"Exploitation" is usually a bad word, but when it describes a movie genre, it's actually a relished by fans of that style. Well, it's not really a genre by itself. Horror, comedy, and thriller genres can fall into the (positive) category of "exploitation."
But this is not a documentary that teaches you about movie styles. Rather, "Exploitation"uses the movie-making setting as the environment for this tragi-comedy.
Bill Zebub is not a genre purist. He likes to mix things that aren't normally together. His bizarre associations between seemingly unrelated concepts is what drives his stories.
Bill Zebub does not have the budget of Hollywood, but he has independence. He can explore subjects that are not considered good for mainstream stories, and he can depict situations that go far beyond mainstream sensibilities. This doesn't mean that he is better than the mainstream - it means that he uses his freedom instead of being ashamed of his indie status.
He only has his own money to lose, which makes him answer only to himself, not investors.
Perhaps you consider comedy to be a social mirror. Perhaps you prefer a more slap-stick approach. Maybe you like sarcasm. Comedy has several forms.
Bill Zebub noticed that some comedy makes you laugh at failure. This might seem cruel, but in such cases, laughter is a harmless release of negative energy. Some evolutionary psychologists say that laughter was our pre-language way of communicating to other humans that the situation is not serious. When a person slips and falls, you laugh because there is no injury. But if there is an injury then there would be no laughter, unless you are sociopathic.
This movie is about a director's failure. It's not about the movie world, even though movie-making is the setting for the story. Although the primary stimulus for laughter is the director's failure and total misery, there is enough sarcasm, dry wit, slap-stick, and other forms of comedy for you to at least smile once.
Judgmental people may look upon the images or descriptions with condemnation, but knee-jerk reactions are immature. Bill Zebub has spent his career fighting such prejudice. You keep hearing "Don't judge a book by its cover" - Hopefully you are the kind of person who might read a few pages before deciding.
Bill Zebub writes ugly scripts, and he challenges you to find the hidden beauty.
Supporting this movie.
This movie is getting made no matter what. In fact, a few scenes have already been shot.
Why would you support this if it's going to be made even if no one contributes? It is because every dollar that is raised goes toward making the movie BETTER. Even if the just the minimum of $500 is raised, that means that more expenses can be afforded. If $40,000 is raised, it still goes toward the making of the movie. It's not going toward a luxurious car that will be written off as a company vehicle.
Again, this movie is being made no matter how much money is raised, because the director has already set his own money aside to make the movie at the bare-minimum costs. He has prepared for the worst-case scenario, and the movie has guaranteed distribution.
What this means is that there is no guilt-trip being placed on you. It also means that the director can stand on his own feet. He does not rely on hand-outs.
If you participate, you get something real for your money. A limited edition cover that will never be available outside of this crowdfunding campaign, available for the cost of a regular movie - that is something real. If you want to re-sell it at a later date for an inflated price, they YOU will be the one who will befit from the investment.
Bill Zebub is You also get a chance to obtain some movie props from previous Bill Zebub titles.
As for he credits that are available, they are not fake :producer" credits which some campaigns offer. "Associate Producer" or "Executive Producer" credits are bogus in such campaigns. Go to the Producer's Guild website to learn that those are positions that do NOT mean "someone who gave money to the movie-maker." Those credits mark you as a fool.
Actually, there is a part in the script that mentions this practice of hoodwinking people into getting "producer" credits.
Whether you contribute in exchange of a DVD or something larger, every bit helps the movie. You cna also help by spreading the world about this crowdfunding campaign.
Risks and challenges
This is a low-risk project because the director has already invested the minimum amount of money to get this movie finished. This crowdfunding campaign is to make the movie better than the bare-minimum budget version. If a low amount is raised, it goes toward a few more crew members for the difficult shots. Fund beyond that go toward renting better locations, hiring more help, getting more lenses and even a B camera. Contributions go toward any number of production costs. But again, the bare-minimum has been covered.
This is the first kickstarter campaign, but the sixth crowdfunder for the director. There were five previous crowdfunding campaigns on a different site (not sure if a competitor should be named). Each was successful and the movies were completed.
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