from the fun-to-watch-this-in-action dept
- the filmmakers are releasing their work under a CC license to let others mix and reuse their film.
- the film is fully funded from fan donations (so the film never needs to turn a profit)
- profits are generated from sales of scarce goods
- fans are allowed to invest in the project for real financial profit (not virtual profit), which isn't allowed according to SEC regulations (yet)
The second example comes from Ryan Estrada, who is involved in a project to create an animated romantic horror-comedy that is using a crowdfunding model as well, with the focus on being able to get "in the movie" in some manner.
This isn't entirely new. We've seen some other movies do the same -- and even just the idea of getting your name in the credits (the cheapest option) was something that filmmakers like Kevin Smith have done in the past (though, not for money). However, I think this actually works especially well in an animated movie. One of the (quite reasonable) concerns that filmmakers have expressed in hearing about fan funding movie projects that involve "get a part in the movie" is that this could seriously diminish the quality of the movie if the fans can't act. But with an animated film, the idea is that you send in an image, and then an animated "you" shows up in the film. That seems to work a lot better, and to build a real connection with the fans.
Again, I'm not saying either of these will be success stories, but they're two recent attempts at trying something new in filmmaking, and both seemed worth mentioning and discussing here.