About Trigonis

Here’s who I am in 140 characters:

Storymaker. Author of Crowdfunding for Filmmakers and Siren’s Calling. Film Strategist, Indiegogo. Spoke at TEDx. Raised right on coffee, comics and red wine.

Here’s how much of the world knows me:

A behind-the-scenes consulting machine, John T. Trigonis has mentored hundreds of filmmakers and content creators worldwide to craft compelling crowdfunding experiences that not only reach, but also exceed their goals. An independent filmmaker and successful crowdfunder himself, Trigonis has literally written the book on Crowdfunding for Filmmakers, and after spending a few years as a private consultant, he now puts his prowess to its ultimate use as Indiegogo’s Film Campaign Strategist.

And here are all the details that just don’t fit in either of those bios:

A poet, writer, independent filmmaker, and renowned crowdfunding expert, John T. Trigonis has mentored thousands of filmmakers, storytellers, and other content creators worldwide to help them craft compelling crowdfunding experiences that not only reach, but also exceed their goals.

Trigonis literally wrote the book on Crowdfunding for Filmmakers after running his own Indiegogo campaign for his eighth short film Cerise. Through a well-wrought campaign that put to practice his “Three Ps of Crowdfunding,” he surpassed his fundraising goal, then enticed his crowd again independent of a platform to raise thousands more to submitCerise to film festivals. The advice offered in Crowdfunding for Filmmakers has not only proven useful to creatives, but also to those raising funds for everything from setting up a local restaurant to gaining awareness for personal or social causes. Marketing firms have even cited the book as the go-to guide to learn about proper social media engagement, which truly is the heartbeat of a successful crowdfunding experience.

After spending a few years as a private crowdfunding consultant for a number of creative projects on various crowdfunding platforms, Trigons was brought on board Indiegogo’s film team as its Film Campaign Strategist and now works behind-the-scenes on some the most successful film and video campaigns, including Con Man, VGHS Season 3Iron Sky: The Coming Race, and countless other top-dollar projects, all while continuing to nurture his own creative multimedia projects.

Here’s a “Whole Bunch of the Hardest Hitting Campaigns I’ve Mentored” List…

Super Troopers 2 by Broken Lizard
Con Man
by Alan Tudyk (Video/Web)
Gosnell Movie by Phelim McAleer
Code 8 – a film from Robbie and Stephen Amell
Kings of Con by Rob Benedict (Video/Web)
Video Game High School – VGHS Season 3 by Rocket Jump (Video/Web)
Star Trek: Axanar by Alec Peters
Iron Sky: The Coming Race by Timo Vuorensola
Dragon’s Lair Returns by Don Bluth & Gary Goldman
The Connected Universe by Malcolm Carter
Wong Fu Productions’ First Feature Film by Wong Fu Productions
Miles Ahead by Don Cheadle
Life Itself by Kartemquin Films
The Space Between by Amy Jo Johnson
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret by Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn
Think: The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich by Sean Donovan
What We Left Behind: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Doc by Ira Behr
Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!: The Ren & Stimpy Story by Ron Cicero
Goblins Animated 2nd Edition by Matt King

…and here are a few of my favorites,…

Alejandro Jodorowsky – Endless Poetry by Alejandro Jodorowsky
The last film by Jan Švankmajer: Insects by Jan Švankmajer
The Rise of the Synths by Castell & Moreno Films
Subotnick: Portrait of an Electronic Music Pioneer by Waveshaper Media
Not For Resale: A Video Game Store Documentary by Kevin J. James
Black Angel
– a fantasy feature film
by Roger Christian
The Art of the Dead by Michael Mahal
What Lola Wants
 by Rupert Glasson
Beetlejuice: Documentary for the Recently Deceased by Fred China
Devils in Disguise by Guillaume Campanacci
This Last Lonely Place – A Bogart Estate Film Noir by Steve Anderson
Player Piano: Awesome Music and Videos by Evan LeVine (Video/Web)
Ghostheads by Brenden Mertens
Z*Con by Michael Dougherty
Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film by William Conlin
Alpha by Stathis Athanasiou –– highest crowdfunded film in all of Greece!
Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child by Stuart Ashen
Orion: The Man Who Would Be King by Jeanie Finlay
The American Genre Film Archive by Alamo Drafthouse
Pennywise: The Story of It Documentary by Cult Screenings UK LTD
Turbo Kid by Roadkill Superstar
WolfCop 7.5 Inch Action Figure by Lowell Dean
A Fat Wreck by Shaun Colón
Nong Hak – “Dearest Sister” – a Laos Horror Film by Mattie Do
Apocalypse Rock by Karen Pennington
Twenty Million People by Michael Ferrell
Doctor Professor’s Thesis of Evil by Jukka Vidgren

…along with a few cool non-film/video projects I’ve coached

The Crystal Maze: A Live Immersive Experience by Little Lion Entertainment (Gaming)
The Magician Longs to See Tarot by Benjamin Mackey (Gaming)
Paste Quarterly by Josh Jackson/Paste Magazine (Music)
WWE Superstars for Hope by WWE (Community)
George Takei’s Legacy Project (Allegiance) by George Takei (Theater)
The Middleman
– The Crowd-Funded Franchise Resurrection
by Javier Grillo-Marxauch (Comic)
Jason Becker’s New Album by Jason Becker (Music)
Lost Girls: The Cinema of Jean Rollin by Kier-La Janisse (Writing & Publishing)
Vampire Mob Graphic Novel – Issue 1 by Joe Wilson (Comic)
Serrano: The Musical by Kerry David (Theater)
The Parisian Sphinx by Summer Brennan (Writing & Publishing)
St. Marks Bookshop on the Move by Erica Hunt (Small Business)
Planet Centauri – 2D procedural sandbox game by Laurent Lechat (Gaming)
Help Save the Brooklyn Heights Cinema by Ken Lowy (Theater)
Lumina 2 by Tatai Lab (Comic)
The IndieFlix App by IndieFlix (Community)
Savior – Cuba’s First Indie Game by Josuhe Pagliary (Gaming)

…and here are some equity crowdfunding campaign I’ve worked on

The Field Guide to Evil (Film)
The Adventures of Bunny Bravo (Film)
Darling (Entertainment & Media)
Plant Power Fast Food (Restaurant & Beverage)
Tasty Minstrel Games (Gaming)
Ironclad Distillery (Distillery)

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