A number of high-profile films have been hitting the headlines for their unusual approach to funding – they’ve turned to crowdfunding sites, such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and asked fans to pay for a film they haven’t even seen yet. The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan, was made with $159,000 from crowdfunding and, controversially, there will be a film based on the cult TV series, Veronica Mars, that raised $2 million in a mere 48 hours using fundraising sites. Big name actors Zach Braff and James Franco have used the sites to source funding for their next projects, causing some resentment amongst other, less well known, moviemakers trying to get their films funded.
However, being creative when it’s come to cash is hardly a new innovation in filmmaking. Here’s some films that were made after the filmmakers needed to think outside the box financially speaking.
If you don’t have any money, don’t spend any money! That was the approach Marc Price took when he made Colin, a zombie movie told entirely from a zombie point of view. The film had an alleged budget of a paltry £45.
How did he manage it? Well, Colin was shot on a basic Panasonic camcorder that Price already owned and edited on his computer using basic Adobe Premiere 6 software which he’d received when he bought a video capture card a while back. Actors were recruited via social networking sites such as Facebook.
The film was shown at various festivals and enjoyed a limited release in the US and UK. Although it received only mediocre reviews, with such a small budget, it didn’t take much to make the money back and whilst some films that use handheld cameras suffer as a consequence, in the case of Colin, it helped create a cloistered atmosphere that fit well with the movie’s theme.