Aspiring filmmakers have always struggled to find a way to get their projects made, from racking-up credit card bills to persuading investors that their film is the next Paranormal Activity. When that film is only 10 minutes long, it's especially hard.
To help Jim McMahon organize and find funders, he is raising money for his film using Kickstarter.com, a crowdfunding website designed for arts-driven projects. Crowdfunding is used for smaller passion projects for which it is typically difficult or impossible to acquire private investment.
"I'm able to raise more money than if I hadn't used Kickstarter, but the stakes are high. It's all or nothing. If crowd-funding is the future of independent film, filmmakers should prepare themselves for non-stop waves of anxiety and glee." says McMahon.