I'm sure anyone reading this blog is a filmmaker and I'm sure I am not the only one with a wide array of story ideas piling up within my thoughts. The problem for us is not that we lack ideas, but that we lack the funding. I don't know too many people I can call when I need to rent a steadicam or 4k Cinema Camera for a weekend. There is an exciting alternative solution to finding a producer (who can use their money as leverage to alter the story you intend to make.) Crowd Funding is becoming the best way for amateur filmmakers to produce their films.
Crowd Funding is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money in support of a singular cause. Kickstarter is crowd funding for
Kickstarter has shown success recently through the Academy Awards. Inocente won the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary Short and it is the first Kickstarter backed film to win an award. Recently, the Veronica Mars TV Show raised its goal, 2 million dollars, in just 11 hours, in order to produce a film for the cancelled show.
Zack Braff has enter the Kickstarter world and is trying to fund his next film, Wish I Was Here. He has resorted to crowd funding in order to keep creative control of his film. He hopes to raise 2 million dollars in 30 days. Check it out: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1869987317/wish-i-was-here-1?ref=search