So the line starts....
Let's say I have this great concept, that I'm working on with another film maker in order to write a screen play. We already have 2 features under our belt with distribution for both, and we already have a location set up for this new film. We want to pull out all the stops, and make a "real" movie.. but still low budget. The movie we have we think we'll appeal to several different companies who might be interested in backing the project.
We already have a name that we are interested in attaching to the project, who is sort of in limbo in terms of his acting career but is still popular enough as a pop culture sensation to draw alot of attention to the project should he become attached.
Now, in order to make this movie we'd have to have much more funding than anything I've done to this point. Outside of him, we'd still cast regional actors, and quite possibly go under the SAG low budget agreement (if he's SAG). I'd hire a camera op with a RED ONE package, and hire some key crew members, and use my normal crew for the rest of the positions.
I thought about taking the screenplay directly to the actor, and seeing if he's interested in doing it. The movie would put his particular "line of work" in a positive light, and could possibly garner him some attention. I've used crowd funding in the past and from where I sit, the projects who meet their "large" goals.. are ones with a built in fan base already. My thought process is that if I could get this actor interested and attached to the project, would having his name help us raise funds via crowd funding? He's something of a pop culture icon that alot of people will know from their child hood.
The film is not a "christian" movie, because of some of its content.. but would have a positive message that would appeal to that crowd as well.
I want to take this to several avenue's in order to get funding, but what are your thoughts on bringing this to the actor before I even go any further?