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When I last checked on September 13, 2019, the Kickstarter campaign was still going, far short – bit over $30,000, of its campaign goal. I checked this afternoon and noticed it had been cancelled. It sounds like they aren’t planning on bringing it back anytime soon. It’s a shame as better marketing and updates could have made a huge difference in reaching the campaign goal. They mention new projects, but give no details.
I originally posted on it COZMO’S Kickstarter needs $32,284 in the next week…or else! — Fan Film Factor; original link – COZMO’S Kickstarter needs $32,284 in the next week…or else! — Fan Film Factor. I mentioned it again yesterday before they cancelled the campaign Crowdfunding Suggestions September 14, 2019.
Kickstarter direct link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atomicstudios/cozmos-goes-out-of-this-world-with-ep-2/
My points in yesterday’s post are things they need to reconsider if they do another Kickstarter campaign. I would also add they went with too many Add-Ons that would have been better suited to Stretch Goals. A main advantage of Stretch Goals is if you don’t meet them, they don’t stop you from getting funded as long as you reach your campaign funding goal. I didn’t bother to count up how much the Add-Ons raised the funding requirement, but it wasn’t cheap. In looking as their social media links, they didn’t take full advantage to get the word out.
When you are looking at $100,000 in funding, you need to keep providing regular updates on whatever social media and crowdfunding site you are using. They did a wonderful job in their earlier Kickstarter campaigns of providing regular updates on Kickstarter.
The problem with having a failed Kickstarter or other crowdfunding campaign is it tends to affect morale of those involved on both sides of the equation – the creator(s), the backers, and in this case, those who would have been involved in making the film.
I don’t know if the following restrictions are still in place, but here are some requirements for Star Trek fan fiction films: https://www.startrek.com/fan-films. There may be ways around some of the restrictions if you make it a parody or do enough things to make it seem Star Trek without actually calling it Star Trek fan fiction.
Going in as a parody is why The Orville – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5691552/ – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Orville was able to do things that fan fiction can’t do. There are a more respectful parody than what we often see.