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Sponsorship for Your Creative Project
Sponsorship for Your Creative Project

“Thrillumentary” was a movie, the producing of which was done to explore a new filmmaking process. But whether you are producing a motion picture or another creative project, a form of financing to consider is sponsorship. The idea of sponsorship is detailed in the latest Art Gush course as well as in an article found on the website “ArtisticPreneur.”

The info piece seen in “ArtisticPreneur” covers in detail the steps to take to achieve sponsorship. Also included in these steps is a look at how to leverage eBooks for the development of your creative project. So if you are doing a creative project of any kind this article is worth checking out.

NYC Create Gives Insight into Movie Budget Strategies

NYC Create gives insight into movie budget strategies meaning our prior given concept regarding raising funds for your motion picture are now outdated. You still need to think like an artistic entrepreneur or artisticpreneur, but now with the new tax law going the small nonprofit arts organization may not be the way to go. The new tax code will likely cause the collective loss in the billions of dollars especially for small nonprofit arts organizations that rely on middle income donors to stay afloat. This is because these donors will no longer have the motivation to donate due to now not itemizing deductions and using instead the standard deduction. This means the filmmaker of today, if he or she wants to get a budget for the film, will have to rely on another strategy. NYC Create, the new information site for artisticpreneurs to “create their creative career” has informed Thrillumentary that a suggested approach for moviemakers to raise financing is to look first at digital distribution. You may need to look at digital distribution and assess it from the standpoint of what you think you can do in terms of driving traffic to online venues selling views of your film. This means you could consider coming up with a number based on views you think you can achieve and then backtrack to form your budget. In fairness, your budget should be less than what you think your movie can bring in. This final number is what you can seek as an investment from investors. Of course, we’re not lawyers and cannot give you legal advice or otherwise, so if you are considering taking this path it is best to consult with experts before doing so. Also, if you would like more information on how to promote yourself, build your audience and ultimately monetize your art check out the newsletter available at NYC Create.

John Yianni Stamas Says The Fans Have Spoken

“Fans” is a curious term in contemporary times. It really means supporters – to whom we are very grateful.

And the “fans” have spoken. We feel pretty lucky to have the list of creative individuals that we do. After our message last week discussing the challenges we were having with the production “Thrillumentary” we got all kinds of positive feedback from our newsletter and blog subscribers. Essentially they were encouraging us to stick with it and letting us know they are looking forward to seeing the web series and subsequent pilot.

Also from the responses, we became very excited by the sheer volume of projects that are going on out there in cyberland. Those who wrote to us are doing everything from live theater productions to full fledged feature films with major distribution deals. Quite a remarkable artistic community!

Thanks to all the awesome “fans” who have spoken. After checking out all of the myriad links you have presented we are “fans” of you as well.

Being a “creative” in this day and age can be tough. But on the other hand there are so many funding/making/marketing/distributing options that it balances it out. There is a perfect fit for any endeavor. You no longer have to depend on others to give you the “thumbs up,” because you can use technology to make those opportunities for yourself.

More and more in the future we are going to be focusing on making this newsletter and blog a place that recipients can get “Artist Steps” toward having success in the arts world. Stay tuned for surprises. And climb the colorful stairway one step at a time.

Yianni Stamas Lets it Be Known that Thrillumentary will be Filmed at the Platinum Pias Tomorrow

Let it be known that “Thrillumentary” will be filmed at the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show tomorrow. If you’ve never attended the Platinum Pias and would like to, this will be a good one to visit because we will also be shooting the “Thrillumentary” motion picture there. For more information on attending, go here for info.

Thrillumentary Presence at the Platinum Pias Awards

“Thrillumentary” has a presence at this year’s Platinum Pias in a couple of different ways. The first is through mentions during the show as well as in the program. The other is via the fact that a scene from “Thrillumentary” will be filmed at the event!

And not only that, the show is in just over a week! If you are in the New York area and would like to attend the Pias this year, check out this blog entry on

How to Get Funding for Your Movie or Creative Project

We will be giving a university lecture next month as a part of a State University of New York, Empire State College clinic on arts and entertainment. The topic will be “How to Get Funding for Your Movie or Creative Project.”

