Zach Braff is kickstarting a sequel to Garden State. He can’t get any money together. He needs a few million dollars. The poor lamb.
Garden State cost $2.5m to make.
It made $36m at the box office.
It is, as much as anything can be, a sure thing that a sequel will also turn a healthy profit.
ZACH BRAFF IS WORTH A REPORTED $22M
If you are supporting this kickstarter campaign in any way (and it made about $1.5m overnight), you are taking money out of the indie food chain where it is needed most, in favour of indulging something that really doesn’t need it.
Let’s put it into context, and be really generous with the numbers. Let’s say the Garden State sequel, for some reason, requires double the budget of the original.
Let’s say it fails at the box office, making only half the money of the original.
It would have made $18m - that’s over 250% profit on budget.
Now let’s say Zach Braff speculated on his sequel out of his own pocket. Even assuming double-budget being required, his spending would be the equivalent of a man with $100 in his pocket spending a little over $20.
Scale that up to account for the comforts associated with adding a chain of zeroes. See where this ends?
Meanwhile, people who need resources and funding and support for their own runs find audiences that little more out of pocket, to indulge the fancies of somebody more than capable of footing his own bill with a huge possibility of a profit anyway.
I like Zach Braff. He’s given me a great amount of pleasure with his work down the years, but on this score he can go fuck himself.
AN IMPORTANT EDIT:
As a fair few people are talking about ‘other people’s money’ being standard practice, without thinking about their lazy bastardisation of the term. With definitions from businessdictionary.com.
Other People’s Money (OPM)
Money borrowed as unsecured loans, or contributed by smaller stockholders (shareholders);
An individual, group, or organization that owns one or more shares in a company, and in whose name the share certificate is issued.
Kickstarter contributors are not shareholders, nor are they offering loans. Engaging in a Kickstarter has nothing to do with the business meaning of OPM - even if it involves quite literally using the money of other people.