There is nothing better than making movies. I'm not really sure why that is, but I know it to be true. It mostly involves ridiculously hard work; it is not glamorous; it is the opposite of instant gratification; sometimes, it's even dangerous; but I still love doing it, like so many others. The challenge has been that doing it well requires a fair bit of expensive equipment and the people with the knowledge and skill to use it. It also requires (usually, not always) actors who can act. Despite the fact that we can make anybody look good in certain roles, in certain situations; making movies generally requires actors trained in the skills of doing unnatural things in repeatable, reliable ways. We need you to enter a space, hit a mark, say some words with some feeling behind them, to somebody who probably isn't there, about something that didn't happen, and then do it again, exactly the same way so we can get the close-up. Don't try this with amateurs, especially if you're spending other people's money.
There has been a trend, lately, in raising money for movie projects by using crowd-funding. When it first started happening, I was repulsed. I came up in the business believing that, if you're going to take money from someone to make a movie, you give them equity in the project so you can pay them back. You also make a movie so that the woman who spent half a million bucks to open a movie theater can sell tickets to a screening of your work and stay in business. People often mistake cinema for being analogous to other art forms. In many respects, it is like painting or music or any other form of expression. It is different (and I'm referring to Cinema, rather than DVDs or digital downloads) in that it requires serious facilities and expensive stuff for people to consume your art/product. You don't need a $120,000 projector to look at a landscape painting. So, movies have always been, by nature, business ventures.
You can make a movie for ten grand, and you can raise ten grand on IndieGoGo to do it. However, if you want to make a theatrically viable movie (90 plus minutes, with excellent production values, worthy of being projected on a forty foot screen) it's going to cost anywhere from $300K to $1.5MIL. And, unless you're Zach Braff, you're not going to raise that on Kickstarter. There are all sorts of exceptions to these rules, I know, but it's not sound business practice to base things on exceptions.
I have grown to embrace the whole crowd-funding system, but unless you already have a half million followers on Twitter, you're only going to raise enough money for shorts and trailers or really crappy movies. Now don't get me wrong; I love schlocky movies, I just don't have a desire to make them. I have come to respect the crowd-funding model because you can give people something of value for their contribution, even if it is just the satisfaction of being a part of something they believe in. I really liked the Kickstarter pitch that Zach did for I Wish I Was Here(I personally wish we still adhered to the old rules of grammar, because it just sounds better to my ear) but it still cost him some decent money to put that together. People think that, because I was billed second in some big horror movie that opened at #1, I must be a rich guy. That is not true. I'm still a struggling actor who has made the additional ridiculous life choice to be a writer/director. These choices do not put money in your bank account, but I can't seem to give up on them.
I have always been a collector of things. For some reason, I've always been compelled to possess stuff and put it into groups that reveal some element of its value as an object that we might have missed had we left it on its own. At least this has always been my excuse for living a very cluttered life. I love stuff, but I also love collecting and movie making, and you have to let stuff go if you want to have room for more stuff you collect in the future. This led me to my latest idea: sell some stuff to raise money to develop my movies. Brilliant? Yes, I think so. (Hint: To make it in Hollywood, you really have to believe in yourself.)
I have also always been artistically minded. I used to spend hours and hours drawing when I was a kid. You will, therefore, find original creations of mine. I would recommend caution in purchasing anything from these sections.