I know it's been forever since I added any kind of update. Basically, I had a really weird -- yet pretty great -- year that delayed production almost a year. So, everything we planned to get accomplished in 2013 pretty much got pushed back to 2014. And everything we wanted to do in 2014 most likely got pushed back to 2015. The good news is, I should be able to hand deliver the 2015 editions of "Melonpool: The Motion Picture" in my flying DeLorean.
So, here's what happened: In a nutshell, my wife and I split up at the beginning of the year (amicably, thank goodness -- and she's still going to vice/puppeteer Roberta) and I had to move in January. In February of that same year, we had to move the puppet shop where all of the sets and puppets are stored one door down. Unfortunately, the new studio is less-than-ideal for filming, so only the puppets got worked on. They're all almost done and they look great! We also have spent none of the Kickstarter money (other than what we used for the initial Premiums), so we're still well on budget for what we want to do. We're also moving to a brand new studio space around February that will be more conducive to filming.
Now for the really good news: 2013 was a stellar year for me. For over half the year, I was able to support myself financially through puppetry (the first time I've been able to do that). I designed about half of the puppets in the Thanksgiving episode of "Glee" and even got to perform in it (I was the hands of the drummer, Ryder). Also, I worked on three American Greetings e-cards and a number of other cool projects. Since "Melonpool" has always been a passion project of mine, it sometimes has to take a backseat when work beckons. But that's a great reason to be delayed.
Anyway, I just wanted to update you. Sorry it took so long. It's really hard to remain positive when things seem to be crumbling around you, and I really didn't want to bring any negativity to this project. When things started picking up in June, I was so busy I rarely had time to write anything up. Hope everyone is doing well! I'll be better about posting here and the "Melonpool: The Motion Picture" website.
Thanks again for your support!