You won't find anyone out there who will tell you how easy it is to make movies. They especially won't tell you how easy it is to get money to make a movie. With only a handful of studios and a handful of talent agencies it gets to be a pretty small chance your film will make it to the big time. But even once you're within the Hollywood system that doesn't mean you can do whatever you'd like. Luckily the internet is there for your director, actor, or show in need.
Not that long ago Veronica Mars was a cancelled, but beloved, show until a movie showed up on Kickstarter. Now a feature film is in the works. Zach Braff might have been a sitcom star but transitioning to film making wasn't an easy road until Kickstarter funds flowed in. Now his upcoming movie Wish I Was Here is filming right now. So it is no surprise that established director Spike Lee, known for his sometimes controversial films, reached out to Kickstarter on July 21st in hopes of raising the funds he needed for his next film. And as of today he reached his $1.25 million goal. His new film isn't exactly one you'd expect to come out of Kickstarter however. It will be about people addicting to blood and will be focused around a love story.
So is Kickstarter, or internet crowd funding, the next step to reform Hollywood? Can we finally find an avenue for truly independent films and ideas? Or is the power of crowd sourced funds overrated? It did take Spike Lee nearly his entire 30 days of fundraising in order to get fulfilled.