It was Scrubs star Zach Braff who announced that his new comedy — the follow-up to 's well-received Garden State — could not get made without the help of fans' financial support on crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
Kickstarter is increasingly used by film-makers to raise finance for movies. Braff will direct and play the lead role of a father, actor and husband struggling to find his identity. Braff admitted in a video directed at fans as part of his Kickstarter campaign that he was close to a traditional financing deal to shoot the film, but didn't want to give up the final cut and the right to pick the cast.
But Twitter users and bloggers subsequently questioned why the actor, former star of the hugely successful, long-running sitcom Scrubs, did not simply use his own cash to make Wish I Was Here.
Others wondered if it was reasonable to ask fans to contribute when they would not benefit if the movie became a surprise box office hit. News that traditional funding has been secured from a financier that will presumably want a return on its investment may further cloud the question.
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I'm doing this so that one negative audience comment in a test screening won't force me to change the end of my movie. He also said he felt fans were being well-rewarded for their contributions, with special early screenings and after-parties available to many. In response to the Hollywood Reporter's story, Braff posted an entry on his Kickstarter page denying that Worldwide's intervention suggested a radically different picture from the one initially presented to fans.
I have said on here and in every interview I've done on this project that the film would be fully financed from three sources, my Kickstarter backers, my own money [and] pre-selling foreign theatrical distribution.
Nothing about the making of this movie has changed.
This movie is happening because backers funded it. What I did, was to say to my fans, 'If you and I provide the capital, we don't need some rich dude dictating how we make the movie; we can then go sell foreign distibution and we'll be all the way to our goal.
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