kNews.space is creating videos to showcase and explain stuff happening in space!
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Hi, I'm Lukas. I spend a lot of time making videos on YouTube and would like to get paid for it, so that I can continue to do it until I get all grey and old. kNews Gandalf essentially! :D But in all seriousness, the type of originally animated content I offer (I do it all by myself) is not possible to create by not spending a lot of time working on it sadly. I need your support because despite putting so much time and effort into it, I just don't see the growth necessary that would sustain it in other ways. I also don't want to become a popular space channel that only covers SpaceX - to be honest. Not that it's bad but I'm just not the kind of guy who likes to chase the next big trend. My channel's analytics scream "cover SpaceX something!" all day long but I want to peak behind the horizon and give you an overview about everything! Please help! (That is if you can without bankrupting yourself) Also please read the rest, thanks! ;P

Hey there! 

My name is Lukas and I am an independent YouTuber who produces an english space/rocket show which I call kNews over at kNews.space (kNews from KiloNewtons btw.) on a weekly basis where I talk about and showcase upcoming rocket launches. My inspiration for these were people in my surroundings who just didn't know what rockets are all about and why we spend so much money burning fuel to leave our atmosphere. I want to change it and I need your support!

The goal is to make everyone able to understand how a rocket launch works, what the payload is and why it is launched at all. I'm however not a rocket scientist or aerospace engineer and I have to research and understand most of what I talk about myself first. If I can understand it you can too! I typically list the sources I use in the video description and you are always welcome to check them out or add something to the discussion in the comment section. By sources I btw. mean official publications from the rocket launch and satellite companies or governments. I do not read ANY news websites or blogs about space to avoid plagiarism. So what you get to hear from me you will hopefully not hear anywhere else.

So why support me?


kNews is a great show and I try to make it the best I can but I personally don't believe that my kind of content is meant to break out and get super popular. I just don't see it sustaining itself via ad revenue or other means. I try to sell merch and I am working on a new collection every couple months, but I can not expect giant leaps from that either. However, I am super transparent and should I somehow be lucky and sell millions of shirts I'll tell you about it! lol
But seriously, I cannot continue to produce videos forever should I not reach my goal. It's not because I don't like making videos, it's just that it is extremely time consuming. You can call it a hobby if you do it an hour a day a couple times per week. I work on kNews at least 2-3 hours a day, sometimes entire Saturdays and Sundays to get them out regularily. That's a lot of time and I get a lot of criticism for it. I don't live in a very supportive environment to say the least but I don't want to complain. It is a lot of time and it's incredibly hard to justify spending so much as it is. I have a dream though ;)

What does it take to make kNews?

To give you a quick overview what it takes to make an episode:

  • Spend a lot of time reading to stay informed about tech and space in general
  • Research the launches and payloads of the upcoming week(s) or get a good idea for a Special.
  • If needed refresh some background information to get the facts right
  • Create a script of everything I say which is in average 1500 words long (~8 minute video)
  • Record the voice over in a foreign language (which gets easier week after week)
  • Make a plan of what to animate and what not. My now gained experience helps to write the script to be "animatable" in first place though.
  • Thinking about how to illustrate something. This can take anything from 5 minutes to hours. I have the best ideas riding my bicycle!
  • Create 3D scenes and animating everything I need using the free animation software Blender. This part is very unpredictable since I am often just not satisfied with something and do it again.
  • Render the animations which sometimes takes forever. Not literally forever but days in which my PC is unusable. I began to really appreciate YouTube's 240p feature!
  • Combine everything into a single video nicely which is the least amount of work for me since it's all planned out already.
  • Upload it to YouTube and wait for your feedback to talk with you about it! :)
  • Create other original content about aerospace I can share with you on Twitter (.gifs and renders)

All in all I would say I can get an episode done - if I really focus on it without distractions - I look at you Reddit - within a day or two from morning until evening. However, because I also have a private life I of course spread it onto several days as mentioned which means 2-3 episodes per month are currently the maximum I can offer. It's really tough to get these done but I think if I could do this full time one episode per week + a special once in a while would be doable without sacrificing video quality and sanity!

The financial stuff

How much do I need? My cost for producing kNews are not so high actually. It's mostly electricity and eventually some computer hardware I will have to replace at some point. I'm currently using an older i5 2500K pimped to 4.5 Ghz and a 970 GTX. I can#t really complain about that but of course more is always better in that regard. But most of what kNews costs is time, a lot of it. I'm just a normal guy who has to somehow justify the time he puts into his projects but I have no kids, so nobody besides me is affected by it. It would be cool if one could be paid in time but that's at least for now not possible. Maybe in the future when we will all transcend to robots :D Today the only thing I can really ask for is a tip basically. I see it as a voluntary subscription fee and it is also treated like that tax-wise.

