Spike Lee has reached out to Kickstarter to raise $1.25 million for his next feature - about “human beings who are addicted to blood. The launch of the campaign gives Lee the chance to be clear about the changes that have come to film-making:
The only way to ensure as an independent filmmaker that your vision is on the screen is when you bring the money to the table. My first feature film was She’s Gotta Have It, shot it in the summer of 1985, 12 days, two six-day weeks, for $175,000. But now, that can’t work.
Do you wish to see Human Beings dealing with each other on a Human Level? How many more explosions with Ear splitting Sound Effects can you take? C’mon People, please get behind this Joint.
The legend of animation Hayao Miyazaki spoke to Japan Times about his upcoming new feature Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises):
“I’ve been producing animated movies for the sake of children, so I wondered if I should make a film about a man who developed weapons. But whatever anyone does, nobody can cause no harm for their whole lives. It’s wrong to label people as wrongdoers because they produced weapons. It was wrong from the beginning to go to war, but as the Japanese opted for war, it’s useless to blame Jiro for it. Basically, engineers are neutral. For instance, automobiles can help people, but they can also hit them.”
In the wake of Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game) aggressive reply to gay rights supporters, asking for “tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute” and calling the debate moot - one man has risen a hero.
Actually, he’s been a hero before, he is Spiderman.
In fact, that more publishers haven’t been on the digital distribution platform for at least the last two years is baffling. Anyone who has produced a graphic of any sort should be looking to reach the dedicated distributor - used by indies and mainstream publishers across the world.