”As for funding the flick — we nearly Kickstarted the budget back in November. But now I’m feeling like that’s not fair to real indie filmmakers who need the help. Unlike back when I made CLERKS in ’91, I’ve GOT access to money now — so I should use that money and not suck any loot out of the crowd-funding marketplace that might otherwise go to some first-timer who can really use it. So if I can get away with it, I’m gonna try to pay for CLERKS III myself. As much as I love the crowd-funding model (and almost did it myself in early 2009 with RedStateGreen.com), that’s an advancement in indie film that belongs to the next generation of artists. I started on my own dime, and if I’m allowed, I should finish on my own dime.
Supposedly, Smith is going to be finishing the script very soon. He reportedly only has about 25 more pages to go. What do you think? Is Smith taking a dig at the recent success of Veronica Mars on Kickstarter or is he just trying to be a standup guy looking out for the best interest of up-and-coming filmmakers?