Stephen and Robbie Amell‘s Indiegogo campaign for Code 8, a feature adaptation of their stunning sci-fi short (over 1m views) has raised a record-breaking $1,722,409 on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
With over 20,000 backers raising the amount in just one month, Code 8 is not only the highest crowdfunded film of 2016 on any platform, but also a record-breaker for Canada where it more than quadrupled the record for highest funded film/video project. The film out-raised such noted campaigns as Spike Lee’s DA BLOOD OF JESUS as well as Wil Wheaton’s “TABLETOP” digital series.
The story of Code 8 follows a young man with special powers (Robbie Amell) struggling to find work as a day laborer. After a dispute over payment, he finds himself in a confrontation with a police officer (Sung Kang – FAST & FURIOUS franchise) and the autonomous robots backing him up.
Campaign donation perks ranged from a DVD of the completed film for $35, to all access to the full filmmaking process, as an Executive Producer for $50,000 — which sold a whopping three of those. One lucky backer also walked away with Stephen Amell’s ‘practice bow’ from his hit CW show, “ARROW.”
Check out Code 8 Short film
Robbie Amell is best known for playing Stephen Jameson on The CW’s series The Tomorrow People, Ronnie Raymond / Firestorm on The CW’s series The Flash, and for his recent role as Agent Miller in the X-Files. Robbie will also be starring in, and producing the sci-fi/action movie Code 8.
In January 2012, Stephen Amell was cast as the title character in the The CW series Arrow, a re-imagining of the comic-book character Green Arrow. Amell will play Casey Jones in the sequel to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in 2016, as well as co-starring and executive producing Code 8.
Crowdfunding sites when it comes to raising finance for not just movies, anything these that needs some sort of finanical backing. Like anything it’s a big risk but when you hit the bulleye the return can be wonderful.
Still time to get involved in Code 8 by heading over to there indiegogo funding page where you’ll find out more information on the project, including a number behind the scenes videos too.
If everything goes well they hope to start filming Code 8 feature later this year.