Mango is gaining momentum and sponsors. What I am wondering is how much more could be brought in if it were listed on Kickstarter? Why isn’t it? I actually think this would really work for Mango or a future blender project.
Enough work needs to go into the initial video introducing the project in order to promote it successfully. I think that if we (community + BF) focused on producing a pitch video of sufficient caliber (something like this), the project could really gain some steam there. Set the goal really high, like a million dollars. If our community pitched in and backed the project there as well, it could easily provide the momentum to get the project pushed up and over the top from the rest of the world. Think of how many non-blender users that could be reached by a spotlight on Kickstarter. I think money would flow in from lots of new sources.
It would be important to pitch not just the film’s creation, but also the fact that the money would be supporting Blender. We need a sensitive, emotional video that shows the thousands of people that Blender helps, the awards Ton has recieved, the past work produced by BF. Tell them about the big companies Blender competes with, and how shoestring the budget is. Then we need a cool, funny pitch-man like Cessen to come in and get them excited about it all. (that would work for sure)
Anyway it may not be the right timing. I just recently learned about the site and wanted to share. It is exciting to see the successful projects, and I think BF has the history and reputation to be one of the big ones. Sorry if it has been suggested before.
@ton -Why not try this with the next film? Go for something longer perhaps? Or make a game…