Kickstarter-funded ‘Nightwing’ Series Premieres First Episode

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In 2012, Nightwing aficionados and amateur filmmakers Danny Shepherd and Jeremy Le produced a short film called Batman: Nightwing vs. Red Hood that was inspired by Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. The fan film went viral. To date, it’s earned over one million views on YouTube, despite its low budget. The success prompted the duo to imagine what they could do with more resources, so they took to Kickstarter to fund a sequel. Nine hundred backers and $34,000 later, Nightwing: The Series has been produced, and the first episode premiered online this week. Watch it after the jump.

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Seth MacFarlane To Donate $1 Million Towards “Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter Campaign

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We already know how the Reading Rainbow kickstarter campaign was able to accumulate the $1 million funds needed to relaunch the PBS series into a readily available scholarly program for the youth. In fact there were some really cool incentives for fans should they give larger amounts. But with the campaign drawing to a close in a few days, a new backer has emerged, and he will donate up to $1 millions, of his own money towards the program.

That person is comedian Seth MacFarlane. Hit the jump to see how he is helping the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign out. [Read more…]

Signal Boost This: Kickstart Short Film ‘Limbo’ Based On Reddit Story Starring Archer’s H. Jon Benjamin

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A popular untitled story on WritingPrompts, a subreddit that helps writer’s create new stories based on suggested prompts, is getting a short film treatment. Filmmakers Fangso Liu and Haines Landry seek to adapt the story of Jim an everyman who tries to make sense of his hedonistic afterlife after suffering an untimely death.  The story was created by redditor Adam Spielman(DrowningDream) in response to the prompt: “A Man gets to paradise. Unfortunately, Lucifer won the War in Heaven ages ago. What is the man’s experience like?”.

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LaVar Burton’s “Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter Reaches $1 Million Goal In Less Than 24 Hours

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It only took a few hours since the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter launched, but thanks to fans of the PBS series and Star Trek: The Next Generation, LaVar Burton was able to meet his $1 million goal in less than 24 hours.  In fact it took only about 10 hours for Reading Rainbow‘s Kickstarter goal to be met, Burton had tweeted about it around 6:50 am PST and announced that it got the $1 million funds by 5 in the afternoon.  On an added note, there are still 34 days left for those fans who are passionate about the project to donate money of their own in hopes of getting some very rare and exclusive incentives.

Hit the jump to see what some of the backers got as an incentive for giving towards the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter. [Read more…]

“Veronica Mars Movie” Viral Review

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The Veronica Mars Movie isn’t just any ordinary TV series that made the jump to a full length feature film.  It is a film that is entirely funded by unpaid viral marketing fans, thanks in part to a KickStarter campaign launched by show creator Rob Thomas and series star Kristen Bell.  This launch actually would never have taken place if the fans didn’t rally together to get the campaign going. Which is why it was one of our 15 favorite viral campaigns of 2013.

Most you already know the story, but for those who don’t, the Veronica Mars Movie is the first full-fledged movie funded by the Internet, or in this case the fans on Kickstarter.  The campaign was one of the fastest to reach $1 million in one day, and $2 million in two days, and ended up with a whooping $5.7 million by the end of the campaign.  But there are some other aspects to consider when the campaign ends, like the viral marketing campaign.  Hit the jump to check it out. [Read more…]

“Veronica Mars” Film Funded By Kickstarter Opens In Theaters Today

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The first fully funded major motion picture project funded by Kickstarter opens in theaters today. The Veronica Mars movie has the internet to thank for that, for without they generous funds, they would not be here. It’s success on Kickstarter instantly went viral. The fact that they were able to meet and surpass their goals went viral.

It has almost been a year since Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell were able to get the funds necessary to make this movie happen. Their success has sparked many attempts copy that same success. The Veronica Mars movie achieved so many milestones in the days that the Kickstarter campaign launched. For instance, it was one of the first films to reach a $1 million in one day, and $2 million in two days. Overall, the project received $5.7 million from dedicated fans who were intent on getting one of their beloved shows the big screen treatment. Hit the jump to see how going viral on Kickstarter helped the Veronica Mars a reality, and how their could be a sequel in the near future. [Read more…]

“Inception” Fans Dream Up Film Inspired Board Game

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Kickstarter and IndieGoGo film inspired projects are pretty cool for a handful of reasons. Some do it for the passion, others to commemorate their film idols, then there are those who get creative and go beyond the film and create fun games like Bruno Gervasi and Reid Cuddy.

The two have created a board game inspired by the Christopher Nolan film Inception. Called Inceptor, players act as the dream infiltrators, rolling the dice, and collecting cards that help or hurt their mission to manipulate their target. So if you want to find out how to get some of these game pieces, then you’ll have to hit the jump to see how you can get your hands on this one of a kind board game. [Read more…]

“Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation” Looks To Kickstarter To Finish Final Scene

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In cinema, there is dedicated fan filmmaking, and there is what Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala have done. As 10 and 11 year olds in 1982, they decided to make a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It took the pair 7 years to finish most of the film, only to find it lost, and eventually resurrected. Now, nearly 25 years later, they’re turning to Kickstarter to get their remake finished. Hit the jump for more on this. [Read more…]

Terry Gilliam May Use Kickstarter To Fund “Don Quixote” Thanks To “Veronica Mars” Kickstarter Success

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Thanks in part to the massive success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter project, many filmmakers have followed in Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas‘ footsteps when it comes to funding their movies. However Zach Braff‘s I Wish I Was Here seems to be the most notable one to replicate its success. Shows like Friday Night Lights and Terriers were considering using the crowd sourcing site as a method of funding a film adaptation, but none of them actually panned out – the reason being either lack of interest or creative differences. But that isn’t stopping filmmakers from considering crowd sourcing as a method of funding.

For a long time Terry Gilliam has been trying to get his adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote into production, but has failed numerous times. The novel’s nearly impossible adaptation has been a passion project of Gilliam’s, but has turned into a nightmare of sorts as no studio will fund his project. Now he may considering using crowd funding. Hit the jump to learn more. [Read more…]

Year In Review: Top 15 Viral Campaigns Of 2013

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Here at MovieViral.com, we cover any thing from viral campaigns to the social media aspects of a movie or television show. Here in the U.S. and overseas, viral marketing has given fans the opportunity to be a part of the movie going experience in more ways than just purchasing a ticket. You can vote for outcomes, read interviews from the characters in the film, take part in scavenger hunts, decode a mystery message, and more. If it has anything to do with a viral campaign, we are going to be there to cover it.

Now with the year coming to an end, we are looking back at some of the most memorable viral campaigns of the year. For some of these movies haven’t even come out yet, but they have already left their mark with strong and extensive viral marketing. So hit the jump to see what our favorites of the year are. [Read more…]

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