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A documentary about the proposed 1998 "Superman Lives" feature film that would have been the most original and strangest Superman ever. Read more

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A documentary about the proposed 1998 "Superman Lives" feature film that would have been the most original and strangest Superman ever.

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Dear Kickstarters,

I'd like to start by giving a SUPER THANK YOU to all 2,121 of my DOSLWH Kickstarter funders! Without your monetary input and creative support, I would never have even been able to start this Documentary, let alone get to where I’m at with the film now.

The trouble with some Kickstarters is the unseen, the unknown, the unexpected. I planned on making this film, and put the work in, but like many other Kickstarters, I did not allot enough money in my initial crowd sourcing goal for legal, for music, for image clearances, for travel and transport, for changing crews, for mailing out incentives, and most importantly, TIME. I did my best to estimate the projected cost of this documentary, but have since learned it was impossible to foresee some of the hurdles I’ve encountered.

I did not think it would take so long to make this documentary, but once I started to uncover more about this film and talked with the people involved in trying to bring it to life, the creativity and sparks just kept firing, and I realized that I needed to keep going. Could I have finished the film last year? YES, but would it be what it stands to be now? Not even close. I now have interviews running the gamut from Kevin Smith to Steve Johnson to Grant Morrison to Tim Burton himself. And patience is what has made each of these and ALL of the incredible interviews in the documentary possible.

So thank you all AGAIN for hanging in there with me throughout this process, and for understanding that although I did not make my ORIGINAL release date of winter 2013, ‘The Death of Superman Lives’: What Happened? will now be 1000 times better for the extra time, effort and expense put in.

I’m in need of your help now if you can give it. The last eight months have been full of incredible highs and unforeseen lows, and though I've gotten a ton of amazing interviews, in addition, I’ve had to contend with a slate of unexpected expenses including surprise medical bills, equipment repair fees, and various other unplanned costs.

The $103,000 that was originally raised for this project on Kickstarter last year (after Kickstarter/Amazon's 10% was taken out), was $5000 over my initial $98,000 budget. With hindsight, this amount was roughly $75,000 under what I should have actually asked for. The eight months of additional time, on top of the above mentioned unanticipated costs, have left me in need of another wave of funding! Suffice to say, I'm in need of some crowd sourced super heroics from some of you!!!

I've come up with two new donation level rewards that I'm going to offer here first right now, and then expand it to the wider online web community next week. Once again, this offer will be exclusive to the 2,121 Kickstarters who helped me raise the initial money to get this doc on its feet, and will carry me 100% of the way to my newly extended finish line.

Before I officially launch my Finishing Fundraiser online, I’m first reaching out with this limited offer to all of you based on the overwhelming amount of emails I’ve received requesting higher donation tiers and additional rewards following the end of the Kickstarter last year. By going to my website,  http://www.schneppzone.com/supermanlives/, and contributing the amount that you select below, you will be key players in reaching the Finishing Fundraiser goal I need to complete the film, AND I am offering some new fantastic rewards!!!

Donation Offer #1       $150       CHAMPION FUNDERS Unlimited

What you get for your $150 donation: Your name in the End Credit Sequence, under “Champion Funders”! A Special Edition Limited Signed BluRay/DVD Combo of ‘The Death of Superman Lives, What Happened?’, plus TDOSLWH original soundtrack CD, and 4 Tickets to the World Premiere of “The Death of Superman Lives, What Happened?” in December 2014

Donation Offer #2       $450        SUPER FUNDERS Unlimited

What you get for your $450 donation: Your name in the End Credit Sequence, under “Super Funders”! A Special Edition Limited Signed BluRay/DVD Combo of ‘The Death of Superman Lives, What Happened?’, the TDOSLWH original soundtrack CD, plus a Special Edition Limited Exclusive T-Shirt made only for this group! An Exclusive Hand-Made Special Edition Action Figure for this Donation Tier only! Get a personalized Outgoing Voicemail Greeting recorded by Jon Schnepp for your phone! 4 Tickets to the World Premiere of “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?” in either Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York.

