Author and filmmaker James Cooper wrote the book Kickstarter for Filmmakers after successfully funding his short film Elijah the Prophet through the popular crowd funding website. Recently he shared his top five pieces of crowd funding advice on filmmaker Jon Reiss’s interesting website: 5. Know Your Audience. 4. Tell Me Who Is Involved. 3. Be Realistic. 2. Be Honest. 1. Remember, It’s About More Than Money: “Backers are early adopters, and they are more likely than anyone else to champion your project and shout it from the rooftops,” he writes.