An Australian sci-fi pilot has taken to ‘crowd source funding’ to try to get to the next stage in its development, and is seeking $50,000 in funds through online funding website Kickstarter.
Welcome to the Cosmos was filmed as a 13 minute pilot in 2009 by Nick Hallam & Vanessa Burt with a cast including Todd MacDonald, Damian Bodie, David Tredinnick and Carolyn Bock. With funding from Film Victoria and Screen Australia, it follows four strangers accidentally swept aboard a space craft involved in a botched mission over Earth.
Battlestar Galactica’s Michael Rymer has since assisted with script consultation and now the project hopes to proceed to a feature-length telemovie or a longer 8-part series.
Using the Kickstarter website the project is now seeking to raise $50,000 in around 50 days. Funds pledged by donors, which are donations only, are only triggered if the target is met.
Recent Sydney movie The Tunnel funded itself by selling $1 shares to investors.
Nick Hallam tells TV Tonight, “Ironically our project originated off the back of the success of a Star Wars fan-film I directed, Broken Allegiance, (Fan Films Quarterly magazine lists it as one of the 10 most pivotal moments in fan film history) so in a way it’s exciting to be able to participate in a innovative funding model designed for all types of artistic endeavours seeking support as part of the journey of securing traditional investment.”