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3 Engel für Charlie.
Back the fuck up, Martha haters.
Agree with Melogna, CC, and human in training. Something that seems relevant: As a shall-not-be-named movie producer once lectured me, the number one rule in Hollywood is "Never gamble with your own money." It used to be creators would only gamble with producers' money; now they have the chance to gamble with fans' money. (While I don't know this for a fact, I'd guess the second rule in Hollywood is "All projects are vanity projects.")
I don't doubt that a profit-sharing model will spring up sometime soon (if Kickstarter's smart, they'll be the ones to implement it); when it does, it'll make these things feel a lot less sketchy. Right now, projects like these take advantage of fans' goodwill as much as fans' wallets. This probably works fine... until some crowdfunded movie becomes a huge hit, at which point donors might be a little less satisfied with their crappy t-shirt or DVD.
As for traditional funding channels, like CC mentioned, I'll only note that those change, especially in film. Studios once financed everything. Then independent films started to get made. Then studios co-opted that and started funding low-budget, indie-minded pictures as well as blockbusters. Then they realized this made terrible business sense and shuttered all their low-budget houses. And now they have to get in bed with Chinese investors—not to mention Chinese censors—in order to make just about anything, whether it's Looper or Iron Man 3. Traditional funding channels change: Sometimes it's someone like Megan Ellison who changes them, sometimes it's multinational corporations, sometimes it's fanfic-crazed Veronica Mars fans.
Thanks for the reminder, dawson—totally forgot to mention McMenamins' theaters.
This is an impressively inept thread. Nice work, jackasses.
I'm just posting that picture every chance I get.
@Number Six: That piece is great. Thanks for the link.
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