I’ve been busy working hard on Measure for Measure these past couple of months, prepping investor packs and suchlike. Many of you may have got an email from me about a survey I ran last month as well. This was a very useful exercise for many reasons, not least that it proved to me that there is a market for the film.
The results were overwhelmingly positive, with some great feedback from a wide variety of people. The most surprising thing I got from it was that 80% of the 192 people who took the survey think that the film is a great idea and would want to see it. That’s much, much higher than I was expecting.
So now I’m all guns blazing on the funding side of things.
To help with this I’ve come up with an online game called Lost in Shakes.
It’s a bit of a riff on the 1 million pixels website idea that was a bit of a fad a few years ago. To play, you donate £2 (or local equivalent – half of which will go to charity and whatever is left, after website running costs, towards the film) and you’ll then get hidden in a pixel in a great big picture of Shakespeare. The idea of the game is to find your pixel as quickly as possible and find as many other people as you can along the way.
To start with you have a 1 in a million chance of finding yourself, but I’ve made it so that by encouraging other people to play, the game will give you hints as to where you are hidden (the more people you get to play, the bigger the hint).
I’m not expecting to fully fund the film this way, but hope that it will bring some money to the coffers for at least pre-production and raise a decent amount of money for charity as well. It would be great to raise a good chunk of money for some worthy causes – you even get to vote which charities benefit from the game.
So please do check out Lost in Shakes and encourage your friends to do so too. It would be truly awesome if we could make a difference to some lives.