We did it! YOU did it! We hit our goal of 200k this morning! Thank you so much. We are so amazed by the support of our fans/friends/viewers. Thank you for believing in us and this project. We're so excited that this movie is really going to happen, and it's all because of you!
LIVESTREAM TOMORROW, Tues, March 4 at 6p PST. Join us for a special livestream, which will now be in celebration of us reaching our goal. We'll be revealing more details and specifics about the storylines of our movie and the world.
STILL 2 WEEKS LEFT! Just because we've hit our goal doesn't mean you can't still contribute and be part of this momentous project. ALL funds from this point on will still go directly toward the movie and our productions. The more we raise, the better the film will be! Plus it'd be awesome to reach the stretch goals so we can produce another major web series, restart WFWeekends, or even begin developing another movie! Nothing will be wasted!
NEW CELEBRATION PERKS... We didn't anticipate reaching the goal this quickly, so we're going to put our heads together for some new fun perks.
See you on the Livestream! And again... THANK YOU!! IT'S HAPPENING!!
Under 20 days left in our campaign and we're almost to our goal! Thank you for all the support and helping us get to this point! Keep sharing with your friends!
Meanwhile, we're getting a head start on delivering some of our more unique perks ;). Watch Chris call 3 lucky funders and "listen to their problems"
We're past HALFWAY! Thank you to ALL the contributors thus far. We can't believe that within just a week we hit the halfway point. With less than 30 days left we hope to reach the remaining half and start working towards those stretch goals!
We've added a few NEW PERKS. Random, fun, and very limited ones, so look around. A lot of the limited rewards are being snatched up and sold out, so don't wait too long!
Be on the look out in the coming days for video updates of us already fulfilling certain perks, and also more information about the progress of the film!
WFP is an independent new media production company, founded by Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang. We are primarily known for our YouTube channel where we create short films, sketches, music videos and vlogs for our AWESOME fanbase of supporters around the world. Since meeting in college 10 years ago, our following has grown to over 2 million subscribers and 300 million views.
Our creative work has been recognized for its high production quality and depth– attracting major corporations like Subaru and AT&T, while also bringing critical honor and praise from organizations such as CNN, NPR, the 2008 Cannes and 2011 Sundance Film Festivals, and even the White House when we met President Obama in 2011!
While Wesley, Ted, and Philip initially met as friends who simply enjoyed making videos, they are now recognized as pioneers for a new generation of content creators, as well as a voice for the under represented Asian American community.
While we did make a film back in 2006, we were still students, doing it by ourselves during our free time between classes. Over the last few years of growing as artists, growing our channel into what it is today, we've always known that making a feature film the "real" way was something we wanted to do. In fact, in 2008, we tried. We got a manager, a producer, we took meetings at production studios, but the timing wasn't right. Our channel was still young and people didn't really understand YouTube yet. Worst of all, we were being told that we would have to change our casting preferences (Asian leads) to something more "marketable" (Non Asian leads). As you can imagine, hearing that our ethnicity would play a negative factor in the project was difficult and unfortunate to hear. So instead we turned away from movies to focus on our YouTube channel where we had full control and our race would not be considered a liability.
Now, YouTube is a place generally known for quick laughs, or cute babies. But WFP has always been about creating and sharing high quality, engaging stories. We know our channel could've probably grown a lot faster had we tried to ride trends, but instead we chose to make videos that would have a lasting impression, even if they took a little longer to produce. Thankfully, we found an audience who can appreciate how we stand out.
But after making so many short films, we still felt the desire to challenge ourselves with the ultimate test. And we know our audience wants to see what we could do with a full length film.
The timing is right now. Our channel and audience has grown large enough that we don't have to rely on an outside studio, (and therefore we don't have to change our casting preferences). We're far better equipped to make a film after learning SO much through the hundreds of videos we've made the past few years. And we've already created numerous short films that reach millions of views. It's finally time.
Our story takes place in a world where all relationship activity is documented and monitored by the Department of Emotional Integrity (DEI). Much like a credit score is given to represent financial responsibility, a relationship score is given to keep individuals accountable for the relationship activity and choices. The score is public for all to see, and affects various aspects of daily life.
In the film we follow two couples who are experiencing different challenges in their relationships. Seth and Haley are two high schoolers who are registering their relationship for the first time, and Ben and Sara, a former couple in their mid twenties who must meet again to settle an old report.
Through these two stories we are going to explore how love changes over time, and how to believe in your heart again after it's been hurt.
Ben and Sara
Seth and Haley
The Department of Emotional Integrity
Artwork by Brian Chan
We were (are) so nervous about crowd funding. This is not something we just thought up doing overnight. We've never asked our supporters for financial support, and we have no idea how they'd respond. But the reality is, making videos costs money. Running a company like WFP requires money, with staff, crew, bills and fees to pay for. But through all the years that we've made videos for our audience, we've never once asked to be paid. Instead we found ways to raise funds through sponsored projects and the merchandise we design. These are the things that keep WFP running normally, but now we want to add making a movie on top of our regular videos.
Making a feature film is a whole new arena for us. We want have the best possible quality elements in planning, on set, and in post production. Unfortunately, all this is extremely expensive. And this is why we need your help to make it a reality.
We're asking for $200,000 which sounds like a lot, but in the real world, it wouldn't even be considered a "micro-budget" film! This is still a truly independent film, being made with sacrifice and passion. And with the number of our supporters, ideally, we're not asking for too much from them!
We're aiming to start shooting in May! At the moment, our script is written and we have been in preproduction the last few months. Securing locations, getting paperwork in order, assembling our crew, and casting will begin soon. The funds raised will go directly and immediately into use for this project!
What's a Stretch Goal? Basically, if we pass our funding goal of 200k dollars, we're not just going to celebrate and waste all the extra money. We'll put those extra dollars right back into creating more awesome projects that we know our fans love and are waiting for. Here's what we'll create if we go above and beyond!
We've NEVER reached out to our fans like this before and we can't wait to get you all involved through these perks and this campaign as a whole. Let's finally see the full potential of WFP ourselves as filmmakers, and of the WFP fans as a movement! We really believe that this is a new phase not only for WFP as a company, but the entire community, and we're relying on you to move us forward.
Please help us spread the word of this campaign to all your friends and family. Anyone who's enjoyed our work in the past and beyond. Please tweet, facebook, blog, email! Let's get as many people involved! We can't wait to make this movie for all of us!
photos by Melly Lee