We've all heard how great crowdfunding can be for filmmakers. Some filmmakers struggle to juggle freelance gigs while they're trying to get their own film made. A cool $20,000 gives them time away from scrounging for spare change. It's opening up funding streams that never existed before. When was the last time you or your friends funded a creative project financially before Kickstarter or Indiegogo?
Many low-level funders will give $25 to a film they haven't even seen yet over the $12 for a movie ticket, $8 for a digital download or $20 for a DVD, just to feel they helped a film come into being.
But in the end, is crowdfunding worth it?
When we took to a group of filmmakers, the answer, especially without a national film fund in this country, seemed to be "Yes!" Indiewire asked a few of our filmmaker friends who have crowdfunded and some friends who follow crowdfunding with a careful eye to offer up anonymous advice to...