It's an Indiegogo crowdsource-funded project. Perhaps the very first relating directly to EVE Online. (Indiegogo is similar to the more famous Kickstarter.) They're not looking for much money, $6000, to fund equipment and equipment operators. Which is promising. These are not dudes trying to pay themselves a year's salary through crowdsourcing. It's a not-for-profit project.
It appeared to be a half-decent idea. Until I watched their funding introduction video.
Yeah. That video. Turned me off the project immediately. I'm not the type of person to throw money at a project simply because it sounds cool. I think the people that want funding have to demonstrate that they deserve it in their plea for funding.
I wrote to the documentary team in the comments:
How do we know you’re capable of a documentary? The campaign starter video you’ve put up is pretty terrible. Shaky camera. Three static talking heads. If you want to show us what you’re capable of, demonstrate it with the video that introduces us to the project.I think it's a fair statement, if rather blunt. If I'm going to throw $50 at a project, I'd like to know that their project is not going to consist of some dude wandering the convention floor with a handheld camcorder, asking questions, and getting some answers in glorious shitty audio.
One of the three people in the video did give a promising reply:
That’s a fair question. In a way, as with many of these kinds of projects, it’s a matter of trust. The shaky camera was a result of not having rented the tech yet. We’ll be posting a new video blog soon, hopefully it will help answering any questions you might have.So I'll wait to see what they can offer that better demonstrates their skills as documentarians. I'm not expecting Albert and David Maysles, but I am expecting something demonstrating any level of craft.
This is just my opinion on the matter. My fiduciary disposition. I don't throw money at a hope and a prayer. Certainly, if you're comfortable with the project, as presented, then toss them however much you want.
Again, sounds like a cool project. I simply need to see that they're capable of following through effectively on it.