Earlier today, Bumbloods released the last episode in a four part miniseries about two unlikely roommates trying to survive during a zombie apocalypse. Why do I know about this? Joe Bandelli, co-creator of the show, was a fraternity brother. What makes the story particularly interesting is that Bandelli transitioned to a career in filmmaking after a few years of pursuing the corporate finance route. He writes, directs, produces, and stars in Bumbloods – along with co-creator Matthew Wise.
Bandelli and Wise funded the show primarily with their own funds – and they successfully launched anIndiegogo campaign to raise an additional $3,500. Depending on the level of your contribution, the Bumbloods co-creators allowed fans the opportunity to become a part of the show. Depending on their size, contributions could get you anywhere from a HD copy of the pilot, recognition in the credits or a role as a zombie.
Props to Joe and Matt for this creative and interactive way for a start-up miniseries to engage its fan base. Kickstarter is the most popular funding platform that I’m aware of – although others exist, such as gofundme. Although Indiegogo’s name would have one believe that it’s strictly for film-related projects, the site hosts fundraising campaigns of all types. Robicelli’s, a Brooklyn-based gourmet bakery, successfully raised $8,755. Looking for something more substantial? One campaign raised over $1.3 Million.
But allow me to veer away from the business aspect and talk about the show. The first two installments are short and sweet – only six minutes long, the pilot kept me engaged throughout. For a four-part online miniseries, I was impressed by the detailed graphics. If you have time to check out the Bumbloods site, I recommend taking a look at the behind the scenes gallery.
Watch Episode 1
Watch Episode 2
Watch Episode 3
Watch Episode 4
I’ve enjoyed seeing the story develop, and I hope you’ll be rooting along with me that the series gets noticed. Bandelli offers additional insight into how Bumbloods was created in this August interview. (http://indienyc.com/?p=959)
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