You may or may not be aware that Patreon is an Internet-based platform that allows content creators to build their own subscription content service. The service allows artists to receive funding directly from their fans, or Patrons, on a recurring basis or per work of art. These content creators set up a page on the website, where patrons can choose to pay a fixed amount to a creator on a monthly basis. Alternatively, content creators can configure their page so that patrons pay every time the artist releases a new piece of art. A creator typically displays a goal that the ongoing revenue will go towards and can set a maximum limit of how much they receive per month. Patrons can cancel their payment at any time. Similar to other platforms, content creators typically provide benefits (commonly in the form of art and videos) and for their patrons depending on the amount that each patron pays.
Well that's the official spiel. Let's get this out of the way, I'm not an artist, or a critic, or even someone who should be taken too seriously. What I am is someone who has had a blast of a time over the last few years blogging about my sci-fi, fantasy and horror passions, in the process meeting a whole host of fascinating individuals.
So 5D has decided to tip it's own geeky toe in the world of Patreon. If you decide to become a 5D patron then there are a who host of geeky perks available to backers - many of which simply will not be available on our website of blog. If you feel that you would like to become a 5D patron then feel free to check out our Patreon page RIGHT HERE.
Who & what is 5D?
5D started as a simple little blog back in 2012. It began as some half-hearted musings of the often maligned genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, all of which have formed the bedrock of my film & literature obsession. In all truth at the start writing the blog was something simply to pass the time and enable me to force my self-indulgent musings upon the world, whilst all the time trying not to take myself too seriously.
However, something strange began to happen as people began to read my scribblings and soon I was being contacted from individuals around the world.
I was astounded to learn that rather than requests of restraining orders, people not only liked my self-deprecating approach but also some even wanted to send me their work to promote & review on my blog. This began a love-affair with the incredible range of independent and low budget productions from all around the world, particularly in science fiction and horror.
So where is 5D now?
The experience has now morphed into something else entirely, with a rather nifty website www.5d-blog.com which full of news, reviews, interviews, competitions and dealing with many creative individuals of both mainstream and independent productions.
5D has also been lucky enough to have review quotes featured on a number of film trailers, DVD covers & book covers...... and well would you know, my scribblings have even won the odd award....
Am I a critic? No, absolutely not. Am I a scribbler who passionately muses on things he loves about Sci-Fi, fantasy & horror while making damn sure he keeps a sense of proportion and doesn't take himself too seriously? Oh hell yes.
You may be asking just what makes us think that we can make this a website worth supporting? Well over the last few years 5D has built a reputation and body of work around the world to the extent that the website now gets over 2000 hits per month. This reputation and support also transcends to people 'in the business' as the words of support below quite clearly show...,
"I'm ALL excited about this site! THE authority on "British productions and the independent minded - It's where I go!!!!" : Peter Shinkoda - actor. (Nobo in the Daredevil TV series)
"This is very cool.": Vincent D'Onofrio - actor. ( Kingpin in the Daredevil series, Criminal minds, Jurassic World, Full Metal Jacket):
"I have been a fan of Stuart Anderson and his 5-D Blog for a few years now, and I've enjoyed his intelligent, irreverent and passionate musings on the genres I love best. The thought of hearing Stu and his young lad on the air delights me! I'll be supporting this effort and I ask you, my fellow sci-fi, fantasy and horror fans, to do the same. Stu is the genuine article. I'm proud to be his friend and his fan!": Bill Oberst Jr. - LA based actor & horror icon.
"I absolutely love 5D. The Fifth Dimension Sci-fi/fantasy & horror group! Stuart really knows this genre backwards and forwards! Never a dull moment reading the fascinating material he writes! Love love love it!": Ellen Dubin - Actress. (Lexx, Napoleon Dynamite).
"A great resource for in-depth reviews and informative interviews": John Portonova - writer, producer, director.
In addition these contacts around the globe will hopefully provide us with a plentiful pool of interesting talent to showcase and share website time with and hopefully add additions, including a rather nifty Sci-Fi, fantasy & horror Podcast.
Where will the donations go?
We believe we have great content to include in the website , but we also want to make it the best quality that we possibly can. The majority of the money contributed will go towards the very best Competition prizes and the planned 5D website shop which will feature original creations such as t-shirts, posters and a wide range of geeky goodies.
There is also a 5D Podcast planned. We believe we have great content to include in the podcast, but we also want to make it the best technical quality that we possibly can. The majority of the money contributed will go towards the very best audio and video equipment that is available to us.
If you become a patron, you'll get to experience first some exclusive interviews, blog entries, roundups, and longer versions of some articles - and you'll also be part of a select community of subscribers. Patrons can send me ideas or suggestions, such as films, comics, books and events to promote.
So if you want to come along for the ride and experience something exciting in the world of Sci-Fi, fantasy & horror then I'd love you to join me. Thank you.
You can find the 5D Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/5D