Well, here’s something nice to check out: Kickstarter‘s Best of 2012! Summing up the previous year they share some great results for those who believe in crowdsourcing! How about more than 2.2 million people funding more than a whopping 18,000 projects, raising almost 220 million dollars? Among them more than five thousand were music related, with various film and art reaching around one thousand projects. The list goes on and on.
Now, I personally believe that this and competitor (?) Indiegogo is the way to go for future independent projects. With the entertainment industry heavily relying on pretty conservative output they’re pretty much avoiding taking any chances whatsoever – no matter how great your music/script/book may be. But I was having a discussion with a friend earlier today, and with audience appeal being the vital key in order to generate the money needed, your project needs to be really out there if you’re not gonna manage to find and interest the roughly one thousand people on this planet needed to generate a decent amount of money. Dreaming of directing your 60 million dollar epic debut? Well, keep dreaming. But if you aim to pull it off at $60,000 the odds of you actually getting hold of that amount of money just exploded.
Remember my post about Hell Comes to Frogtown? Well, so far I haven’t met anyone who didn’t laugh when they heard the title and followed it with “Man, I gotta check that out!”, and unlike the (hellacious) ups and downs the filmmakers had to face back in the 80s while getting it financed, today they could’ve easily aquired the initial budget of $150,000 by presenting their idea on Kickstarter along with some script samples, conceptual art, maybe a presentation video and a faux trailer – with no producers meddling, interfering or in any other way trying to ruin their project. With crowdsourcing you’re instantly working with the supporters of your idea that unlike any major outlet pumping money into your project won’t hassle you about your creative vision! Plus, as an added bonus it eliminates any need of distribution whatsoever, as the product has in fact already been sold to its audience before Day 1. It’s honestly just a classic concept of eliminating the middle man.
Anyway, as they’re still only in their third year – and the average business usually needing about five before really break through – I’m pretty confident we’re still just seeing the tip of the iceberg on this phenomena. Two years from now I hope this form of funding is a major force to be reckoned with and with a bit of luck we even might see a (much needed) paradigm shift in popular culture. Anyway, check it out here, and while there maybe you should take some time to browse a couple of projects?
As you may remember I wrote about cool projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo some time ago, and publisher Ken Eppstein of Nix Comics recently launched The Big Ask, Baby! giving you the opportunity to support independent comics. In his own words Nix Comics is a small indie publisher in Columbus, Ohio, specializing in tried and true pulp genres now overlooked by a mainstream comic market dominated by conventional superhero fare and corporate advertising power. To date he’s published four issues of Nix Comics Quarterly and one issue of each Nix Western Comics, Nix Comics for Kids and Astonishing Tech Tales (The latter for Columbus based IT service provider, Network Logix).
Reading about his campaign on Kickstarter he’s planning a quite busy 2013 to say the least with seven new issues to be released bi-monthly, and offers up tons of goodies for those who pledges – including free subscriptions and t-shirts up to an exclusive, custom made eight page comic book advertising your business, or as a special gift or just for kicks!
He’s roughly 1/5 close to reaching his goal of $25.000 and if you feel you wanna support the guy visit his official website here and check out the campaign here.
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Well, once again I find myself turning into that damn Angry Old Fart, shaking my fists and screaming at clouds on account of “everybody ruining everything.” Just when you thought you’ve heard it all concerning remakes a friend of mine heps me to this: Texas Chainsaw 3D. Apparently a sequel/remake/wash-up of the prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – The Beginning ’cause, what, it’s been six years so you’d understand why the studios wanna revisit this franchise. Gah! And if that wasn’t enough how about The Killer Klowns – the Sequel? It’s yet another example of what happens when stupid people gather within the confines of a conference room and decides to squelch whatever’s left of Tinseltown’s creativity. Remember Jason X? That damn thing just reeked of comittee meetings:
- We need to revamp this franchise.
- I was just thinking that!
- Umm…what about…Jason…uh, in Space? They’re still running the Alien series somewhat successfully.
- I was just thinking that!
- Well I love it!
And – brace yourself – rumor has it that Lionsgate Films secured the rights to the franchise from New Line Cinema and are planning a total of seven films. Now if that doesn’t make you feel like you’re trying to find your way out of a pitch-black cellar with its floor covered with rakes I don’t know what will.
Now, even though I really hate to admit it I can on a strict economical level understand that if you aquire the rights for a movie that you want to make the most of it in order to maximise the profits from your deal. That’s Capitalism 101. But that used to mean heavy merchandising, saturating the rental market or just selling various editions of it on DVD – not remake the damn thing every second year. I mean c’mon, are you really that out of ideas? Did the pioneering spirit that gave Hollywood its name die out so all that’s left are coked-out accountants that go “I love lamp” while trying to wrap their heads around the latest Lynch script? Big-name producers apparently died off and a stampede of marketers followed, moving in with what I call a “McDonald’s attitude” (“hey, we heard you liked cheeseburgers so howsabout a billion of ‘em?“) killing off what little was left of the mainstream industry’s creativity, spirit and originality. Remember such 70s classics like The Exorcist, The Taking of Pelham 123, Get Carter, The French Connection? Not gonna happen anymore. Until the bottom falls out like it did towards the end of the 60s forcing the major studios to put on their thinking caps in order to save themselves.
There’s hope though. Just spend an hour or two on Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find tons of bright, creative people offering something truly fresh to share with the world. If the average consumer decides to support them with, say $50 a month you’ll give these people a chance to hone their art and with a bit of luck we’ll have a decent, independent film industry within a decade.
