As we combed the streets of Corvallis during the annual Rhapsody in the Vineyard wine walk, my partner-in-crime Kegan Sims pointed out to me that three of the greatest fears of modern humans include public speaking, being on camera and asking strangers for money. We just experienced all three as we passed out postcards on Vino Veritas, promoting our Kickstarter campaign.
There were 30+ wineries pouring at various locations in town, and crowds were roaming the streets with wineglasses in hand. I expected that we’d be able to garner some interest, and perhaps we did. But it’s hard to approach strangers, even strangers drinking wine, and ask them for money. Our approach was soft: check out the website, give a buck or two if you’re inclined, consider following us on Facebook, tell your friends, etc.
The event itself seemed to be a success. The wineries were positioned in different stores, and participants bought a $5 glass and taste tickets at $1 each, then wandered the town. Many of the tasters seemed to be shopping and making purchases. Wineries from all over Oregon were pouring and getting exposure. We met some winemakers from various backgrounds and even landed a prospect or two for the film. It was awkward trying to pitch our film to potential donors, though. After all, would you give strangers money for a film project if they approached you in a crowded store when you were just interested in getting a one-dollar taste of some local wine? We’ll see.
We’re at 5% of our $5,000 fundraising target. Not a bad start with more than fifty days to go in the campaign. But I also know it’s going to take a lot of work to get to the amount we need.
The best thing about telling people that you’re making a film is the fact that the more people you tell, the stronger the pressure to complete the project on time and make it impressive. Even if they don’t donate to the campaign, I want these folks to be able to someday be able to brag that they knew about this movie when it was just getting off the ground.
Whatever the case, it was still a good opportunity to get word of our film out to the local community. We met some nice folks. And if you’re ever in Corvallis, stop by Oregon Camera to replace a lens cap or pick up a new 7D, and be sure to visit Corvallis Brewing Supply for the best selection of local microbrews in town, or to get your yeast, carboys and advice.