Go Fund Yourself!

It’s that time of the week again: it’s Go Fund Yourself! Friday! Every week, we will be looking to provide a little added exposure to crowdfunding projects across the world, aptly focusing on the film and animation categories. Or, at least, that’s usually the case. This week I’ve decided to say fuck it and I’m going to talk about an already funded project and a comic back as well. Why? Because I’m a bloody maverick, that’s why. I live life on the edge; the fringe of society, you might say. I’m also going to talk about them because they’re interesting projects…

Fallout: Nuka Break – Tales from the Wasteland by Wayside Creations

Those of you who are familiar with the video game series Fallout are no doubt aware of how rich the series’ lore is, so it comes as no surprise then that there is an equally extensive range of fan-made films and web series dedicated to it. One, in particular, seems to have garnered its own sizeable following: Fallout: Nuka Break (which you can check out here).

The exact plot of this project remains unclear, but that hasn’t detracted from the amount of attention it has gained. Hundreds of backers have already contributed over $45,000 to the production and, in response, Wayside Creations has upped its goal from $20,000 to $50,000.

There’s no denying how impressive the achievement is and it just goes to show that it doesn’t hurt to build your project on something that has an existing fan base already. Take note, guys!

FLOAT: A Short Film by Nicola Murphy

“Parker is a young female puppet of society (both literally and figuratively). With the help of her ‘go-getter’ boyfriend she has created the perfect persona for herself, but when her dying father fails to recognize his only daughter, Parker is faced with the decision to float farther from reality or face what is waiting for her on the ground.”

This project interested me from the offset, and my interest in it was furthered more so by the story behind its creation: the simultaneous death of the co-director/writer’s fathers.

Considering that the creators have a very real emotional investment in the film’s thematic issues, and considering that the premise in it’s self sounds both intriguing and entertaining, I was genuinely surprised to notice that the project was not yet fully funded with less than two weeks remaining on the campaign.

As of such, I feel sincerely compelled to help raise awareness for the project because it really does sound great!

Having already raised $12,930, the project needs a total of $20,000 to be successfully backed. It’s also worth noting that this is a Kickstarter project so, as you probably know, it’s all or nothing!

Fiction Squad by Paul Jenkins

“Fiction squad tells the story of Frankie Mack, a failed gumshoe detective from the Realm of Crime Fiction, a lost character from an old 20-page novella that nobody remembers. After a lifetime of failure, Frankie crosses the genre border into the Realm of Children’s Stories where he discovers that every nursery rhyme is a crime scene. But the Realm of Children’s Stories is a dangerous place—the Queens and the Witches are the Mob, the Mayor is a Crooked Man, and the Police Chief, Tom Thumb, is in everyone’s pocket! And when someone drops a house on the Wicked Witch of the East it’s up to Frankie and his idiotic partner, Simple Simon, to solve the crime before the Madonnas tear the place apart.”

Okay, I’m going to level with you, the reason I want to highlight this particular project is because I’ve really got back into the comic book world lately. I’ve been boning up on a lot of Justice League lore and I’ve also been watching Justice League: Unlimited – which I intend to talk about in a future review. (Oh god, he’s going to bang on about Batman again, isn’t he?)

As with Fallout: Nuka Break, this project builds upon an existing fan base to further its campaign, but what’s really interesting about this is that the aforementioned fan base exists because of previously funded Kickstarter projects by Paul Jenkins set in the same narrative world.

Oh, and a world where Wicked Witches of the East and West Side is a thing is just inspired!

That’s about it for this week! We’re actually pretty smitten with you, so share your crowdfunding projects with us and we’ll be real nice about it. We’ll fund you in a back alley.

– Joe

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