There was a lot of great feedback from my blog post about reward levels on my next DVD. I got questions about possibly offering downloads for the films, but I'm definitely not doing that. First because you can already watch them all for free right now, and second for reasons I discovered in a survey I did last year described in the post "Your Films Are Bad And You Should Feel Bad" (short version: people don't really want to buy downloads of this sort of thing).
o now, I'm ready to launch! Well, I have to finish the artwork. And make the promo video. And I need to hear back from some folks about some stuff. And then I should probably wait until we've moved into the new house, since I won't be able to give the campaign as much attention as it needs. Hell, by the time I'm really ready, classes will be starting up, so I should probably wait until...
HOLD ON A MINUTE. Am I...? Do you think I might be...? Hey, check out that last paragraph. I'm scared! ell, how about that? Every stalling, self-sabataging trick in the book, laid out right there. All completely plausible reasons to avoid putting my work at risk for a good old fashioned public shaming.
Wouldn't that just be a fine thing to put up a super-low-budget DVD of already-finished, already festival-proven films, only to have it fail to get funded? Imagine the humiliation of a dude with white-ish hair and a solid track record, someone who has students take classes to ostensibly learn things from him, but can't raise a couple grand in grass-roots cash to pre-sell some short films.
ehold the well-reasoned arguments of my inner critic. Marvel at the cowardice that he brings to bear, threatening to kill a perfectly good project before it even gets off the ground. Mark well, friend—that inner critic cannot die. It doesn't matter how much you achieve or how successful you are, it will always be there.
The only defense is to recognize it for what it is. Nod at it and say "I see you."