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Celebrities like Zach Braff and Kickstarter

Zach Braff and Kickstarter

When Kickstarter launched in April 2009 it created a way for the little guys to fund their dream projects. Someone who had a big idea but a little bank account could still find funding through the benevolence of the crowd. Lately, though, that seems to be changing. We’re seeing more people with big ideas and big bank accounts find funding.

People like Zach Braff, perhaps best known as Dr. John ‘J.D.’ Dorian on the TV show Scrubs. Last week he launched a Kickstarter to fund his film Wish I Was Here. The film, a follow-up to his indie love story Garden State, tells the story of a 35-year-old actor and father trying to find himself. According to Braff’s pitch, the film needs fan-funding because he believes Kickstarter might be the way to make a “smaller, personal [flim] that didn’t involve signing away all your artistic control.”

The project — born of a fairly famous actor/director with many, many fans and Twitter followers — raised nearly $2.2 million from more than 30,000 backers in just four days. It was an unqualified win, for Braff and Kickstarter. Yet it raised an uncomfortable question: Why does a famous TV star with a directorial hit under his belt need my money, a question Valleywag posed with the headline, “Rich Person Zach Braff Wants the Internet to Pay for His Next Movie.”

Braff has an answer for you…

Source: Wired

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The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

We love Tim Burton around these parts, but when he was set to direct a Superman reboot film in the late ’90′s, even we were scratching our heads at every decision that came to light. Superman Lives was to be a feature film that capitalized on the sales boom around the “Death and Return of Superman” story lines in the comics. Jon Schnepp, a writer & director on Metalocalypse and director of the upcoming crowdfunded animated series Grimm Fairy Tales, became obsessed with the film, collecting any snippet of concept art he could find off the internet. His desire to see this unfinished film for the cheese-fest it surely would have been has now pushed him to make his own documentary about it. One of the most competent nerd historians we know tracking down the answers as to why Nic Cage didn’t get off the ground as Kal-El? We’re in. – Nerdist News February 5, 2013. Visit Kickstarter to back this project.

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