In the first FAQ, I explained the motivation behind the Launchpad program AND how it works. In this one I wanted to answer another question: why am I doing this?
I get it, people are skeptical of the motivations of people when there's money involved. So you should be - unfortunately - nothing in life is free and if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. So, why am I doing this? Why wouldn't I just put the money towards my own films? Am I going to rip you off? Am I the best guy ever?
In the interest of total transparency, I won't lie: I am selfish. But it's a different kind of selfish. I explain in detail in the video below but let me give you the short answer in writing.
I'm not rich (or I wouldn't be making microbudget films!). My goal is to use the money that people pay for the bootcamp/competition program to fund the prize. If there's any money left over it will pay for my time - the time to create and market the program, administer it, provide support through the screenwriting process, etc. The last time I ran the Launchpad, I basically broke even and definitely didn't pay for my time.
More important to me is to build the Microbudget Film Lab movement/community, to network with filmmakers and festivals, etc. I've learned from doing that having a community is super-important to being able to complete a feature film. I'm directly and indirectly increasing my ability to pursue my own filmmaking ambitions by getting to know great filmmakers, creating a community that I can be a part of.
And by increasing the number of great microbudget feature films in the world, it helps validate this model as a means of creating great films. The more the model is validated, the better is the environment for me as a microbudget filmmaker. Your success validates me, if that makes sense.
So much for a short answer. Anyway, I do discuss this in some more detail in the video.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments section below. Look forward to working with you.
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