Marcelo Gomes: Anatomy of a Dancer (Documentary)
Posted 05 July 2012 - 07:50 AM
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 01:26 PM
It's worth contributing, too, because there will be people who will cancel their pledge before the deadline, when all credit cards are charged, or will have their pledge amount declined. (Not to mention unexpected issues that come up during filming or opportunities that come up which a little extra bit of cash can enable.)
Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:11 AM
The project has added a video for the film in Portuguese and what I assume is an explanation of the project in Japanese on the project page, as well as a link to an article about it in Russian.
Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:41 PM
Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:32 AM
It's never over until it's over: some people will remove their pledge after the project exceeds the target goal to spread the wealth. The directors were very clever in several ways: first to appeal to Gomes' fan base in Japan, Russia, and Brazil in their own languages, and second to contact backers after they exceeded their target relatively early to explain how they'd use the additional money to make a better film, citing a trip to Japan to film Gomes, which otherwise was not in budget.
What I find interesting is that because kickstarte's philosophy is that they only allow funding that at least makes a target, because the project is unlikely to succeed with its stated goals if it's underfunded -- this is squarely within the Project Management Institute's (PMI's) guidelines -- by allowing the project mission to change/expand with additional funding, I suspect PMI might not approve.
Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:59 AM
I'm not familiar with PMI, but I find this puzzling. If one of the National Endowments (Arts or Humanities) awards a matching grant, in which they will match private fund-raising with Federal dollars by a certain ratio (1-1, 2-1, 3-1), they have no prohibition on raising MORE money than the target. For the Challenge Grant program (which is for capital expenditures -- buildings, endowed chairs, etc.) they do require you to raise the target before the Federal funds are released, but they don't prohibit raising more.
I'm wondering if Kickstarter guidelines encourage projects to develop contingency plans for greater amounts. For films, at least, there are so many budget contingencies that could make good use of additional funding (as the Gomes project plans), it would be a shame to discourage additional funds. And I'm guessing they encourage people to build into their budget planning a certain loss % (changed minds, cancelled credit cards, etc.) just as businesses plan for a certain amount of loss.
Posted 03 August 2012 - 11:27 AM
Just about every project can spend more money to do something cool, but adding features and spending money to increase quality above the stated quality metrics without proper change controls is called "gold-plating," which is one of the ethical no-nos in project management, at least defined by the leading PM organization in NA and Asia. Yes, it happens all the time, and there are so many incentives in business to spend the budget to get more budget, but it's pretty much stealing from the shareholders, tax-payers, and private owners. Europe uses a different certification process, which is based in management public projects, and I don't know enough about this to speak to their stance on gold-plating.
The directors of the Gomes documentary were smart in that they told people what they would do with the incremental funds: new donors would know why they should give instead of passing, and they announced in time for one of the original backers to pull out, because it wasn't signed up for, because they thought this would change the focus of the project or endanger the original promised output, etc., and not feel ripped off. There's no "change control" mechanism in Kickstarter, though: no one is obligated to explain what they'd do with additional funds. If a filmmaker is creating a film, for example, and s/he decided to hire Eric Fischl to design the DVD cover for the film, or to travel first-class to Cannes, there's no accountability to the sponsors beyond the original target. (They're still obligated to deliver the original output.)
IndieGoGo is a bit different: the type of project is not defined as a creative project, and anyone could use the site to raise funds for sitting on their couch catching up on their reading, if they could get people to contribute.
Posted 03 August 2012 - 12:48 PM
This appears far down on that page, in the Q&A:
I'm guessing that more detailed advice urges that people explain where the extra money will go, if raised. Kickstarter could have set this up so the site for a project is closed when they achieve their goal, but didn't. Of course, Kickstarter wouldn't then make its 5% on that extra funding either. But they have an interest in seeing projects succeed and avoiding scandal, so they must be comfortable with this policy.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:52 PM
Voting is open until 31 August, 5pm (I assume EDT):
The film is up against a film about Greg Louganis, which is, as of now, edging Gomes' film in votes.
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