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UPDATE #3 - 6/10/2014: RiffTrax Live: ANACONDA has been UNLOCKED!
[UPDATE #2 - 5/28/2014 -- New stretch goal added: ANACONDA Live on October 30th!]
If we reach $250,000, it will unlock RiffTrax getting the rights to the 1997 adventure horror classic ANACONDA to riff live in theaters on October 30th, 2014. We have added some new reward levels to help make this happen, AND all backers at the $30 level and higher will also get a FREE MP3 of a studio version of the ANACONDA Riff written for the October 30 Live Show in addition to their other rewards.
NEW REWARD LEVELS:
- $1,025: Get Kevin, Mike or Bill's scripts used at ANACONDA Live.
- $1,125: Write a riff for ANACONDA! (Limit of 5)
- All backers at $30+ will get a free MP3 of ANACONDA as well as GODZILLA.
- All backers at $100+ will get both GODZILLA and ANACONDA unsigned posters.
- All backers at $175+ will get a poster from all three RiffTrax Live: SHARKNADO, GODZILLA and ANACONDA shows, SIGNED by Mike, Kevin and Bill!
- PERSONALIZED SONGS reward tier has been lowered to $1,050.
Of course these rewards will only happen if we meet the stretch goal. So help us hit $250,000 so we can do a LIVE riff of ANACONDA in theaters in time for Halloween!
[UPDATE #1 - 5/14/2014 – since we hit our $100,000 goal, GODZILLA is a GO! Please continue to back the project for the cool rewards, and to help us give you the best GODZILLA live show possible.]
Thanks to you, we had a hugely successful Kickstarter last year that funded us to be able to riff STARSHIP TROOPERS live in 700 theaters across North America. The show was a success, and this year we have the opportunity to perform a live riff of one of our most requested movies ever – GODZILLA! Yes, the 1998 version with Matthew Broderick!
But in order to do it, we need your help again. The cost to secure the theatrical rights and for production is super expensive, but totally worth it IF we can make it happen.
So, Kickstarter community, please help us do our MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000-style funny commentary for GODZILLA, broadcast LIVE to hundreds of movie screens to a massive audience in a one-night event on August 14th, 2014!
WHO WE ARE
The guys at RIFFTRAX have been providing hilarious movie commentary for years. First as writers and stars of the cult TV comedy show MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 aka MST3K-- and then online since 2006, as RIFFTRAX – Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett have taken on movies bad and not-so-bad, with one and only one mission: to make them funny.
RiffTrax has written and performed comic riffs for over 350 titles that range from huge Hollywood blockbusters, to obscure B-movies and short educational films. Hey, we were even on TV this year on the National Geographic Channel riffing zany animal shows.
Celebrity guests on various RiffTrax offerings have included Neil Patrick Harris, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Joel McHale, Jonathan Coulton, Andy Richter, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Kristen Schaal, John Hodgman, Mythbuster Adam Savage, Chris Hardwick, Paul F. Tompkins, Maria Bamford, Fred Willard, NPR's Peter Sagal and loads more.
If you're not familiar with us, check out this video for a little taste of what we do at RiffTrax:
WHY WE'RE ON KICKSTARTER
In 2009 we did an experiment: a live show in Nashville, riffing the Ed Wood classic PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, simulcast to 500 movie theaters around the U.S.A. It was a raging success, and RiffTrax Live was born. Since then RiffTrax has done ten more live simulcast shows, including "MANOS" THE HANDS OF FATE, the new classic D-movie BIRDEMIC; the 1960s version of JACK THE GIANT KILLER; Vincent Price's cheesy HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL and an upcoming riff of the cult classic SHARKNADO this July.
But the pinnacle of our live riffs was last summer’s STARSHIP TROOPERS, which was only made possible by the generous support of you, the Kickstarter community.
And this brings us to the reason we're back on Kickstarter. The rights to a movie like GODZILLA cost substantially more than a movie like MANOS (shocking, but true), and even more than the rights to STARSHIP TROOPERS, so to afford it we need your help. We KNOW we can get the rights to the movie, and we have August 14th reserved for the show, the rest is up to you!
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF THIS DEAL?
Many, many things! We are creating cool stuff exclusively for our backers in return for helping us get GODZILLA. It's important to us that we give you a good taste of RiffTrax for funding this project.
We cordially invite you to take a close look at the rewards listed on this page; it’s a little tricky since we can’t give as rewards actual movie theater tickets to see the live show due to the complexities of the various theaters, and we can’t give an actual digital download of the GODZILLA live show due to rights clearances issues, but the rewards do include tons of cool things – and of course the satisfaction of knowing you made a live riff of GODZILLA possible. Plus we have all sorts of new RiffTrax offerings, at very low-priced reward levels, and some awesome VIP packages:
- A completely re-riffed version of the MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER classic A CASE OF SPRING FEVER.
- The classic short DUCK AND COVER riffed by the guys just for you!
- A riffing of a new short from the fan-favorite AT YOUR FINGERTIPS series!
Or you can get all of the above!
- The VIP levels include meeting Mike, Kevin & Bill in Nashville or Minneapolis, front row seats to the show, your picture in the credits, and even being able to write a riff that will be used in the GODZILLA live show!
There are lots of other great rewards available, at all levels of support. Please take a look and see which ones might float your boat. ALSO, as a Kickstarter backer at any level, we try to give exclusive perks during the year - like secret passwords for early access to Live Show tickets whenever possible, including early access to Belcourt Theater tickets for this live GODZILLA show in Nashville.
WHAT IF WE GET EXTRA MONEY, PAST OUR GOAL?
We raised past our goal in our last Kickstarter project for STARSHIP TROOPERS and all of the money collected went towards getting the rights to the movie, the production of the event itself, and in creating and fulfilling awesome rewards. It will be no different if we can make a GODZILLA show happen.
Making this show a reality will cost MUCH more than our base goal, and so if we raise more money, it will go towards movie acquisition costs, better production values (minus the Gorillagrams), and towards all the great reward levels. If we raise well beyond our goal, it might even enable us to get a bigger name title for a future live show!
We have the greatest fans in the world, and we know how lucky we are. Thank you for your support over these many years. We can't wait to make you laugh more in 2014.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge to this Kickstarter is that we are unable to do the most obvious thing: pre-sell actual movie theater tickets to the GODZILLA live show. The reason for this is that we can't control which theaters will pick it up, and the logistics of pre-selling tickets to dozens of various theater chains is pretty near impossible.
Also, due to the complexities of licensing a high-profile title like GODZILLA from a major Hollywood studio, getting the digital rights in addition to the theatrical rights was not feasible despite our best efforts.
But we DO have tons of cool rewards, including an MP3 of the studio version of the commentary we will be performing at the Godzilla live show that you can sync up with your DVD of GODZILLA the old-fashioned RiffTrax way. We are also working overtime to write and produce some great new RiffTrax offerings to our backers among the rewards.
In the end, all we want to do is make for a great evening, going beyond what we've been able to do before. And really, IT’S GODZILLA FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, WE HAVE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!!! There aren’t many titles in the world more riffable than this one. Thanks for considering this wacky project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes! We have an agreement in place, now that the Kickstarter was successful (and still going strong!).
Even though we've met our goal, every extra dollar raised through Kickstarter pledges will go directly towards the cost of production. (The cost to make these shows happen is quite high.) So thank you for your continued support!
As with all of our shows, we don't yet know if Cineplex, Fathom's Canadian partner, is on board yet. As soon as we know for sure, we will post an update!
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