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15 March 2013 @ 10:31 am
those people are MAKING ART!  

Yesterday morning as I was working in Starbucks, I noticed a woman introducing herself to a man who’d just arrived, primarily because she used the immortal and ear-catching words, “I’m the writer.” I spent the next hour or so alternating between writing and evesdropping as three more men showed up and were introduced.

Someone took out a laptop and showed a video. Great delight was expressed. Enthusiasm grew. The project was discussed. A crowdfunding project was in the works. I was sitting there twitching and going “THOSE PEOPLE ARE OVER THERE MAKING ART WITHOUT ME!”

I listened intently, but I could not catch the name of the project. After about an hour, two of the men stood up in preparation to leave.

I leapt up and hurried to their table, putting myself between the two men who were leaving and the three people who remained sitting. “I’m sorry,” I said, “I’m sure you’ll think this is very strange, but I couldn’t help overhearing your discussions and your project sounds really exciting, but I didn’t catch the name of it, and I want to know what to look out for on the crowdfunding site.”

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen five people look so collectively astonished and delighted. Chuffed, I believe is the operative term. Hands were offered all around for me to shake, along with, “And your name is?”

“Catie,” I said, “CE Murphy. I’m a novelist myself.”

“I’m the producer,” said the man who’d first arrived. “I’m the director. I hope I’m the director!” said the man leaving with him. “I’m the writer,” said the woman, and the other two men were introduced as actors. The producer insisted I take his seat as they left. *Insisted*. They sat me down. They chatted me up about the project. We exchanged email addresses. They asked my own story. They eventually remembered to tell me what the project was called. :)

It’s called “Artists”, and it’s a proposal for a sitcom, and they’re hoping to launch their Fundit.ie (like Kickstarter, but for Ireland) project in April. I’ll link to it when they do. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 15th, 2013 11:34 am (UTC)
I now recollect that 'chuffed' is a British slang word and may not apply even as close to our shores as Dublin.

(There may well be an Irish term that is not only a good equivalent, but that we Brits could profitably adopt.)
irishkateirishkate on March 15th, 2013 11:50 am (UTC)
no we use chuffed too..
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 15th, 2013 12:00 pm (UTC)

I'm always a little wary about making assumptions like that - the UK and Ireland are so close in so many ways, particularly when it comes to common culture and the like, but you are a different country and you do have a different native language, even if you were part of the same kingdom for a while.
irishkateirishkate on March 15th, 2013 11:52 am (UTC)
Wonder if these people would be of use to your sister?

You run into the most interesting people...

Wonder why they are using fundit.ie rather than kickstarter? (smaller crowd for sourcing in Ireland)
kitmizkit on March 15th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
Because as far as we can tell at the moment you still can't run a Kickstarter from Dublin. You need a UK or US bank account, and at least in theory you need to live in one or the other of those places.

If you, as an Amazon employee, happen to know more or better about this, we would be VERY HAPPY to hear it.
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kitmizkit on March 15th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
Sadly, no, technically it's not. They launched the kickstarter.co.uk thing in November, I believe.
irishkateirishkate on March 15th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
For anyone following this - my comment was that I didn't know kickstarter wasn't international
irishkateirishkate on March 15th, 2013 01:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think there is an Amazon reason - but I'm not certain. It could just be that Kickstarter only set up UK and US.
kitmizkit on March 15th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
They say they're working on more countries, and they've just announced in the past few weeks that they'll be able to do direct deposits into non-US/UK bank accounts, so I'm really hoping that means they'll be able to roll out KS sites for other countries soon.

Ideally before my sister launches her crowdfund campaign, because Kickstarter's got the name recognition. :)
irishkateirishkate on March 15th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
It's that name recognition that made me wonder why they would use fundit.ie - not having an alternative is a good reason but yes - here's to having it be truely international before your sister's campaign begins.

Will you be using your brand to help her - ie stories by you as rewards?
kitmizkit on March 15th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
I think the Irishness of Fundit may actually be a strength within Ireland, but it's still not, I gather, all that well known. Deirdre has a lot of friends in America, a'course, so she'd really like to be able to use an international site. There's Indigogo, but ... well, Kickstarter's got the name recognition.

I will be offering 5 short story commissions for $500 each, and might do some other stuff at other levels. To keep it topical, maybe offer the first 3 chapters of the climate change trilogy for people buying in at $25. :)
irishkateirishkate on March 15th, 2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
I have to admit I tried to watch the recording you made but it depressed me so much I had to stop - the music was good - I was impressed and generally thought the whole thing a great project but it just touched the nerve too closely.
kitmizkit on March 15th, 2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
A woman Deirdre knows who was at the performance ran into her a couple days ago and said she'd taken the first song, "Get A Job," on as her theme song, and sang the chorus for Deirdre. Which is pretty cool, but yes, it does touch a nerve.

Of course, that's the idea. :)
Andrea Blythe: death joyousblythe025 on March 15th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
That is so awesome! I would be thrilled if someone came up to me with the same enthusiasm. :)
Amberleyamberley on March 15th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
Making Art
Like Kickstarter, it appears fundit.ie does All or Nothing funding - the project gets nothing unless it reaches its goal. I like that model MUCH more than Indiegogo, which passes along the money even if the project doesn't reach the goal, which can leave the project in the awkward position of having promised rewards it doesn't have the money to provide. Ugh. (Indiegogo does have an option to do all or nothing, although I rarely see that selected.)

Is there a stretch goal for you to have a cameo?

Is there a stretch goal to have Peter Wingfield have a cameo? Because, you know, that would be pretty nifty.
kit: fanboy_bignosesmizkit on March 15th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Making Art
Yeah, that's my problem with Indiegogo too.

*laughs* Peter's in med school right now, so I don't know that he could do cameos anyway. :)
Flitterbyflit on March 17th, 2013 01:07 am (UTC)

I went to a little course in Hacktivism this week, which was supposed to be about beginner programming but it was just me and Carl and we both already knew that, so instead we talked about cloud computing and Kickstarter and ended with the question: "How does an artist find the people who want to be their audience but don't know it yet?" Which is such an interesting question! I am still kicking it around when I get braincells on and off.

But my own personal answer to that has been basically included what you describe above! Beautiful serendipity.
A large duck: Puzzledburger_eater on March 17th, 2013 05:40 am (UTC)
So, you're saying good things come from talking to people.


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