Zach Braff is perhaps most famous for his prominent role on the hit TV show “Scrubs,” but he also wrote and directed “Garden State.” The 2004 movie which also featured Natalie Portman won various awards, including a Grammy for best soundtrack. It is now a cult classic of sorts.
Now he has launched a Kickstarter project to try and fund the follow up to “Garden State.” The move is titled “Wish I Was Here.” As you may have guessed by now, another notable Kickstarter project had a little to do with his decision to try to crowdfund this film. From the Kickstarter project page…
I was about to sign a typical financing deal in order to get the money to make “Wish I Was Here,” my follow up to “Garden State.” It would have involved making a lot of sacrifices I think would have ultimately hurt the film. I’ve been a backer for several projects on Kickstarter and thought the concept was fascinating and revolutionary for artists and innovators of all kinds. But I didn’t imagine it could work on larger-scale projects. I was wrong.
After I saw the incredible way “Veronica Mars” fans rallied around Kristen Bell and her show’s creator Rob Thomas, I couldn’t help but think (like I’m sure so many other independent filmmakers did) maybe there is a new way to finance smaller, personal films that didn’t involve signing away all your artistic control.
Financing an independent film the traditional way often means having to give away your right to “the final cut,” casting choices, location choices and cutting down your script to make it shoot-able on the cheapest budget possible.
What if there is a different way?
Thanks to trailblazers like Rob Thomas, more and more in Hollywood are finding out that there is another way.
Rewards begin for as little as $10, which nets a digital invite to the production diary that Braff will be updating during filming. One lucky backer can even become a cast member. The cost? A cool $10 grand.
For what it’s worth, the campaign netted $10,000 in the time it took to write this. I think it is safe to say this will be a big campaign. Stay tuned…
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