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One of the interesting developments in the
online indie world has been crowdfunding – basically going out to the global
audience of the internet and making a pitch for their money to fund your
project. Two real leaders have emerged in this arena, Kickstarter and IndieGoGo
and both deliver some really cool options for helping filmmakers (and other
projects) get their work funded and completed.
With the recent high profile announcement
that Bret Easton Ellis (author of modern classics like AMERICAN PSYCHO, THE
RULES OF ATTRACTION and LESS THAN ZERO) and Paul Schrader (TAXI DRIVER, ROLLING
THUNDER, AUTO FOCUS) have teamed up for a Kickstarter project to help fund
their latest project THE CANYONS, crowdfunding has started on the road to
mainstream use. It functions as an incredible tool to fund your project without
interference from a studio and I believe it is a cornerstone of the brave new
world of cinema we are entering right now.
So how does it work?
At its most basic, the filmmaker puts his
pitch up on their site of choice and then it gets shared around in social media
to attract contributors. The typical pitch involves a video detailing the
project, usually with a personal appeal from the director/writer/producer and
then rewards for various contribution levels. This is where people tend to get
pretty creative. Typical rewards include signed copies of the completed films,
your name in the credits, signed screenplays, set visits. It’s all up to the
creator of the project to decide how to reward contributors at their respective
levels of contribution. For The Canyons, one of the rewards is having Paul
Schrader give notes on your screenplay or having Bret Easton Ellis review your
novel. At the highest contribution level, Schrader will give you a money clip
he received as a gift on the set of TAXI DRIVE, from Robert De Niro himself.
So, it’s not just a matter of what is in it
for the creators, there is always something to give back to the contributors
besides a successful finished product. To me, this is one of the final pieces
in the puzzle of how we get around Hollywood and build our own system, one that
serves creativity and not just capital. We live in exciting times, the times
that are poised to deliver on the promises of inexpensive technology and the
internet as not just delivery system but as activity hub for funding, marketing
and distribution. We have arrived ladies and gentlemen, and the age of the
indie is coming.
To get you ready and to showcase what is
happening Long Live the New Flesh will be presenting selected Kickstarter or
IndieGoGo campaigns right here on Fangoria.com! Come and support the revolution
and get these vital productions made! Without a strong and vibrant indie scene,
there are so many stories that will never get told and this incredible training
ground for the next generation of auteurs will not exist. Funding options for
many of these projects start at as little as a dollar. You can spare a dollar
to make a dream happen.
That’s a statement just in case you were
To start things off, I’m going to link you
to two current projects underway that need your support to happen. First up:
FIREMAN – Astron-6
Hot on the heels of resounding critical
success with the Troma-produced FATHER’S DAY, the Astron-6 crew have turned to
the fans to help fund their new project, FIREMAN. It’s more exploitation fare
done in the crypto-retropop style that Astron-6 have a singular mastery of. I’d
really love to see another Astron-6 feature, so I’m really hoping this campaign
picks up steam.
The boys didn’t exactly get rich from all
the acclaim and awards they received for FATHER’S DAY so funding this project
is going to keep them afloat and making amazing movies. Plus, Adam Brooks won’t
end up having to work at Home Depot or something, as amusing as having Ahab
help you pick out accent lighting for your den might ultimately be.
THE GHOST IS A LIE – Twisted Muse
A clever take on the found-footage genre
spawned by THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, director Jason Armstrong (48 HOURS IN
PURGATORY) developed Twisted Muse to produce this film and hopefully several
others through the power of crowdfunding.
Featuring support from stuntman Chris
Carnel (HATCHET, THE CRAZIES, MY BLOODY VALENTINE) and costume designer Melanie
Hocking (PIRANHA 3D, ON THE ROAD), THE GHOST IS A LIE promises to be a highly
professional production that just might shake up the genre a bit. Assuming,
that is, you come in and help it get made.
Without you, we might never know the
potential of these visions.
Be part of the revolution. Support indie
projects and help keep this vital part of the creative industry gaining
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