I could make a number up of funding I would need to somehow do kNews for a living - which is my ultimate dream - but others already did. The minimum wage in Germany is round about 1500 € / $1750 USD per month (Link) and I think that's a good estimate for what I would need to quit everything else and focus on kNews alone. That would really be a great time..

I know it's a lot to ask for and a very high goal but this is what it would take to make sure kNews never ends as long as I exist. Reaching that goal is still far away but I believe it's in the realm of possible achievements. However, I'm not sure if I or my content are really worthy enough for that which is something you have to decide. If you want me to keep making videos that's the way to go!

I thank all of you who believe in me and I hope I can meet your expectations and continue to improve myself! Feel free to contact me at any time if you have a question but please understand that I don't feel comfortable enough to share private things. I don't want to make to big of a secret out of my identity though so if you really want to know who you are supporting before you do (understandable), I will of course provide all necessary contact details. I did actually register a small business for my channel so it's quite legit and I hope I can get a "verified arrow" on YouTube at some point! That shall be it guys. If you read all of that GG You win! ;P

Best Regards,
Lukas aka. kNews.space

www.youtube.com/kNewsSpace
www.twitter.com/kNewsSpace
kNewsLukas[at]outlook[dot]com

PS. Should I not answer an e-mail within hours while still being active on Twitter and YouTube something went wrong. I do not ignore messages so you should always get an answer unless of course it is spam.

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Some further details about the reward section to the right:

- You can pick whatever name you like (on Patreon) but I reserve the right to censor your name in case of it being inappropriate. It's hard to specify what exactly that means but as long as you use your own name you will be safe. As an example: I will not credit websites because I don't want to risk linking to malicious content or just stuff I do not agree with. Please do simply not try to abuse it ;P Should your name not comply with my rules you can of course change it at any time and I will also write you a message in case of a problem occuring!

- Next to your "real" name I decided to also add Twitter handles because these are actually unique. If @kNewsSpace supports my channel there can be no confusion. It's me ;P If you want your Twitter handle to be seen simply make sure your Patreon account is linked to Twitter or if you don't like that, send me your handle via direct message.

- I will keep crediting you even if you stop your monthly support. Should I ever forget about it or have a typo please let me know! I do everything manually and errors happen. You can at any time decide to become an anonymous supporter but for that you also have to write me a message. I recently decided to split current supporters and past supporters in two distinct groups, which is just fair I would say. If you ever feel treated unfairly please simply write me a message as well. I try not to spend too much time on organisational things so I often hope for the best that Patreon notified me about all new Patreons.

- This section will develop over time and I will listen to the feedback I get to improve it. I also reserve the right to change anything at any time but I will inform you about big changes so you know what's up. 

The End

Tiers
kNews Booster
$1 or more per month 33 patrons
Funding my little space program you support - "boost" - me creating my free informational and hopefully also a little entertaining content. This is mostly related to my kNews series on YouTube but also selfmade .gifs and other things I share on Twitter for example. kNews is just the place you will get credit for your support! 


Speaking of it, I credit all my boosters in a Patreon section of my videos but this is just because I like to ;P I say this explicitly because by funding me you do not purchase space in my videos. I think this would be some kind of product placement and I hereby distance myself from that. You can find some rules for the crediting (appropriate names etc.) at the very bottom of my main page to the left. 


# Important #


I add you to my credit section once Patreon does its charging round which is usually in the very beginning of a month. I could let them charge immediately I believe but I want to give you some time to think about your decision. If you by accident give too much you don't have to worry like that either! Just make sure to check your Patreon account at least every 1st of a month in case they have a problem or need a confirmation. They also have an app for convenience. 

kNews Sponsor
$200 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
This tier is only meant for extremely generous individuals or entities that will get a verbal shoutout in my videos. Being a kNews Sponsor I will naturally take your feedback more seriously but please do not expect control over my videos. Advice and opinions are always appreciated as I always try to improve myself, but I also like to experiment and try not to take my videos series and me too seriously. Feel free to contact me via e-mail if you have any questions!
Goals
$61 of $1,750 per month
I know I put the bar quite high but reaching this goal I will go "all in" and quit everything else to focus on making videos! If you like what I do that's the best way to keep me going! I need your support because I don't see my kind of videos to ever support themselves via ad revenue or other means. I also don't want to change my content to apeal to a much broader audience to be honest. I like it cosy so that I can answer all your questions and read all your comments! Thanks everyone!
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TL;DR

