A New Kind of Fan Film
Last month, we ran a series of trailers for Iron Sky, a movie that didn't even exist yet. It was a promo reel that ended with, strangely enough, a solicitation for money. The trailer, about how Nazis fled in spaceships after WWII and have been living on the dark side of the moon and are now set to invade the Earth in flying saucers, was actually pretty damn entertaining and innovative. The project has a budget of $8.5 million, which is chump change by Hollywood standards, and the producers have been desperately trying to raise funds.
Well, it worked. Through a combination of investors and fan donations, Iron Sky has 90% of its budget squared away, its casting is near complete, and filming is set to begin in Germany and Australia later this year.
I think this whole concept has been pretty fascinating to follow (I confess, I donated to the cause as well), but the producers are quick to note that we shouldn't expect this to be the wave of the future -- nor was it an easy road. Visual effects and CGI director Samuli Torssonen is quoted by Wired as saying, "fan/community funding is not an easy way out. We didn't come out of nowhere. We've been building our internet community and visibility since 1999, with Star Wreck (a Star Trek parody film they developed). You have to invest a lot of time and energy to win the trust of the internet audience. The only way to do that is to deliver good quality. Mediocre stuff just won't cut it."
Anyway, they appear to have succeeded, and I'm happy to hear it. The stuff I've seen so far looks like fun. For those who missed it the first time around, here's the teaser and the trailer.
(source: Sci-Fi Wire)