People keep trying to come up with new ways to finance movies. Beneflix
proposes to fund movies through donations, like a charity:
- Filmmakers upload a movie scene.
- Filmmakers provide several ideas for the movie's next scene or invite users to suggest ideas of their own.
- The Beneflix User Base votes on scene ideas using cNotes (purchased for .25 cents each)
- The winning scene is made.
This is nuts for so many reasons. First of all, it's completely uneconomical to shoot scenes one at a time. Second, you can't tell a good story by having the audience vote.
But hey, whatever works!
What in the hell? Beneflix seems to have less to do with helping filmmakers than helping non-profits use filmmakers for fundraising purposes. Unless I'm reading it wrong, the non-profits are the recipients of the donations, not filmmakers. (See "how" page).
I suppose it could give a filmmaker exposure, and make them feel good by supporting a cause they believe in. But it's not going to help finance their own vision.
When I was trying to finance my second feature I had a meeting with a "producer" who said he had a plan for raising money for my film. His plan? Well, since actors really want to become famous, charge them to be in your film.
Then he asked me if he could have role in the film just for coming up with such a great idea.
Lesson learned: If something sounds to stupid to be true, it probably is.
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