Hi, I'm Lukas. I spend a lot of time making videos on YouTube and would like to get paid for it, so that I can continue to do it until I get all grey and old. kNews Gandalf essentially! :D But in all seriousness, the type of originally animated content I offer (I do it all by myself) is not possible to create by not spending a lot of time working on it sadly. I need your support because despite putting so much time and effort into it, I just don't see the growth necessary that would sustain it in other ways. I also don't want to become a popular space channel that only covers SpaceX - to be honest. Not that it's bad but I'm just not the kind of guy who likes to chase the next big trend. My channel's analytics scream "cover SpaceX something!" all day long but I want to peak behind the horizon and give you an overview about everything! Please help! (That is if you can without bankrupting yourself) Also please read the rest, thanks! ;P

Hey there! 

My name is Lukas and I am an independent YouTuber who produces an english space/rocket show which I call kNews over at kNews.space (kNews from KiloNewtons btw.) on a weekly basis where I talk about and showcase upcoming rocket launches. My inspiration for these were people in my surroundings who just didn't know what rockets are all about and why we spend so much money burning fuel to leave our atmosphere. I want to change it and I need your support!

The goal is to make everyone able to understand how a rocket launch works, what the payload is and why it is launched at all. I'm however not a rocket scientist or aerospace engineer and I have to research and understand most of what I talk about myself first. If I can understand it you can too! I typically list the sources I use in the video description and you are always welcome to check them out or add something to the discussion in the comment section. By sources I btw. mean official publications from the rocket launch and satellite companies or governments. I do not read ANY news websites or blogs about space to avoid plagiarism. So what you get to hear from me you will hopefully not hear anywhere else.

So why support me?


kNews is a great show and I try to make it the best I can but I personally don't believe that my kind of content is meant to break out and get super popular. I just don't see it sustaining itself via ad revenue or other means. I try to sell merch and I am working on a new collection every couple months, but I can not expect giant leaps from that either. However, I am super transparent and should I somehow be lucky and sell millions of shirts I'll tell you about it! lol
But seriously, I cannot continue to produce videos forever should I not reach my goal. It's not because I don't like making videos, it's just that it is extremely time consuming. You can call it a hobby if you do it an hour a day a couple times per week. I work on kNews at least 2-3 hours a day, sometimes entire Saturdays and Sundays to get them out regularily. That's a lot of time and I get a lot of criticism for it. I don't live in a very supportive environment to say the least but I don't want to complain. It is a lot of time and it's incredibly hard to justify spending so much as it is. I have a dream though ;)

What does it take to make kNews?

To give you a quick overview what it takes to make an episode:

  • Spend a lot of time reading to stay informed about tech and space in general
  • Research the launches and payloads of the upcoming week(s) or get a good idea for a Special.
  • If needed refresh some background information to get the facts right
  • Create a script of everything I say which is in average 1500 words long (~8 minute video)
  • Record the voice over in a foreign language (which gets easier week after week)
  • Make a plan of what to animate and what not. My now gained experience helps to write the script to be "animatable" in first place though.
  • Thinking about how to illustrate something. This can take anything from 5 minutes to hours. I have the best ideas riding my bicycle!
  • Create 3D scenes and animating everything I need using the free animation software Blender. This part is very unpredictable since I am often just not satisfied with something and do it again.
  • Render the animations which sometimes takes forever. Not literally forever but days in which my PC is unusable. I began to really appreciate YouTube's 240p feature!
  • Combine everything into a single video nicely which is the least amount of work for me since it's all planned out already.
  • Upload it to YouTube and wait for your feedback to talk with you about it! :)
  • Create other original content about aerospace I can share with you on Twitter (.gifs and renders)

All in all I would say I can get an episode done - if I really focus on it without distractions - I look at you Reddit - within a day or two from morning until evening. However, because I also have a private life I of course spread it onto several days as mentioned which means 2-3 episodes per month are currently the maximum I can offer. It's really tough to get these done but I think if I could do this full time one episode per week + a special once in a while would be doable without sacrificing video quality and sanity!

