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Zach Braff starts a Kickstarter campaign to fund his next film WISH I WAS HERE

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 8:15 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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When Veronica Mars creator/writer Rob Thomas decided to raise funds to make a movie on Kickstarter, the response was a mixed bag. Regardless though the campaign was an enormous success, with the total culminating at over $5 million. Some , myself included were uneasy about the fact that Warner Bros. was having fans assume all the risk by funding a film that they would in turn distribute, and profit financially off of. The question quickly turned to who was going to be next, and now Zach Braff has turned to the website to fund his next project.

Braff hasn’t directed a feature film since 2004’s Garden State, but he’s hoping to secure financing for his follow-up Wish I Was Here with an eye towards a Sundance 2014 debut. Unlike Veronica Mars, though, Braff’s Kickstarter is 100% independent with no studio involved. Braff was about to sign a Studio finance deal for Wish I Was Here before he decided to go the Kickstarter route. He notes on the Kickstarter page that he was directly inspired by the Veronica Mars model to raise the funding for his next film without relinquishing his artistic control. By financing the film independently, Braff can maintain final cut and control over casting and location choices, as well as the film’s overall budget.

Braff wrote the film with his brother, Adam, and he will star as Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father, and husband “who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life.” Bloom is struggling to raise his two young kids with his wife, and when his father is no longer able to afford private school for the children, he takes it upon himself to home-school them given that the only available public school “is on its last legs.” Bloom eschews the traditional academic curriculum and comes up with his own, discovering “some parts of himself he couldn’t find” in the process. The film will involve elaborate fantasy sequences, as Braff’s character is still obsessed with the futuristic Space-Knight that he always dreamed of being as a kid.

Braff is looking to raise $2 million on Kickstarter, and the plan is to start shooting in August and finish the film in time for a debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He’s already roped in a talented crew, including cinematographer Larry Sher (Garden State, The Hangover trilogy) and production designer Judy Becker (Silver Linings Playbook).

Head over to Braff’s Kickstarter page to donate and to read more about his plan. I think this model is much better as it doesn’t involve a studio, but still allows us to be involved with the film making process. Braff is a tremendous talent and I found Garden State fun and touching.

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