I have seen a number of people in the UK start a Kickstarter project recently and thought I would have a go too. Kickstarter, for those that don’t know, is a fund raising platform that enables projects to collect money from interested parties on the all or nothing basis. In other words, if the who sum of money sought is not pledged within the time frame, then nothing is collected and no one is worse off.
I have been thinking that this might be a mechanism for my viewers and supporters to get behind the Bald Explorer videos that I produce and help make them happen – and more frequently. To this end, I am running a campaign to raise about £6500 to fund another one hour long episode of the series at the beginning of July 2013.
The reason the goal is so high is because when you start to calculate the actual cost of producing a piece of television with accommodation, fuel, wages for crew, fees, insurance, parking, sustenance, and so on, it all starts to become expensive.
In the past I have collared a mate, a relation or even a passerby to assist with the production. It has taken months to produce to the standard I think is acceptable and comparable to television and I have footed all the costs myself.
I just simply cannot afford to do that anymore. People tell me they would like to see more programmes, so I think this is the best way forward.
I think that Kickstarter is a bit like the old days of subscription. With the ‘rewards’ you offer, people are in reality paying for the programme to be made but they get the benefit of having it delivered to them in advance of everyone else – and with a few extras thrown in.
I hope my supporters will continue to help make these programmes. If they don’t I guess that will be the finish of the Bald Explorer and that would be a shame.