Thanks to you... we've got MOVIE SIGN.
9 days ago
– Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 12:57:51 AM
Dear MST3K Revival League,
This is a really big day, and I’m completely over the moon (the dark side) with your response to the new season. Thanks for being so patient and graceful with us throughout this process. I honestly couldn’t be more pleased on every level. And, of course..
Thanks to you, there are now 14 new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 available on Netflix.
Like we promised, that also means that – if your rewards included downloads of the episodes – they're waiting for you to download now on VHX.
But listen, before I get into this update, I want to make sure everyone knows the score:
If you want to give Mystery Science Theater 3000 the best chance of getting a Season 12, the best thing you can do is to watch the new episodes on Netflix, if you're able.
After all, the more people who watch the new episodes, the safer the Netflix team will feel investing in more seasons and giving us more movie sign. (And you know, even if you're not a Netflix subscriber, you can still get a free one-month subscription to watch the new season.)
So, even if you do have download copies, I hope you'll save those away for a rainy day – like, if the rain knocks out your internet connection – and consider watching the new episodes on Netflix for now. I know we're not available on Netflix in every country, but if we're available in yours, I hope you'll help us out by voting for more seasons… with your eyeballs!
Anyway, I don't want to write too much today, because you've got a new season of Mystery Science Theater to watch. But like I said, this is a really big day, so there are just a few important things I want to say.
1. Thank you to all 48,270 members of the MST3K Revival League.
In November 2015, you took a really big chance, and you trusted me and the rest of our team. In fact, you trusted us so much that you didn't just help us bring the show back for three new episodes, or even the full twelve we were hoping for. You told us you wanted to keep going, and you're the reason there are fourteen new episodes of the show waiting for you to watch this morning.
And, just like I hoped, it's because of what you did on Kickstarter that we were really able to bring the show back exactly the way we wanted to.
No one made us change the look of the show, or riff on less cheesy movies. No one told us we had to "cast bigger names" or make the jokes more obvious. We got to make the show we wanted, which I think is also the show you wanted. And if we're able to make more seasons, we've set the mold. We've shown everyone that we had a vision, and it works, and we can keep going as long as there are more cheesy movies to riff. MST3K is forever, if you want it.
Also, you know, the Kickstarter campaign was really just the start. Over the past year or so, I've gotten to know and talk with so many of you – on Kickstarter and Facebook, on Twitter and Instagram, on set during production, at our screenings around the country, during some of our Q&A sessions. I didn't know what to expect, but it's really been amazing, and it made the experience of making these new episodes so different, and so much better than I hoped.
I don't know what will happen next, but here's what I can tell you: I'm really proud of the new episodes we made, and I hope you are too. I don't know yet if Netflix will decide to make more seasons – it's up to all of us to convince them that's a good idea! – but I don't think this season will be the end of MST3K. Now that we're back, there's so much more we all want to do. I really think we're just getting started.
2. Thanks to everyone who worked on the show.
There are so many people who worked hard and gave so much time and imagination and love to the new episodes, and I know I can't thank them all by name here.
(I hope, when you watch the new episodes, you'll spend some time watching the credits after each episode – not just to see your own names, but to see all of the other names of the amazing writers, crew, actors, and fellow backers who were part of making these new episodes happen.)
But, also, there are some people I really want to be sure to thank by name.
Our wonderful old cast: Trace Beaulieu, Josh Weinstein and Jim Mallon, for being the first people to believe in MST3K and helping me bring it into the world, and Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Frank Conniff and Bridget Nelson for joining in early, and doing such hilarious work along the way;
Our returning veterans: Bill Corbett, Mary Jo Pehl, Paul Chaplin and Beez McKeever for being part of the old show and returning to be part of the new season and show the new team how it's done;
Our wonderful new cast: Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, Baron Vaughn, Rebecca Hanson, Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt; Grant Baciocco and Russ Walko, our master puppeteers, Elliott Kalan, our new head writer, and all of the other writers and actors who helped with the new season, for giving so much time and heart and talent;
Everyone at Shout! Factory, especially my partners in this venture: Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos, for everything they did to keep MST3K alive and well on DVD and online, and for believing in the show and its fans enough to help me bring it back and launch the Kickstarter, because it simply would not have happened without them. Also, honorable mentions to Dave Mcintosh, Jordan Fields, Michael Ribas, Karrie Stouffer, "Weird Evan" Brown, and Sarah J. De Bruin;
Everyone at Netflix who loved our show enough to bring it to a new home, where we hope it will find a whole new set of cheesy-movie loving fans;
Everyone at Abominable Pictures who was responsible for our terrific production crew and post-production team in Los Angeles, especially Jon Stern and my lovely and talented co-director Rob Cohen; the wizards at Stoopid Buddy, who helped us update the world of MST3K with new models and animation, and at Aaron Somers Design Studio, who built the sets and stage furniture for the new Satellite of Love and Moon 13; Also, our brilliant production designer (who’s way out of our league), Guy Davis, for bringing my ideas to life, with charm and gravity, and the many other artists who helped us pre-visualize all of the new and updated designs you'll see in the new episodes;
My “vision team” at Alternaversal Productions: In some ways, my most heartfelt thanks go to my friend and business partner Harold Buchholz, Operation Manager Sharyl Volpe, Designer and Visual Assets Lead Seth Robinson, and co-producer and post-production supervisor Matt McGinnis. And, of course, all of these folks are writers on the show as well. These are people who have worked by my side almost every day for the past 18 months, and were just so important in helping me develop the vanguard ideas of the new MST3K.
