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@Michael & Team: I was on Netflix the other night and ended up re-watching "Bronies" for fun. As someone who has since gone to one of these cons, I was struck by how well it conveys many aspects of that whole experience in a way that's accessible to people outside the fandom.
So, I just wanted to take the chance to say thanks again for creating this great work and making it so widely available.
@snappycow Yours was shipped on 3/7/13. Since your in Malaysia, the shipping might take a while.
Hi, just wondering, have international shipments been posted out yet? I pledged the $100 + $10 (for int shipping) but I have yet to receive anything other than the softcopy download links?
@Jacob Gibson, some of us Trekkies helped you Ponies fight the pirates too. And, our phasers were not on stun. So we want to be on the shirts~okay? LOL @Michael B, glad to hear the sales are good. You and the team deserve it. The documentary, et al arrived and it was great to hear Lauren, Tara and John's take on everything Pony. Wonderful work well done. Good luck at the KC Film Festival.
My discs finally arrived here! I haven't opened them yet, but everything looks fine and undamaged. I hope I'll have enough time to watch everything soon.
Unfortunately my shirt is a bit too large, but I'm sure my grandma and her sewing machine can fix that...
does that change something for the bonus content you stopped working on?
btw disc arrived today ... one case was broken (reall one corner in bits) but the discs were whole so its fine ^^ thank you :)
@Jacob Gibson The DVD sales have been great. We are running in the black and doing just fine. LOL on the ponies fighting pirates.
@Michael Brockhoff: Eh, that's ok. I'm not one who likes to nitpick about things this good, I just want this to be the best it can all around. So... if no one has asked this yet and it's not too personal, how much money do you guys currently need to cover the expenses and pay all the staff? If you have a second kickstarter you could call it something like "Pirate Victim Relief Fund" and sell T-shirts of ponies fighting pirates. lol Sorry, it's not a laughing matter.
Welp, just got the DVD-Bluray combos, and it works like a charm!
It's been a pleasure backing your project, and I hope you guys rock at the film festival
@Jacob Gibson Sorry the cover didn't work for you. At this point the expense of a rework is beyond us. You could create your own custom cover which seems to be a popular thing to do with DVD's. There are lots of websites where people collaborate on that.
@Michael Brockhoff: I didn't think it would be any different, and I should've known you'd all know that. (I'm also glad you guys don't think less of us. Like Joe Rovang I too was concerned how the piacy affected our image.)
One small critique on the cover of the movie: it's awesome, but the color on the blu-ray box jacket looks a few shades too dark and it's hard to see the pictures clearly. Maybe you could fix that before you send any more out. If it's not too much trouble, could you perhaps mail new box jackets to us one day? Or we could pay $20 for them if you have a second kickstarter. :)
And oh yeah, John did say he was a sailor didn't he? Have a great trip!
Hey Mike, wish John the best for us. The sea can be a very harsh mistress, so tell him we hope he comes home safe in 4 months, and to enjoy himself
Hmm, I see. Well, thanks for the reply.
@Joe Rovang Of course we like Bronies. John's mind is on his upcoming four month sailing trip right now not twitter.
When I get BronyCon updates in my inbox, all I can think of are the seemingly punitive measures taken in response to the piracy issue (no nice things for you, bronies!). Michael, do you and John even like bronies at this point? The "shutting down production" remains John's last tweet, which makes your disappointment in bronies feel continually fresh.
I am ecstatic that you guys got into the film festival! Its great the piracy did not damage it enough to stop its chances! We all know that this is just the beginning!
@Jacob Gibson (AppleJake G.) It's about the same, only difference is having to rip the file from the DVD instead of just turning around and uploading it.
@Michael Brockhoff: Is there any more risk of piracy for digital downloads than DVDs and Blu-rays or are the chances of that about the same? Not to sound selfish since I already have the bonus disc, but I don't want you guys to get hit again.
Apparently it was my player. Never mind!
@daBomb619 Nobody else has reported that problem. Sounds like it could be your disc player. If you want to troubleshoot send us a private message.
