Andrew Traucki’s The Jungle launches crowd funding campaign for post production finance

Australian film-maker Andrew Traucki is running a crowd-funding campaign to complete his latest horror film.

The Jungle is the third film, in what the director has called Traucki’s Trilogy of Terror, following on from previous survival thrillers Black Water and The Reef.

The Indiegogo campaign aims to raise funds for the post-production of new film which follows a big cat conservationist and his brother as they aim to document the endangered Javan Leopard in the Indonesian jungle but realise they are being stalked by a deadly predator.

US-based sales production and distribution company Lightning Entertainment has already picked up the worldwide sales rights to the film with international distribution secured for Australia’s IFM/Filmways, France’s Wild Side, Metrodome in the UK, Acontracorrientes in Spain, Eagle Films in the Middle East and IPA in Thailand.

Traucki said: “The great thing about crowd funding apart from helping raise a film’s budget is the dialogue that occurs between fans and yourself – the maker of the work. It’s wonderful to actually connect with your audience and supporters in this way.”

The campaign has just started, with a goal of $16,500. Contributions begin at $5 rewarding contributors with their name converted to a latin species name and announced on the film’s Facebook page. For contributors of above $3000, EP credits are rewarded.


  1. Harry
    1 Nov 12
    2:59 pm

  2. Why would you give money to a film which currently gets a Federal tax rebate of 40% of Australian sourced production costs and probably has investment from Screen Australia as well? Haven’t we taxpayers already contributed? There is an old expression which goes “there’s one born every minute”. Nice try guys!

  3. John Grono
    1 Nov 12
    3:50 pm

  4. So you can ‘buy’ an Executive Producer credit for $3k and do absolutely zilch work on the film. An insult to all hard working Executive Producers everywhere.

  5. Bobby Dazzler
    1 Nov 12
    9:33 pm

  6. Pretty jack of getting bombarded by filmmakers begging for $$$$ on Facebook…

  7. Steve
    2 Nov 12
    1:36 am

  8. Why not award a supporting, small or walk on role for a fair donation?
    A more substational role for a more substational dontation?
    A lead role for the biggest donation?
    Then provide a decent level of coaching to those donors.
    Lets face it, does it really matter who is in it?
    Nobody is going to pay watch the same half dozen faces that always seem to get cast ad-nauseum in every TV show and film produced in this country.
    The industry is crying out for new faces and voices – thats why CD’s like Faith Martin are scouring the country for new talent.

  9. Good lord
    5 Nov 12
    1:24 am

  10. Wow, pretty negative comments here. Fair enough if you don’t personally believe in crowdfunding, but it’s a perfectly legitimate and transparent way of raising funds. Yes, there’s the producer offset, so what? That still leaves a hell of a lot of other money to find. In fact, the best crowdfunding campaigns are not ‘begging’… They reward supporters with something they want, often worth even more than the cash donation being made—sometimes being as simple as a copy of the film. It’s pre-selling the product and it’s actually incredibly enterprising. It has other benefits that the commenters here may not have thought about. Filmmakers are forced to really consider their audience, and they will know whether or not anyone actually wants the film, *before* they make it. This is bound to have a positive effect. It’s a win win for audiences and filmmakers.

  11. Nick
    5 Nov 12
    1:03 pm

  12. i too was disappointed by the negative comments on this forum. This article below in the Herald may shed some light to the naysayers. Funding a film is bloody hard, even foolish, and Andrew should be congratulated for having the passion and drive to do so.

    While film is a notoriously complex business and The Sapphires producers say it is too early to talk about income, only a small share of an $18 cinema ticket will flow to its creators and backers.
    An estimated $11.50 will go to the cinema operators to screen the film.
    The remaining $6.50 goes to the distributor, who might have risked up to $3 million on creating prints of the film and advertising, as well as providing a hefty advance during financing.
    That leaves just $1 to $3 to flow, via Screen Australia to the financiers, the investors (including Singapore’s IFS Capital, private backers, Screen Australia and Screen NSW) and the producers.
    Sometimes the director and stars will eventually get a share; other times they won’t.