Director Uwe Boll Seeks Producers Via the Web
Thu, 19 Feb 2009 12:49:43
If you've ever dreamt of being a film producer, German director Uwe Boll of BloodRayne fame has devised a unique, economical way to make that dream come true. The director is seeking out co-producers for his next film, a terrorist disaster movie called Blackout. He is using the Internet to find people willing to part with 33 Euros—which translates to $49 American dollars—to finance the film. However, financiers will not have any artistic input into the film.
Boll is looking to raise $18.5 million in $49 increments via the film's website, www.theblackoutfilm.com. Those who sign up and transfer funds will receive a limited edition DVD of the film when the time comes and a certificate with the signatures of the actors and the director. Fifty of those who contribute will also have the chance to win a trip to the film's Canadian set and participate in an open casting call for two supporting roles in the film and a cash raffle, among other prizes.
The donation section of the site will remain open until March 31. If the $18.5 million in capital is not raised by that cut off date but at least 43% of that goal is met, Boll may still make the film with a reduced budget. If he chooses not to make the film on a shoestring or lessened budget, he will scrap plans and return the cash to investors. Those who contribute are promised at least 27 of their 33 euros (or the American conversion) in return should the film not get made.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff