70% FUNDED with ONE WEEK LEFT! Football Metaphors + A New Challenge. Plus: ADD-ON REWARDS!
- JUST ONE WEEK LEFT! It's time to move into "the Red Zone."
- We'll add FIVE BONUS REWARDS if we reach 80% before Tuesday at 8am.
- Next week, we'll also have BIG UPDATES to share every single day.
- Check out our ADD-ON SITE … including new EXCLUSIVE ADD-ON REWARDS!
- PLUS: next week, livestreaming MST3K Double Features EVERY NIGHT!
All right, Team:
To start, let me share some good news about where we stand.
As of this evening, we've raised $3.85MM... which means we're 70% of the way to our final goal!
I know, it doesn't look like the number has moved that far… but see the meter at the top of our Kickstarter page? Hold on, I'll show you again – Cambot, can we put the progress meter on Still-Store?
Okay. See that purple area?
All of that is money that we've raised from our ADD-ON REWARD SITE outside of Kickstarter: so far, over $150K in extras! We're not sure if we can make that number show up in our official Kickstarter total, but it still counts toward our goal and helps us make more episodes!
Now, with that in mind, we're also just ONE WEEK from the end of our Kickstarter. Seven days! The last act!
That makes this the part of the movie where the coach comes out and gives a big, moving speech that changes everything, puts it all in a new light, and drives his underdog team to victory. So I guess that means I'm the coach, you're a lovable group of misfits with ill-fitting uniforms, and it's speech time. Gulp!
You know, I've never done anything like this before. I'm a creative type, so I'm not very competitive! But this is really important, so I'll try to channel my inner Vince Lombardi here.
So, are you ready for some FOOTBALL.. metaphors!?
Ok, I know a lot of us MSTies are geeks and movie nuts who may shun the idea of "sportsball." That's why we enjoy our Turkey Day Marathon so much, right? We don't have to watch the Lions play!
But, as you might know, I grew up in Wisconsin, and mostly in Green Bay. (In grade school, prayer wasn't mandatory, but cheering for the Packers on Friday was.) So, for better or worse, football is in my blood.
And with just ONE WEEK LEFT in our Kickstarter to #BringBackMST3K, that's how I'm starting to see things: this whole Kickstarter campaign is actually like a football field!
We've got seven days to go, and our campaign is 70% funded, so that means we're at the 30-yard line. The 30-yard line is 70% of the way down the field – see what I did there? – and it's a pretty good place to be. But the real excitement happens in the last 20 yards, or what's called the Red Zone.
It's not very fancy, but I made a graphic to try to show you what I'm thinking:
The Red Zone is really where the game gets most intense, because it's when everyone focuses on giving their all. It's the most exciting time in the game, and it makes everyone sit up in their seats and pay attention. We need to go just another 10 “yards” – that's $550K – to make that happen...and if we can do it by Tuesday morning, we'll have a real shot at reaching our final goal.
So, huddle up, team, because here's the play.
We need to raise $550K and get the ball into the Red Zone… so it's time for our biggest challenge yet.
You know, every time I've given you a challenge, you've beaten it with time to spare -- and this time, we just need to raise $138K each day -- which is less than you've raised for each of the other challenges! I really think we can do this.
Now, it's gonna mean focus. It's gonna mean work. It’s also gonna mean, at the end of the campaign, that I’ll drop this whole football thing. But since I wanna keep you motivated, it's really gonna mean that we've got some more crazy BONUS REWARDS if we can go the distance.
Each time we pass one of these goals before Tuesday morning at 8 am PST, we'll unlock another bonus reward:
And of course, on top of all of the bonus rewards, as soon as we hit $4.4MM and enter the Red Zone, it also means we'll be guaranteed at least nine new episodes of MST3K and have a real shot at a full twelve!
You know, before we even launched, the folks at Kickstarter warned me that the biggest days of the campaign would happen at the very beginning and very end. I guess that's how all Kickstarters work. So, I don't really know what's going to happen next week, but I believe that if we can get to the Red Zone by Tuesday, we'll have the momentum to go all the way.
In fact, we're already the second most-funded FIlm & Video Kickstarter ever, and people have been talking about that. If we get into the Red Zone, who knows? Maybe that gives us a shot at going after Veronica Mars. Yeah, I said it. Maybe we could still be the biggest Film & Video project in Kickstarter history!
But hey, I don't want to get ahead of myself: first we need to get into the Red Zone. So, let's get there by Tuesday morning, and if we do, I'll give you a whole bunch of extra stuff to say thanks.
Now, if unlocking all of those bonus rewards and getting nine new episodes of MST3K isn't enough to get us into the Red Zone by Tuesday morning, maybe this'll help.
We've launched our official #BringBackMST3K ADD-ON REWARD SITE, where you can get individual reward items, extras, and some new exclusive rewards that aren't included in any reward package!
