Found Footage Critic is creating a found footage film database, movie news, reviews, podcasts
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Found Footage Critic (FFC) started as a one-person undertaking. Oddly enough, the website was initially a “weekend project” whose purpose was to list the handful of found footage films I naively thought made up the universe of found footage. At the time I thought to myself, “there can’t be more than thirty to forty found footage films, right?” To my surprise, 30 films quickly grew to 50 and then 90. Within a few months after our launch, the film database eclipsed 100 found footage titles. Today, Found Footage Critic is home to well over 750 found footage titles, with new films added every week by new and veteran filmmakers spanning the globe.

Our website traffic continues to grow steadily, breaking new records on an almost weekly basis. To my surprise, FFC is surpassing the visitor traffic of some of the more established horror websites. This news is both exciting and daunting, as more traffic, unfortunately, often means greater cost to maintain.

FFC Owes Its Success to the Found Footage Fan Community

It is with great humility that I say that FFC has evolved into the definitive source of information about the found footage horror subgenre. Our film database includes the collective works of found footage filmmakers spanning 6 continents and close to 50 countries.

This achievement is in large part due to your contributions—I’m referring to the readers, filmmakers, movie studios, distributors, podcasters, bloggers, horror website owners, media outlets, film festivals, and our volunteer writers. Everyone in the horror community has helped make FFC what it is today.

It’s not often that something is built that makes a lasting impression on the world. I humbly believe that Found Footage Critic is one of those rare gems.

By the Numbers...

What started as a weekend project has evolved into more than a full-time job with no direct revenue. At present, FFC is 100% supported using my personal financial resources. To my dismay, the operating costs of maintaining Found Footage Critic have grown to well over $1000 per month.

  • ~$500 per month—In early 2018, I had to lease a dedicated server from the hosting company to support increased visitor traffic, our thousands of hosted pages of rich media, and sizable database queries.
  • ~$150 per month—Support contracts with the hosting company and an independent web developer to address site issues and database optimization. FFC is a technically complex website to maintain due to the amount of rich metadata stored for each film and the ability to perform queries/searches against this information.
  • More than $450 per month—Miscellaneous tools and services, including third-party website plugins, SEO tools, social media tools, and Libsyn - podcast hosting.
  • More than $300 in annual fees—Accounting, tax filing, incorporation fees, domain name registration, etc.

There’s no need for alarm—I will continue paying these expenses to keep FFC going and maintain its stature in the industry. However, I am seeking the support of our global fan base and found footage filmmakers to help offset these escalating costs and provide some padding for site improvements.

I deeply appreciate the fan and peer support on social media, collaborative articles, and kind words from filmmakers across the world. Now I’m humbly asking you to lend a hand in helping maintain and grow our digital footprint.

Our website traffic continues to grow steadily, breaking new records on an almost weekly basis, even surpassing the thresholds of some of the more established horror websites.

The Evils of Advertising

I’ve intentionally avoided external advertising, turning down guaranteed revenue that would reduce user experience on the site in the form of pop-up, sliding, and blinking ads. At present, advertising space is used for internally placed ads and external ads related specifically to found footage.

FFC Needs Your Support

My goal in creating FFC was to provide a platform that offered global exposure of new and existing found footage films. To this end, I'd like to believe that we've succeeded.  Filmmakers approach us every week asking us to promote their films and add them to the FFC database. Found footage fans are very active in the FFC community, contributing their own "reader reviews" and commenting on their favorite films in the genre.

Those who know me well understand that I am a prideful person and do not like asking from others, but would rather do for myself. But now, I need your help to offset the sizable expenses of managing FFC.
Tiers
Found Footage Fan
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
If you are a found footage fan and enjoy reading the pages of our website and learning about the latest found footage films, then please contribute to our cause.  


Every dollar we receive from our fans will go a long way towards supporting the filmmakers of the genre by bringing global awareness of their films.

Found Footage Super Fan
$2.50 or more per month 0 patrons
Show your undying support for the found footage film genre. If you are a found footage fan and enjoy reading the pages of our website and learning about the latest found footage films, then please contribute to our cause. 


Every dollar we receive from our fans will go a long way towards supporting the filmmakers of the genre by bringing global awareness of their films.


Members of this tier will receive honorable mention on a special high-visibility support page on our website.

Found Footage Filmmaker
$2.50 or more per month 0 patrons
If you've already created a found footage film, then you've already proven yourself to be a supporter of the genre. Take your love for found footage to the next level.


We will list your film(s) on a special high-visibility page on Found Footage Critic along with other filmmakers that are active members of this tier, highlighting your support for the genre.

Found Footage Mega-Fan
$15 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
All of the above, plus we will send you a HELL HOUSE LLC: SPECIAL EDITION DIRECTOR'S CUT DVD with a limited edition original CAST-SIGNED mini-poster/script page 


[We can only offer shipping within the United States.  DVD will be mailed after the second month you subscribe at this level - one time only).  Please allow 3-to-4 weeks for shipping.]

