Crowdfunding New Age

Unless you have a following in the high thousands you will not be successful on a Kickstarter Project.  It can also be costly to get the list of backers and an expert who will send the info to the selected backers after analyzing which ones are likely to go for your type of movie genre and cultural viewpoint. So why start crowdfunding campaign?  Lots of work and very big odds against you.  Out of 365,000 projects launched, an estimated 129,000 have been successfully funded.  So 35% of projects have met their goals but the top have exceeded expectations.  I was not surprised to find crowdfunding projects launched by well known artists who logically use their leverage for gain and their projects have succeeded above the rest. Check out this article and you’ll understand where I’m coming from. Top 12 Successfully Funded Kickstarter Films 

Hybrid is going through an expansion phase in which I am looking to produce a comic book, a video game and a free book web campaign in both English and Spanish.  I would also like to show the on-demand production fashion and arts merchandise and the action figure dolls.  The comic book will be titled “Legends from Utopia: Ta-ha-rai of the Jungle and the new book Utopia, which is already out, will get a new cover and ISBN title, Legends from Utopia: Taharai, an Amazon Hybrid.  In order to get these formats developed I will need to pay contributing artists and crowdfunding is the only way I know to try other than out-of-pocket.  Despite the odds and knowing it will cost me to launch a good campaign but I will have no guarantees, I am willing to try either Kickstarter or Indiegogo.

ICOs or Initial Coin Offerings seem to be the new rave in crowdfunding.  Braid is the first feature film to be funded through an Etherean Crowdsale in the US. An ICO which is a like an IPO but with coins or crypto, which basically means equity.  There is a return on the investment with an ICO, but I thought there was also an ROI on a Kickstarter or Indiegogo pledge.  Why would just a fan invest $30,000 or more on a film if not for the equity? But my research proves me wrong.  It’s a revolutionary new way to get funded and everyone wants it.

With the advent of blockchain technology, a new crowdfunding model has emerged that allows fans and investors alike to contribute to a film’s funding in exchange for equity participation. This type of crowdfunding is called an ICO or Initial Coin Offering. Ben Arnon of The Huffington Post describes the ICO funding model as “the next frontier of film finance via crowdfunding.”

Every ICO is a little bit different, but typically there’s a time limit for the sale, and a set number of maximum tokens that will be sold. Once those limits are reached, the sale is done, and the owners can use their tokens as they please.

What is Ethereum?

Ethereum is a platform for creation of decentralized applications running on blockchain, through the use of smart contracts.Since its launch on June 30, 2015, it has been steadily gaining popularity. Starting from late January 2016, it has experienced a surge. In its first year it had $1B market capitalization. It is similar to Bitcoin

These new ways of funding and money across the web are new and strange to me but worth the try.  At least I will learn more

about it.

REMAKES OF NOT JUST PLOTS

library scene beautyDo remakes stifle creativity or do they provide an opportunity to get more creative with the same story plot? What’s your opinion? Leave a comment and I’ll publish the survey results.

To me, remakes mean that the Hollywood machinery spends less time looking for new ideas and promoting them.  It is cheaper, after all, to market a public domain story than SELECT a new one from the stacks and make it into a blockbuster. How many authors are there with amazing stories that can and will become classics if given the marketing packages that these remakes receive?  Classics like Cinderella have been redone so many times that when a new Cinderella version comes out I cringe to just think how little girls’ minds are being programmed to believe that if they have a good heart and work hard, the valiant prince will show up with a slipper their size. I cringe, too, when I think of the writer whose job it is to retell the story in a different angle. And they succeed.  Every Cinderella story brings out a new, more sophisticated viewpoint than the previous, and so it is with Beauty and the Beast. Sure, Emma Watson is a beauty, but she is also homely, and the beast, well, he is surely furry all over and his feet are those of a goat.  But his heart, well, his heart is as pure as gold.  Even so, how could a young tender girl even imagine being in love with such?

Enough about that. What brings me to write about the new remake of Beauty and Beast is one of its cinematic scenes -the library scene.  As I was watching it, I remembered an Audrey Hepburn movie in a library scene just like it. I’m sure they planned it on purpose, the only thing that was different was the dialogue but not much. In Audrey Hepburn’s movie, Funny Face, she owns or works at the bookstore and an older (much older) protagonist, kisses her out of the blue. Did they go through the list of movies with library scenes and pick out Funny Face? Or did they do it inadvertently? Surely, that’s a question for the director. But if you are an Audrey Hepburn fan and IF it spikes your interest, watch Funny Face on YouTube and then look for the library scene in Beauty and the Beast. Compare the shots and the scenes.  See how much they are alike.  The two scenes show the beauty on a ladder looking at books during a dialogue with the ugly protagonist.

My point is that not only plots are remade but also shots and locations. If you look closely, how many other similar shots and sets will you find along the history of Hollywood’s remakes? Below you will find a list of movies where bookstores play a vital role. You would think they could be more creative than repetitive. But we, the consumers, love the familiar and are willing to support it with our tickets to the show, every time. As a woman in film, should I follow Hollywood’s example and create shots ad scenes that are already tried and true, or should I follow my instinct and be creative in my own way?  Certainly, I must offer some of the same with a twist.  That is the Hollywood formula that seems to work.  And if my objective is to be like them, then I must follow the leader. But wait, my book, Utopia is about doing just the opposite. Does anyone out there want to follow the “creative instinct” instead of the tried and true?

funny face

http://bookriot.com/2013/01/30/16-movies-starring-bookstores/

Did you know there were that many bookstore movies?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZPpz6vWptg

This is Funny Face, Audrey Hepburn on the ladder.

