Crowdfunding website Kickstarter has made some amazing things happen. While mostly used by unknown artists and inventors to fund all kinds of projects, there have been a few times when certain projects have made headlines. Some of them have been kind of silly, such as the kid who tried to raise $10 to make a potato salad and ended up raising $55,492. And some have made millions, such as the Veronica Mars movie and bringing Reading Rainbow to every child.
It’s important for projects on Kickstarter to achieve their minimum goals. While many crowdfunding sites will allow any amount to be raised, no matter whether the goal was made or not, Kickstarter has a policy where goals must be achieved in order for the money to be collected. As of today, one exciting project has made its goal, with plenty of time left to raise extra money and possibly make something better.
Yesterday we reported that Dante Basco (Hook, Avatar: The Last Airbender) would be executive producing and starring in Bangarang: A Short Fan Film About Rufio Before Hook. Basco and writer/director Jonah Feingold launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 to make the film. A day and a half ago, they had just over $6,000 donated by 92 backers. Now they have 714 donors, offering a combined $33, 047. And 24 days left to go on the campaign.
While the minimum goal has been made, the fundraising will continue until the scheduled end date of March 14, with good reason. Extra money can go towards numerous things, everything from better costumes, more crew, pay raises, more food… the list of ways the extra money can be spent on a film is extensive. At this time, neither Basco or Feingold has announced what will happen with the extra three thousand dollars, though they might at any time.
There is also a little bit of a promise made, at the end of the video on the campaign’s page. Feingold mentioned that if they could raise $200,000, then the movie will not be a short film, but a feature-length. It’s certainly a big jump to that much money, 6 times what they already have. But judging by some of the comments that donors have made on the Kickstarter page, there’s a few people out there who would very much like to see a full-length film happen. So $200,000 is the next goal.
In Hook, Rufio was the leader of the Lost Boys in Neverland. A teenager with some slick skateboard moves, a bright red mohawk, and a bad attitude, Rufio’s story previous to Neverland has never been known. Bangarang is going to tell that story, about 13-year-old Roofus and his two best friends before he found himself on the island where children never grow up.
Donors receive awards, the more they give the more they get in return. A $10 donation gets behind the scenes access, where as a $10,000 one makes you an executive producer. And plenty of choices fall in between. There is also audition information for the three main characters listed on the page, all 13-years-old.
Bangarang, which will air on Basco’s YouTube channel is scheduled to be released on April 2017. Though if they make the goal for a feature film, a delay can probably be expected.