Do you consider yourself a true Star Wars fanatic? Think you know every bit of trivia, not just from the films but from the expanded world of novels and spin-off series? Maybe. But do you know Derek Lyons?
Kickstarter has proven to be one of the more popular crowdfunding platforms for independent filmmakers these days. Whether it's a heavily publicized big budget venture or a lower budget film from an up-and-coming filmmaker, crowdfunding is one way to rally financial support, as well as interest in a developing project.
You can put this story in the “Well I didn’t see this coming” file. Director Bradley Bjornstad has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary about the never-before-seen original version of Ghostbusters 2, and a possible re-release of the film in its unedited form.
Over 91,000 people raised Veronica Mars’ $5.7 million and over 46,000 people donated towards Braff’s $3.1 million total. How many people ponied up funds for Lee? A mere 6,421. That’s less than the number of people who helped fund an adaptation of the comic book The Goon, and I’m damned certain more people are aware of Lee than that amazing comic series.
Lee has been making films for decades, so why is he turning to Kickstarter to finance his next film? Blame Veronica Mars and Zach Braff. See, one of Lee’s students at New York University, where he has served as a professor for the past fifteen years, clued him into how Kickstarter was used to bring about the long wished for Veronica Mars spin-off movie as well as Braff’s fan-funded follow-up to Garden State. So, Lee thought, “Oh snap!”
Kirsten Vangsness and Joe Mantegna of Criminal Minds have been working to turn the 2009 celebrated stage production of Kill Me, Deadly! into a feature film. The comedy noir that starred Vangsness, Mantegna, Dean Lamont and Lesley-Anne Down, is set in 1947 Hollywood and follows a clueless detective on a case of a missing—and cursed!—diamond.
Technically it's called "crowd-funding." But for the millions of people who have helped contributed to dream projects, or who have gotten their own dream projects funded, the process of allowing your supporters to contribute money to your work is now simply "kickstarting." And though the site has been around since 2009, we've never talked about Kickstarter more than in the last few month
Braff announced the end of the campaign with a post on his Twitter account with the message "Thank you, thank you, thank you. I won't let you down! Lets do this." By the time the Kickstarter campaign ended, 46,520 people backed the film.
Braff basically explains that he feels like he has created a club of like-minded people. If you hate him, this club isn’t for you (obviously). But if you buy into Braff’s humor and his storytelling methods, which have been on display in Scrubs and Garden State, then he’s trying to continue to do unique and exciting things that will appeal to your sensibilities.
"We were built by fans so we’ll try to do our best to keep the momentum going through that," Thomas says. "We’re hoping to go to Comic-Con, maybe have some footage to show at Comic-Con. We have a documentary following the making of the movie." Hopefully with lots of Kristen Bell and Percy Daggs III blowing people minds by still being adorable together over 30.
Kickstarter, a fundraising site designed to help artists raise money for projects they can't afford, has been a fantastic resource for young filmmakers who have a great idea for a movie but lack the cash to get it done. Naturally it's a bit rarer to see professionals creating listings on the site, as studios are typically happy to give money to talented people with an established record...
The Kickstarter page for this anticipated Calvin & Hobbes doc has a ton of stills, as well as the first 1/3 of the movie, sped up. We’re sharing that below. It’s not too late to back the film. As with every Kickstarter campaign, the more you give, the better your personal perks. Stop by the page and see what’s up or grabs. We’ll keep you posted in the meantime as to when you might be able to see Dear Mr. Watterson. We can hardly wait.