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Ask Neil Gaiman and Amber Benson About Their Kickstarter Vampire Movie 103

Writer and novelist Neil Gaiman and Amber Benson of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame have teamed up to star in a new vampire movie called, Blood Kiss. Kickstarted by ST:TNG and Emmy-winning writer Michael Reaves, Blood Kiss is a film noir vampire movie set in Golden Age Hollywood. Of his acting debut Gaiman says, "I'm willing to pretend that the prospect of acting doesn't terrify me in order to help Michael Reaves make his film." The trio have agreed to take a break from the blood and answer any questions you have about the new project or their past work. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post.
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Ask Neil Gaiman and Amber Benson About Their Kickstarter Vampire Movie

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  • Household names teaming up with an industry award winner? Leave the crowdfunding for the people without deep pockets and industry access/connections.

    Hmm. I'm in two minds about this:

    0. If you get paid to do work, then Kickstarter funds are payment for that work and should reduce the end cost to consumers. Work totally funded by Kickstarte? Distribute it for "free" since we paid you to do work. You want more money? Do more work for us, like a car mechanic, home builder or any other labor market in the world not trying to sell ice to eskimos -- er, bits to folk with computers...

    1. Let the big guys legitimize Kickstarter and other crowd funding. This is the transitionary period that can finally spell the eradication of publishers. Each time they Kickstarter it's another nail in the coffin of Publishers trying to make mony via artifically scarce information. (What's scarce is the ability to do work, market that, not the infinitely reproducable bits). Everyone should crowd fund 100%. Completely eliminate all piracy and copyright law would be moot -- Only work when money is garaunteed, then you don't need to monopolize your work (you have your monopoly over your work before you do it, not afterwards).

    What I want to know, is which of these are they aiming to further, and if they've talked to their Publisher about how this, and if they're OK with you trying to kill the Publishing business model via leveraging Kickstarter?

  • Why do this? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by macbeth66 ( 204889 ) on Tuesday May 21, 2013 @01:25PM (#43783791)

    Didn't Twilight ruin Vampires for generations to come?

  • by sela ( 32566 ) on Tuesday May 21, 2013 @02:25PM (#43784479) Homepage

    Your logic is completely faulty here.

    First, being famous doesn't preclude you from using Kickstarter. Even someone could get funding from a big studio, it means the'll have to cede some of the control over the movie to the studios, who would change it to get more commercial appeal. Kickstarter allows the creator to maintain creative freedom.

    Second, it doesn't suck funding from indy projects. Actually, it works just the other way around. More big names bring more public awareness to kickstarter, and as a result, those small indy projects get a chance to get more money, NOT less.

    And third, this is not a Neil Gaiman movie. This is a Michael Reaves movie. Neil Gaiman agreed to play in this movie to help a friend.

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