(And that's not just for Season 11, but for all the wonderful things we still have in the pipeline, too. Captain Beefheart said “You have to see it, before you see it.” Thank you to my Alternaversal Team for helping me see it, and then helping me explain it to the rest of the production staff and cast);
- And, of course, my producer, campaign director, and friend, Ivan Askwith, who has become so important to MST3K's backer and fan experience, and has so much to do with our position in the larger online world. It’s his critical and imaginative thinking that powers so much of the integrity and warmth that you’ve all gotten to experience over these last 18 months.
3. Now we can finally start to talk!
I know that, from the beginning, I told you I wanted to bring all of you behind the scenes of the new season, and over the last year and a half, I tried to choose some interesting details I could share without spoiling any of the fun we were planning for you. We talked about…
- Some details about our design process;
- The updated versions of Cambot and Gypsy;
- The process of making a new character, M. Waverly;
- The updated Satellite of Love and MST3K moon logo;
- And, of course, the long-lost KTMA episodes.
But, as we went along, I also told you that there was more I wanted to wait and share with you once the new episodes were released, when we could all talk about them.
So yeah, the really neat thing is that now we can start to talk about some of the new stuff we've been preparing for you ever since the Kickstarter campaign ended, and to show you a lot of exclusive "just for backers" material from behind-the-scenes.
We'll do some of that here on Kickstarter, so that you don't miss it, but we'll also start doing more of it over on the new MST3K.com website, in backer-exclusive posts. So, if you haven't visited and activated your exclusive "Revival League Member" account, I hope you will soon, because I don't want you to miss anything.
And actually, thanks to our new online supervisor and series writer, Lesley Kinzel, there are already several new updates waiting over there for you, including the first “Chat with Joel”, where we talk about trying to do right by all of you backers, and how people find meaning in MST3K. There's also a playlist of songs that helped shape my ideas for the new season, and a long list of press coverage, linking to many of the wonderful interviews and articles Mystery Science Theater has gotten over the past few weeks. We're already working on the first behind-the-scenes post to share with you next week!
Plus, on top of that, we're also finishing up work on the bonus materials for the "Season 11 Collector's Set", which will include a full-length documentary about the Kickstarter and making the new season, and the "Making The New MST3K" coffee table book, which will have over 50 pages of new concept art and photos that we haven't shared yet.
So, anyway, there's a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff we can finally start to share with you, and now that you've seen the new show, I think it'll be a lot of fun to show you how we got here.
4. Another version of the theme!
One last thing for today: if you watched our Turkey Day Marathon during the Kickstarter, back in 2015, you might remember that we did all of the host segments from Kickstarter HQ. You might also remember that during the "Fan Mail" segment, I introduced you to a grown-up fan whose letter we read on the show when she was a child, named Ashley Holtgraver. And, you might also remember that, at the end of the Turkey Day Marathon, Ashley played a new version of the Mystery Science Theater theme that she had written for the Kickstarter:
Now, I felt like a lot of you really enjoyed that – and I know I did – so when I realized what a big day this was going to be, I asked Ashley if she maybe wanted to do one more song for us, and she was nice enough to record something last night.
So, here's a little something to help celebrate today's big occasion:
Thanks so much, Ashley. It means a lot.
I know there's a lot more to talk about, but there's also a lot of new MST that needs to be watched! So, we'll have another update early next week, and I'll make sure Ivan gives you an update on when you can expect all of your remaining Kickstarter rewards.
Also, for those of you who wish the new series had been released one episode at a time, we're putting together a suggested viewing schedule to help members of the Revival League watch each new episode together over the next 14 weeks. So, look for that next week too.
Oh, and if you read this in time, Jonah and Felicia and I are going to be on the MST3K Facebook Page this afternoon at 6pm PACIFIC for a Facebook Live Q&A, so come join us!
Today, finally, the world of MST3K is healthy and back to spinning in its lovely lopsided orbit. As you have witnessed, this is no small feat, but I hope you understand the process was made manageable by your care and interest. I'm grateful and astonished. Thank you for making all of this possible.
Cheers & Thanks,
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