new film funding initiative launched today, promising to invest $12
million. However, as with all good things, there are a few strings
“Thunder Funder” from Thunder Studios
plans to provides $12 million in services, not capital, at a rate of $1
million per film. To create Thunder Funder, Rodric David, CEO of Thunder
Studios, enlisted the following equipment and services companies: Pace
Pictures (post production services), Red Digital Cinema (camera
equipment), and Cassian Elwes of Elevated Film Sales (distribution).
Thunder Funder then handles all aspects of production (except hiring
actors), and takes an executive producer credit and handles sales and
distribution of the film.
That doesn’t make
this a bad deal — Elwes is one of the most respected sales agents in
the business. However, as with all things, caveat emptor.
“Most independent films suffer from a lack of resources, which
ultimately impacts a film’s overall production quality,” said David in a
statement. “The Thunder Funder initiative empowers the filmmaker with
all the tools required to present audiences with a film that is truly
the best it can be.”
Indie fimmakers can submit projects at www.ThunderFunder.com for review.