Created By: backpack on April 27, 2014 Last Edited By: StrixObscuro on July 31, 2014

Funding, Dear Boy

An actor/director does a project to get another project funded.

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Ok, there are two variations of this trope, and I'm uncertain if the former should be included here, or should just be seen as a variation of Money, Dear Boy.

Indirect Funding

An actor or director does a project for money, turns around, puts the money into an indie film he or she wanted to do. In this variation they still have to deal with all the problems faced by indie film directors. The paycheck is rarely that huge, they have to find a distributor, and they have to hold casting calls.

The second variation has popped up more recently.

Direct Funding

The actor/director agrees to do the project, and in exchange the studio directly funds the project. This version ends up being far more convenient for the actor/director. Firstly, the studio is frequently willing to fork over more money for this, as they stand to take a share of the box office cut, so even if the film takes a minor loss they're not out that much. Secondly, with the power of a major studio behind them, the actor/director now has A-list stars on speed dial, and doesn't have to worry about finding a distributor.

Examples

Indirect Funding

Direct Funding
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • April 27, 2014
    DAN004
    Vanity would be the wrong word.

    Working X To Fund Y?
  • April 27, 2014
    MorningStar1337
    Funding Dear Boy? (though that could take some expanding into scientific and military projects)
  • April 27, 2014
    backpack
    @DAN 004: I was getting it from the term "vanity project."

    @Morning Star: Yeah, I could see that working.
  • April 27, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    I did some cleanup of your original post...
  • April 27, 2014
    DAN004
    Well, this isn't limited to funding movies, games or any kind of creations right? It can fund scientific projects, or for charity...
  • April 27, 2014
    DAN004
    For movies at least, B Movie is often involved.
  • April 27, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • Lampshaded in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back:
      Ben Affleck: What've I been telling you? You gotta do the safe picture. Then you can do the art picture. But then sometimes you gotta do the payback picture because your friend says you owe him.
    • Benjamin Disraeli became a best-selling Romance Novel author in order to fund his political career.
  • April 28, 2014
    Arivne
    • Examples section formatting.
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Added the word "Examples".
    • Changed First Variation to "Indirect Funding" and Second Variation to "Direct Funding" as they're much more clear and avoid the risk of violating Type Labels Are Not Examples.

    Seconding Funding Dear Boy as it's much clearer.
  • April 28, 2014
    Lawman592
    I think this trope is an example of the maxim, "Do one for them; do one for you." In fact, Do One For Them; Do One For You would be a better name.
  • April 28, 2014
    backpack
    Ok, I'm giving Funding Dear Boy a third. I put in the Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back example, but I'm a bit uncertain about Benjamin Disraeli, because he did art to fund something that wasn't art. That risks this trope becoming too broad, and becoming indistinguishable from Money Dear Boy. I mean, where would it stop? "I did this movie to fund my ham sandwich!"
  • April 28, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ this is a subtrope of Money Dear Boy, only that here, a purpose of the money is given.
  • April 28, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    I'm not sure which categories these would fall into, but I think they fit this trope.

    Comics
    • After alienating much of the comic-book industry with his embrace of Objectivism (and losing the rights to many of his most famous creations to DC when they acquired Charleston Comics), Steve Ditko spent the 80s taking low-prestige jobs like drawing for coloring books in order to fund his own Objectivist-themed comics.

    Video Games
    • Allegedly, the reason that Aliens Colonial Marines ended up being such a terrible game was because Gearbox used the money that they were paid to make the game in order to fund their own properties, including Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Duke Nukem Forever, and only started working on Colonial Marines in earnest after becoming in danger of violating their contract.
  • April 29, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Chirstopher Reeve did Superman IV so the studio would produce Street Smart.
  • April 29, 2014
    bitemytail
    A more mundane Real Life example is investing. Buying shares in a company you have no interest in, so that when the value of the shares goes up, you can sell them to get capital for whatever your originally wanted.
  • July 10, 2014
    Lawman592
    Bumped.
  • July 31, 2014
    Lawman592
    Bumped again because I think this could be an interesting Triva page. I'll also vouch for my suggestion that it be named Do One For Them; Do One For You.
  • July 31, 2014
    Generality
    The Wachowski siblings debuted with the film Bound as a way to establish the credibility they needed to sell The Matrix.
  • A lot of these people today just go to Kickstarter, which has actually angered a lot of the general public, as Kickstarter is really meant for the average joe trying to raise funds for certain projects, but now that the likes of Zack Braff and Spike Lee have taken to it, many feel it defeats the whole purpose of the site, and that to have big-named celebrities and personalities on there asking for money when they're at a point in their careers they should be giving money will only hurt those average joes who actually do need the money, because it's believed people will more likely donate to people they're familiar with (too wit, Zack Braff or Spike Lee) rather than nobodies.

    But...

    Film
    • Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman used the money they had made off the Alvin And The Chipmunks franchise to finance The Chipmunk Adventure (because possible distributors wouldn't meet their proposed budget) - which they later admitted was a big mistake, citing that producers funding their own movies is the Hollywood equivilent of a lawyer representing himself, quoting Abraham Lincoln, "A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client."
  • Money Dear Boy isn't a trope, nor does the page seem overwhelmingly large or incompatible with funding for something else. Why not just mention funding if appropriate?
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