by Cristina A. Gonzalez
February 14, 2013 3:17 PM 1 Comment
'Video Game High School' Breaks Kickstarter Film Fundraising Records
'Video Game High School'
Web series "Video Game High School" is raising the bar on the crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter, having beat out previous film fundraising records by almost double. "Video Game High School" has raised $808,341 from more than 10,000 backers. The money will be used to fund the second season of the show, which began production last week.
The campaign now ranks above those for Blur Studio's comic book film "The Goon" (which raised $441,900) and Charlie Kaufman's animated film "Anomalisa" ($406,237), as the most successful Kickstarter campaign for a video or film project (go here for the full chart). To put this into perspective, the Kickstarter website states that just 420 projects in total have raised in between $100k to $999,999.
"Video Game High School" was created by Freddie Wong, Brandon Laatsch and Matt Arnold. Described as a "series about best friends, first loves, and landing that perfect headshot," the show centers on aspiring pro gamers who attend the prestigious gaming academy, Video Game High School.
The series had nine episodes in its first season and is looking to expand its format in the second season. With new sponsors, the Kickstarter funds and Youtube's new studio, season 2 will have several upgrades. As reported on The Wrap, while the majority of the funds will go to season 2 production costs, the shows creators have said they will also be focused on rewarding contributors. The creators offered Kickstarter contributors everything from opportunities to have a co-producer credit to a trip to Disneyland with the crew.