Shooting on Antonio Banderas‘ new feature, “Salty,” will conclude this week in the Chilean cities of Santiago and Valparaiso, the filmmakers said Thursday.
The culture, people and landscapes of Chile made the country an ideal location for the film, director Simon West said in a statement.
“Salty” tells the story of a decadent Spanish rocker and recovering sex addict (Banderas) whose wife (Bond girl Olga Kurylenko) is kidnapped during a vacation.
West, known for the 2001 film “Tomb Raider,” praised Chile as a country “where things work.”
“Chile has all the faculties necessary to become a global film location,” Culture Minister Ernesto Ottone said.
In terms of financing, “Salty” is a unique film. Simon West turned to equity crowdfunding in order to raise money for this movie. The project was undertaken by SyndicateRoom, the fastest growing equity crowdfunding platform in the UK.
While crowdfunding a film is nothing new – the film Veronica Mars has been one of the most successful projects – equity crowdfunding for a major Hollywood film is.
With equity crowdfunding the film “Salty” will be different to the traditional crowdfunding model because investors could easily make money if the movie is a hit – they’ll get equity in exchange for investment.
Director Simon West believes that this way of funding means he has more creative freedom than if he was funded through the studio system.
“When I investigated it, it sounds like a really interesting way to finance your independent film instead of going to a bank or a hedge fund. People invest in your project and actually become share holders so we can actually raise the money for the film with a lot of people instead of going to one financial institution and the benefit of that, for me, is that I get a lot of creative freedom because I don’t really have anyone to answer to.”
“So I can make the film I want to make.” (Agencies)