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=beauty+and+the+beast+library+scene+2017&oq=beautry+and+the+beast+library+sc&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.13534j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

The new Beauty and Beast-library scene.

 

 

Chamomile – More than a good night sleep

There are so many kinds of teas to choose from nowadays! It is hard to select one over another unless you know what each of them can do for your health and looks. Yes, looks, chamomile tea can help you look younger, slimmer and aids in digestion and bowel distension.

Chamomile and chamomile tea has been known to have a calming effect on us and help us sleep better.  It is usually found in every American kitchen cabinet.  Rarely, though, do we see it used in more ways than to relax and as a sleep aid.  My mother used to always merit it with hair lightening properties as well. Something I haven’t tried, and won’t.

Recently, I came across a well-packaged chamomile tea box and conducted a little bit of research to know more about its properties.  Surprisingly, I found so many benefits attributed to chamomile tea that I plan on drinking it regularly and will even follow bits of advice I think can benefit a mature woman or man.

The main constituent of Chamomile is Bisabolol oil. This naturally occurring sesquiterpene alcohol can be extracted from this daisy family flower, native of western Europe and India, now very abundant all over the world, including Africa.  Bisabolol oil is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibiotic and anti-cancerous agent which has been used in cosmetics for ages. Its tea form is ubiquitously known to treat the following conditions:

  • Stomach cramps or colic
  • Teething
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Gout
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Eczema
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Burns
  • Rashes
  • Headache
  • Fever

Surprised? I was pleasantly surprised to learn about this very cost effective, readily available natural healer and will continue to use this gift of nature in more ways than just to calm down and have a good night sleep.  The flavonoids and bisabolol oil it contains have demonstrated antioxidant properties in thwart the free radicals that damage our skin cells and lead to wrinkles. So I plan on using it in compresses over my eyes to reduce swelling and tiredness and to relieve the itch and flakiness of eczema. Keeping a bottle with chamomile tea in the shower to rinse my face and body seems like a handy way to try chamomile tea as a beauty aid.  I’ve already felt its effects on the digestive process since I started drinking it a couple of nights ago.

Next time you come across the tea aisle, make sure to grab a box of this earthly treasure and try some good ole’ natural home remedies with chamomile tea. For a woman in film like me, it is important to know these secrets of nature and pack them into my overnight bag when I’m out and about.  See you at the Film Fest.

 

Ghost Writers must know the hero’s world

A writer must know, really know, the world the hero lives in from many different angles if it’s to recreate a deep character with layers of significance.  This complexity is what I love about a character.

Writers sometimes use poetry to warm up their creative juices for the day. Sometimes I do. I get in touch with my feelings and accept them or do away with them if I don’t want them and get right into the writing.  The vision comes more clearly to me that way when I am in a state of zen. I write what I live and live what I write.image003  The following is an expert from my book Sandcastles which I am reading and revising.

Dream

Make every day a new dream

every hour an ecstasy

never regret your mistakes

but never make the same one twice

face every challenge

strengthen self-esteem

put aside ungratified desires

don’t miss things you don’t have

measure every opportunity

let it o by if it means trouble

treasure memories of bliss

they’ll come around to greet you

on every door to knock

they’re hidden smiles upon hard times

feel alive each minute

look around you and be one with your surroundings

let emotions take you over

and be free this way

never stay on the same track too long

change goals when you can’t reach them

trying is what counts and what we learn from

striving to achieve is the one objective

intensify your senses

omit no details

meditate and concentrate

life is too short for self-pity and contempt

By Angela Terga, written in 1978

Angela’s screenplays

 

angelaterga.comAngela Terga – writer, producer, director

Writing a screenplay takes a lot of time and effort. These are my flowers.
-Hybrid is a story within a story about how the future will judge us and creating an enlightened society.
-TNC is an international conspiracy to possess and manipulate the truth of Virgin’s Mary’s testimony to St. Luke.
-Sotru is non-other than the mother of all equal rights advocates and how truth sets us free.
-Isabel is a determined woman that gets what she wants in a future life.
-Robbie is a rock that holds the wisdom of the universe within accessible only to those with pure hearts.
I have another one coming soon. And there are others without graphics yet.
Stay tuned. 

 

 

2015 Report-2016 Outlook

It has been more than a year since I embarked on this journey. There is the copyright of a first draft but the final draft needs to be finalised with the rewrite and edit. This work is pending the fulfilment of the contract.

AngelaTerga

To describe 2015 using the term ‘challenging’ does not do it justice. But God is good and I am starting 2016 with the knowing that the Universe supports my goals and I am fearless.

As an aspiring writer and filmmaker coming out of a difficult online Creative Writing MFA program in the fall of 2014, with no looming job in the horizon and tucked away in the boondocks, I relied only on Providence to see me through my darkest hour. It was the first time in 20 years that I did not have a teaching job and dared to follow my dreams of becoming an author and filmmaker.

Self-publishing the novel Spiderwoman: an Amazon Legend, along with Sandcastles, a book of poems and Isabel, my thesis screenplay, did nothing else but satisfy the ideal of being an author; at least it filled the space on my new…

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