Ask Me Anything The Use of Kickstarter to Crowdfund an Animated Film: Mechs : The Animated Movie

Nov 5, 2017


     My name is Adomas Sotrpirstis. I am creating and directing an animated film. I have appeared here, on AMA, to just simply let you know about my project which has been launched on Kickstarter. I am trying to raise funds, which would be used to hire more animators and creative minds in order to speed up the work pace and widen the range of talents. I don’t want to use people’s skills and time for free, but if they are willing to join without requiring any finances, well that is their choice then and I kindly appreciate it. In many cases, the world by itself has little interest in my movie. However little by little curiosity increases through messages like these.

     Why would you consider to financially help this project? You wouldn’t unless you’d see the rewards system which is being provided by Kickstarter’s rewards system. Even so, your support will let you appear in the credits of the film. Despite these offers in exchange for financial help, some people help these projects out, just because they see a vision of a successful end.

       I have been working by myself alone for one year until I found a colleague who reached me through my previous Kickstarter project. He is helping me out as an executive producer. Now together we are working on my animated film.       

        Take a look at our project and feel free to express yourself. Maybe generate some interesting ideas towards it as well.

Link to our Project on Kickstarter:

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/302137708/mechs-the-animated-movie?ref=user_menu

Link to Behance.net - the development of a single chapter out of many in this film :


 Thank You!

JDanimations says:

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What is your vision with this movie?

Nov 8, 8:39AM EST0

What will the crowdfunded money be used for?

Nov 7, 9:51AM EST0

Do you have a link to your Kickstarter?

Nov 7, 7:33AM EST0

What are other effective platforms for launching campaigns aside from crowdfunding sites?

Nov 7, 5:29AM EST0

What do you feel the biggest benefits of Crowdfunding are?

Nov 6, 6:11AM EST0

Have you approached any famous people or other influencers to use your product and market in this way?

Nov 5, 3:49AM EST0

Hi, Maureen,

    Famous people usually cost too much.

Thanks, Maureen!

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Nov 6, 3:10AM EST0

Have you tried marketing your movie on social media?

Nov 4, 11:39PM EDT0


Nov 6, 3:12AM EST0

Can you give some advice to people interested in launching their own crowdfunding campaigns?

Nov 4, 6:51PM EDT0

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Nov 6, 3:12AM EST0

Do you think that maybe your idea is just missing a bit of the fun factor?

Nov 4, 2:49PM EDT0

Carla , if you need more fun, Teletubbies might be your choice, were all Ricks and Mortys here.

Nov 6, 3:13AM EST0

What advice would you give to anyone else looking to create their first crowdfunding project?

Nov 4, 9:35AM EDT0

Hi Faye,

  • Be prepared to sacrifice great amounts of time in order to reach your goal.
  • Do not trust in most of the services that offer promotions for your campaign - most of them ask too much and they do not fulfill what they've promised. Do some research about them, before taking their services.
  • Before launching your campaign - have everything prepared. All the visuals, an interesting and captivating intro video. It really depends on what your campaign is about.

Thanks for your question Faye!


Nov 4, 9:54AM EDT0

I really love the idea, concept & look of what you're doing, but it doesn't excite me as much as other things - this could be a major factor for you to look into - buyer/consumer psychology in relation to your idea?

Nov 4, 8:23AM EDT0

Hi Ivy,

     Every person has his/her taste, and not everyone will follow one idea. As well I' am the director of this film and my tasks are to make sure that the story of this film allures and the movie meets the visual code. Marketing and buyer/consumer psychology is the part that will have to work once the movie is finished :).  So far we are just testing the hook

Thanks, Ivy!

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Nov 4, 9:45AM EDT0

Do you have a Facebook or Twitter I can like?

Nov 4, 5:34AM EDT0

Hi, Heenal,

   This is the general FB page for JDanimations, not only the film but as well for short films and other smaller projects. However, this page was created a few weeks ago, so there will not be much on it.


FB page only for the film:


Thank You, Heenal!

Nov 4, 9:34AM EDT0

What other avenues have you tried to gain exposure?

Nov 3, 2:02PM EDT0

Hi Angelica,

   Since I have recently started thinking about financially promoting my project in order to recruit more people in working towards the completion of this film, I have only used Kickstarter so far.  As well, at the moment, I am the writer, animator and a drawer all together for this film, so my time in advertising and creating campaigns is limited. However little by little more people draw their curiosity towards this project. In the end, I hope there will be a dozen of us managing different parts of this project. The important part is not to throw down this process since it already got bigger from the day it started.

Thanks Angelica

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Nov 4, 9:29AM EDT0

Do you have any screenshots of the movie to share?

Nov 3, 2:00PM EDT0

Hi, Nicz

   You can find everything on this movie in the links below (Storyboards, a scenario of a part and a few teasers/trailers). I would love to share a larger piece of this film, but I can't. :



Behance. net (development):


Thanks, NICZ!

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Nov 4, 9:23AM EDT0

How different do you feel your concept is compared to anything else out there right now?

Nov 3, 1:37PM EDT0

Hi, Hanahb,

     This movie will have many similarities and contrasts to what you have seen previously within the genre of sci-fi. Since the genre of sci-fi currently is dominating in the film industry overall, we are working hard on making this animated film exceptional. it is not easy to come up with something new. However, after watching hundreds of sci-fi movies which were made during mid 20th century up until now, and reading Michio Kaku's futuristic theories for science, ideas freshen up and space for creativity in writing original scenarios reappear.

Thanks, Hanahb!

Last edited @ Nov 4, 9:18AM EDT.
Nov 4, 9:17AM EDT0

Why do you think there has not been an interest in funding your movie?Maybe if you explained more about what the movie itself is about, and less about how little interest there is, you would be more successful, don't you agree?

Nov 3, 12:04PM EDT0

Hi, Rebekah,

    And thank You for your questions. I have updated my post, with a few links to our movie. I will drop them down here, just in case:



Behnace. net - (development) - one part of the film in detail with script and visuals:



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Nov 4, 9:10AM EDT0
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