Donation Offer #3 $1000 ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Only 18 Available

What you get for your $1,000 donation: Your name in the FRONT of the film, as part of the Title Credit Sequence, as an Associate Producer!! A Special Edition Limited Signed BluRay/DVD Combo of ‘The Death of Superman Lives, What Happened?’, the TDOSLWH original soundtrack CD, plus a Special Edition Limited Exclusive T-Shirt made only for this group! An Exclusive Hand-Made Special Edition Action Figure for this Donation Tier only! Get a one Hour Skype Video Call with Jon Schnepp, about anything you want to talk about!!! Exclusively Hand-Made Action Figure for this Donation Tier only! 11x17 Exclusive “The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?” Artists Print by Jon Schnepp, plus Dinner with Jon Schnepp and the rest of the crew, before the Premiere!!! 10 Tickets to the World Premiere of “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?” in either Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York.

Donation Offer #4 $5000 SUPERVISING PRODUCER Only 10 Available

What you get for your $5,000 donation: Your name in the FRONT of the film, as part of the Title Credit Sequence, as a Co-Producer!! A Special Edition Limited Signed BluRay/DVD Combo of ‘The Death of Superman Lives, What Happened?’, TDOSLWH original soundtrack CD, plus a Special Edition Limited Exclusive T-Shirt made only for this group! An Exclusive Hand-Made Special Edition Action Figure for this Donation Tier only!! See a Movie of your choosing in person with Jon Schnepp at AMC Theatres, and have a private MovieTalk afterwards (in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, on a day selected by Jon Schnepp) 11x17 Hand Drawn Original Pencil & Ink “Superman Lives” Illustration by Jon Schnepp Dinner with Jon Schnepp and the rest of the crew, before the Premiere!!! 10 Tickets to the World Premiere of “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?” in either Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York.

Donation Offer #5 $10000 CO-PRODUCER Only 8 Available

What you get for your $10,000 donation: Your name in the FRONT of the film, as part of the Title Credit Sequence, as a Producer!! A Special Edition Limited Signed BluRay/DVD Combo of ‘The Death of Superman Lives, What Happened?’, TDOSLWH original soundtrack CD, plus a Special Edition Limited Exclusive T-Shirt made only for this group! An Exclusive Hand-Made Special Edition Action Figure for this Donation Tier only! Also, an large 18x24 Hand Drawn Original Pencil, Ink & Color “Superman Lives” Illustration by Jon Schnepp!! See a Movie of your choosing in person with Jon Schnepp at AMC Theatres, and have a private MovieTalk afterwards (in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, on a day selected by Jon Schnepp)!! A Nic Cage Bust made based off “Superman Lives” Movie Designs!!! Dinner with Jon Schnepp and the rest of the crew, before the Premiere in either Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York!!! 20 Tickets to the World Premiere of “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?” in in either Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York!!!

These are the new Donation Levels, so go to my website,  http://www.schneppzone.com/supermanlives/  , and donate with the specified Donation Offer amount, and indicate which Donation Offer you are contributing for. Thank you all for any and all help above and beyond what you’ve already put in, every bit will help me finish “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?”

Sincerely,

Jon Schnepp

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    1. Creator William Robert Webb III on July 20, 2014

      Also I only saw a donation amount to be put in. I couldn't see a place to indicate which donation offer I wanted.

    2. Creator William Robert Webb III on July 20, 2014

      Just donated 1,000 to you through the paypal donation link to get the associate producers credit. Is there anything else I need to do to confirm it?

    3. Creator Petr Hrubý on June 30, 2014

      Good luck, mate! When I'll be able to donate again I will, Jon! ;)

    4. Creator Jason Parsons on June 22, 2014

      Jon,

      I am so excited to finally see this. I'm sure that I'm not the only one that's happy to hear how well this has turned out because you took your time and didn't rush this film.

      Unfortunately I don't have the extra money to put toward this project right now, but I still want to help! If you can put aside a few minutes and come back to the podcast, perhaps some of my audience will be able to help! I know that people loved the idea of this film when you first came on.

      Reach out to me via twitter if you'd like. Good luck finishing this!

      -@s7evendaysageek