With the new Seed&Spark, Emily Best and a group of fellow filmmakers want to make it easier for filmmakers to raise money, complete productions quickly, and have control over their distribution.
When Emily Best was working with her team on their film "Like the Water," they set up a registry for the things they would need for their production. This was before, as Best told Indiewire, Kickstarter was a big thing.
When it went live and her team passed it around to their networks, they were surprised that letting people see exactly how the money would be spent -- and exactly how expensive making films is -- led to friends, family and strangers being more likely to buy goods, donate money or (and this was the big surprise) lend goods and services.
With the Seed&Spark platform, filmmakers are able to use one of two services -- a crowdfunding platform and a pay-to-view streaming service....