If you are an avid film producer, an ordinary movie enthusiast or a business savvy individual, crowdfunding platforms have opened up doors to unthreaded territories. Sites such as Kickstarter provide an avenue for film and video makers to gather funding for new projects as well as to get feedback or information from the general public. Fans are now more powerful than ever. They have the ability to determine the production of movies or TV shows which they are really interested in. Although crowdfunding platforms are a relatively new concept until recent years, it does not deter the success rate of new and creative projects from seeking the necessary funding. Below is the top 3 most successfully funded films and videos on Kickstarter:-
#1: The Veronica Mars Movie Project by Rob Thomas
It started with a wildly entertaining TV series that ran from 2004 to 2007 about a young and intelligent teenage girl conducting her own private investigation on the murder of her high school best friend. Fans just can’t get enough of this television show and for a long time, they have pressured the producer to either continue the series or produce a movie based on the characters. Finally, their dream is becoming a reality. Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars, started a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter in 2013 to collect funds for a movie spin-off based on the popular TV series. The movie project successfully received more than 90,000 backers and collected more than $5.6 million within 30 days. Due to the backing and support from fans, this film is ranked as the all-time highest film-funded project on Kickstarter till date. The success of Veronica Mars catapulted a string of new movie projects seeking funding from various crowdfunding platforms.
#2: Wish I Was Here by Zach Braff
With the success of ‘Garden State’ in 2004, director, writer and actor, Zach Braff has always wanted to make another film. Raising enough money to produce an independent film is not easy and signing a deal with movie studios will mean giving away all his artistic control. After seeing the incredible success of Veronica Mars on Kickstarter, Zach Braff decided to turn to crowdfunding platforms for help. He started his movie project titled ‘Wish I Was Here’ on Kickstarter in April, 2013. The story revolves around a 35 years old struggling actor and father of 2, Aidan Bloom played by Braff, and his journey in trying to find a purpose for his life. When Bloom’s ailing father could no longer pay for his kids’ education, he decides to home-schooled them. Along the way, he discovers parts of himself which he couldn’t find. Within a month, the project managed to achieve its goal by raising more than $3.1 million from 46,520 backers. The released date for this movie is set on September 2014.
#3: Video Game High School: Season Two by Freddie Wong
Video Game High School or VGHS can be labeled as the predecessors of successful crowdfunding campaigns in the film industry. It all began in 2010 when a Kickstarter campaign was launched by Freddie Wong to produce Season 1 of this innovative and creative TV series about Brian D, who is a teenager aspiring to be a pro gamer. Accidently, he managed to defeat the number one gamer called the ‘Law’ in a public match and was invited to join VGHS, a competitive gaming academy. Set in an alternate reality where professional gaming is the biggest sport, the entire show chronicled around the main character and the troubles he faced in high school. Within a year, after the release of VGHS Season 1, it has garnered more than 40 million views. Due to fans’ request, in Jan 2013, Freddie Wong started another Kickstarter movie project to get funding for VGHS Season 2. The project successfully raised more than $80,000 in 30 days with the help from 10,613 backers. You can now watch VGHS Season 2 on YouTube.
If you are an aspiring film or video producer and will like to join this list of accomplished movies as well as TV shows, an international crowdfunding film festival is going to be held in San Francisco, California from Oct 2 to Oct 6, 2013. The final submission date is set on Aug 31st, 2013. For those who are interested, please visit http://icfff.org for more information and entry guidelines. Come join the crowd!
[Source: Nicole Chow, CFB Staff Writer]