After ten years as screenwriters, the Thornton Bros. decided to raise money on IndieGogo and shoot a feature themselves. This week we explore the ins and outs of IndieGogo, the Hollywood system, and the frustrating hamster wheel of a life in filmmaking. Hold on to your butts, this one gets nihilistic.
Why Indie Gogo?
Jay and Chris Thornton (aka the Thornton Bros) are raising money for their first feature film Cactus Jack which is on Indie Gogo right now. They’re asking for $20k. But why? As screenwriters with and manager, plus connections in the industry, why don’t they just reach out to their connections and get it made?
This trailer is NSFW. Consider watching it with headphones on.
Getting to Know the Thornton Bros
- where did you guys grow up?
- Did you make movies when you were younger?
- Did you go to film school?
- Career paths leading up to 2007
- The first script
- Placing Top 30 in the Nichols Contest
- Getting an Agent and Manager
- The last ten years of writing, meeting, and getting paid
- Full time screenwriters with day jobs
- Is it necessary to live in LA?
About Cactus Jack
- What is Cactus Jack?
- How long have you been working on it and did you always know you would produce it yourselves?
- Why did it take you ten years to do this? Why not do it sooner?
- What’s the release plan?
- How does Indie Gogo work?
- Indie Gogo vs Kickstarter
- Advice on creating a successful crowd funding campaign
The Cactus Jack IndieGogo campaign is live until 9/13, please help these guys reach their goal by sending them some money or sharing this link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cactus-jack-a-feature-film–2#/
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