Because, many of the so-called brilliant stories with a solid premise never make it to the heap of scripts reaching producers. While, other key issues such as women’s rights, LGBTQ issues or other sensitive topics barely make it to the mainstream art scenario, making it imperative for people to step in and crowdfund a project
Heard about LGBT-Themed short film called ‘Breathe’ asking in people to crowdfund their project? The story of this film revolves around a father-son duo and the former’s paranoia towards his son’s effeminate traits. And now imagine, a mainstream producer actually investing in it. The chances are, almost negligible or somewhat miniscule because the story revolves around a niche target audience and a topic that has not yet broken into mainstream culture. Hence, crowdfunding steps in and gets the message of the premise out to people, asking them to contribute a little, if the idea resonates with them.
There are numerous themes, topics and ideas that need to be explored and narratives be told – These are the stories of our times and a brilliant idea needs capital for execution. We live in an era where mediocrity and contacts work better than a genuine concept or idea. Don’t believe us? Check out half the content Bollywood churns out, which would not even be worthy of reaching the trash. But billions are spent on these regressive films while good cinematic content usually gets lost in transition.
Even in theatre space, it is all about getting the financers on board and most of the investors prefer a commercial play with good return strategies than powerful scripts. But, crowdfunding acts as an equalizer in the webspace, letting people decide on what gets made and what doesn’t.
Themes around internal state wars or across different countries in the world, life in transit camps, environmental hazards, women rights, human rights, LGBTQ rights, systematic failure of education system etc are some of the key topics that could use some crowdfunding as many projects never see the light due to low budget and no financers.
The most interesting aspect about crowdfunding for films and theatre projects is the transparency that it offers. Every idea, project and concept comes under scrutiny from numerous quarters. People from all walks of life decide the validity of a concept and then make a call either to donate or move onto the next project. This definitely brings in validity to any project that reaches its crowdfunding targets.
For example, a feature length documentary called ‘Sirius’ was completely made on crowdfunded resources. The movie revolves around an emergency room doctor turned UFO researcher trying to disclose secret information about energy and propulsion techniques. If you have sifted through Reddit or Tumblr, you will find more such innovative projects that are being made on crowd financing.
Usually, we tend to brush off projects, ideas or our dreams, when finances come into play. But, crowdfunding ensures that every story that is worthwhile gets its salt of time in the public domain before reaching execution. A rather gratifying experience for those who believe in the power of making their vision come true, with a little help from others.
So, the next time you have a brilliant idea, a novel concept and lack funds, do give crowdfunding a try. You may just be telling one of the most pertinent stories of our generation.