Apocalyptic Aussie Feature Launches Crowd-funding Campaign
The producers behind ‘Wish You Were Here’ are turning to crowd-funding platforms to raise their final round of funds.
When it comes to crowd-funding and filmmaking, the projects most often seeking the funds are short films, web series and documentaries. But on the back of the successful campaigns recently run by Iron Sky and The Tunnel, another Australian film, The Second Coming, is seeking funding via crowd-funding to see their project through its final stages.
Backed by the producers behind this year’s festival hit, Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer, the apocalyptic The Second Coming has been adapted from Australian writer Andrew Masterson’s novel of the same name.
Directed by David Barker, the film is said to tell a “classic murder mystery” but one set in a fictional metropolis where corruption runs riot. Its central protagonist is Joe Panther, a man who believes he is Jesus, and who also becomes the prime suspect in the murder mystery.
Up until this point, the filmmakers have raised much of the film’s budget through investors, but have turned to crowd-funding to help with the final part of the production.
“The Second Coming is a unique and ambitious film, and we need to think creatively about how we make it,” producer Angie Fielder says. “When people pledge money to support a film, it gives them a vested interest in it and its success. That kind of audience dedication is incredibly important to filmmakers.”
The filmmakers hope that the campaign – which will launch on Australian based online platform Pozible on September 10 – will inspire 2,000 people to pledge $100 each, which will allow them to reach their ideal target of $200,000. The money will be used for the production design, costume and visual effects.
The film’s director, David Barker, is certainly a big believer in crowd-funding. “This is not about charity or wanting something for nothing,” Barker says. “It’s about growing a community where everyone gets rewarded for being part of a creative endeavour. And this is only the beginning. I can see entire feature films being produced in Australia through crowdfunding, with the right approach.”
Supporters can pledge anything from $25 and upwards to receive The Second Coming exclusive rewards including posters, DVDs, signed copies of the script and even set visits to meet the cast and feature as an extra.
Picture caption: Producer Angie Fielder and director David Barker on set.