Crowdfunding can be many things: wonderful, stupid, fun, intelligent, useful, revolutionary, and quite often a number of various combinations. It’s a means to achieve a goal that one person alone can’t do. But what crowdfunding is the very best for is getting something to happen that other people WANT to happen. This is one of reasons we’re crowdfunding for our Firefly ‘Fan Film’, A Faithful Companion.
As a parent, I find that I sometimes have little choice in some of the things that my children are exposed to. Okay, let’s be honest; some of the things that I’m exposed to. Minions for example. I never liked minions when they first arrived on Pixar’s Despicable Me and I certainly don’t like them now that they’re continually invading my life in the form of toys that wind up in the hands of my children via cousins and memes and internet ads.
But The Perfect Baker, a pan that can help replicate professional kitchen results because it spins as it bakes ? That’s something I can get behind. Artificial gills for breathing under water? Yes, please! Miskatonic West? Give me more H.P. Lovecraft any day of the week! These are things I actively like. These are things I support. If I want to be entertained and engaged, I want to put my money behind something that I’ll actually enjoy.
And this is the magic of Crowdfunding. This is the democracy of products and of entertainment. This is people supporting projects that they believe in and this is people who are passionate about the projects getting it done. And what’s better than getting a job done? There are few things better than being able to do what you’re passionate about few things better than supporting what you like and want and having it get done because of your money-in-mouth vote.
A Faithful Companion is currently being crowdfunded. If you’re a Firefly fan, a fan of Serenity, or just like a great story, check out this project inspired by Joss Whedon’s beloved series. Join the group on Facebook and keep checking back for updates!