On the extended interviews DVD, the three interviews all cut off before the end. Is there a fix for this?
@Javier Chacin There are a couple of options available at www.bronydoc.com
@Bjørn Høgh Larsen We do not have plans for digital release of extended interviews but it is something we are considering.
Will the extended interviews be available for digital purchase at some point?
Hey guys! CONGRATS!! I originally went in for $10, is there any way I can order a digital copy now?? Will pay whatever you folks say, let me know!
Wow, this was quite unexpected, especially since you're already in a tricky financial spot. Thank you for being so considerate and generous in the middle of everything, and thank you, everyone who gives to this. Remember that "There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty.The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."
I can kind of understand the entitled mindset when it is some huge movie that's going to see a million copies anyway. And I don't see much of an issue with downloading stuff that has been out on the market for years. ESPECIALLY if the movie/game/etc. is out of print and hard to come by (While I don't download games that are still in print anymore, I refuse, for instance, to pay some scalper $100 for a Tetris cartridge when I can just download the darn thing... used game sales don't go toward the creators anyway). Generally it is a matter of principle to support the paid version of something if it has been re-released, too. I still buy Nintendo's virtual console releases even though I already have ROMs of all those old games. And even though I have all of the FiM eps on my PC, I still made a point of buying the Season One box set. But this was a low budget thing, and the creators patiently explained why they didn't want this all over the web. There was even that John de Lancie email, for goodness sake.
Unfortunately, all it takes is a few people to ruin things.
Indeed, piracy is a serious problem for the film industry as a whole. Torrents of DVD's are often already out on the web well before the legitimate DVDs are even out for sale. It is a terrible thing; but like Micheal R. said, it is a "I am entitled to anything I want; free, and I want it now" mindset of todays web users, not particularly just a Brony mindset.
I am also seriously upset about the almost-immedieate posting of the Documentary to torrents and YouTube; despite your very polite reminder asking Bronies not too. It reflects very poorly on all of us, with even just a few people doing this, and to be blunt it was just plain out-and-out illegal for them to "share" the documentary on the web. It is a huge slap in the face to Miceal Brockhoff, his team and the actors who all put considerable time and effort into this project, and I can see why they would be upset with it being available literally hours from release on multiple places on the web..
As to the money issue; I think you put together a wonderful documentary for 300,000. You visisted several Cons on different continents no less; recorded several Bronies (and famous bronies) with intersting stories to share; and also interviews with the actors of the show.
Everything costs money; the airfare, food and lodging, equipment purchases and rentals, vehicle rentals and fuel, wages for the film crew and editing team, and probably a huge list of things I would never even think of.adding. This was not one man with a handi-cam out filming, then editing it on their home PC after-all; but a team of professionals who worked the better part of a year on producing a exceptional and high quality documentary.
We Bronies got a hell of a deal for 300,000. Anyone who thinks or says otherwise really does not understand the time invested or the expenses required for this level of project.
I was very pleased with the documentary; and imagine most Bronies feel exactly the same, there are unfortunately always a few bad apples out there (Mane 6's "Fighting is Magic" Alpha leak is another perfect example) who absolutely need to ruin it for everyone else.
It's accurate, but misleading, to say that there is a lot of piracy in the Brony culture. There is, but that's not because they're Bronies. There's a lot of piracy among younger, computer-savvy males in general. Most Bronies are young, computer-savvy males. Thus...
I try to support the things I love. That's why I stopped using those R4 cards on the DS Lite once I realized the problems they were causing with game sales
@RB That is not true. There will be a project update shortly. Please stand by.
Just found out the Blu-Rays are probably not coming through. Bummer.
Yesterday I returned from sea, finally able to download the documentary and watch it, something I’d been looking forward to since donating back in June last year. I was also a bit anxious to see how it turned out, as I’d read some comments about it beforehand saying that it was supposedly “one-sided,” “pandering to the bronies,” “a big wet sloppy kiss to the fandom,” and more like such which made me worry. I was happy to find that, in my opinion at least, it was not.
