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Update #11

Making Puppet Movies takes Longer than you Think!

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Hi All!

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!

Steve


Update #10

Thanks!

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Sorry I haven't thanked everyone sooner for all the support you gave us in our "Puppets... From Space!" Kickstarter campaign. Because of you, this film is going to be spectacular -- or at least, will get done!

I'll be sending out a survey soon so I can start mailing out some of the perks. Anyone who pledged more than $60 will be receiving one of my hand-drawn comic originals from the 10-year run of the comic version of Melonpool -- signed and suitable for framing. I'm so overwhelmed by the support ou've shown, I want all of you to have something prior to Christmas -- especially if you're going to have to wait a year or so for the film to be completed.

As for now, I'm finishing up the long-awaited book "Melonpool VI: Better Late Than Never" and the coloring book so that those of you that are awaiting those perks will have them around the second week or December. After that, it's back to the puppet studio -- we plan to start shooting in February!

Thanks again for your support!

Steve Troop, Jon Stout and the rest of the Melonpool cast and crew


Update #9 - For backers only

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful Redux!

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Update #8

Added Incentive!

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I've decided to include one daily comic strip original of my choosing to anyone that's pledged $60 or more to our Kickstarter Campaign as a special thank you for your support. Written and drawn on Bristol Board in India Ink, I typically sell these strips at conventions for $30-40. I'll even sign it for no additional charge!

Just 6 days left to reach our stretch goal of $10,000!

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Update #7

9 Days Left to Meet our $10,000 Stretch Goal!

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The positive response to "Puppets... From Space!" has been overwhelming, and as a result, we're really trying to reach our new stretch goal of $10,000 in the last few days of our campaign. We've decided that if we're able to make this goal, we will offer an upgrade of all of the people that have bought the Deluxe DVDs (The $50 Pledge, The $100 Combo Pledge as well as the $40 Early-Bird Pledge) to a Blu-Ray DVD.

We've also added a new $100 perk for those of you that wanted both the Deluxe DVD ($50 pledge) and Melonpool VI book ($60 pledge). The book will be shipped in time for Christmas and the DVD will be shipped as soon as it's available (around June 2014). International orders, please add $5.

We really want to take this film to the next level -- and with your help, the final product will be taken to the next level as well!

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