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SXSW Filmmakers Prove Crowdfunding Might Not Be the Norm and Final Cut Pro is Still Alive

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | feelingsoblahg.blogspot.com March 20, 2013 at 9:54AM

We asked SXSW filmmakers from the Competition, Headliners, Spotlight, Visions and Midnighters sections to tell us if they used crowdfunding for their work and what they edited on.
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We asked SXSW filmmakers from the Competition, Headliners, Spotlight, Visions and Midnighters sections to tell us a little bit about themselves (read their interviews here). We also included a question on crowdfunding (Did you do it for this film?  If so, how much of your budget did you raise through it?) and editing (What did you edit on?).

READ MORE: What Cameras Did the 2013 SXSW Filmmakers Use?

We learned that while the world is still rebelling against Final Cut X, it looks like Final Cut 7 is still keeping the software alive.  The platform was easily the most popular editing software, with AVID the only other sincere answer in the bunch.  When asked, "What did you edit on?," "Lords of Salem" director Rob Zombie answered by saying, "A pressed-wood table with a black lacquered finish from IKEA."

A great many SXSW films also said they didn't raise money through crowdfunding.  Rob Zombie was again a smart ass and asked "Is that [crowdfunding] legal?," while "Good Ol' Freda" director Ryan White explained that the majority of his documentary was funded through Kickstarter and people donating their time to help him on the film. Here's a breakdown of the responses:

Editing Software

Avid

"Downloaded"
"Evil Dead"
"Getting Back to Abnormal"
"Plus One"

Final Cut Pro

"Before You Know It"
"Big Ass Spider!"
"Big Joy"
"The Bounceback"
"Burma"
"Cheap Thrills"
"Coldwater"
"Continental"
"Everyone's Going to Die"
"Fall and Winter"
"Go for Sisters"
"Good Ol' Freda"
"Grow Up, Tony Phillips!"
"Gus"
"Holy Ghost People"
"I am Divine"
"Improvement Club"
"Licks"
"Los Wild Ones"
"Loves Her Gun"
"Lunarcy!"
"Maidentrip"
"Medora"
"Milius"
"Milo"
"The Network"
"The Other Shore"
"Our Nixon"
"The Rambler"
"Reality Show"
"Sake-Bomb"
"The Short Game"
"Short Term 12"
"Snap"
"Swim Little Fish Swim"
"This Is Where We Live"
"These Birds Walk"
"Tiny"
"Touba"
"Twelve O'Clock Boys"
"An Unreal Dream"
"We Always Lie to Strangers"
"White Reindeer"
"William and the Windmill"
"Xmas Without China"
"Zero Charisma"

A pressed-wood table with a black lacquered finish from IKEA

"Lords of Salem"

Head to Page 2 to check out the results of our crowdfunding poll.

Crowdfunding -- in parentheses, percentage of budget raised through crowdfunding, if supplied, and comments from the filmmakers

Kickstarter

"Big Joy" (2 campaigns, <10%)
"Continental" (25-50% with IndieGoGo)
"Fall and Winter" (10-25%)
"Good Ol' Freeda"("We made the entire film with that money up until now ($58k is how much we raised), which is pretty incredible and a testament to how many people worked on this film for free".; 50-75%)
"Grow Up, Tony Phillips!"
"Improvement Club" (25-50%, with other 2 USA Artist campaigns)
"Maidentrip"
"Medora" (25-50%)
"euphonia" (~25%)
"Our Nixon" (10-25%)
"Tiny" (25-50%)
"Twelve O'Clock Boys" (2 campaigns for ~25%)
"White Reindeer"
"William and the Windmill" (25-50%)
"Xmas without China" (< 10%)

IndieGoGo

"Continental" (25-50% with Kickstarter)
"I am Divine" (25-50%)
"Zero Charisma"

USA Projects

"Before You Know It"
"Improvement Club" (two; 25-50%, with other Kickstarter campaign)
"Loves Her Gun" (~25%)

No (with funding source when provided)

"Big Ass Spider!"
"The Bounceback"
"Burma"
"Cheap Thrills"
"Coldwater"
"Everyone's Going to Die"
"Evil Dead"
"Getting Back to Abnormal"
"Go for Sisters"
"Gus"
"Lords of Salem" ("Is that legal? If so I will begin crowdfunding this movie immediately. Please leave your wallet at the front door in an envelope addressed to 'Mr. Zombie'")
"Los Wild Ones"
"Lunarcy!" (modest TV presales to Canada)
"Milius"
"The Network"
"The Other Shore"
"The Rambler"
"The Retrieval"
"The Short Game"
"Short Term 12"
"Snap" ("But if anyone wants to donate money to us, we'll accept!")
"This is Where We Live"
"These Birds Walk" (Sundance, Cinereach)
"Touba"
"We Always Lie to Strangers"

This article is related to: Filmmaker Toolkit: Post-Production, Filmmaker Toolkit: Crowdfunding, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)