I'm making a note here: huge success
Listen, you folks are the best. You have exceeded my most optimistic expectations with this whole kickstarter thing. THANK YOU!
I foolishly set this thing to end just a few days before tour starts, so of course I am in the midst of more organization work than I can handle, but I will get a couple things dealt with as soon as I humanly can:
> sending out polls to you, to gather vital info for fulfilling all my promises
> getting that prayer robot up and running
> designing that tote bag!
> recording those short ditties where I sing your name so you can have a self-aggrandizing ringtone
> drawing comics about your moms
> getting tour shirts mailed out
So! There will be at least four videos. I'm going to make the first three and see how much money is left. I let video #1 go over budget because of how awesome I want it to be (and how well the funding campaign was going), and if #2 and #3 chew up a little more than planned, we'll see what seems possible with the remainder.
If you are a more recent campaign supporter, check the earlier updates ( http://goo.gl/eTNP3 ) for all the production notes / pics I posted while we were shooting #1. I'll be doing the same for #2 and #3 when they happen (after tour!).
Speaking of video #2, the creative team has already started meeting. The director is Max Isaacson, famous for his completely obscene faux-German Sprite commercials and also a surreal little MC Frontalot video called Spoiler Alert. The puppetry crew is being formed by James Walton, creator of new york stage sensation Die Hard: The Puppet Musical. His crack team will have quite a bit of puppet experience under its collective belt. The song? Oh, Stoop Sale, of course. We're planning to shoot in late November. I will be battered and chapped from 3 months on the road and not so photogenic, so thank goodness I'll be portrayed onscreen as a piece of molded felt.
I am shopping for directors for the animated video for I'll Form The Head. My friends Jhonen Vasquez and Jenny Goldberg are scouring their Los Angeles animator connections for people who'd be great at it. But if you have connections in the animation world, holler suggestions about who I should check out. The search is currently wide open!
The majority of you are expecting DVDs, and in your wild blur of generosity, big-heartedness, and clicking, you might have missed this info on the campaign page: I am not making these DVDs until all (four? five??) videos that you helped create are created, so as to put ALL of them on the disc there, which makes, I hope, sense. So you may not see these things until next summer. BUT! There will be a web site where everyone at the $10+ level gets to see the 'intimate' behind-the-scenes stuff (makings-of, out take reels, etc -- all the dvd extras, basically) as it is produced, and the LEAK LIST is this kickstarter update list, which you're already on. So trust that the videos and related assets will be in your hands promptly, even though the physical media will take forever and dvd players probably won't even exist by then and oh jeeze.
Finally, I LOVE YOU ALL A LOT and thank you for what you've done. I feel like a real live rockstar now that I get to make fancy, fancy videos. And hopefully you all feel like aristocrats.
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Be on the leak list to see the video(s) before they premiere. • Receive production updates while we shoot. • Rest easily at night knowing that a robot has been programmed to pray for your wellbeing seven hours per month.
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Full behind-the-scenes web pass: making-of video logs, director's notes, redacted scenes, Dickclarksian blooper reels. Access so intimate that you will want to clear your web cache afterwards. • 14 hrs/month of robot prayer
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Receive in the mail one DVD of the videos and their makings-of, as soon as the last video is done. (Add $5 to this level for international shipments.) • 28 hrs/month of robot prayer
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Exactly the same as the previous enticement, except that MC Frontalot will sign the DVD before mailing it to you. This casual addition of sharpie ink qualifies yours as the Deluxe DVD Package. What a rip off.
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The Ultimate Director's Cut DVD Package contains no ultimate director's cuts or other additional features. It is the same DVD as in the previous two packages, except now it bears a post-it note from MC Frontalot, expressing thanks. This written gesture might seem like basic human decency, but in this case it costs you another ten bucks. • To sweeten the deal, the robot will be instructed to pray for you 40 hrs per month.
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Advisory Producer credit. Your name in the credits at the end of the video. Just think, those chumps who only pitched in enough to get the Director's Cut Package will have to look at your name go by whenever they enjoy their DVDs. • You also get a free orange shirt. It is the upcoming tour shirt for the new album, "Solved." • 80 hrs/month of strictly enforced robot prayer
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Your producer credit is upgraded to Executive Advisory Producer. MC Frontalot will insure that your name appears under a different heading and in a very slightly larger typeface, differentiating you from the lowly Advisory Producers. • A one-panel webcomic by MC Frontalot (who isn't very good) which will be about your mom. You may optionally supply the name of your mother for personalization. • The prayer robot will spawn a dedicated process which prays only for you, 160 hrs/month. Intense.
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Welcome to Executive Producer. Besides your dominant crediting, this donation level gets you: • A several-second theme song about your name. Frontalot will compose and record. Perhaps you will use it as a ringtone. • A three-panel comic about your mom • A Certificate Of Legitimacy that MC Frontalot has forged on your behalf • A tote bag • 400 hours of dedicated-process top-quality robot prayer
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MC Frontalot emails you a util that has been secret for a long time. It is a keygen that a hacker built after solving the Painstakingly Concealed Secret Track on the album Zero Day. It will allow you to very casually hack your way past that puzzle, in the manner of a script kiddie. • You are awarded a membership in the beta program for the impending MC Frontalot text adventure. • MC Frontalot will personally text you a picture of his penis (ascii picture format). You may later use this to blackmail him and dash his political aspirations. • You receive source code for the prayer robot, so that you may twist it to your own dark bidding.
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MC Frontalot will record a brief song featuring the noncommercial topic of your choice.
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MC Frontalot will fly to your house, plug into your home stereo system, and perform a selection of his raps for you. This will happen sometime after fall tours, and you must not try to transport him beyond the continental USA.
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