ABOUT DAVID WILLIS
"When I started our Equity Crowdfunding project, I made a promise to myself that I would never set foot in a movie theater again -- until my own film was playing on the screen. Three years later, I had accomplished my goal. It took me years of learning and researching equity crowdfunding to do it -- now I want to show you how you can make your passion project a reality.
"We raised over $1 million in less than six months using the new opportunities in equity crowdfunding. With no prior experience in crowdfunding, I spent only $2,000 of my own money to put our fundraising campaign into action."
And yes, he did make a movie: His production company, The United States Motion Picture Company (the team with 4 Emmys for The Simpsons and Frasier) produced his film, I'll Be Next Door for Christmas, a delightful holiday comedy for the whole family. It was released in 2018 to positive reviews. It's available now on iTunes and Amazon.
David held an in-person, all-day masterclass on Equity Crowdfunding in 2019 – and it sold out. Now, due to the demand for knowledge on how to run a successful campaign, he's making his class available online to anyone who wants to learn how to raise serious money.
"With a bit of hard work, anyone can do this. I did it without any social media network, no followers, and zero experience doing outreach. I want to save people the time and money I spent learning all the techniques I used for a successful campaign."
David (second from right in blue) speaking at the Hollywood Silver Screen Festival in 2019
David Willis is an in-demand speaker at film festivals and Equity Crowdfunding events, including Canon USA, Digital Entertainment World, The Valley Film Festival, Digital Hollywood, Crowd Invest Summit, Dayton Film Commission, and The Founder's Summit. In addition, his methods are being taught in entertainment law classes at UCLA and the University of Florida. He is currently a Director and Producer at the United States Motion Picture Company.
"I've had the pleasure of working with David Willis many times over the last 15 years and have always found him to be funny, talented, and a pleasure to be around. He has an agile mind, a quick wit, and an eagerness to always explore new facets of the business..."
-- Christopher Lloyd, Executive Producer, Co-Creator of "Modern Family"