speaking of independent flicks, a lot of the time the indie animated WIP films i come across online that are still years in the making (there’s one i’ve been keeping an eye on since 2009) like to always just leave a synopsis description too ‘not spoil the movie’ on their website which i have always considered strange.
i’ve always felt that if you’re gonna make this effort that lasts years and want ongoing online relevancy, you should at least after a while post most of the plot online.
obviously it will let people know what they might be putting their money into, but it can also engage newcomers more and create more intimacy between supporters and the project. by giving them a plot and characters they can already begin to bond with beyond a blurb summary it can create a more loyal net of support. if i were to do anything of the sorts personally i think i would occasionally post boards for the film so that it can be steadily updated, like a webcomic of sorts.
i think people fear that by giving away the plot beforehand, interest to see the finished film itself will diminish. but i’d say that if you give a compelling story to tell and developed characters to become familiar with, it will leave people wanting to see it on a big screen even more.