By Mike A. Chinea | | 7 people found this helpfulThere are way more eloquent reviews than mine but here are my 2 cents worth anyway.
By Keren | | 5 people found this helpfulI honestly thought crowdfunding and crowdsourcing were interchangeable - boy was I wrong. Crowdsourcing is so much more and such a huge part of our world today. This book is a must-read for all filmmakers! I adore the conversational style in which it is written. It's such an easy read and feels so personal, like I'm hanging out with, and getting the best advice from, a dear friend. The real-world examples are priceless. Love it. Get this book. You'll be happy you did.
By Amazon Customer | | 5 people found this helpfulCrowdsourcing for Filmmakers has renewed my hope and energy as a producer. I started a short film competition to energize our local film community hit hard by the lack of state incentives, but I realized the only people energized were those who were selected to make the films. After reading this book I understand why no one else got excited! I plan to buy more copies of the book, get together with the local filmmakers and come up with a crowdsourcing plan for our entire film community -- thank you, Richard Botto, for the insights in how to move forward.
By Kia Kiso | | 5 people found this helpfulSo, you know the term crowdFUNDING but do you know how integral crowdSOURCING is to your success? It might be one of the most important things you do for your film. And you should start doing it from day one! It might make the difference between getting distribution/profits or only showing your film to your family during Thanksgiving. Disclaimer: a film I co-produced, MILE... MILE & A HALF is one of the book's case studies. Because of the support of our fans, the film shot to the top of iTunes highly-rated docs. We were thrilled to be asked to be part of RB's book so we could share what worked for us. I learned tons from reading the rest of the book, and I look forward to applying the tips and principles to my next project. RB a the master at crowdsourcing. So, of course, this book is a must if you want to set yourself (and your projects) up for success.
By A Samaroo | | 5 people found this helpfulI can’t put this book down. I have highlights all through the book. Explained in a funny and engaging manner this book educates and motivates.
By JR OWL | | 5 people found this helpfulI heard about this book on a panel at Hollyshorts and it sounded really interesting. I was able to get an advanced copy from the author and I could not be more grateful. Richard Botto has done an excellent job explaining how to get traction for my film, myself and build my audience to help support my film efforts. My state is starting to see the benefit of filming due to new tax incentives and it's allowed me to understand all the elements that go into becoming a successful filmmaker in my area. If you are a filmmaker, you will learn a lot by reading this book.
By Brandi Thomas | | 4 people found this helpfulI am truly enlightened after reading this book. RB does a fantastic job of not only explaining the psychology of crowdsourcing, but explaining each step of crowdsourcing in great detail. This book is heavily injected with RB's brand throughout, and I found it very clever how he demonstrated crowdsourcing... by writing a book on crowdsourcing. Clever girl, Clarice... clever girl. ;)
By Arnold F. | | 4 people found this helpfulThrough the years, I have listened to Richard Botto on podcasts and followed his writings on Stage 32. As an independent filmmaker, I've always found his insights inspirational and very of the now. I was excited to have the opportunity to meet him at a book signing in Vermont at Itvfest and I immediately bought his book. I have to say the material exceeded my expectations. I'm someone who always concentrated on the content and believed that if done well, it would find an audience. Now I see that I have been missing a key component. I haven't been crowdsourcing. This book has completely changed my thinking. The case studies of various filmmakers and producers have shown me the path and the information Botto shares is priceless. And it's told in the most engaging of ways. I laughed a lot. If I could give this book 10 stars I would and I am glad to spread the word. Read it immediately.
By Trigonis | | 4 people found this helpfulMany filmmakers these days are familiar with crowdfunding and how to do it Right (thanks in part to my own book on that very subject, I like to think), but not enough of them truly understand its progenitor –– crowdsourcing. Well, Rich Botto here has you covered. He not only expertly demystifies the often misunderstood concept of sourcing things other than funding from the crowd, but also shows you how to actually do it, whether you're seeking feedback and ideas or looking to put together an award-winning film crew. If you think the crowd-realm ends with crowdfunding, then this book is a must read, because there's so much more our crowds can help us with than just a handful of Benjamins, folks!
By Andrea Kranitz | | 4 people found this helpfulIf you are a creative and trying to make it in today's entertainment world, read this book. RB is an excellent writer who engaged me from the first sentence. His personal and conversational tone kept me interested and learning throughout. Crowdsourcing is essential for the filmmaker and the history and case studies help illustrate the definition and application.
By Joel F. | | 3 people found this helpfulRB simplifies the topic of crowdsourcing in an incredibly readable way. A lot of great tips and an inspiring read for any filmmaker looking to up their marketing game.
By Rachelle | | 3 people found this helpfulIf you're working in film or creating content in today's environment, perfecting your craft is only half the battle. You absolutely must know how to build your brand and cultivate a relationship with your audience. With Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers, Richard Botto, CEO of the film networking platform Stage 32, not only shows you the best practices and techniques for identifying and engaging an audience, but how to assure they stay with you from project to project. Additionally, he adds 3 incredible case studies involving filmmakers and producers who used a variety of crowdsourcing avenues with their projects. I downloaded the Kindle e-book and read it in 2 days! I'm going back in for a second read this weekend. Can't recommend this book highly enough.