Key West: The Conch Republic

Help bring this exciting, family friendly, Christian film set in the tropical paradise of Key West, to life!

Why We Need $4M to Create Key West: The Conch Republic — May 12, 2015

Why We Need $4M to Create Key West: The Conch Republic

Why We Need $4M
Why We Need $4M

Yes, you read that number correctly. We estimate we need to raise $4M through Kickstarter to fund our family-values, Christian movie, “Key West:  The Conch Republic.”

If I were you, the first question I’d ask is, “Four million bucks is a lot of money. Why do you need that much money?  What are you going to do with it? Who gets that money? Are you going to take that money and “pay” yourselves?”

Let me explain where the money will go. But first, a little background information is in order.

If you are reading this blog, you may have seen Kickstarter and are aware of our movie project, Key West: The Conch Republic, a family-valued film inspired by Psalm 91. Let me take a quick moment to recap the concept:  As the title hints, the movie takes place in Key West in the early 1980s. It’s based on actual events when Key West, for a brief period of time, seceded from the US. During this secession, a visiting pastor and his family go to Key West, and their youngest daughter, Natalie, and her mischievous friend, Angel, a white pelican, touch the lives of everyone there.

We are so excited about this script. We want to bring it to life through this project so everyone can experience it. But bringing it to life takes money.  Proverbs 13:11 states, “Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.” We’d like to apply that to our film project. We are honest in our request for funding for this project. We are asking for a lot of money, but we know that little by little, we can get this project funded. We are confident that there are thousands of Christians like us who want to see more family-focused, prayer not scare type Christian films. And remember, with Kickstarter, the entire project must be funded or we get nothing.

So back to the money – the bulk of the money that we need will go to production costs, include hiring a director and securing actors. Believe it or not, many actors in Christian films are not paid. Taking that further, many Christian actors are out of work because they are not always welcome in Hollywood. We’d like to use this film, and hopefully future sequels, to employ these men and women and support them in their faith and profession. Additionally, funds are needed for the production crew, pre- and post- production activities, travel expenses for everyone involved, marketing, and more. The costs quickly add up, however, the producers of the movie will not receive any money that is donated through Kickstarter.  The goal is to use money from the movie’s theater ticket sales and DVD sales to fund the sequel, which is already written. The producers will only make money through ticket sales and DVD sales, and of course, the project first has to be funded.

Add up the costs and you are quickly at $4M.  Our movie budget is almost a half-inch thick, but here are some of the higher level budget items (but just consider the credits at the end of any film to see how many people are involved in the production and need to be paid):

  • Actors & Actresses     $1,653,000
  • Movie Director/Producer    $190,000
  • Film crew/support staff    $700,000
  • Food       $245,000
  • Travel       $135,000
  • Hotel       $360,000
  • Post Production/CG     $170,000
  • Legal/Permits      $70,000

We hope this post helped answer some of your questions about how the money will be used. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to reach out:

Email: jamie@keywestthemovie.com
Kickstarter Site:  www.bit.ly/keywestmovie
Film Website: http://keywestthemovie.faithnetwork.com/
Twitter:   @keywestmovie   https://twitter.com/keywestmovie
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Key-West-The-Conch-Republic-Motion-Picture/1055969584432580?sk=timeline

The Kickstarter project runs through June 20, 2015 at 1:29 pm Eastern Time.  If the goal isn’t met by the end of the run, then no funds change hands. Those interested in supporting the project should visit http://www.bit.ly/keywestmovie to learn more.

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Tell Me How Kickstarter Works to Raise Funds For “Key West: The Conch Republic” — May 9, 2015

Tell Me How Kickstarter Works to Raise Funds For “Key West: The Conch Republic”

Kickstarter works!
Kickstarter works!

Since we are asking you to help fund our Christian movie, “Key West: The Conch Republic,” through Kickstarter, we thought we’d take a moment and explain how Kickstarter works.

Exactly what is Kickstarter?

It’s a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design and technology can be a project. They are all brought to life through the direct support of people like you.

How does it work?

Lots of projects are funding on Kickstarter at any given moment, including ours for “Key West: The Conch Republic.” We set our project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like our project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If our project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.

