Patreon is a platform made to support all kinds of creators, where you can give a small amount each month or for each creation. Here are a few reasons why I’m asking you to support me on this platform; for more details, read below.
- By helping me, you’re helping the community too, by making the free sharing of my tools, of my experience, of my techniques, available for everyone.
- I do not earn anything else with what I share here, it’s your support which makes it possible; I don’t sell anything, this means I refused (a lot of) easy money.
- This is a regular and continuous work, which needs a steady support, not one-time donations.
- It’s a way of proving that a non-commercial economic model is possible, based on free sharing of techniques and knowledge, by and for everyone…
- The more we are to mutualize the costs, the less we have to spend.
- Because a financial support is also an important moral support, which shows me that all I do is not pointless.
- Finally, and put very simply, without your support, all of my involvement would just be impossible, both morally and financially.
- And, besides my infinite gratitude, you’ll get a few rewards on Patreon 😉
It’s been ten years…
I’ve been working for ten years in the animation industry, as an animator and a director, but also developping new tools and sharing lots of ideas and techniques, freely. I started by developping tools that I needed in my work, in particular Duik, and I began to like this. With the great success of Duik (which stays free), I began to develop more tools to meet the needs of the community around me, and then in the whole world, adding features asked by other people, but always sharing my techniques, my experience and my knowledge for free. I really like to spend time helping, fixing, sharing with other people, and travelling and meeting new people everywhere. It’s an enormous chance that the success of Duik gave me the opportunity to achieve this.
And there’s not only Duik, but a lot of diverse other tools too, and I’m currently working on other big projects, which I want to keep free (as in “freedom” as well as “free beer”). This is the reason why I decided to bring this website to life, in order to share all of this, to enable you to test what I’m developping, and to have an efficient way of sharing my work as an animator and a director. And by doing this, I show my commitments and my ethics, showing my conviction of what the economy and the society should be, based on free sharing of knowledge and techniques, and people emancipation.
I did not earn money, but I earned much more than money
The only difficulty in all of this, is that it’s a lot of work… Which does not directly bring any money. I know I earned much more than money those latest years, with all my journeys and meeting a lot of people, but I now have to find some ways to continue and earn what I deserve, financially speaking. I could have sold my softwares, and in 5 years, I would have earned more than $200,000 USD, in my most pessimistic calculations. But I don’t have this money, because earning this would have meant to give up on my most important convictions.
Patreon, a steady support
Asking you to support me on Patreon, where you can regularly give me a small amount (from $1 USD per month), is the best way I know to support me, after having tried some other ways. The development work, and sharing, the way I do it, is a regular, continuous, and long-term work. I can even say that it’s a way of life, which never ends, not on the evening, nor during weekends. Without your support, and without selling what I do, this would be impossible, both morally and financially.
That’s why you can help me on Patreon, with a small regular contribution. This support is indispensible, and I will be infinitely grateful. Thank you.
There are a few rewards on Patreon to thank you for your support.
By helping me, you’re helping the community too, by making the free sharing of my tools, of my experience, of my techniques, available for everyone. It’s also a way of proving that a non-commercial economic model is possible, based on free sharing of techniques and knowledge, by and for everyone…
Other ways of funding?
I tried to other ways of funding. Simple one-time donations and crowdfunding campaigns, but both raise some difficulties.
One-time donations are really ineffective; even with the success of Duik, the most I got was 250€ in a month, which is less than my investment, both in time and financial.
Crowdfunding campaigns are more effective, but I have some problems with it. First, I really would like to be able to get $10,000 with 10,000 people giving $1 each, but when I tried, I got $10,000 from only 250 people. When you know that Duik is downloaded 800 times per day, I find this disappointing.
Another problem is that crowdfunding campaigns do not reflect the fact that this work is a steady work, and not a one-time work. What I need, is a continuous support, and not a one-time event like a crowdfunding campaign. In the same manner, by focusing on the development of a single tool, crowdfunding campaigns won’t help the birth of new tools, and won’t be efficient to fund tools in which there are not enough people interested (but which should be developped anyway). If I help a lot of people with many tool, but each tool meeting the needs of only a few people, I can not fund them with crowdfunding campaigns. Finally, a crowdfunding campaign needs a lot of work, which makes it not so efficient, as a lot has to be invested in the campaign itself.
The two latest versions of Duik have been funded by crowdfunding campaigns, and the funds are fully invested in the development of Duik, in the creation of the user guide, in the translations, in the website… Duik is now managed by my cooperative Rainbox, which gives me a monthly salary for my animation and film direction work, but I don’t earn anything from all the work I’m sharing here, which is much more than this every-day work, both in time and in personnal and moral investment.
In conclusion, all I have to say is that whether your support is financial or moral, I thank you with all my heart, and I’m trying to do everything to be up to it.