If you've never seen Add-On Rewards before, let me just explain this real quick:
1. Getting an Add-On Reward is just like ordering something from any other online site...
You can pick the exact rewards you want, pay for them now, and we'll bundle them in with your Kickstarter rewards when we send them to you. If you want to get an extra t-shirt, or some more postcards, or add the Collector's Box Set so you can find out what the mystery gift will be, you can! Or if you wanna get some gifts for your MSTie friends, you can do that too. With Add-On Rewards, you get just what you want… but remember that most of these rewards won't be sent until at least next summer!
2. Whatever you donate to get Add-Ons counts toward the Red Zone Challenge and reaching our final goal!
Again, I don't want this to be confusing: the money you pledge at MST3K.com won't show up on the Kickstarter counter, or show up on Kickstarter right away… but it will be added to our "progress meter" at least once a day, so you can see how we're doing. Remember this?
Whatever you donate to get Add-On Rewards will be added to that purple bar, and we'll share the total at the top of our Kickstarter page.
But, one important thing:
3. Getting Add-On Rewards doesn't change your pledge amount or reward package on Kickstarter.
When you get Add-On Rewards, our site will ask for the email address you used on Kickstarter. That's so we can put all of your rewards together later – but it won't change anything about your Kickstarter pledge. You won't see your Add-Ons here on Kickstarter, you won't be charged more, and you'll still get the pledge you selected here. We'll just send your Add-On Rewards along with your other goodies.
Now, maybe you're thinking:
"Joel, I already got all of the rewards I wanted here on Kickstarter. Why would I need Add-On Rewards?"
Well, you could always get more rewards for your family and friends. You could stock up for the nuclear apocalypse, or horde rewards now, then sell them on eBay in ten years as collector's items. Also, if we beat the Red Zone Challenge, there'll be two t-shirt designs… so if you hate making hard choices, you could get both of them.
Or if none of that interests you, how about this?
Our Add-On Reward Site also has exclusive new rewards that aren't part of any Kickstarter reward package!
We'll add a few more items to the Add-On site between now and the end of the Kickstarter, but here's a fun one that I've been waiting to share with you:
Just like I promised last time, we've got an exclusive, limited edition "Save the Satellite of Love" Art Print from Marty Baumann – silk-screened on really nice paper, numbered, and (for a little more) hand-signed by Marty and me.
Seriously, I’m gonna be hanging one of these prints in my office.
We've also added a few other items backers have been asking for, including an MST3K ZIP-UP HOODIE SWEATSHIRT, and a really wonderful WALL CALENDAR (for 2017) that'll feature some of the great artwork we develop for the new season. I'm talking with some people about a last few rewards I'd love to add, to see if we can figure out the details in time… but we'll add a few more next week!
What do you think, sirs? See anything you like?
And you know, that's not even all the news I want to share today? I've got one more surprise for you, so that you have something to look forward to as we start our final week.
After our TURKEY DAY '15 MARATHON, we got so many messages and comments about how much you enjoyed watching episodes of MST3K "live" with other backers and MSTies.. and that makes a lot of sense, because MST3K is all about the fun of sharing terrible movies with your friends. You know, back when we made those old episodes, we never had Twitter… and Twitter is pretty much perfect for riffing.
Anyway, I'm excited to tell you about this.
Every night next week, we'll be livestreaming a different MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 DOUBLE FEATURE: two of our favorite episodes, back-to-back!
Just like our Turkey Day Marathon, each night's MST3K DOUBLE FEATURE will include one episode from when I hosted, and one from when Mike hosted. I'll do a new introduction for each movie, and then we can all watch and riff together on Twitter and Facebook. Maybe we'll even share more fan letters!
From Monday to Thursday, join me each night at 4pm or 7pm PST.
On Friday (our final day!) we'll start at 2pm PST. That's because we've got something really special planned from 5-10pm PST to end our Kickstarter. So, I also hope you'll save time to join us for our final countdown. I'll tell you more about that on Monday.
Ok, I promise, we're almost done… but before I finish, here's one more promise to look forward to:
Next week, I'll have BIG UPDATES every single day, because I've still got news to share about a lot of those talented people I said I've been talking to, some final rewards we're offering, and more.
In fact, once we hit the Red Zone, I'll even tell you about a few great Bonus Rewards that our friends at Rifftrax are throwing in to help BringBackMST3K!
But right now, as we "kick off" the last seven days of this Kickstarter, I have only one question for you:
Can the BACKERS WIN THE SUPERBOWL?!?!*
By Tuesday morning, let's get into the Red Zone and find out.
Cheers and Thanks,
P.S. *If we’re talking about the Superbowl of my heart, I think you already have.
P.P.S. Almost forgot…
KEEP CIRCULATING THE URL!
Tom Servo, livestream lover. Joel didn't leave any room for me this time, so be sure to help us reach the Red Zo--. [END OF TRANSMISSION. MEMORY FULL.]
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