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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by cmontyburns, Mar 13, 2013.
I thought that was Kevin Smith.
Correct. Joss' cameo was as a really obnoxious rental car agency manager.
Alan's Sepinwall's got a terrific interview with Rob Thomas, in which Rob covers a lot of the stuff we've been discussing in this thread today. Really thoughtful comments from him.
(And it's obvious how much work he's put into getting things to this point. The guy is nothing if not dedicated to this project.)
Just saw the video at their Kickstarter page. Just all sorts of awesome.
Doh. That's what I get for going by memory and not googling it to double-check.
According to that Sepinwall interview, a huge amount of work was involved, by Rob Thomas and Warner Brothers, to come up with the right reward packages for the Kickstarter program. That leads me to believe that the lack of rewards for foreign contributors was not an oversight but a deliberate decision based on Warner's desire to hold onto foreign distribution rights or avoid legal problems related to same.
Given that everyone who contributed gets a copy of the movie, I wouldn't expect a movie hit. It will make a profit I am betting, but not a big one.
Not everyone, but most. You have to hit the $35 level before you get a digital copy, or $50 before you get a physical copy.
I'm getting a digital copy, and a physical copy, and I'm really looking forward to throwing a viewing party for those same folks that I watched the show with.
However, I'll still see it in the theater.
I would expect most people who pledge any type of money would go see it in a theater. Those are the super-fans who feel ownership of the project, and want to see it on the big screen.
Yes, to both of these!!!
I will be going to the theater for sure!!
I will not be going to the theater because I won't be able to understand the dialogue. I coughed up for a Blu-ray/DVD disk that will (hopefully) have closed-captions.
I didn't realize that copies of the movie were up for grabs. Did Rob Thomas just figure out a way to charge $50 for a DVD? BRILLIANT!
Well, it's $50 for a digital copy of the film, delivered within a few days of the theatrical release, a T-Shirt limited to only the folks in the kickstarter, a copy of the DVD when available, and a pdf of the shooting script, delivered on the day of the theatrical release.
The swag is actually pretty good, I think.
For $35 - you get a script copy, a t-shirt, and a digital download of the movie.
For $50 - you get a script copy, a t-shirt, a digital download, and a DVD.
Neither of those prices seem out of whack to me.
Update 4: Canadian fans can now receive rewards.
Oh ok. Didn't realize the other stuff was included. Actually seems like a pretty good deal.
Just about at $3.5MM
And so the backlash is now underway. EW.com has a good summary of the arrows being shot at Rob Thomas & Co. in the wake of the successful Kickstarter campaign.
Most of it seems to boil down to:
1. Kristen & Rob are rich. They should just pay for it themselves.
2. Fans are getting screwed by a huge corporation into funding stuff the corporation should pay for itself.
EW argues both points away pretty well.
Personally, the more I read about the effort Rob T. has put into this project, the more I respect the guy. I believe him when he says he has tried for years to get the money in some other way to get this movie off the ground. Nobody with money wanted to make it. It's that simple. Any criticism seems way off-base. And this might be the least cynical such campaign I could imagine being launched. Thomas and his team have obviously put a ton of thought into the most respectful way to the fans to do this, and it shows.
I suppose there will be lots of copy cats in the coming months.