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Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: kickstarter on 02/28/2014 20:19:34 MST Print View

There have been more than a few projects mentioned here in the last few years. Some have panned out. A quick search shows...

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/search.html?q=kickstarter&x=-1114&y=-92

David Drake
(DavidDrake) - F - M

Locale: North Idaho
Not too surprising... on 03/01/2014 10:10:08 MST Print View

It seems to me, just the tone of Chase Norton's appeal should have raised red flags--very heavy on the marketing and ego, very light on demonstrated hiking experience.

Having said that, I think Kickstarter can be a valid platform for this sort of thing. If Norton had already completed the hike and principle photography, and was asking for funds to complete the film (editing, score, DVD burning, etc), that would have been a much more credible request.

That he was promising a completed film to backers (and hadn't included post-production costs in his budget) should have raised more red flags.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Nobody ever on 03/01/2014 13:55:35 MST Print View

went broke underestimating the American public. ;0)