Scout Tafoya is creating Video Essays
70

patrons

$419
per month
I'm here because I have ideas I want to share with an incredibly giving, loving, intelligent and responsive community. Ever since I started making video essays in 2013, I've seen the way people enthusiastically respond to the form. They speak the language of film in order to tap into our collective obsessions, the way we need film and love film.

I've wanted to share more ideas, create more essays, but it's difficult to pitch series to outlets in this economy. Unsurprisingly I have more ideas than anyone can afford to pay me for and no time to make them on my own. 

If I could be given a little bit of financial assistance, I could possibly afford to quit one of my dayjobs and work on the essays that have been floating in the back of my head like unwritten novels. 

There are directions the video essay has yet to take, ideas the form has yet to reveal to us, and I want to explore the possibilities of the medium. Video essays as we know them are only a few years old and it's been humbling and exciting to be allowed to create something with such a wide ranging group of devotees. The people who watch my essays and want to have conversations about these films are some of the most kind and intelligent people with whom I've had the pleasure of interacting. I want to keep creating work that will stir the emotions of cinephiles, to awaken discussion on forgotten films, to keep evolving with the medium.

This will not put a stop to the work I do elsewhere as I owe it to the editors who have put their trust in me to keep doing my absolute best for them. This will just help me pursue the passion projects I've put on the backburner for too long. 

The projects I want to start include: a series on alternative or acid westerns, a feature length video essay about the depiction of America in films, a series on the evolving grammar of action movies, ten minute analyses of entire directors' careers and stylistic hallmarks, and more. 

I can reasonably hope to produce at least two new video essays every month, or more if I get enough donors. 
Tiers
Un-Unloved
$1 or more per month 64 patrons
  • HQ Digital Downloads
  • Sneak peek photos of upcoming releases
  • Patron-only polls
  • Sneak Peaks
  • Shoutout in Credits
Quite Loved
$20 or more per month 10 patrons
  • Exclusive look at long gestating projects as they take shape
  • Vote on the next films/projects I tackle
  • Plus all previous rewards
Superloved
$60 or more per month 1 patron
  • Once a month I'll release a video essay on the subject or film of your choosing. Any film you want me to talk about, provided it can be found, I will dissect it for you. I'll have to take these requests in the order they are received, but I'll get to every one eventually. 
  • All previous rewards
Goals
70 of 1000 patrons
When I reach a thousand patrons, I'll quit my jobs and start reaching out to other critics and cinephiles to collaborate with them on essays and try to start finding venues to begin screening video essays publicly, something that doesn't happen in New York with any regularity. I can start treating criticism as a job and give it the full devotion it deserves.
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I'm here because I have ideas I want to share with an incredibly giving, loving, intelligent and responsive community. Ever since I started making video essays in 2013, I've seen the way people enthusiastically respond to the form. They speak the language of film in order to tap into our collective obsessions, the way we need film and love film.

I've wanted to share more ideas, create more essays, but it's difficult to pitch series to outlets in this economy. Unsurprisingly I have more ideas than anyone can afford to pay me for and no time to make them on my own. 

If I could be given a little bit of financial assistance, I could possibly afford to quit one of my dayjobs and work on the essays that have been floating in the back of my head like unwritten novels. 

There are directions the video essay has yet to take, ideas the form has yet to reveal to us, and I want to explore the possibilities of the medium. Video essays as we know them are only a few years old and it's been humbling and exciting to be allowed to create something with such a wide ranging group of devotees. The people who watch my essays and want to have conversations about these films are some of the most kind and intelligent people with whom I've had the pleasure of interacting. I want to keep creating work that will stir the emotions of cinephiles, to awaken discussion on forgotten films, to keep evolving with the medium.

This will not put a stop to the work I do elsewhere as I owe it to the editors who have put their trust in me to keep doing my absolute best for them. This will just help me pursue the passion projects I've put on the backburner for too long. 

The projects I want to start include: a series on alternative or acid westerns, a feature length video essay about the depiction of America in films, a series on the evolving grammar of action movies, ten minute analyses of entire directors' careers and stylistic hallmarks, and more. 

I can reasonably hope to produce at least two new video essays every month, or more if I get enough donors. 

Recent posts by Scout Tafoya

Tiers
Un-Unloved
$1 or more per month 64 patrons
  • HQ Digital Downloads
  • Sneak peek photos of upcoming releases
  • Patron-only polls
  • Sneak Peaks
  • Shoutout in Credits
Quite Loved
$20 or more per month 10 patrons
  • Exclusive look at long gestating projects as they take shape
  • Vote on the next films/projects I tackle
  • Plus all previous rewards
Superloved
$60 or more per month 1 patron
  • Once a month I'll release a video essay on the subject or film of your choosing. Any film you want me to talk about, provided it can be found, I will dissect it for you. I'll have to take these requests in the order they are received, but I'll get to every one eventually. 
  • All previous rewards