,000 and just let the last few donations take care of themselves. In the end we raised £5,105!
After commission paid to Indiegogo and PayPal this should leave us with just under £5,000 which we can take forward into the rest of the shoot. That should be enough to cover most of our expenses, and we can manage the rest between ourselves (just about).
This is very exciting, for two reasons. First, of course, it means The Ditch is going to be finished! Second, though, it means we have a community of people who are interested in the film, and with whom we can open up a dialogue. We hope this will go beyond just sending people project updates – we want to invite feedback at every stage, by posting photos/videos and encouraging responses (through this blog and our Twitter and Facebook accounts). For example, we have a whole section at the start of the film which hasn’t been shot yet and won’t be covered in this next shoot (it’ll be done on a third, as yet unscheduled, day) – we’ll be inviting people to look at our story, already outlined in two posts (here and here) and asking them for input into the early section, through asking a few precise questions of our audience.
And many people in this community will be among the first people to see the film! Anyone who donated £10 or more automatically qualifies to receive a preview screener. This will be the completed film, so it probably won’t be ready for the best part of a year (apart from finishing the shoot, we have to cut it, grade it, add the music, mix the sound, put the titles on and basically put all the stuff together that you don’t get to see). But every one of these donors will be able to access a password-protected video online; and people who gave £20 or more will receive their own digital download of the film! Even more generous donors will get the DVD (with extras!) but they’ll also be able to access the online versions, so as not to have to wait for the postman.
So it’s very exciting times here at Ditch headquarters! Now comes the really hard bit of getting it all together…