Morganville: The Series - a high quality web TV series based on the int'l bestselling Morganville Vampires novels by Rachel Caine.
NEW REWARD LEVELS - Just-added levels in BOLD
$15 - Welcome to the MORGANVILLE GENERAL STORE level! As a special thank-you to our backers, we've opened the store, and we're offering those cool COMMON GROUNDS coffee cups you saw in Rachel's update videos. EXISTING BACKERS at the $20 level and up: Throw an extra $5 on top of your pledge total and post a note on the July 10 update to express your wantiness of this amazing cup. (If you are an international backer, we'll ask you for an extra $5 shipping - sorry, it really is expensive.) (contains everything from the $10 and $12 levels) (check out the photo at the end!)
$125 - We've opened AMELIE'S JEWELRY BOX! Morganville Jeweler Janet Cadsawan has done a special set of her MV-themed necklaces and bracelets just for us - and only for the last day of the Kickstarter! It includes Amelie's bracelet, Myrnin's charm, the Morganville bracelet, and Eve's dragon pendant (see photo)! EXISTING BACKERS at the $150 level and up: You can add this on for an extra $100 - sorry, it's real, original craftsmanship, so we can't offer it for less! Just up your pledge (in money, not reward level) and post a message to us on the July 10 update! (contains everything from the $100 level)
$12 - The MAKE YOUR MORGANVILLE ELECTRONIC EDITION! Thanks to incredible fan artist Jemina Venter (http://jeminabox.com) from Australia, we've got something unique: the MVTS special edition of Morganville paper dolls! That's right. We're giving you the Glass House Gang (Claire Shane, Michael and Eve), plus Amelie, Oliver, Monica and Myrnin in cutout form, with complete sets of outfits and options - in an easy-to-print-out and cut format so you can DIY your own dramas. Bonus: You get special backgrounds by fan artist Shanee Tafoya, including one of Common Grounds. This is one for the ages, folks. Check out the incredible examples shown below - full set will contain TONS more fun stuff! (electronic delivery only at this level)
$30 - The MAKE YOUR MORGANVILLE PRINT EDITION! You get the electronic set of our MVTS special edition of Morganville backgrounds and paper dolls - (Claire, Shane, Eve, Michael, Amelie, Oliver, Monica and Myrnin in cutout form, with complete sets of outfits and options) PLUS THE SPECIAL PRINT EDITION, which will be signed by Rachel Caine - only available THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER. Stage your own Youtube re-enactments! (print books delivered October 2013)
$65 - The MAKE YOUR MORGANVILLE - SPECIAL VAMPIRE BUNNY SLIPPERS EDITION! Everything from the previous $30 MAKE YOUR MORGANVILLE edition, plus a pair of Myrnin's famous vampire bunny slippers that you can wear around your house to scare pets and children - autographed on the bottom by Rachel Caine. Check out the photo below! (print books and vampire bunny slippers delivered October 2013) (this level limited to 50)
$400 - The MORGANVILLE MAIN STREET level! Got a business? Promote it! For a mere $400, you can either have (a) your business name featured on the street in Morganville (a store sign or something equivalent) OR (b) your product featured IN THE SHOW, as long as it's not pornographic, R-rated, or otherwise something we think won't fit with our core YA audience. (We reserve the right to refund your money for anything that we think doesn't work, or let you submit something else.) Plus, you get all the $200 level goodies! 2 placements available per episode. (digital downloads and DVDs scheduled for delivery March 2014)
$150 - The Morganville's Most Wanted Level - be a virtual guest star in the show! We guarantee that your photo will appear in one episode. Could be on a wanted poster; could be on a missing persons flyer. Could be "Employee of the Week" at Common Grounds! You give us the picture and your info, and we'll get you on the show and tell you which episode you're in. Think of the bragging rights! Plus, you get everything from the $100 level! (digital downloads and DVDs scheduled for delivery March 2014)
$40 - Don't really WANT to live in Morganville, just commute? We don't blame you and that's why we've added the REMOTE RESIDENT LEVEL! It's specifically for those who might not want the physical items -- DVD, poster, postcard, etc. -- but still want the enjoy the sweet digital goodness. So, at this level, you'll get the customary Twitter shout-out and personal email, plus digital downloads of the episodes once they're available, sweet digital poster art, and an e-copy of the script. Heck, we'll even slap our digital signatures on it. All pixels, all the time, and you don't have to worry about mail mishaps, package delivery trouble, or (if you're international) customs and taxes. What say you, good expatriates of Morganville?) (digital downloads and DVDs scheduled for delivery March 2014)
From Rachel Caine:
So, either you’re a lover of vampire fiction, or a YA novel fan, or a reader of my books, or a follower of Blake Calhoun’s (Loud Pictures) excellent work … or you’re here totally by mistake. In any case, WELCOME!
