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Before 2013, the most funded film or video project on Kickstarter was a film adaptation of The Goon, a zombie graphic novel that raised over $440,000. By the end of the year, ten other projects have surpassed that figure, with several crowdfunded budgets stretching into the millions and raising the question of who Kickstarter is for, one of the year's most contentious topics. The biggest lightning rod for crowdfunding controversy was Zach Braff, who emerged as a punching bag among independent creators after he came off as stubborn and self-absorbed in his Wish I Was Here pitch video. Many claimed that Braff didn't need Kickstarter the way the average indie creator did, but the heart of the matter is that Braff's detractors are worried about ceding control over what is currently their best chance at making money. It is now incredibly hard to turn a significant profit on YouTube, in large part »

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