How NOT to Raise Money to Make a Music Video
Friends and enemies, music videos are an enduring passion of ours, both filming them ourselves and reporting on the best that we come across year after year. We think the medium has only become better and better with technology being made easier and cheaper for the average independent artist to master as well as the range that YouTube gives for that work to spread globally.
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Now, videos can be expensive, epic affairs such as the Cradle of Filth's "Lilith Immaculate," or they can be cheap and easy shoots like the 71s "Get Up and Dance." We judge the final product not on its flashiness, but on its originality and how well it fits the song. Still, we'll admit that the slicker works get more attention, and therefore understand the need to try and raise money for equipment, props, etc.
We encourage you not to follow the path set out by Stanton LaVey, grandson of the founder of the Church of Satan Anton LaVey, who was himself a pretty awesome musician. Stanton's plan is to hold his Facebook hostage for donations.
The goal is for him to release a short film-style music video called "KILL ME" in April of 2012. To drum up financial support he sent the following message out to his Facebook friends. Click the link for the full text, but here are some unedited highlights courtesy of FeastOfHateAndFear.com:
In my effort to establish a core group of true supporters, rather than fair weather fans, I am sending this private message to each of my facebook friends and also to every friend request I receive from now on before clicking accept. This will let you know in the future that while on my facebook you are in the company of other generous supporters in my efforts to raise money for future film productions.
I am currently in preproduction on my first music video and need money for prop rentals, set materials, location expenses and a variety of other aspects of this first film production.
IF YOU DO NOT MAKE A DONATION YOU WILL BE DELETED!
That's right. I get the feeling that there are too many cyber loiterers on my virtual property and have recently made all of my photos private and only viewable to my friends. Same thing for my profile, it is now set to private. There is no set time for how long I will wait for your donation. Average time alloted to receive your pledge before being deleted is between 3 days and one week.