This is the Kickstarter to fund an adaptation of the Morganville Vampires novels for web TV. And it will be epic.
If you don’t know anything about Morganville, here goes: a brave teen (Claire Danvers) moves to the very isolated West Texas town to attend the local university, only to (a) run afoul of the local mean (very mean) girls, and (b) move to the safety of off-campus housing with three strangers.
But the plot thickens when she discovers that her new housemates aren’t crazy: Morganville really is run by vampires. They own it, and every one in it. And now ... they own her.
The series is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestseller, and the first novel, Glass Houses, was recently voted the most popular book among UK school children … ahead of powerhouses like Twilight and Harry Potter. There are 14 novels currently available, with the last, Daylighters, coming out November 2013.
I’m from Texas, as is my co-conspirator (and producer/director) Blake Calhoun. And we’re planning to film in Texas – where the novels are set – if this Kickstarter succeeds.
What do we need? $75,000 in production cash to fund the essential first season costs like actors, equipment, effects, music … and, of course, the goodies we’re offering as incentives. If we go over that goal, we’ll make better episodes, or even more episodes.
But what we really need is you. Your support, and spreading the word to others, because Morganville fans want to see this happen … we’ve got the emails, petitions and fan videos to prove it.
So become a Morganville resident. We promise … you’ll never want to leave. Thank you!
I'm a big believer in the D2F (Direct-To-Fan) world we now find ourselves living in whether it be for musicians, writers, filmmakers or artists in general. It's a great time to be a content creator. And there honestly couldn't be a more interesting project for me to be involved with than this one...
An international best-selling book series with (built-in) fans around the world - and no TV show or movie has been made yet? I'm in.
I think if you were looking for a recipe for crowd-funding a project this would be it and I'm very humbled and grateful to be involved.
I've produced and directed four online series (web TV shows) including PINK-The Series, Exposed (for Warner Bros. and TheWB.com), an indie sci-fi thriller called Continuum and 88 HITS, a mockumentary about a mob family who's going broke. These shows have been distributed around the world and have millions of views on sites like Hulu, YouTube, Koldcast TV, JTS TV, and more.
So from the experience I've gained from this past work, I hope to successfully bring these books to life - with your help of course.
Thank you for whatever you can contribute whether it be a simple tweet (or re-tweet) or $10,000 to become a Co-Producer of the show. Everything helps (especially $10K). :) Thank you!
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Look, we all know the odds of getting a film or TV project through to completion using the traditional models ... but Morganville has had the support and interest of numerous producers, film and TV companies since the beginning. It simply hasn't quite come together.
We know that there's an audience ready and waiting (and eager) ... so our issue isn't getting people to watch our show. It's really all about making it happen, and we know our fans are ready to do that alongside us!
Writer/Producer Rachel Caine is a proven quantity ... 40 novels published, multiple bestsellers, and she's on board to write the entire first season of episodes. (The first 2 are already done.)
Producer/Director Blake Calhoun has fantastic credentials in the web series world from his series Pink, Continuum and The WB's Exposed ... and he's both a Streamy and Webby award winner. He's got the experience to make this a reality.
