On the heels of the Veronica Mars kickstarter, which raised more than $5M, comes Zach Braff’s kickstarter project, a sequel to Garden State. The project, called Wish I Was Here has, at time of writing has raised $1.9M of the $2M goal, with 27 days to go.
The Twittersphere’s nattering nabobs swiftly denounced Braff as a millionaire who was commandeering a fundraising platform meant for nonfamous artists. Schofizzy has a great long post about why this is stupid and wrong but the main argument is:
No one is coming to your door and begging you to pledge. You won’t receive any phone calls from telemarketers selling you this campaign and asking for a pledge. There won’t be any pop-up ads on your computer. If you are not interested, you are not interested.
True that! In a more positive light, I’ve seen some folks encouraging Braff to use the publicity his campaign is generating to put a spotlight on some less famous projects.
If that’s what we’re doing Zach, let me nominate the equally geek-appealing Wish It, Inc. web series.
The project is by two young filmmakers, Ryan Anthony Martin and Nick Celentano, who have already built a following on YouTube with a series of clever Portal-themed videos. I happen to have gotten a peek at some early scripts for this project and I can vouch for it 100%.
Nick and Ryan have created an incredibly clever and detailed world around the idea that there is a company (Wish It, Inc.) which actually grants — or denies — wishes. The writing has the snappy edge of Glee or 30 Rock. They’ve even recruited Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS in Portal, to play the CEO of Wish It, none other than The Fairy Godmother.
Click on over and watch the video with McLain and read more about the story. If you’re not interested in helping Braff, or if you’d like to grant the wishes of some filmmakers who really need resources, join me in backing this great and worthy project.
UUPDATE: The filmmakers have posted a new video which provides a fun introduction to the characters in the show:
FURTHER UPDATE: They have funded – and by a whisker!