Select Screen is creating Video Essays
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Hey, my name’s Drew and I run Select Screen, a YouTube channel devoted to making video essays about media criticism. It still feels a little weird to actually be writing this, but I’m finally starting a Patreon. Here's a break down of how my Patreon works, hopefully it will help you decide if you want to support me here and at what level.

WHY START A PATREON (SPECIFICALLY)?
The obvious goal is as simple as I really like making videos and I would like to be able to keep making them as my official job. But the reason I’m using Patreon specifically (aside from the fact that there isn’t really a good alternative out there right now) is that I want this page to sort of be a home-base for anyone who is interested in my work.

I know that many people just use Patreon as a tip jar, simply a means of supporting their favorite creators, and don’t always care as much about all the extra stuff that comes with actually being a Patron. Hell, I’ve felt that way about some of my own personal pledges on Patreon. But it was still important to me to make sure I was actually providing something extra and of merit for anyone supporting me on here. So let's talk about what being a Patron of mine gets you.

WHAT DO YOU GET IF YOU SUPPORT ME ON PATREON?
My goal with structuring the Patreon was to make it so that, as long as you were a Patron at any level, you got access to everything that comes with being a Patron. With this in mind, I priced the tiers in such a way that, the more money you pledge, the more access you get to my thought process and the future of the channel, but even if you’re just a $1 Patron, you’ll never miss out on any of the actual content that is exclusive here.

I think the best example of this is the $5 tier. If you pledge at this level, then you get to ask me a question that I’ll answer in a video. Your $5 pledge gets you access to actually ask me a question, but $1 Patrons will always get to see the Q&A videos once they’re done, along with all the other rewards like early access to videos as well as the Discord server and live streams whenever we reach that goal.

WHEN WILL YOU BE CHARGED?
At first, I thought about setting it so that anyone who pledges to me will be charged immediately. On one hand this made sense because the whole idea with the Patreon is that your support is supposed to allow you exclusive access, and it didn’t seem fair that someone could’ve been supporting me for months and still be getting the same amount of exclusive access as someone who just signed up and isn’t getting charged until the beginning of next month. But on the other hand, I didn’t like the idea of someone pledging to me on say, the 31st of the month, and then getting charged again the very next day.

So, I’m setting it so that no one gets charged until the start of the next month rolls around, and I’m treating that time between when someone signs up, and when they actually get charged as basically a free trial. Out of all the options, this seemed like it was the fairest for the most amount of people, hopefully everyone else agrees, and no one tries to take advantage of this.

HOW OFTEN WILL YOU UPLOAD VIDEOS?
Aside from all the extra stuff you get as a Patron, I still plan on keeping up a regular schedule of releasing videos onto the main channel. My goal is to always have at least one video out per month, possibly even two if they're both short enough, which is also why I'm charging you per month instead of per video. On the rare occasion a video is taking too long or a personal matter comes up that keeps me from getting any new videos out that month, I will of course not charge you for that month.

WHAT WILL I BE USING THE MONEY ON?
This is another one that I hope is fairly obvious, but mostly living expenses. Y’know, food, water, shelter and the like. But I will also be using it to cover some of the costs of running the channel like my Adobe subscription and buying the occasional game or film I might need to capture footage of for an upcoming video. Plus, I want to use that money to invest in making the channel better. First on the list is a better mic setup, and I’d also like to eventually get a nice camera so I can be one of those YouTubers whomst talks directly into the camera with my face and whatnot (I hear that’s great for my ~ e n g a g e m e n t ~ !!!). But, although I don’t have many expensive hobbies, I also can’t promise I won’t spend some of the money you give me on something ridiculously frivolous from time to time.

WILL WE ALL REALLY MOVE TO A CAMPGROUND IN MONTANA?
No.
Tiers
EARLY ACCESS
$1 or more per month

A $1 pledge gets you access to everything that is exclusive for Patrons. These rewards include:

  • Early access to videos at least 24 hours before they go live on YouTube.
  • Access to the Patreon feed where regular updates will be posted
  • Your name in the credits of every video I make.
  • Access to monthly Q&A videos.
  • Access to the Discord server (once we hit that goal).
  • Access to live streams (once we hit that goal).
ASK A QUESTION
$5 or more per month

You can submit a question for the monthly Q&A videos. On the rare occasion I don't feel comfortable answering a question or you ask a question I've already answered, I reserve the right to ask you to post a different question.  (All lower tier rewards apply) 

SCRIPT ACCESS
$10 or more per month

I’ll post the scripts for upcoming videos as soon as they’re done. [BE AWARE]: This tier is mostly meant to be a premium version of “EARLY ACCESS” letting you see what I have coming down the pike even earlier, but I’m not necessarily looking for corrections or proofreading. I’m not saying I won’t take it into consideration if you point out a grievous error I made, but I still want the videos to primarily be in my voice, even the mistakes. (All lower tier rewards apply)

WEALTHY BENEFACTOR
$25 or more per month

You’ll get your name of choice shown separately as an “Executive Producer” in the credits for every video I make. That’s it, there are no extra perks to this tier other than the unending social capital you’ll receive from supporting artistic critical discourse on the Internet to an obscenely high degree. Maybe I’ll let you have your own deluxe tent when we all move to the woods of Montana. Full Disclosure: This is mostly a joke tier, and I don’t expect anyone to actually pledge at this tier. (All lower tier rewards apply) 

Goals
2 of 25 patrons
I’ll start a Discord sever, and so long as you’re a Patron at any level, you’ll get access to it.
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Hey, my name’s Drew and I run Select Screen, a YouTube channel devoted to making video essays about media criticism. It still feels a little weird to actually be writing this, but I’m finally starting a Patreon. Here's a break down of how my Patreon works, hopefully it will help you decide if you want to support me here and at what level.

