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MST3K Weekly Update: Oct 29 - Nov 6, 2021
about 1 year ago – Sun, Nov 07, 2021 at 01:52:30 AM

In This Update

  •  Production: Filming shifts from Penn to LA + resumes next week!
  •  Kickstarter News: Coin previews, patch progress, forum status!
  •  Turkey Day 2021: More tournament bracket updates!
  •  Meet the Team: Fre Keck Howard, Hair & Makeup (PA) 

Happy November, friends!

Ivan and Lesley here with the latest news from the past week… and as you may have noticed, this week was so hectic that we’re bringing you a special Saturday edition of the MST3K Weekly Update. And since you’ve already waited long enough, let’s get right to it!

PRODUCTION NEWS

  •  WRAPPING UP IN PA: Even though we’ve been finished shooting in Pennsylvania for a few weeks, there’s still been more work involved to “wrap” that shoot. All of the costumes and props have now been packed, and either sent to storage (if we’re done using them) or to Los Angeles (if we’ll need them for our next shoot). We’ve also been running a lot of errands, like returning rental equipment, getting security deposits back, and making sure all of the cast and crew have been paid for their work.
     
  •  BUDGET REVIEWS: Our producers have also been reviewing all of our invoices and expenses to “actualize” the budget – meaning, to compare what we planned to spend with what we actually spent, so we can update our remaining budgets to be more accurate. (Granted, most of you might not find budget updates that interesting, but we want to make sure you know that we’re being careful with every single dime of what you pledged!)
     
  •  PREPARING FOR LA: With our first PA shoot complete, most of us have turned to preparing for the next round of filming, where we’ll shoot most of this season’s Jonah-hosted episodes. Since that starts in less than a week, there’s been plenty to do, including: reviewing and approving props and costumes; getting models finalized for our miniature model shoot; doing final revisions on scripts; making sure we’ve got each day’s shots listed and scheduled; getting the scripts printed and loaded into the teleprompters, and so on.
     
  •  PAGE TURN MEETINGS: We’ve also been working through a series of what are called “page turn” meetings. In these sessions, the producers, director, cast, and key crew positions – like our costumers and prop masters –  review each script, one page at a time, to make sure we’ve made all of the decisions that have to be made before we get in front of the camera, and that everything will be ready to go on time.
     
  •  PREPARING FOR TURKEY DAY: Finally, our post-production team has been hard at work editing all of the new segments that will appear in this year’s MST3K Turkey Day Marathon, including a very special surprise. More details on that in next week’s update!
     

KICKSTARTER NEWS

1. REWARD SURVEYS: 3850 unanswered surveys remaining.

First: thank you to the 300+ backers who finished their surveys this week!

Second – with apologies to everyone who is done – we need to keep mentioning this: we're still attempting to reach the final 10% of backers who haven't filled out their reward surveys, so that we can include your rewards in our main manufacturing runs. If you haven’t finished or received your BackerKit reward survey yet, please follow these instructions to get it submitted ASAP.

2. CHALLENGE COINS: Unfinished coins from the mint!

This week, we got a much closer look at the progress on the CHALLENGE COIN rewards, with clear photos showing what each coin will look like before the enamel coloring is applied:

We’re pretty excited about these, and can’t wait to get them into your hands. If your pledge rewards don’t include one (or all) of the CHALLENGE COINS, good news: you still have another week or two before we place the final quantity order, which means you can still grab them as stand-alone Add-On Rewards.

3. MISSION PATCHES: If at first you don’t succeed...

While these updates are usually focused on sharing our positive progress, we thought it might also be interesting to share an unexpected problem we’ve been dealing with over the past month, and in this case, related to the MISSION PATCHES add-on reward.

As you might remember from our Kickstarter page, or from the BackerKit survey, we had already finalized and shared the design for all four “host” mission patches in the set… and, after a lot of back and forth, we signed off on these final proofs from the manufacturer:

We’ve hidden the numbers on Jonah and Emily’s patches, since we haven’t announced how many episodes they’ll each be hosting.