Oh well. The weekend’s coming up and I think I’m gonna revisit The Amityville Horror and Escape From New York (the 2003 special edition DVD collector’s set is nothing short of amazing when it comes to bonus material!). Make sure you check out Catie Rhodes‘ great comparison of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and the 2003 remake here, and enjoy DEADPIT Radio‘s September 7th episode where they discuss the 3D version. Keep in mind there’s heavy usage of the F-word:
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Once again writer/director Andrew Scott Ramsey has some cool news to share via his page on Facebook: Actress/director/model/photographer Eliza Jayne has been casted as the character Heidi his debut full-length effort Make-Believe Time! Along with Lynn Lowry and West Ramsey it’s starting to look like quite a nice cast for this movie.
It’s great seeing Andrew slowly reaching his goal, and again I wanna urge you to visit his official page on Indiegogo and read the sample script (click gallery and scroll down). This is gonna be a great genre movie. If you can afford it, make sure you donate some money.
Eliza Jayne: http://www.elizajayne.net/
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Genre blog Rogue Cinema (that actually covers all things indy) just posted this great interview with Make-Believe Time director/screenwriter Andrew Scott Ramsey. And it’s a nice piece giving some more information about the project as well as Andrew sharing some of his own personal story. Check it out.
Again, I’ve already stated this (and people seem to agree with me) that this project has a really good feel about it. The writing is damn good and he managed to get Lynn Lowry to star in it based on its strength. He needs funding to make this happen so make sure you visit his Indiegogo here and write some encouraging words on his Facebook here.
Well, director Andrew Scott Ramsey announced earlier on his Facebook that actor West Ramsey (Cthulu Rises/Badass Monster Killer/Jimmy Attitude etc.) just signed on to his first feature film project Make-Believe Time – and he’s not the only one excited by this! West looks just perfect starring as the head of the family that gets harrassed making the casting for this movie so far absolutely brilliant!
Again, like I already stated his script shows some great writing and I sincerely hope the guy manages to create some buzz on account of its strengths. Bored with the state of horror these days? Well, support something that’s both fresh and in touch with its roots at the same time then!
Again, you can find more information on Indiegogo here and you can check out West’s page on IMDB here!
Well, Andrew Scott Ramsey just posted some updates on his official Facebook and I thought I’d share it. There’s been a number of perks added to his Indiegogo campaign in order to raise cash for his debut film Make-Believe Time starring Lynn Lowry. They include free DVD (upon the film’s completion), free copies of the manuscript, producer credits etc. He’ll accept anything from $1 up to $666 so feel free to chip in. And again, I’ve read the sample script and I find it to be damn good writing. Check it out on Facebook and Indiegogo.
Well, I’m excited as heck to announce that The Norliss Tapes will have some songs featured on future episodes of the pretty cool web series The Adventures of Super7even! I found the project on Indiegogo and even though I can’t help out financially, I liked how the series shared a love for old spy-themed films/tv-series of the 60s and 70s that I decided to send creator Scott Rhodes an email telling him about my project. And offer our services. He checked us out and got back to me, and for now it seems like Bad Robot, Bad Robot (alt. version), Surfing With Androids and A Trip To the Moon! will appear in the series. More info as it happens but in the mean time check out their official website here.
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Well, apologies if I’m browbeating but debut director/screenwriter Andrew Scott Ramsey just added a sample of the script on his Indiegogo and now I can definitely assure you he’s onto something! Like I stated in my previous post the basic story is kinda similar to the home invasion classics like House At the Edge of the Park and the scene (I’m guessing) is the one where a couple of hoodlums manage to con their way into a family’s house (and afterwards all hell breaks loose). And it’s good writing! I am definitely chipping in some of my hard-earned cash into this project and (if you can afford to spend it) I suggest you do too.
Visit him on Facebook here and his Indiegogo is here (click “gallery” and scroll down for the sample script).
Well, I gotta write something about Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Both are great sites were you can donate your money to fund various movie- and musical projects in return for free copies, screen credit etc. In short: put your money where your damn mouth is. I gotta say this system is great and I love it because it truly supports the independent, D.I.Y. spirit.There’s lots of great ideas out there and why should we let corporations dictate what culture we should have access to? Or even inventions? I highly recommend a visit to these sites and maybe you’ll find something to support or maybe get that final push you need in order to make your own ideas a reality. Check ‘em out at www.kickstarter.com and www.indiegogo.com.
Speaking of which, browsing the movie section at Indiegogo I found this and it made me laugh out loud. The guys that made the cult movie Zombie Women of Satan in 2010 received their fair share of moderate success (selling dvd rights for some major international markets, a screening at Cannes etc.) so now they’re busy working on the sequel Zombie Women of Satan 2 (how can you not love a title like that?). They’re looking for extra money in order to afford better FX (something that can make or break a genre movie) and for a measly $160 you get an associate producer credit and they can ensure fans get some of the gory goodies they expect. It’s all in good fun and I myself am considering to pitch in some cash to see this project finalized. Check it out here.
The second installment that got my attention is Andrew Scott Ramsey‘s Make-Believe Time. With a story kinda reminiscent of Ruggero Deodato‘s House on the Edge of the Park and Craven‘s Last House on the Left he’s trying to raise cash for his debut film and he managed to secure actress Lynn Lowry to star in the lead! Lynn is quite a legend among genre fans for her performance in classics like George Romero‘s The Crazies and Cronenberg‘s Shivers. According to Andrew himself casting is moving quite fast on account of Lynn jumping on board (which got me convinced his script is pretty damn good) and I think this could turn out to be very, very interesting. A $1000 donation gets you a executive producer credit. Check it out here.