In our last post, aware that crowd-sourcing has become an invaluable tool for both new and established filmmakers — without it we wouldn't have Steve Taylor's Blue Like Jazz — we passed along a plug for Spike Lee's Kickstarter campaign. After all, it's not like Lee hasn't been plagued by funding hassles his entire career. Imagine how many more Orson Welles movies we might have if he'd been able to mount a Kickstarter campaign.
For any local filmmakers out there planning to go this route, we suggest taking a look at this trailer, which touts an Indiegogo effort to raise funds for a horror film called Hybrid Vigor. It's already raised $7,117 of its $99,999 goal, with 15 days remaining.
In this trailer, the filmmaker, Brandon Fowler — who, in full disclosure, is the stepbrother of Scene arts editor and Country Life mainstay Laura Hutson — does what anyone launching such a campaign should do:
• He makes it sound like a project with a good chance of turning out worthwhile, e.g., listing the impressive credits of his collaborators.
• He sounds confident about where the project is headed and what he means to accomplish, making it sound more plausible that the film will actually get made.
• He presents this in a trailer polished enough to kindle some faith in his talent.
• He makes the movie sound like something you'd want to see, and see happen.
Is this a guarantee Hybrid Vigor won't suck if/when it's actually made? Not at all. But this is the kind of pitch you'd want to offer people to convince them you've got something — y'know, if you can't offer Knicks tix and Josh Brolin's autograph.