I am an outsider to this fandom. Honestly, when I first heard about the largely male, adult following the newest incarnation of My Little Pony had amassed and didn’t quite understand what was going on and why, I had to suppress a snicker or two myself. I mean, come on, My Little Pony. I was curious though, and started to research. My decision to donate was mostly based on my perceived unfair treatment you guys got, primarily on the Internet but even by some other media.
I understand that whatever you do, whatever you like, there will always be people ridiculing you, and you know what? A dose of criticism at times can be healthy, and hey, it’s the Internet. Poking fun at each other is what we do. It keeps us in check; or at least it should. However I draw the line at people promoting physical violence towards others just for liking a show about ponies, like I saw on some sites; a few even based in my home country which I’d previously always regarded as being progressive, which shocked and appalled me. Mercilessly bashing people, accusing them of pedophilia (where does that come from?), bestiality (I could see that one, regarding there exists a more uh, controversial side to the fandom, but honestly: where on the Internet doesn’t?), homosexuality (I’m not going to touch that one: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being homosexual) and more of those choice insults flying around.
I hold the strong conviction that every human being deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, which is one of the reasons why I became a backer; to let you all tell your side of the story, in a positive setting, but also for me as an outsider to be allowed to have a little glance, a peek into a world I’m unfamiliar with. I don’t tend to base my identity around the things I like. I have the feeling that now I have a better idea why you people DO. A better understanding why you are what you are.
The doc wasn’t perfect. There were some things that I didn’t agree with, some things that might’ve been explained better, some things I would have done differently. Overall it was good, I liked it a lot and it didn’t feel like one and a half hours at all. The fandom was shown in a positive light, without sugarcoating or sucking up. Of course I’m not a professional critic, so I don’t know what my opinion is worth. Seeing that I’m a backer makes any touch of objective credibility I might have had fly right out of the window; but still: does true objectivity really exist? I’m not involved in the fandom and I liked the movie, it gave me a better understanding of the dynamics at work, the fun people have in celebrating a thing they love, together. Isn’t that what matters at the end of the day? Isn’t that what we set out to do? People say that the documentary is unnecessary. I say that, if anything, at least I found it very entertaining.
I’m glad I contributed to this project. I don’t know if it will change anything in the long run, if people’s minds and opinions will be changed, if you get your well-deserved mainstream acceptance, but it was a fun ride to have been on. Michael, Tara, Lauren, John (I love the voicemail you did for me, by the way!) and all the others on the crew: thanks for doing this, for making this possible. All you bronies and pegasisters and whatever names you may think of for yourself: thanks for being you. Don’t let anyone bring you down. For what it’s worth, you guys are awesome in my book.
I thought the mention of "Clopping" was handled quite well; and in a humorously manner. Yes; it is a bit of an insider joke; but I think at this point, Rule 34 is pretty well known, and I do not think that the existance of "adult" fanart (especially of an animated show) is going to come as much as a shock to most people.
It is indeed a niche part of the fandom, but it is still part of it in the end. Not for most perhaps, but then neither by far is "Cupcakes", which I think is unfortunately probably the most known fan-fic after "Fallout Equestria", and definately not the norm for MLP fan-fics.
Every fandom I think has some small fringe elements to it that you would not normally get on stage and talk about proudly at a Con; but I certainly got an excellent laugh out of the clopping reference in the documentary, as did a lot of our local bronies. I definately enjoyed it!
who else is working on german subtitels? We will finish tomorrow and now i saw that someone else already uploaded one version. i am not complaining but its a little frustrating ^^
@ Michael Brockhoff: Oh, I think we could build up a big enough demand if we spread the word. :) And that podcast was entertaining, thanks for sharing it. Oh yeah, and do you think you’ll take another shot at that JFK documentary if this does well?
@ Everone else: Hey guys. We’re all aware that the season 3 finale is fast approaching. I’d like to ask that no one says anything about it here when it airs/ends unless they include a spoiler alert. I’m working on a commentary for S3 that I’m trying to keep as blind as possible and wouldn’t want to know anyway. I know this may be unnecessary to ask since it’s just common courtesy not to spoil things, but I thought better safe than sorry. (Easy to get excited and forget) I usually only get one chance a week to record so I have to wait until that day, and I’d prefer not to leave Kickstarter until then. Want to keep up to date on everything and read comments. Thanks!
