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The (seemingly) Internet’s leading crowdsourced movie-in-post-production Iron Sky released their newest teaser just in time for Cannes. In case you haven’t seen it yet, go right ahead and get ready for a first look at the movie’s awesomesauce Space Zeppelins and Nazi UFOs.
But besides the Nazi’s From The Dark Side of the Moon plot-line, it’s the financial aspect that makes it stand out. First off, they are attempting — and seemingly succeeding — in producing a big-budget sci-fi action comedy at a budget H-wood usually reserves for TV pilots. And secondly, the budget stems partially from crowdsourcing, and that does not just mean monetary.
Keep in mind Iron Sky is a European production, produced by a Finnish company, shot mostly in Frankfurt and a green screen set in Australia. This not only makes it a European indie flick, it also shows the difference between American and European culture. Americans are fundamentally scared anyone could steal their ideas. Plagiarism is seen as the next best thing to the Apocalypse. No-name film-makers and writers will have their own friends sign non-disclosure agreements before even revealing that they’re working on a project.
Not so non-American film-makers.
Iron Sky shows just how far you can go with a movie by letting the public participate in its production. But besides through their own tried and tested systems as well as WreckAMovie.com, the team behind Iron sky has decided to test and compare various crowdsourcing sites for their and our benefit. You thought Kickstarter.com was the only one? Think again. Here are a few excerpts from their recent blog-post.
We’re about to embark on a journey to find out how deep a succesful crowdfunding campaign can go, using available crowdfunding platforms. We have launched Iron Sky on 10 different crowdfunding platforms, and our goal is to race them to 50000€ each.
The idea is to use the most prominent existing services and try to offer similar conditions in each of them. Most of the services have levelled the contributions to pre-determined sums, and accompanied Perks to them.
This project will kill two pigs with one bird: we can help the other film makers, and we can use it to help us finance the movie. As you may remember, the weather wasn’t kind for us in Frankfurt or Australia, and it caused some additional expenses. We went over the budget, and we’ve been busy getting money and sponsors to cover the gap. We are halfway there, but the proceeds of this project will be a great help for us!
So is this the future of film-making? With this project succeeding and a sequel already in the planning-stakes, it would seem so.