We started making Ghosts With Shit Jobs in 2009, released it in 2012 and screened it in 25 cities thanks to a Kickstarter campaign through 2012-13. We’ve learned a ton and recently applied what we know now to a proof-of-concept trailer for a new project — it’s called Haphead, and features the infinitely stretching electronics factory pictured above. And bunny-ninja fights.
But before we move on we thought we’d talk frankly about the numbers behind our lo-fi sci-fi feature.
We attracted attention to the project by being up front about our original $4000 production costs, and now we want to do a final accounting in the hope that it’s useful and/or interesting to other indie filmmakers. There’s a certain amount of pressure to not talk about this stuff when it’s not super-impressive — that somehow it hurts our credibility — but we think it’s useful to show people what very minor success looks like.
Ghosts With Shit Jobs cost $20,180.97 to create and promote and earned a gross of
$39,317.18 $40,917.18 $51,675.12 (as of Feb 2107 — mostly from iTunes sales).