Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.


BLOOD KISS

What’s it about?

A vampire flick written by Michael Reaves and starring Neil Gaiman.

Why it’s interesting: After writing Blood Kiss, Reaves’ agent said he couldn’t sell the vampire script. Blame Twilight. So Reaves ditched Hollywood and went to Kickstarter. Reaves is looking for $50,000 to help fund his Vamp Noir flick about a detective who must solve the murder of a vampire before a deranged killer murders them to gain their power. It stars Neil Gaiman in his feature film acting debut and Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). For $17 you get a digital download of the movie plus your name on the Blood Kiss website.

RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH Theatrical Release

What’s it about?

U.S. theatrical and digital release of Radio Free Albemuth, the feature film based on Philip K. Dick’s novel.

Why it’s interesting: Radio Free Albemuth has been seen only at film festivals and special events since being released in 2010. Unable to get a distribution deal, the filmmakers are looking to do it themselves through Kickstarter. They’re looking for $85,000 so they can release Radio Free Albemuth theatrically across the U.S. They also plan to release the movie on DVD, cable, VOD, and on digital outlets like Netflix, iTunes, and Hulu. For $25, you get a digital download plus other goodies. Other rewards include DVDs, posters, and a guided walking tour of PKD’s Berkeley haunts.

Iron Sky The Coming Race

What’s it about?

A sequel to the 2012 movie Iron Sky.

Why it’s interesting: After being forced to make “bad deals” and compromise with the first Iron Sky film, producers says they want to make the sequel on their own terms. They promise a “darker,” “crazier,” and more “experimental” Nazis on the moon flick. They figure they need $15 million, but are looking for only a $150,000 through crowdsourcing. The rest of the money they plan to raise through other means. Money from the Indiegogo campaign will go to produce a “full script for the film, a clear production plan including a budget, and a four to five minute promo reel to help with further funding.” Perks include T-shirts, final draft of the script, posters, and a speaking role in the promo.

The Name of the Wind Playing Cards

What’s it about?

Playing cards based on the novel The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Why it’s interesting: This is the latest project from the gaming company that brought you such deck projects as Call of Cthulhu, The White Rabbit, and Synthesis. Albino Dragon says they’ve worked “very closely” with Rothfuss to create the Name of the Wind deck and that it “is as much a work of art as it is an homage to his amazing literary work.” Check out the amazing artwork and you’ll probably agree. A limited-edition deck costs $11.

Mark From Earth

What’s it about?

A science-fiction young adult adventure novel.

Why it’s interesting: Author R.G. Hauxley has big plans for his Kickstarter campaign. He’s raising money to make a Kickstarter Exclusive Edition of his YA novel Mark From Earth, create a bookmobile out of an old milk truck, and fund an interstellar bestseller book tour across the U.S. Hauxley plans to rumble across the country in his tricked-out 1952 Divco milk truck between July and September 22. For $5 you get the ebook and audio. The paperback is $15.

An A. Lee Martinez Short Story Collection

What’s it about?

This will be a collection of 10 short stories set in the various worlds of previously published A. Lee Martinez novels.

Why it’s interesting: Not only is A. Lee Martinez a funny guy and a fellow Texan, he also writes a pretty good story (The Automatic Detective is probably the best noir-detective-robot-superhero-origin-story you’ll ever read.) This collection will contain 10 short stories, one each for each of the 10 novels he’s written. For $10 you get an ebook copy of the collection, while $25 will get you a softcover.

Deadzone: The Sci-fi Miniatures Board Game

What’s it about?

Deadzone is the sci-fi tabletop miniatures skirmish game played in a fully interactive 3D gaming environment.

Why it’s interesting: I have an interest in tabletop miniature games, even if I don’t really own any (unless you count Star Wars: X-Wing from Fantasy Flight). Deadzone scratches that itch by adding in cool looking minis, a SF themed universe and 3D combat/movement. The minis on display look terrific as does the terrain. $40 nets you a faction starter set, while $100 will get you two factions and some of the terrain. I wish I had a ton of cash to drop on this, it look terrific.

The Nostalgist – A sci-fi short film

What’s it about?

A father and son live in an idyllic future, but reality is not quite what it seems. A short film based on a story by Daniel H. Wilson.

Why it’s interesting: I’d never heard of “The Nostalgist” until I saw this campaign. After watching the short video, I’m very intrigued by the story itself and I definitely like what bits of the film that are shown. The filmmakers are looking for 30k British pounds to finish the FX, add sound and finish post-production in general. 15 pounds gets you a digital download of the film. Considering the drek that comes out of Hollywood, the indie film scene looks to be a breath of fresh air, bringing new and interesting stories to screens both large and small.

HEX MMO Trading Card Game

What’s it about?

From the creators of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, HEX is a TCG / MMO that combines the best of both for your PC & MAC

Why it’s interesting: Back in the day we played Magic: The Gathering almost every day at lunch for over 2 years straight before burning out. Still, to this day, I really like deck building/playing card games. HEX is bringing the TCG into an MMO-like system, which sounds really cool. After watching the game play video, I’m incredibly interested in the game. It look great, seems fun to play, and it has a quirky sense of humor (Battle Hoppers, Concubunny!). For $20 you’ll get two starter decks and 10 booster packs.

HARBINGER DOWN : A Practical Creature FX Film

What’s it about?

A sci-fi/horror film by Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis, that will celebrate Animatronics and Makeup FX . Help keep FX real!

Why it’s interesting: If you’re tired of the over use of CGI FX in your SF/H films, Alec Gillis and company feel your pain. Harbinger Down is their attempt to bring a full fledged movie, using nothing but practical effects, no CGI at all. This seems like a noble goal worth backing to me. Even today, CGI still feels somewhat cold and impersonal. If you like what you see from the pitch video, then a pledge of $25 will get you a digital download of the movie.

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