The financial stuff

How much do I need? My cost for producing kNews are not so high actually. It's mostly electricity and eventually some computer hardware I will have to replace at some point. I'm currently using an older i5 2500K pimped to 4.5 Ghz and a 970 GTX. I can#t really complain about that but of course more is always better in that regard. But most of what kNews costs is time, a lot of it. I'm just a normal guy who has to somehow justify the time he puts into his projects but I have no kids, so nobody besides me is affected by it. It would be cool if one could be paid in time but that's at least for now not possible. Maybe in the future when we will all transcend to robots :D Today the only thing I can really ask for is a tip basically. I see it as a voluntary subscription fee and it is also treated like that tax-wise.

I could make a number up of funding I would need to somehow do kNews for a living - which is my ultimate dream - but others already did. The minimum wage in Germany is round about 1500 € / $1750 USD per month (Link) and I think that's a good estimate for what I would need to quit everything else and focus on kNews alone. That would really be a great time..

I know it's a lot to ask for and a very high goal but this is what it would take to make sure kNews never ends as long as I exist. Reaching that goal is still far away but I believe it's in the realm of possible achievements. However, I'm not sure if I or my content are really worthy enough for that which is something you have to decide. If you want me to keep making videos that's the way to go!

I thank all of you who believe in me and I hope I can meet your expectations and continue to improve myself! Feel free to contact me at any time if you have a question but please understand that I don't feel comfortable enough to share private things. I don't want to make to big of a secret out of my identity though so if you really want to know who you are supporting before you do (understandable), I will of course provide all necessary contact details. I did actually register a small business for my channel so it's quite legit and I hope I can get a "verified arrow" on YouTube at some point! That shall be it guys. If you read all of that GG You win! ;P

Best Regards,
Lukas aka. kNews.space

www.youtube.com/kNewsSpace
www.twitter.com/kNewsSpace
kNewsLukas[at]outlook[dot]com

PS. Should I not answer an e-mail within hours while still being active on Twitter and YouTube something went wrong. I do not ignore messages so you should always get an answer unless of course it is spam.

---

Some further details about the reward section to the right:

- You can pick whatever name you like (on Patreon) but I reserve the right to censor your name in case of it being inappropriate. It's hard to specify what exactly that means but as long as you use your own name you will be safe. As an example: I will not credit websites because I don't want to risk linking to malicious content or just stuff I do not agree with. Please do simply not try to abuse it ;P Should your name not comply with my rules you can of course change it at any time and I will also write you a message in case of a problem occuring!

- Next to your "real" name I decided to also add Twitter handles because these are actually unique. If @kNewsSpace supports my channel there can be no confusion. It's me ;P If you want your Twitter handle to be seen simply make sure your Patreon account is linked to Twitter or if you don't like that, send me your handle via direct message.

- I will keep crediting you even if you stop your monthly support. Should I ever forget about it or have a typo please let me know! I do everything manually and errors happen. You can at any time decide to become an anonymous supporter but for that you also have to write me a message. I recently decided to split current supporters and past supporters in two distinct groups, which is just fair I would say. If you ever feel treated unfairly please simply write me a message as well. I try not to spend too much time on organisational things so I often hope for the best that Patreon notified me about all new Patreons.

- This section will develop over time and I will listen to the feedback I get to improve it. I also reserve the right to change anything at any time but I will inform you about big changes so you know what's up. 

The End

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Tiers
kNews Booster
$1 or more per month 33 patrons
Funding my little space program you support - "boost" - me creating my free informational and hopefully also a little entertaining content. This is mostly related to my kNews series on YouTube but also selfmade .gifs and other things I share on Twitter for example. kNews is just the place you will get credit for your support! 


Speaking of it, I credit all my boosters in a Patreon section of my videos but this is just because I like to ;P I say this explicitly because by funding me you do not purchase space in my videos. I think this would be some kind of product placement and I hereby distance myself from that. You can find some rules for the crediting (appropriate names etc.) at the very bottom of my main page to the left. 


# Important #


I add you to my credit section once Patreon does its charging round which is usually in the very beginning of a month. I could let them charge immediately I believe but I want to give you some time to think about your decision. If you by accident give too much you don't have to worry like that either! Just make sure to check your Patreon account at least every 1st of a month in case they have a problem or need a confirmation. They also have an app for convenience. 

kNews Sponsor
$200 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
This tier is only meant for extremely generous individuals or entities that will get a verbal shoutout in my videos. Being a kNews Sponsor I will naturally take your feedback more seriously but please do not expect control over my videos. Advice and opinions are always appreciated as I always try to improve myself, but I also like to experiment and try not to take my videos series and me too seriously. Feel free to contact me via e-mail if you have any questions!