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November 12, 2016

Crowd Funding Independent Horror Films: Don’t Cry 200 Tears. Make It Happen.
Tampa independent horror filmmakers Marcus Koch and Joe Davison try to raise money for 200 Tears, the sequel to their cult classic 100 Tears, while Chris Woods succeeds in raising enough money to complete his film, Chaos A.D.
- 11/12/16/0623
We noticed that local independent filmmakers Marcus Koch and Joe Davison tried to use Kickstarter to raise funds for the sequel to 100 Tears, 200 Tears. With only $12,451.00 pledged of the stated $30,000.00, around half of the budget that they were seeking, they lost all of that money, and it now looks as if they will have to start from scratch, that is, if they haven’t given up. Seeing “Cancelled” on their Kickstarter page is just sad.
Chris Woods, when he was seeking funds to complete his latest film, Chaos A.D., used IndieGoGo to seek $2,000.00, and was able to get $1,401.00, or about 70% of what he allegedly needed. IndieGoGo is set up differently than Kickstarter, and Woods was able to keep the money that was pledged.
Might we suggest trying again with IndieGoGo, and to ask for less than $30,000.00? Surely you guys can get it done for less than that. Filmmakers don’t make money during production, anyway, and should be able to make money on the back end.
Joe Davison recently stated that the budget for 100 Tears was $110,000.00, almost FOUR TIMES what they are asking for 200 Tears. Now we are not calling Joe a liar, or saying that he embellished that number, but we have to wonder how they think that they can do a sequel for almost 75% less than the original, and we also have to wonder why the original cost so much or how they can do a sequel for 30 grand when movies such as Web of Darkness and Brainjacked cost between 30 to 50 grand (and, sadly, although Brainjacked is brilliant, and we consider it to be the best local feature film ever made, it is our opinion that they did not make back their money).
We just have to wonder why there is such a difference between the budgets of 100 Tears and 200 Tears, especially when we thought that the budget for 100 Tears was around $40,000.00, and they should be able to make a sequel much more cost-effectively after experience making the original and all of the other independent films that they have worked on.
Marcus, we don’t want to hear that 200 Tears is going to cost 30 Grand. You can do it for half of that. If you state that you need all of that money for props and other things, well, might we suggest that you cut back on the gore and the mayhem and get Joe or someone else to write a better script?
You had a bunch of people pledge 12 grand. Think about it, You can do it for that, or maybe try for a little more.
Going back to the remark about the better script, and cross referencing that into why we would like to see 200 Tears made, well, despite the flaws of 100 Tears, which, in our opinion, suffered from a poorly written script, we actually liked it, and would like to see the sequel.
Going back to $30,000.00, we also have to wonder why, if Joe started the Florida Film Network and it really does have 6,000 active members like he stated, why they were not able to raise 30 grand with all of those active contacts.
Passinault has been working on a clown movie for several years, now, and that film will be done for less than $2,000.00 . How is it going to look when a film that is more effective as a horror film, which has a better story and characters, is able to be done for a fraction of what they are asking?
It can be done, and it will be done.

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