Kickstarter has become one of the most popular fundraising platforms for filmmakers. Most are independent directors and producers trying to raise money to finish their dream projects, but Oscar winners are finding it useful, as well.
Meet Ron Judkins. Don’t recognize the name? Well, you’ve probably heard his work in films such as “Jurassic Park” and “Saving Private Ryan” — Judkins won a best sound Oscar for each of those films and has provided his sound-design skills to many other Hollywood and independent features (the guy also was nommed for Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” and for best sound mixing on “War of the Worlds”). His first feature as a writer-director, “The Hi-Line,” debuted at Sundance in 1999 and eventually sold to Showtime.
Recently, after finishing work on a little film called “Lincoln,” Judkins has turned his attention to completing another of his own films, “Neighbors,” which he wrote and directed. The story is about an over-the-hill graphic novelist whose world primarily consists of the colorful neighbors in his small L.A. suburb. The film stars Michael O’Keefe, Catherine Dent, Blake Bashoff, Julie Mond and Sean Patrick Thomas, and it utilizes a bunch of Judkins’ own neighborhood friends.
Judkins, along with the producers, is using Kickstarter to raise money to complete post-production on the low-budget venture. If you’re interested in checking it out, visit the “Neighbors” Kickstarter page or the film’s website. Chances are the film is going to sound pretty damn good — that is, if Judkins can collect the funds for the, uh, sound mixing.