I've been planning on starting up a patreon in the coming months, assuming nothing changes during the next month or so. This will probably happen somewhere around the end of May or June, depends on when my current projects end. So, I'd like some feedback for my current plans, before I go forward with any of it.
The main idea is to keep finished content free. All real-time VR Content would also remain free, as I don't want to deal with unreal engines royalty costs at the moment. The main advantages a patron would receive is access to work in progress materials, voting rights and alternate versions of clips.
Main themes would be shrinking/giantess, oral vore, anal/vaginal insertion/vore, anything related to tits & ass. But those are only the main themes, there can be other content as well.
A list of things that won't happen:
-Giant males (At least not in a main role or a solo scenario. I don't want to completely rule out some sort of "couple" situations, if people want it enough. But male vore or similar, won't happen. An occasional futa scenario is not completely out of the picture, but it wont be one of the main themes either.)
-Graphic gore (tearing limbs, excessive blood, melting skin etc.)
Here are the planned rewards:
-WIP clips (no audio, no post processing etc.)
-All WIP content (Essentially an early access)
-Voting rights (Voting influence 1)
-Maximum resolution of clips (anything that's over 1080p, when available, I'm still looking at the possibility for 4K)
-Alternate versions of finished videos
-Recorded 360 or 180 VR videos out of VR scenes (Still looking into this)
-All Previous tier content
-Extra voting power (Voting influence 4)
First would include still images, like concepts and test renders. Basically anything that's a single picture.
Second would include most WIP content, but excludes animations that have gone through rendering/post processing. The animation part should be finished by the second tier. But small changes might still happen after this point.
Final tier includes all WIP content. This would essentially work as a sort of early access, as the clips are close to being finished at this point. Main differences to the previous tier are audio & prettier visuals. Although with longer scenarios, I might do more finalized versions of parts of the whole video, which won't be released before the full clip is done.
There will be two polls, one for the 10$ tier, and two for 30$ tier. The additional poll for the 30$ tier is worth 3 points per vote. I'm slightly concerned with flooding the page with too many polls though. One option would be to only have voting rights for the 30$ tier. But I'm a bit worried about leaving a sizeable amount of patrons out of the voting process all together. Another option would be to make monthly posts that include links to all past content. I'm leaning towards the latter option at the moment.
Examples of things that could be put under vote:
The work priority part does not mean that I will only work on the thing that's been voted on. But it will take priority over the other choices. Some things that might be included in a priority poll:
-Making new characters/assets/clothes etc.
There will be a alternate version poll for each animation, after it's finished. Examples of alterations are:
-Model/Character swap, when possible
-Disabling audio on some characters
-Different visual styles
-Different camera angles
The poll is to determine which alterations you would like to see, if any. I'll include an option, if you'd just prefer that I work on new content instead. But I might do some quick alterations anyway. Changing the shrunken persons gender, for example, is usually a pretty small task. Although there are exceptions.
I was also considering a quarterly dump of the alt versions for free. Basically I'd share all alt version from January-March on May, April-June on August, and so on.
I'd have to reach at least 300$ to even keep the patreon up. As that would barely cover my software expenses. But I'm sure you're more interested in what you would get, so here's a list of estimated content by pledge amount:
300$: 1 short animation every few months
600$ 1 short animation per month
1200$: 2 short animations per month
2200$: It's harder to estimate at this point, but around 4 short animations worth of content.
3200$: This is the cap. I'd estimate around 6 short animations per month. After this point I'm already spending as much time animating size content, as I'm willing to allocate, without burning out.
As mentioned above, these are all estimates. The short animations are only used as an example here, I want to do longer clips as well. A short animation in this case is anything around 10-20 seconds, depending on the complexity of the scene and animations. POV clips, for example, are usually faster to make, due to usually only having a part of 1 character to animate on the screen at the same time. Some situations might be more forgiving when it comes to reusing & looping animations, allowing for them to pad the length etc. There's also an option to do the "less important" parts of a clip with just a sort of still image montage, and then switch to animation for the more juicy parts.
I'd estimate around 1 minute of animation per month is doable after the final goal is reached, but it can be more or less depending on the content/requirements of the video. I don't want to give any more specific estimates, as it could vary anywhere between 1-5 minutes.
I'll also be making more than the first tiers suggest in the beginning, to get this thing started. I'll start changing the pace after a month or two, to match the pledge amount more. I'm also planning on making one short clip to be released when I set up the patreon. Well that's assuming nothing happens to interrupt the whole process in the first place.
The payment model will most likely be Patreons charge up front. Meaning you can't pledge, and take it back before the beginning of the next month to avoid payment, and repeat the same thing the next month.
This does mean that if you pledge at the end of the month, you will be charged again in a couple days, which sucks. But Patreon always charges on the first day of the month, instead of one month after you pledged. If someone knows better alternatives to this, I'm open to suggestions of course.
That's all for now. Nothing is set in stone, so let me know what you think.