Crowdfunding has been kind of a revolution in the process to finance a movie. It’s a tool that helps filmmakers doing their projects without using the traditional ways (production company, pre-sales…).
Some people would say that it gives them the freedom to lead their project the way they want and allow them to avoid any kind of dependence towards financial partners and producers, but is it completely true?
Yes and No.
Most of the successful crowdfundings are not sufficient to finance a whole feature film. For instance, the Excellent “Blue Ruin” directed by Jérémy Saulnier was launched on Kickstarter and the project received 35k. The budget was representing more than 400k, meaning that the Kick was only a small part of it.
In other words, it means that generally, you won’t get enough money to finance on your own the project. You will still need the help of a production company.
Although, crowdfunding make you dependent toward backers. You have to give them the rewards they pledge for, but you also have to adapt yourself and make them involve in the project if you want to raise some fund. They clearly have an impact. You have to adapt your project to make it look attractive for them and other potential backers. The reward system can get invasive. For instance, many Crowdfunding offers a Co-Producer status or a role in the movie for backers that pledge important sums.
Anyway, it represents also many advantages. Crowdfunding are the perfect tool for creating a fanbase and a community around your project. It is also an interesting media for communication and it is a way for confidential and indie to find some funds.
VR Conference at the Centre of NEXT Pavillon in Cannes. All credits to CANNES FESTIVAL for the video
One month and a half ago at Cannes Festival, Virtual Reality was really at the centre of discussions. With multiple conferences and some stands dedicated to the VR, there is a growing interest from cinematographers for the phenomenon. The 3rd edition of the « Pavillon NEXT » was clearly concentrating on Virtual Reality and its application to movies.
Making a movie using VR changes completely from making one without the technology. Indeed, VR Movie should be human centre designed. Filmmakers have to always keep in mind that the camera will represent the perspective of the watcher and that it is 360° view. He/she has to make sure that the user of the VR Cask will watch the most important event by reflecting on how to attract its attention.
According to the important investment of companies in VR, the technology seems to have a great potential. Firms such as Sony, Microsoft or HTC are producing their own VR cask and some of them have already been launched. What can be limiting is that it’s still really expensive to make a film with VR and that the technology has not been adopted by the mass. Indeed, major and studios have not much interest to spend huge amount of money for productions that won’t have decent revenues. On the other hand, it’s hard for the indies to use the technology because it is still too expensive for them.
Anyway, there are already some interesting incentives from filmmakers to make movies with VR technologies. For the moment, as it is not adapted to theatre, most of the attemps are short films. Indeed, a short film helps to contain the budget and is a good way for filmmakers to get used to the VR technologies.
The « TURBO KILLER » MAKING OF was released a few days ago. The music video directed by Seth Ickerman, the duo composed of Raphaël Hernandez and Savitry Joly-Gonfard, for Carpenter Brut (French electro artist) has known some success with more than 1M views in youtube.
This behind the scene shows mostly the work on the VFX and the actors. According to Screen Anarchy, the “Ickermen are pretty much flat out geniuses when it comes to wringing maximum effect out of minimum dollars ».
The twitter of Motionographer is also giving good reviews about the clip: there is a « Nice VFX Breakdown for the retro-tastic» Turbo Killer. The music video had received a lot of positive reviews and yes it is visually impressive. Going behind the scene allows to have an overview of the amount of work that Seth Ickerman has spent on the creation of Turbo Killer.
The website Bloody Disgusting has been pretty dithyrambic: « Directed by Seth Ickerman, I hailed it as, “…quite possibly one of the coolest music videos ever“, having been blown away by the grindhouse sci-fi/horror car chase that took place on screen. ».
Seth Ickerman is currently preparing his first feature-film, « Ickerman » with Logical Pictures.