This will be ushering in the new wave of funding for movies working with nonprofit rather than for-profit organizations.

Although it is a bit of a spoiler (though there will be much more information at the lecture), we are going to give you the 3 steps you need to take to raise funds for your project if you are a nonprofit or have a nonprofit umbrella.

Remember, getting a nonprofit umbrella is easy working through such service organizations as Fractured Atlas. This will mean that you are able to accept donations for your movie or creative project and the donor can write off the donation on his or her taxes.

Here now are the three steps:

  1. First off take care of old while you bring in new. Now find the right fit because you need to be presenting what it is you do to an appropriate like-minded audience.
  2. Next engage that audience in something interactive. How do you somehow get them involved in what you are doing?
  3. Now interact with them. Figure out a way to continue to interact with them. Develop in the mind of the potential donor a reason why they would want to be involved with your project. Listen to their needs and desires. Remember, be a solution to their problems and you’ll be able to make “the ask.” Next repeat the 3 step process.

Hope this was helpful.

Documenting Our Filmmaking Process

May 21, 2016 at 11am it all started – the reading of the very first draft of the theater/web/film undertaking, “Thrillumentary.” The script, which was written earlier that month (in a just a few short weeks), was read by some talented union actors. We wanted to use these actors in the actual project, but unfortunately, due to budget constraints and the fact they were union, this didn’t seem possible.

So instead, on June 4th, 2016, we embarked on the Art Gush Method of Digital Filmmaking with an emphasis on doing the production nonunion. This was a process of taking the steps to make the film, then documenting our steps on the newly created membership site

The Art Gush membership grew quickly and soon we were developing a movie, sharing the three steps a day that we were using, and in turn having folks apply these same steps to their own motion pictures in development!

The great thing about the Art Gush Method is that it simplifies the filmmaking process for those who have a basic understanding of using camcorders (or mobile phones) and have a bit of knowledge about editing apps.

Sometimes, people talk about making feature films but never undergo the steps to do it. By taking just three steps a day, lasting a half hour to two hours a day (most days), we look forward to having a finished full length movie within only two years!

Can a theater piece become a web series and then a feature film all within two years? Stay tuned!

“Thrillumentary” Thrilled to be Mentioned in Lights Camera Read Blog

“Thrillumentary” is thrilled to be mentioned in a recent Lights Camera Read blog entry. We were also commented on in today’s Newsletter.

We’ve been asked about our relationship with the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists and how we fit in together.

The Platinum Pias and “Thrillumentary” are both being produced by Lights Camera Read.

In fact, there is a literacy aspect to the plot of “Thrillumentary” in that one of the characters is a librarian.

Regarding “Thrillumentary” Audition Tomorrow


Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is the audition for “Thrillumentary: Making a Difference Can Be Murder” as seen in “Backstage.” At this point we’re casting for the table read and promotional trailer only.

They say it is going to be a bit chilly tomorrow, so bundle up!

The audition will be at the Producers Club at 358 West 44th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in New York, NY.

If you have an appointment it will occur at some point between 11:00AM and 12:10PM and then there will be a brief open call from 12:10PM to 12:45PM. We will see as many people during the open call as we can and then will collect resumes from those remaining.

We have been overwhelmed by the response we have received for this audition. We are also in awe of how many talented actors there are in New York City.

But I guess it makes sense that the quality is high because as the saying goes – if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere…

It is not going to be easy selecting a cast for the table read and and trailer, and there will be several people involved in those choices.

We have been asked how we are going to determine who will be picked for what role? All we can say is that it will be an intuitive thing based on the actor’s craft, creativity and fit for the part.

We’re not so much interested in specific “types” as much as temperaments.

We are not going in with any preconceived notions. Only open hearts and our own acting training and experience.

We are grateful for our team tomorrow which includes A. Baynes (our casting director), Rodger Taylor (our second CD (of as well as Richard T. Oliver (engineered and co-produced 2 Grammy winning records!)

See you tomorrow!

The Lights Camera Read Team