WHY START A PATREON (SPECIFICALLY)?
The obvious goal is as simple as I really like making videos and I would like to be able to keep making them as my official job. But the reason I’m using Patreon specifically (aside from the fact that there isn’t really a good alternative out there right now) is that I want this page to sort of be a home-base for anyone who is interested in my work.

I know that many people just use Patreon as a tip jar, simply a means of supporting their favorite creators, and don’t always care as much about all the extra stuff that comes with actually being a Patron. Hell, I’ve felt that way about some of my own personal pledges on Patreon. But it was still important to me to make sure I was actually providing something extra and of merit for anyone supporting me on here. So let's talk about what being a Patron of mine gets you.

WHAT DO YOU GET IF YOU SUPPORT ME ON PATREON?
My goal with structuring the Patreon was to make it so that, as long as you were a Patron at any level, you got access to everything that comes with being a Patron. With this in mind, I priced the tiers in such a way that, the more money you pledge, the more access you get to my thought process and the future of the channel, but even if you’re just a $1 Patron, you’ll never miss out on any of the actual content that is exclusive here.

I think the best example of this is the $5 tier. If you pledge at this level, then you get to ask me a question that I’ll answer in a video. Your $5 pledge gets you access to actually ask me a question, but $1 Patrons will always get to see the Q&A videos once they’re done, along with all the other rewards like early access to videos as well as the Discord server and live streams whenever we reach that goal.

WHEN WILL YOU BE CHARGED?
At first, I thought about setting it so that anyone who pledges to me will be charged immediately. On one hand this made sense because the whole idea with the Patreon is that your support is supposed to allow you exclusive access, and it didn’t seem fair that someone could’ve been supporting me for months and still be getting the same amount of exclusive access as someone who just signed up and isn’t getting charged until the beginning of next month. But on the other hand, I didn’t like the idea of someone pledging to me on say, the 31st of the month, and then getting charged again the very next day.

So, I’m setting it so that no one gets charged until the start of the next month rolls around, and I’m treating that time between when someone signs up, and when they actually get charged as basically a free trial. Out of all the options, this seemed like it was the fairest for the most amount of people, hopefully everyone else agrees, and no one tries to take advantage of this.

HOW OFTEN WILL YOU UPLOAD VIDEOS?
Aside from all the extra stuff you get as a Patron, I still plan on keeping up a regular schedule of releasing videos onto the main channel. My goal is to always have at least one video out per month, possibly even two if they're both short enough, which is also why I'm charging you per month instead of per video. On the rare occasion a video is taking too long or a personal matter comes up that keeps me from getting any new videos out that month, I will of course not charge you for that month.

WHAT WILL I BE USING THE MONEY ON?
This is another one that I hope is fairly obvious, but mostly living expenses. Y’know, food, water, shelter and the like. But I will also be using it to cover some of the costs of running the channel like my Adobe subscription and buying the occasional game or film I might need to capture footage of for an upcoming video. Plus, I want to use that money to invest in making the channel better. First on the list is a better mic setup, and I’d also like to eventually get a nice camera so I can be one of those YouTubers whomst talks directly into the camera with my face and whatnot (I hear that’s great for my ~ e n g a g e m e n t ~ !!!). But, although I don’t have many expensive hobbies, I also can’t promise I won’t spend some of the money you give me on something ridiculously frivolous from time to time.

WILL WE ALL REALLY MOVE TO A CAMPGROUND IN MONTANA?
No.

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Tiers
EARLY ACCESS
$1 or more per month

A $1 pledge gets you access to everything that is exclusive for Patrons. These rewards include:

  • Early access to videos at least 24 hours before they go live on YouTube.
  • Access to the Patreon feed where regular updates will be posted
  • Your name in the credits of every video I make.
  • Access to monthly Q&A videos.
  • Access to the Discord server (once we hit that goal).
  • Access to live streams (once we hit that goal).
ASK A QUESTION
$5 or more per month

You can submit a question for the monthly Q&A videos. On the rare occasion I don't feel comfortable answering a question or you ask a question I've already answered, I reserve the right to ask you to post a different question.  (All lower tier rewards apply) 

SCRIPT ACCESS
$10 or more per month

I’ll post the scripts for upcoming videos as soon as they’re done. [BE AWARE]: This tier is mostly meant to be a premium version of “EARLY ACCESS” letting you see what I have coming down the pike even earlier, but I’m not necessarily looking for corrections or proofreading. I’m not saying I won’t take it into consideration if you point out a grievous error I made, but I still want the videos to primarily be in my voice, even the mistakes. (All lower tier rewards apply)

WEALTHY BENEFACTOR
$25 or more per month

You’ll get your name of choice shown separately as an “Executive Producer” in the credits for every video I make. That’s it, there are no extra perks to this tier other than the unending social capital you’ll receive from supporting artistic critical discourse on the Internet to an obscenely high degree. Maybe I’ll let you have your own deluxe tent when we all move to the woods of Montana. Full Disclosure: This is mostly a joke tier, and I don’t expect anyone to actually pledge at this tier. (All lower tier rewards apply)