Update: Added information at the bottom that explains how additional funds would likely be spent.
We've reached the goal - thanks everyone! Additional pledges are still more than welcome, as they'll serve to improve the quality of the book. With that in mind, I'll be setting up stretch goals with some little bonuses to keep things fun.
Current stretch goals include:
$2,500: Every physical copy of the book sent to a backer will include a So Bad, It's Good! bookmark!
$3,000: All backers who pledged $9 or more will receive a hand-written thank you note on a special So Bad, It's Good! postcard.
Hello, and welcome! Thanks for taking a look at my project page.
Since the dawn of time, man has tried to classify movies into two categories: good and bad. Good movies were praised with awards and glowing reviews, while bad films were dismissed, never to be viewed again. It was a simple system for a simpler age.
But in recent years, a few rouge moviegoers have challenged this traditional view of movie classification by adding a third category to the mix. These individuals have discovered that there are good films...there are bad films...and then there are those select few movies that are so bad, they're good.
So Bad, It's Good!
So Bad, It's Good! is a book that looks at those movies that transcend their own terribleness and become glorious works of art. A few of these films are well known to movie buffs. Ed Wood's Plan Nine from Outer Space is the classic example of a terrible movie that has become a cult favorite. More recently, Tommy Wiseau's The Room has been called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies."
However, these films are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to deliciously bad movies. There are dozens, even hundreds of films that are objectively poor in quality, but which are a joy to laugh at (and with). These movies often feature poor production values, terrible writing, and awful performances...and yet, those traits combine to make them even more enjoyable to watch.
Of course, this doesn't mean that all poor films are fun to sit through. A lot of films are simply so bad, they're bad! It takes a special something for an otherwise bad movie to become unintentionally hilarious.
That's where So Bad, It's Good! comes in. It's a guide to finding great films for your bad movie night -- the kinds of movies that will have you and your friends laughing out loud rather than begging for mercy. Well, sometimes you might have to do both...but that comes with the territory.
So Bad, It's Good! will profile more than 50 films, enough to keep any bad movie aficionado satisfied. You'll learn background information about each film, be alerted to key things you'll want to look for when watching, and get a sense of what each movie is all about - without any spoilers that might ruin the best moments. The book also features a foreword from Allison Pregler, who you might know better as Obscurus Lupa from That Guy with the Glasses. Allison will also be writing an exclusive bonus chapter that will only be available as a reward for helping to fund this project!
I'm currently in the process of writing So Bad, It's Good!, and I expect the main body of the work to be completed in August. The goal is to have the paperback version of the book to be available for purchase by November at the latest.
If you want a better idea of what this book is all about, check out a Birdemic preview!
Why Write About Bad Movies?
Like many bad movie fans, my love for terrible cinema was sparked at least in part by Mystery Science Theater 3000. The show was ostensibly about a man who was trapped on a satellite and forced to endure bad movies as experiments for a mad scientist. The main portion of the show, though, involved having that man and two robot companions watch those terrible movies. Throughout the film, the trio would make jokes (or riffs) about what they were watching, making the otherwise unwatchable films entertaining through their hilarious commentary.
MST3K would go off the air, but my love for bad movies remained. I can recall the night in college when my roommates and I watched Ninja 3: The Domination and then taped a 3 am showing of Gymkata based only on the rumor that it was both terrible and hilarious. We were not disappointed. Watching those and other movies gave us countless hours of entertainment.
Today, there are more ways than ever to enjoy the best in bad movies anytime you like. The spirit of MST3K lives on through projects like RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic, while numerous online movie reviewers are uncovering and sharing more delightfully awful films every day. The kinds of movies in So Bad, It's Good! are becoming an important part of our cinematic culture: a little slice of the film world that deserves recognition.
What's All the Money For?
I could simply publish So Bad, It's Good! as an e-book. But I'd rather give this book the full paperback publication that I believe it deserves, and that will take some money.
If I reach the $1,500 goal, that will be enough to publish So Bad, It's Good! at a reasonable level of quality. If we can exceed that goal, the excess funds will go into improving the production quality of the paperback version of the book, hiring an editor to ensure the content is as polished as possible, and promotional efforts. In short, funding this book will mean that more people will get the opportunity to discover some laughably bad films - a goal I think we can all get behind.
Let's talk a little more about what reaching different funding levels will mean for the project. While it would be nice if were as simple as looking at the big number on the Kickstarter page and saying that much money could go into the book, this is not the case.
Off the top of that figure, you can take away about 10% (perhaps slightly less) for fees taken by Kickstarter and for payment processing. After that, the cost of providing rewards for backers must also be taken into consideration. That cost will vary, of course, but I can come up with at least a reasonable estimate to use for this example.
At the time of this writing, $1,920 has been pledged to the project. Factoring in both the fees and the likelihood that least one or two payments may not go through, that leaves the book with about $1,700 to work with. Factor in the cost of sending out rewards, and I'm probably looking at a starting budget of approximately $1,200.
From that budget, about $600 will go to putting together the book itself: having a lovely and unique cover made, as well as choosing an interior design. The other $600 would likely be spent to have the book go through a round of professional editing before it is released.
That's great, of course, and enough to make for a book you'll hopefully all love! So, what happens if I can reach a higher level of funding? Well, let's assume that I can use about two-thirds of the funds collected on the book itself (that's about the ratio I expect to use, even if it means kicking in a little of my own money to help out).
If we reach $2,500, that would give me about another $400 to use above and beyond what I mentioned above. That's enough to create a custom interior design for the book, make sure the book gets a professional Kindle conversion, and have more extensive editing done. Reaching $3,000 would be enough to get some nifty special marketing freebies like custom-made postcards and bookmarks, as well as get some marketing help, such as the creation of promotional text for the book to aid in marketing. Additional funds would then open up even more marketing opportunities.
Thank you for your consideration!
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