- It’s absolutely insane!
In only 24 hours he had reached his goal of 200 000 $, and yesterday when the one month campaign closed the amount was more than 600 000 $!
It was on Christmas Day 28-year old Umeå animator and filmmaker David Sandberg launched his trailer on Youtube simultaneously with the Kickstarter crowd funding campaign. The goal was set on 200 000 $ to make a 30 minute film; a free release for the web. Today David is signed by the biggest talent agency in the world, William Morris Endeavor, WME, in Hollywood. American distributors and investors have made contact with him and the trailer has more than 6,4 million hits on Youtube!
- I am on the same agency as Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Matt Damon, it’s nothing but unreal!
So, this is the story:
David had an idea about a playful martial arts police action comedy breathing the eighties. The plot is the Kung Fu cop Kung Fury who’s friend is killed by the most dangerous Kung Fu crook ever; Adolf Hitler aka Kung Fürher. To take revenge Kung Fury is traveling back in time, but those time machines aren’t perfectly reliable and he ends up among dinosaurs, Vikings, Nazis and mutants. Yeah, the plot is as crazy as the month that’s just passed!
David, who looks a lot like a young Johnny Depp, is starring as Kung Fury, and friends from the young film scene in Umeå (mostly) fills in as the characters Kung Fury meets on his voyage. The plot is set in Miami, but the whole trailer is shot in front of a green screen and most of the locations and environments created in computerized post production, an incredibly time consuming work, made by David.
- That’s where the Kickstarter money is going, says David.
The Kickstarter campaign has been the most successful in Sweden so far, and David’s goal for a 30-minute film is more than fulfilled. If investors start kicking in, a full-length movie might even be possible; the executive producer Mathias Fjellström at locally based Salmonfox has been on the Sundance Festival with interesting meetings this week.
- Special effects people from Harry Potter and Lord of the Ring have been in touch with me. Elijah Wood, the actor doing Frodo in The Ring has tweeted on the project, it’s all incredible, David continues.
I am thinking, watching all this, about boys. I don’t know David Sandberg myself, but he moves in the same creative crowd as my sons. I have been watching them growing up playing their way towards an adult life. They do what’s fun and are not compromising on that. They have picked their joy, cultivated it, worked hard (absolutely!) and are going towards 30 carrying professional titles on what once was their after school fun.
I don’t see girls doing that. Girls stop playing in their pre teens and become serious good girls. Doing the right thing. They study hard and get better grades than the boys. They are suffering from anxiety from being competitive, they don’t sleep, they have headaches and stomach pain and it seems to me they are not having fun. They are turning way too serious way to early in life (still just kids!) meanwhile the boys are running around laughing their heads off in something that might very well be there future occupation.
I find this very unfair. And disturbing, Umeå is a young, creative and fairly gender equal city. As boys and young men have surrounded me, I have to think hard to find examples of girls to compare with. We have young women who fill up their space and make headlines doing what’s closest to their hearts. Many musicians.
But the ones coming to my mind are girls working for gender and race equality, for getting men to understand their role in sexual abuse and rape, for having people make the right choices when it comes to organic food and fair trade clothes. Serious, good, young women. Doing the right thing. But are they having fun? The way young men are having fun? There are the fashion bloggers of course, their subject seems from a distant to be more superficial, more of being in the entertainment business. Are they having fun? Are they playful? I don’t know.
God forbid I am putting a damper on David Sandberg and Kung Fury here, that’s not my intention at all. We are so incredibly proud of this young man from nowhere (Umeå) who is making headlines all over the world! And what an inspiration he is to men and women all ages! I am just turning a little bit philosophical on the subject.
The Kickstarter final status landed on 630 019 $. From 17, 713 backers. The backers will be given something in return; a brief product placement, a logo swirling like a ninja roll star through a frame. The biggest contributor did put 93 000 $ in. He wants to do a character in the film.
- I just have to bring all my directing skills to the set and I think we will be fine, David says.
28-year old David Sandberg didn’t sleep the first crazy weeks of the campaign, not from anxiety, he was just too wired up from the excitement. I hope he will get a little bit of rest now, before his playfulness will be cashed in to fulfilling his dream. It will be very exciting seeing what will come out of it. And hey, if this viral phenomenon still hasn’t reach you: watch and enjoy!