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    Here Are 5 Essential Tips For Casting Your Micro-Budget Feature

    Although they have over a dozen years of experience in film and television production, when Scott K. Foley and Josh Rosenberg set out to make a micro-budget feature, they hadn't anticipated how challenging it would be to cast the lead. Of course, there are countless undiscovered actresses out there ...

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    It Ain't Easy Being Kickstarter: The Pains of Growing Bigger

    As the highest-profile crowdfunding site on the web, Kickstarter has received the majority of the backlash, specifically against celebrities on its platform. Two recent news stories about Kickstarter have much to say about the difficult position Kickstarter is in as the great democratizer in creati...

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    How Did the 2013 Tribeca Filmmakers Crowdfund (If At All)?

    Though crowdfunding is a huge conversation in the indie film industry, we've been consistently surprised at how few festival films are crowdfunding (thought that seems to be changing). When we asked the Tribeca filmmakers if they crowdfunded, we also asked them how much of their budget was raised o...

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    Why Zach Braff's Film Going to Cannes Shows the Future of Film Financing

    They may not have realized this but more than forty-six thousand individuals – many of them ordinary Americans with no prior film industry knowledge – had a direct bearing on what has been happening this past week thousands of miles away at the Cannes Film Festival. Not so much on the rain-sodden re...

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    Celebs Learn Some Things about Crowdfunding: Clarissa Quits It All and Kevin Smith Says No to Kickstarter

    After several weeks on the site and making only 2% of her $2 million goal on Kickstarter to fund her film "Darci's Walk of Shame," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and "Clarissa Explains It All" star Melissa Joan Hart canceled her campaign.

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    How Does a New Crowdfunding Site Gain Attention? Hire Donald Trump or Offer Free Publicity Support

    It's clear there are a few leaders in the crowdfunding space for film productions. Kickstarter is the standard, but many filmmakers, especially those unsure they'll be able to make their goal, opt for IndieGoGo. Seed&Spark recently tried to enter the space by providing a platform where lending (se...

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    Zach Braff and Kickstarter Execs Explain Why Big Players on Kickstarter are a Good Thing

    Earlier this week, we did a round-up of the best arguments for and against celebrities and studio subsidiaries on Kickstarter. Though the Braff detractors are especially loud, it seems commentators are split on whether this is a good thing.

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    After All that Hubbub, What's the Final Verdict on Zach Braff Kickstarter Controversy?

    We may have thought the world was done complaining about or defending Zach Braff's Kickstarter campaign, but earlier this week Emmy-winning television writer/director/producer Ken Levine ("M*A*S*H," "The Simpsons," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Dharma & Greg") reignited the debate over whether having ...

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    Why Will Melissa Joan Hart's Kickstarter Campaign Fail? Let's Explain It All.

    Last week, the Internet went crazy expressing either support or ennui after Zach Braff announced he'd be seeking $2 milllion on Kickstarter for his follow-up to "Garden State."

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