While the cost of film stock and processing has been eliminated, shooting even a short film in the modern era results in expenses that weren't a significant issue several years ago, like insurance requirements when shooting on private property. Additionally, the overall quality of the production has been stepped up a notch or three with the move to video, including the addition of professional and semi-professional actors to the cast and a desire for cleaner audio editing.
Mr. Sable™ has started a fundraising campaign on the crowdsourcing site Indiegogo in an effort to finance the final stages of production. He is trying to raise $3,000 (Canadian), and in less than a week has raised nearly 20% of the goal. If you're interested in film noir, independent film-making, or Canadian artists, take a look at his film trailer, glance through the production stills, and consider Paypalling (is that a verb?) the cost of a fancy latte or two his way.