We're old hands at anticipating problems, and overcoming the ones we can't anticipate. So take a look at our track record, and we think you'll be assured we can deliver what we promise.
We're not ready yet to answer that question ... right now, we're concentrating on raising the funds necessary to make the series happen. Once we have successfully concluded the Kickstarter, we'll have more information coming out about how the audition process will work.
Research shows that web TV series tend to be watched differently than broadcast television ...viewers prefer shorter episodes so that they can watch in shorter chunks of time. Shows that clock in longer than 10 minute episodes tend to lose viewers. Think of it this way: when you watch broadcast TV, the shows are structured for commercial breaks about every ten minutes. And when we release the entire season, you can watch them back to back!
We plan on completing principal photography (contingent on successful funding) for the entire season by mid- to late October, but quality post production takes time. We're planning to have the trailer and preview reel out in December 2013.
We can't really answer that question yet until the Kickstarter successfully concludes; at that point, we'll be looking at all the available distribution models. However, remember that if we're successful in this campaign, some reward levels come with downloads and/or DVDs!
A full-length movie with good production values would probably cost at least three times the amount we're asking for, and generally comes with distribution problems that require additional money to solve. After exploring all the options, we think a quality web TV show is really the way to go.
We haven't picked specific locations yet, but we'll definitely (pending the successful funding) be filming in and around Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas. The bonus is that we'll be filming in the state where Morganville is (theoretically) located, in the novels.
We don't know yet, except that the amazing Amber Benson is attached to play Amelie, the Founder of Morganville. We will be casting later after the Kickstarter successfully funds.
YES! Rachel has a ton of readers and fans outside of the US, and we have structured the Kickstarter to allow for shipping to other countries (although we've had to structure in a nominal shipping fee to cover the costs). We do plan to make the series available worldwide (although it will be filmed in English).
Rachel currently plans to take a rest after Book 15, but she is considering doing some short stories following some of the characters in 2014. More on that later!
Great question! Rachel is writing the scripts for the first season, and she confirms that she's following the plotlines of the first two books of the series ... but she's also reserving the right to make some changes for budget reasons, and also just for the flow of the series. But you know what? YOU WILL ALSO SEE MYRNIN, even though he doesn't technically show up until the third book. (We knew you Myrnin fans would ask.)
Yeah, we will ... we're working out what people are asking for the most, and once we figure those out, we'll let you know! We're so excited that everyone is so engaged and positive!
Still might not be a pony, though. Sock puppet theater: under discussion.
Yes, because film and print are VERY different things. (I've done both novels and screenplays.)
A line-by-line adaptation of a book usually doesn't work, for many reasons ... one thing is that in the book, you're getting a much richer experience because of word choices, descriptions, character points of view, etc. The writer is using language itself to convey mood. So what could be an absolutely dead boring scene in film can be a dynamic scene in print ... and vice versa.
Added to that, the budget in a book is UNLIMITED. As a writer, I can go anywhere and do anything, have a cast of a million people, and do insanely complicated things. To do the same in a film version costs equally ridiculous amounts of money, because either you have tons of people on screen (all of whom deserve to be paid, because they're working) or you have tons of effects on screen (again, many many people doing tons of work, plus computer time). That's not even mentioning the people on the back end of a film project ... check out the numbers of people involved in any film, even small ones, and you'll find that there are many more employed behind the cameras than in front of them. They're all highly skilled professionals.
So for a budget of $75,000, can we shoot the entire book, with all the plotlines and random characters? Probably not. But what we CAN do is create the essence of the story -- condense and boil it down to its most important moments, characters, settings and elements.
And that is what, as writer, I promise to try to do. But it won't and can't be a line-by-line copy of the book, because that would be about an 8 hour movie, and if we meet our $75k goal, we'll have about 1 hour of budget. It's not a bad thing, it just will have to be used for the best possible outcomes.