The Fascinating Case of The Cosmonaut: From Raising Half a Million $ On Their Own to Releasing it Online For Free
Always wanted to compare an original script to an edited script, look at a detailed business plan for an indie feature film, get your hands on a visual booklet, see how to aggregate a community, stage a transmedia game or build a press kit ?
You can discover all these things now and for free thanks to The Cosmonaut‘s website.
The Cosmonaut is the first spanish feature film financed thanks to crowdfunding but not through Kickstarter or a similar website but through their own website and store, where people could purchase merchandise or and/or become investors. Over the course of three years, they raised more than half a million dollars, much more than what any feature film has ever raised on a crowdfunding website so far.
Written and Directed by Nicolas Alcala, this sci-fi story takes place in 1975 when the first Russian Cosmonaut is about to land on the Moon.
Watch the trailer:
It seems that Nicolas Alcala, Bruno Teixidor and Carola Rodriguez, the team behind Riot Cinema has managed to do it all right, and even though they didn’t and had to go through many downs -like any other projects-, their enthusiasm, their ambition and their limitless passion for The Cosmonaut helped them building a small but strong community of people engaged to see the script become a reality.
I have been introduced to the Cosmonaut thanks to Film Courage’s excellent series of interviews with Alcala. I watched the first video couple of months ago and little by little ended up watching them all, until I realized tweeting about it was no longer enough.
Unsurprisingly, Alcala has the same reference than many of us: Lance Weiler, Ted Hope, Jon Reiss etc. It’s wonderful and encouraging to see that a European independent team managed to absorb, transform and successfully use tips that proved being universal for the independent community, no matter where the location.
Below is the list of interviews Film Courage shot while Alcala was in L.A. for AFM and The Cosmonaut was in post-production:
Per Nicolas Alcala’s announcement, the film should be released everywhere this coming April (possibly the 12th), and that include on Internet, for free, for anyone to see. As Alcala mentioned above, thanks to the freedom owning their rights gave them, they could decide to release the film the way they think the audience would enjoy it most.
I hope you enjoyed this current and alternative exemple of how you can build your projects.
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