Goals
$0 of $500 per month
This goal directly covers the current cost of the dedicated server hosting the website. As more fans and filmmakers visit Found Footage Critic, the need (and cost) increases for more storage, memory, and CPU power.

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Found Footage Critic (FFC) started as a one-person undertaking. Oddly enough, the website was initially a “weekend project” whose purpose was to list the handful of found footage films I naively thought made up the universe of found footage. At the time I thought to myself, “there can’t be more than thirty to forty found footage films, right?” To my surprise, 30 films quickly grew to 50 and then 90. Within a few months after our launch, the film database eclipsed 100 found footage titles. Today, Found Footage Critic is home to well over 750 found footage titles, with new films added every week by new and veteran filmmakers spanning the globe.

Our website traffic continues to grow steadily, breaking new records on an almost weekly basis. To my surprise, FFC is surpassing the visitor traffic of some of the more established horror websites. This news is both exciting and daunting, as more traffic, unfortunately, often means greater cost to maintain.

FFC Owes Its Success to the Found Footage Fan Community

It is with great humility that I say that FFC has evolved into the definitive source of information about the found footage horror subgenre. Our film database includes the collective works of found footage filmmakers spanning 6 continents and close to 50 countries.

This achievement is in large part due to your contributions—I’m referring to the readers, filmmakers, movie studios, distributors, podcasters, bloggers, horror website owners, media outlets, film festivals, and our volunteer writers. Everyone in the horror community has helped make FFC what it is today.

It’s not often that something is built that makes a lasting impression on the world. I humbly believe that Found Footage Critic is one of those rare gems.

By the Numbers...

What started as a weekend project has evolved into more than a full-time job with no direct revenue. At present, FFC is 100% supported using my personal financial resources. To my dismay, the operating costs of maintaining Found Footage Critic have grown to well over $1000 per month.

  • ~$500 per month—In early 2018, I had to lease a dedicated server from the hosting company to support increased visitor traffic, our thousands of hosted pages of rich media, and sizable database queries.
  • ~$150 per month—Support contracts with the hosting company and an independent web developer to address site issues and database optimization. FFC is a technically complex website to maintain due to the amount of rich metadata stored for each film and the ability to perform queries/searches against this information.
  • More than $450 per month—Miscellaneous tools and services, including third-party website plugins, SEO tools, social media tools, and Libsyn - podcast hosting.
  • More than $300 in annual fees—Accounting, tax filing, incorporation fees, domain name registration, etc.

There’s no need for alarm—I will continue paying these expenses to keep FFC going and maintain its stature in the industry. However, I am seeking the support of our global fan base and found footage filmmakers to help offset these escalating costs and provide some padding for site improvements.

I deeply appreciate the fan and peer support on social media, collaborative articles, and kind words from filmmakers across the world. Now I’m humbly asking you to lend a hand in helping maintain and grow our digital footprint.

Our website traffic continues to grow steadily, breaking new records on an almost weekly basis, even surpassing the thresholds of some of the more established horror websites.

The Evils of Advertising

I’ve intentionally avoided external advertising, turning down guaranteed revenue that would reduce user experience on the site in the form of pop-up, sliding, and blinking ads. At present, advertising space is used for internally placed ads and external ads related specifically to found footage.

FFC Needs Your Support

My goal in creating FFC was to provide a platform that offered global exposure of new and existing found footage films. To this end, I'd like to believe that we've succeeded.  Filmmakers approach us every week asking us to promote their films and add them to the FFC database. Found footage fans are very active in the FFC community, contributing their own "reader reviews" and commenting on their favorite films in the genre.

Those who know me well understand that I am a prideful person and do not like asking from others, but would rather do for myself. But now, I need your help to offset the sizable expenses of managing FFC.

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Tiers
Found Footage Fan
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
If you are a found footage fan and enjoy reading the pages of our website and learning about the latest found footage films, then please contribute to our cause.  


Every dollar we receive from our fans will go a long way towards supporting the filmmakers of the genre by bringing global awareness of their films.

Found Footage Super Fan
$2.50 or more per month 0 patrons
Show your undying support for the found footage film genre. If you are a found footage fan and enjoy reading the pages of our website and learning about the latest found footage films, then please contribute to our cause. 


Every dollar we receive from our fans will go a long way towards supporting the filmmakers of the genre by bringing global awareness of their films.


Members of this tier will receive honorable mention on a special high-visibility support page on our website.

Found Footage Filmmaker
$2.50 or more per month 0 patrons
If you've already created a found footage film, then you've already proven yourself to be a supporter of the genre. Take your love for found footage to the next level.


We will list your film(s) on a special high-visibility page on Found Footage Critic along with other filmmakers that are active members of this tier, highlighting your support for the genre.

Found Footage Mega-Fan
$15 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
All of the above, plus we will send you a HELL HOUSE LLC: SPECIAL EDITION DIRECTOR'S CUT DVD with a limited edition original CAST-SIGNED mini-poster/script page 


[We can only offer shipping within the United States.  DVD will be mailed after the second month you subscribe at this level - one time only).  Please allow 3-to-4 weeks for shipping.]