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Are Fans Being Exploited to Finance Films in Hollywood?

27 May

Actor Zach Braff from the popular television series Scrubs recently launched a crowd funding campaign for his independent film Wish I Was Here a follow up to the film he wrote, directed and starred in Garden State. Garden State was a critical success and did well at the box office. The production budget was 2.5 million and earned close to 36 million at the box office. However, for Wish I Were Here Braff decided to raise additional funds through Kickstarter a place where anyone can launch a project and raise money be it filmmakers, musicians, artist and designers. It allows creators to have complete control over their project a problem many creators lose through traditional financing methods. However, some have criticized Braff for exploiting fans and this new financing method. In this article we will explore if these complaints are valid, traditional and new financing methods that allow fans to support films they want to see.

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