wie wirkt levitra 10 mg The Veronica Mars Movie Project: Is this the end of movie funding as we know it?

On April 12 2013 Rob Thomas managed to do what fans all over the world considered impossible: he brought Veronica Mars back to life. After creating a Kickstarter project on March 12, backers from all over the word helped fund a movie they’d previously thought was never going to exist. Between March 13 and April 12, 91,585 backers pledged $5,702,153 to the project, raising 285% of the original target of $2,000,000. buy viagra legit

As of now, the project is the third most funded across all of Kickstarter, and first in the Film & Video category. The idea of using viewers to fund a feature film, however, raised some heads pretty quickly. Considering the film will be released by Warner Bros, and by this understand “company with a lot of money”, what keeps them or any other big entertainment corporation to do it again? They have the money, that’s for sure, but the Veronica Mars project sets a precedent. Rob Thomas managed to fully fund a film in less than a month without WB spending anything, and they’ll still get money from the grossing. That’s a pretty attractive concept isn’t it? cheapest viagra

Still from the Veronica Mars Trailer

Still from the Veronica Mars trailer

As a proud backer, I am both very excited (really, you have no idea), and a bit dubious. Why, you ask? Because a Kickstarter campaign just wouldn’t be viable for most movies. If you look at the average Hollywood movie budget, the “meagre” 5.7 million pledged on Kickstarter for the Veronica Mars Movie just cannot compete. If we consider the fact that a campaign aiming for hundreds of millions of dollars cannot, realistically, be successful, I don’t believe we have anything to be scared off. I understand the fear of those who believe this could pave the way for studios to spend less money on films and get even more money out of the audience. I mean, what could keep them from simply trying to raise part of the budget through Kickstarter instead of the all thing? Realistically? Nothing. However, these people tend to forget how awaited Veronica Mars anything was. The show was loved, and missed for six years by the time the Kickstarter started. This simply means that people who backed the project knew about the story, characters, actors, and most of all had faith in Rob Thomas and his vision for the film. Not to forget the weekly updates he sends to every backers about what’s going on on the set, news about where the film will be screened, or anything related to the film. He didn’t simply take our money and ran with it. He manages to make us feel involved, because we are: it’s thanks to our money that a film nobody hoped would be made, was.

Should we really blame Rob Thomas and the Kickstarter project simply because they managed to do what thousands thought impossible? What do you think?

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8 thoughts to “wie wirkt levitra 10 mg The Veronica Mars Movie Project: Is this the end of movie funding as we know it?”

  1. I don’t think that the success of the Veronica Mars Movie Project will actually end the current methods of movie funding, but I do feel as if it might encourage companies (and the industry as a whole) to change some aspects based upon the growing power of fans and the general public.

    That being said, these changes probably won’t specifically (or completely) occur within the methods of movie funding, but perhaps in the industry as a whole.

    Of course, I don’t have much to support this with, but, given the growing power of the voices of the public, it seems logical that some of the more “traditional” institutions and industries will have to adapt in order to better position themselves and to continue going strong, and the film industry seems as if it’s in a prime position to do this at present.

  2. I think that what Rob Thomas did was really admirable, after all those of us that are funding the movie are really made to feel truly involved. However the prospect of large companies making money from a film that we have funded is actually quite daunting, I mean after all, what’s to say that film companies who know when a film has particular interest won’t do this again.

    1. Thanks for your reply, Toni. Indeed, that is the scary part. As far as I know, there is nothing keeping them from using fans in a similar manner again. Ultimately, this would be a very bad thing, I believe, as they would cash in money without having put any in the projects.

  3. I think Rob Thomas is partially to blame. After all he is the one that gave all of these large and very profitable movie companies this idea. There is now no reason why these companies won’t feel the need to make the public pay again for other movies they know we want. After all it is a business and they are in it to make money and this is a great way to do it.

    1. Actually, Rob did not give WB the idea to kickstart the movie. Because Veronica Mars is own by the WB, the company was bound to be associated with the project, as otherwise it would have been a breach in contract. It is true, though, that it may have given the company ideas as to how they can crowd-fund future projects.

  4. Larger film companies probably won’t take much advantage of crowd sourcing. But it does seem like a way for miniseries or movies that wouldn’t normally get the funding from a major mover to get the funds they need to get made, or even attract the interest of one of those bigger studios.

    WB getting the money from this is a tricky thing. They still owned it as an IP, which means they were due a cut of the proceeds whatever happened. Studios can still gouge the hell out of producers and writers regardless. Look at the poor guy who made Boondock Saints- he’s barely seen a penny of the cult hit, while Miramax made a killing in the DVD sales.
    Hopefully, this’d herald a new standard in contracts from the publishers of movies to prevent that kind of dirty dealing in the future as more IPs are given the attention and funds that just couldn’t be justified by the major players a few years ago. It’d be a slow and painful process, but change usually is.

    1. I find it interesting that you believe larger film companies probably won’t take advantage of it. It seems to me like a pretty easy way to get funding for a movie without having to spend much, whilst still getting money after it’s been made. I do agree with you, though: I hope they are writing up contracts which will keep them from doing something, as you said, ‘dirty’.

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