DVDs, Documentaries, Easter Eggs & Team Shirts. Plus: another Kickstarter that needs your help!
I know it’s been a while since the last update, but I haven’t forgotten about you. The last several weeks have been spent on non-stop editing of the iZOMBIE pilot, which is now complete, and — as of yesterday — has been picked up as a series. Next week, I’ll find out whether it’ll debut in the fall or as a mid-season replacement. Either way, we’ll be getting to work on it soon.
But now that I have a little bit more time, I wanted to send another update. I know that you received a message from Customer Support yesterday; if you’re still waiting on any of your rewards, I hope that you took the time to read it.
In case you didn’t, let me give you the quick version:
If you’re still missing or having problems with any of your Kickstarter rewards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP and let them know.
After June 1, we won’t be able to help with unclaimed rewards, offer replacements, or issue any additional refunds – and we want to make sure you’re taken care of.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s cover a few other updates.
THE DVD & BLU-RAY
At this point, I hope that most of you — or at least, those of you who pledged at $50 and up — have received the promised DVD and/or Blu-ray versions of Veronica Mars. (If your rewards didn’t include a physical copy of the movie, it’s also available to purchase now, in almost all countries.)
German and Austrian Backers: I promise, if we were allowed to send your copies of the movie now, we would. The truth is, getting a German theatrical release required some different timing restrictions for releasing the DVD. You’ll receive your reward copies as soon as they are available for sale in your countries — as of now, I believe that will be around July 24. In the meantime, hopefully your digital copies will make it easier to wait.
“BY THE FANS” – OUR BEHIND-THE-SCENES DOC
Even without the DVD or Blu-Ray, I’m hoping most of you have already had the chance to watch the movie. When your DVD and Blu-ray arrive, however, I encourage you to spend a little time to watch By The Fans, our behind-the-scenes documentary about the Kickstarter campaign, the making of the movie, and — most of all — your role in making that possible.
We began shooting By The Fans on March 13, 2013 — the same morning we launched the Kickstarter campaign — and continued until just after our visit to San Diego Comic-Con in July. If you’ve been reading these updates, you’ll already have a good idea of what was happening behind-the-scenes, but there’s a lot more in the documentary.
If you’ve watched it, we’d love to hear what you thought. Let us know in the comments.
On a related note:
A NEW KICKSTARTER, FROM THE GUY WHO BROUGHT YOU “BY THE FANS”...
If you enjoy By The Fans, most of the credit goes to the talented young man who directed and co-edited it, Viet Nguyen.
Some of you might know that my relationship with Viet actually started more than twenty years ago in Austin, where I was his high school broadcast journalism advisor. Later, after he graduated from UT Film School, I hired him as a post-production PA on the first season of Veronica Mars. From there, Viet climbed to Assistant Editor on Veronica Mars, and we hired him as a full-fledged editor on Party Down. When we got together to create our Kickstarter launch video a couple years ago, Viet was the one who shot and edited it, and over the last several weeks, he worked with me to edit the iZOMBIE pilot.
What you probably don’t know is that Viet might also be responsible for my entire writing career. While I was his teacher, he secretly cut a video nominating me for Channel One Teacher of the Year. I didn't get the award, but Channel One offered me a job, and I moved out to Los Angeles. I quit my band in order to make the move, and I filled the creative void by writing my first novel, Rats Saw God, that year. I was 28 at the time.
So if you enjoyed By The Fans — or, in a sense, anything I’ve ever written — you can thank Viet. And if you’re not sure how to thank him, here’s my suggestion:
Help him out with the Kickstarter he just launched to finance his own feature film debut.
I already did. It’s based on two amazing short film thrillers that Viet has directed. I love both Crush the Skull short films. If he can do these with a few hundred dollars, he'll kick a lot of ass with a few thousand dollars.
A GUIDE TO NAME DROPPING
In one of my last updates, I pointed out the scene in Veronica Mars which featured the “cameo appearance” of our $10,000 backer, Steven Dengler. Today, I thought I’d share another fun easter egg — or six easter eggs -- and reveal the Kickstarter backers whose names were included in the movie.
(Minor spoilers follow, if you haven't seen the movie yet.)
BACKER #1. When we first see Piz, he’s working on a story for This American Life about a struggling artist named Zhi Howes. (This was probably a surprise to Zhi, since she is nine years old. The request to include her name came from her parents. I enjoyed the idea that a nine-year-old might already be considered passé.)
BACKER #2. The second backer’s name turns up when Veronica is advising Logan on his choice of legal representation. We never meet her preferred lawyer on screen, but his name is Jackson Frederick.
BACKER #3. Just a few minutes later, Veronica and Logan get a drink at The Beachcomber during karaoke night. The three Canadians who perform just before Ruby Jetson? Art Tebbel and the Mounties.
BACKER #4. This one posed a challenge, because our backer - Shauna Isobel Claiborne - wanted us to include her middle name. I was happy to try, but had trouble finding somewhere that it sounded natural to speak a full name out loud. Instead, Shauna’s name appears as one of Veronica’s old aliases when she pulls out her PI supplies. (And, since she never got to hear her name in the movie, we sent Shauna the ID card as a souvenir.)
BACKER #5. When Veronica, Mac and Wallace arrive at the Neptune High Reunion, Wallace sees an attractive single prospect named Alexis Link across the room, and remembers a deal that they made ten years earlier. (In a fun coincidence, Alexis herself appears in the reunion scene as an extra, but — to Wallace’s disappointment — ends up on Dick’s arm instead. Dick hands her his belt flask just before joining the brawl at the bar.)
BACKER #6. During the Neptune Reunion award ceremony, Madison — in a rare moment of sincerity — awards the “Biggest Success Story” to Patti Jackson, "for starting her own line of natural hair care products.” I found it interesting that this line often got a laugh from audiences. In real life, Patti Jackson did exactly that, launching her own line of all-natural salon products. (Fun fact: Patti also appears in the movie, when Logan and Veronica meet at the airport.)
A FINAL WORD ON TEAM T-SHIRTS.
If you liked the Team T-Shirts we released on CafePress but were holding out for TEAM VERONICA or TEAM KEITH, you’re in luck: I'm told that we've now added those to the official selection on CafePress.
(Against my better judgement, I’ve also allowed a TEAM ROB shirt. Enjoy, Mom.)
And, as before, the team at CafePress are offering a 15% discount on all Veronica Mars merchandise for the next week, if you use the code PIRATES when you check out.
That’s all for this time, but we’re not at the end just yet. Expect one or two more updates before the end of the month, with some behind-the-scenes information that we couldn’t share until the movie was released.
And remember: if you’re missing any of your rewards, please email email@example.com right now and let Customer Support know, so that we can fix it before the deadline on June 1.