Why do people back projects?

People back projects they like. If they like it, they’ll spread the word to their friends, and so on. Press, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and Kickstarter itself are also big sources of traffic and pledges. It’s really about pledging your support to a creative idea that you want to see exist in the world.

What do people get for backing projects?

Backers received several things. First, supporters get an inside look at the creative process, and can help that project come to life. Second and just as importantly to many backers, they also get to choose from a variety of unique rewards offered by the project creator. Rewards vary from project to project, but often include a copy of what is being produced (CD, DVD, book, etc.) or an experience unique to the project.

Why is the funding all or nothing?

All-or-nothing funding serves several important functions:

  • It makes it less risky for everyone. If we need $4M for the Key West: The Conch Republic movie, we could not just raise $1M and have the backers expect us to complete a $4M project.
  • It motivates. If people want to see a project come to life, they’re going to spread the word.
  • It works. Of the projects that have reached 20% of their funding goal, 81% were successfully funded. Of the projects that have reached 60% of their funding goal, 98% were successfully funded.  There’s little in-between.

Do people actually use this platform?

You bet they do!

In 2014 alone, 3.3 million people from all over the world pledged more than a half a billion dollars (that’s $1000 per minute) on Kickstarter to bring 22,252 creative projects to live.

To date, over $1.6B has been pledged to Kickstarter projects, and 82,000+ have been successfully funded.

Is it safe?

Yes, Kickstarter partners with Stripe to seamlessly collect and process payments for all projects. Within the Kickstarter site, you use your credit card and the transaction will be secure. Remember your card will not be charged until the end of the project, and only if the project target is met.

This are just a few of many questions about Kickstarter. For a more detailed list of questions and answers, visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter+basics?ref=footer

Source for all stats in this post: kickstarter.com.

Remember our Kickstarter project, Key West: The Conch Republic, runs through June 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm Eastern Time. If the goal isn’t met by the end of the run, then no funds change hands. Those interested in supporting the project should visit:

Email: jamie@keywestthemovie.com

Kickstarter Site:  www.bit.ly/keywestmovie

Film Website: http://keywestthemovie.faithnetwork.com/

Twitter:   @keywestmovie   https://twitter.com/keywestmovie

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Key-West-The-Conch-Republic-Motion-Picture/1055969584432580?sk=timeline

It’s Official: New Family Values-focused, Christian Film Project Available on Kickstarter.com — May 5, 2015

It’s Official: New Family Values-focused, Christian Film Project Available on Kickstarter.com

Effective today Kickstarter.com has a new project for the purpose of raising production funds for a family values-based film, “Key West: The Conch Republic.” As the title hints, the movie takes place in Key West in the early 1980s and is based on actual events when Key West, for a brief period of time, seceded from the United States. During this secession, a visiting pastor and his family go to Key West, and their youngest daughter, Natalie, and her mischievous friend, Angel, a white pelican, touch the lives of everyone there.

The story was inspired by Psalms 91 and reflects the idea that the Lord provides refuge and protects those who believe in Him. The script is ready and promises to make viewers laugh and cry while demonstrating Christian values in the actions of its characters.To_life

The film’s producers hope to raise $4M dollars during the 60-day Kickstarter funding window. Monies raised through Kickstarter will be used to fund the production costs of the movie, including hiring a director and actors; the production of graphics, original music, any special effects; film crews, sound design, legal fees, marketing, travel costs for everyone involved, and all other elements of pre- and post-production.

The Kickstarter project runs through June 20, 2015 at 1:29 pm Eastern Time. If the goal isn’t met by the end of the run, then no funds change hands. Those interested in supporting the project should visit Kickstarter to learn more.

For more information about this project, contact:

Email: jamie@keywestthemovie.com

Kickstarter Site:  www.bit.ly/keywestmovie

Film Website: http://keywestthemovie.faithnetwork.com/

Twitter:   @keywestmovie   https://twitter.com/keywestmovie

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Key-West-The-Conch-Republic-Motion-Picture/1055969584432580?sk=timeline