@daBomb619 I sent a confirmation via private message since I assume you don't want your email published in this public forum.
"If you have not received your download link or have any issues, feel free to contact us."
Scrnland doesn't work for me at all. Is there any other place I could download it? What I really want is the 1080p version.
Last exit to Ponyville Episode 6-Eye on Equestria
Talks about the film
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@Jacob Gibson We are still trying to figure out if there is a big enough demand for those extras to justify the cost of putting them together.
@Michael Brockhoff: Oh right! I forgot about the extra footage from those other 2 cons that will be on the blu-ray! Wonderful. So, do you think there's a chance that any other extended interviews or footage that didn't make the cut (i.e. the fire at bronycon, Tara's trolling, etc.) will come out on a disc some day? Or maybe a special edition version? I'd be more than happy to shell out a few more bits for that.
@Discostew: I'm glad someone agrees with me on the clopping. We understand the joke, but if an outsider hears the word and looks it up without any further research, they may dismiss everything the documentary says about bronies and see us all as... you know what I'm trying to say. And I don't want to have to explain to my friends or family what it is either. "Uh, well, um, it's when... you know... it involves... looking at........ adult fan art." *covers face in embarrassment*
Finally, concerning the illegal uploading of this great work: these people deserve the world's best atomic wedgie. Courtesy of Discord.
A good documentary is supposed to make people ask questions 8D
I feel the need to express my concern about the already mentioned use of "clopping" in the documentary. For most people of the fandom who understand what it is, they understand that is part of the darker side, if you will, right next to suggested artwork and such. It exists in practically all fandoms that few fans dive into, and I'm sure its inclusion was meant as a joke, but for this case, I'm afraid to think how many people, both new bronies and non-bronies, who aren't aware of that fact begin looking up what clopping is and will begin to think most bronies having some tie to it when they don't. It just seems like it will place numerous bronies, myself included, into uncomfortable situations if confronted about it.
I may be over-exaggerating this issue, but I felt it was needed to be brought up. The "shipping" reference, imo, was nicely concealed in the rhyming, but "clopping" felt pushed and stood out too much, giving more attention than it probably should have.
Wow, that Tumblr post got zapped pretty quickly! I'd be curious if a cached or archived version was somewhere. And I'm sure you know this already, but you misidentified two TV clips as being from Fox News when they weren't.
The documentary turned out leaps and bounds above what I expected! It had the perfect balance of nods and entertainment to bronies and education to non-bronies to the point where each group was always engaged and never left out or bored!
I can't wait to see the extras!
And holy [buy some apples!]. I don't want to completely go off, but it's really aggravating to see people posting this video for free. They're the reason film maker's rarely take these types of risks. I hope you can get the YouTube video down soon.
It's quite impressive how some people who call themselves Brony didn't learn anything about not judging something without at least seeing it yourself.
"Oh, someone wrote it is bad so I'll definitely avoid spending the little time that would be necessary to watch it myself and form a real opinion. Instead I will propagate that it is bad and everybody who likes it is clearly (insert various insults on intelligence, maturity or sexual orientation here)".
@Michael: Most of the bronies on the brony forum that I frequent liked or loved the documentary. Tumblr has always been a bad place for getting valuable opinions and critique, but it seems to actually get worse.
What I don't understand is somebody like this... A Brony who promotes stealing the film.
@Michael Brockhoff Not to mention the fact that the uploader only posted it so that they could make fun of it (and bronies in general).
@Matthew Marano Thank you. All over it. Of course YouYube takes their sweet time while they earn money from the video.
I am thoroughly impressed. Backing this was one of the best decisions I've made. And I don't want to rain on the parade or anything, but start revving up those YouTube takedown requests. Here's a heads up for one I just found: http://www.youtube.com/watch…