Separated at Birth?
Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, Cabin in the Woods, Much Ado About Nothing) and Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who, Broadchurch)
Today was an auspicious day. No, I’m not talking about the new pope, although that was fun to watch live on TV this afternoon. I’m talking about the Kickstarter campaign started this morning by Rob Thomas, the creator of the Veronica Mars TV show, to fund his long anticipated Veronica Mars Movie. If you haven’t heard about it, follow this link to the Kickstarter page.
Their goal was $2 million in 30 days. Right now, about 8 hours after it launched, it’s at $1.7 million. They will most definitely hit their initial goal by the end of the day and hopefully raise many more millions before the 30 days is up for an even better movie.
I was thinking about it earlier and my capitalist dad’s voice came through (the one who still can’t figure out how anyone makes any money on the Internet) asking why would anyone contribute money to one of these kickstarter efforts if there’s no way to ever share in any profit? My answer to this imaginary voice in my head was, sometimes it’s not about profit. Sometimes it’s about allowing a creator to create his or her art and being able to share in it.
A little while later, Mo Ryan tweeted a link to a Salon article echoing my father’s inquiry, but slanting it towards, why are individual people helping a big corporation like Warner Bros. (who owns the rights to Veronica Mars and has agreed to distribute and market the file if the Kickstarter campaign is successful) fund a movie that they should be funding themselves? Interesting question, but I think I came up with the same answer. For me, a fan, it’s more important that we show Warner Bros. that we can bypass their decision-making process, deciding which potential project has the most potential to make a profit, and go right to the creators and help them create their art.
If it’s vastly successful, I’m not going to cry about the fact that I didn’t get to share in the profit. I will have gotten my swag that I signed up for (pdf of the movie script, digital version of the movie, blu-ray of the movie, and an exclusive t-shirt) and can feel proud that I helped get it off the ground. I’ve also seen people wonder what happens if it doesn’t turn out well. I’ll probably be disappointed, but I won’t regret spending my money on the project and I’ll still be proud that it at least got made and that we got to see some well-beloved characters again.