While it’s not exactly his first stab at making a film, financial circumstances are forcing Uwe Boll to ask for cash online to get his latest project shot.
But even if you’ve got good ideas for movies, getting your first foot in the cinematic door can be a tough process.
Still, low and micro-budget projects can succeed and plenty of budding writer/directors have grown healthy careers out of seed money – most of them long before the web was born.
So if you’re thinking of finally realising that six-hour epic retelling of Waterloo… well, look elsewhere.
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The Film: El Mariachi
The Filmmaker: Robert Rodriguez
The Story: “I was in a research hospital called Pharmaco back in Austin, Texas. I was in there for a month testing a cholesterol-lowering drug. And I wrote the entire screenplay in the last three weeks that I was there.”
Rodriguez raised $7,000 to get the film shot before editing it on videotape and – for the first time in the history of film – selling it to distributor Columbia Pictures based on just the tape, not a print.
The Warning: Just be careful which kind of drug you sign up for. Extra limbs could be useful, but anal trenching is something to be avoided.
The Film: The Evil Dead
The Filmmaker: Sam Raimi
The Story: "Dentists are great. Get money from dentists,” says star Bruce Campbell. “They're loaded with dough. One guy gave us money because he didn't go to Vegas that year. He says, 'I usually take two grand and blow it in Vegas. Well, here's my Vegas money.' He's since made 17 times his money."
Raimi and Campbell shot a super-eight preview of the film to show to possible investors. The result is splattery history.
The Warning: Getting into financial straights with people who have easy access to sharp, pointy tools is not a good idea.