As you can see, these are pretty much identical to what we showed you on BackerKit, so we went ahead and asked the manufacturer to make an initial batch that we could use on screen for the new episodes. But when we got back the actual patches, they looked like this:

And while they’re not terrible, they’re definitely not what we approved, either. The general consensus on set was that Jonah came out looking like Dwight Schrute, Emily came out looking like Heath Ledger’s Joker, and all of them look like they’ve been run over with steamrollers.

So, even though it added a lot of extra work and some re-negotiation of prices, we ended up taking the job elsewhere, and convincing another manufacturer who we know from the first Kickstarter to step in and handle the patches. A few weeks later, we received their physical samples:

We were a lot more satisfied with these versions, so these are the ones we’ll be using on-screen in the new season… and the ones you’ll receive if you got the Mission Patches as an Add-On Reward. (And if you didn’t, we ordered about 100 extras, which you can still reserve right now on BackerKit: if you want them, click here to get yours.)

4. BACKER STATUS on MST3K FORUMS: Activating this month.

Finally, one more reward update that we’ve gotten a lot of questions about:

If your completed BackerKit survey indicated that you do want to be designated with a special “Backer” status on the MST3K forums, you won’t need to wait much longer. Using the email address you provided for your forum account on BackerKit, we’ll be activating your BACKER STATUS before the end of November.

Please note: If you already have backer status and didn’t provide the email address of your forum account in BackerKit, you will lose your designation when we activate it for all confirmed backers. If you’re not sure whether you provided an email address for your forum account, we’ve posted instructions on how to double-check your survey answers.

TIME BUBBLE TOUR UPDATE

The TIME BUBBLE TOUR kicked off last week, and we are thrilled with the show so far! Here’s where the tour will be this week:

  •  Nov 6: Rochester, NY - Auditorium Theater - BUY TICKETS 
  •  Nov 7: Washington, DC - Warner Theatre - BUY TICKETS 
  •  Nov 9: Chester, NY - Sugarloaf Performing Arts Center - BUY TICKETS 
  •  Nov 10 & 11: Boston, MA - The Wilbur - BUY TICKETS 
  •  Nov 12: New Haven, CT - Shubert Theater - BUY TICKETS 

And, of course, you can see all of the upcoming tour dates and available tickets on MST3Klive.com.

TURKEY DAY 2021: TOURNAMENT UPDATE

This week, Hercules Against the Moon Men held strong against Warrior of the Lost World, and The Brain That Wouldn’t Die fought off a challenge by The Touch of Satan. This means both Moon Men and Brain have secured places in this year’s Turkey Day Marathon!

Today’s vote features the fan favorite Prince of Space locked in battle with underdog Village of the Giants. Can the combined powers of Tommy Kirk and Beau Bridges fend off the mighty Krankor? Your votes decide!

COMMUNITY NEWS

Hey, look at these fantastic forums! They’re amazing! Join up here if you’d like to experience the joy for yourself. Here are a few delicious threads from the past week:

MEET THE TEAM

Each week, we’re introducing you to another member of the MST3K team. This week, it's...

Fre Howard Keck, Hair & Makeup (PA)

1. In a sentence or two, what do you do on MST3K? I am the hair and makeup artist during the Philadelphia shoot for the show.

2. What do you love most about your job? Meeting all the wonderful cast and crew. Everyone is so nice. This has been one of my favorite jobs ever!

3. Tell us a fun fact about you. I used to be a sign language interpreter!

(And, since she was too modest to talk about herself much, we’ll add that Fre has a really great on-set presence, and radiates a warm, positive energy that helps everyone else feel calm and appreciated. Thanks for all of your hard work, Fre!)

And... that’s all we’ve got for this time!

Next week, we should finally have a little more news for those of you waiting for Gizmoplex details, as well as a tease of what you can expect if you tune into this year’s Turkey Day Marathon.

As always, join us on the dedicated forum thread with your questions and feedback. And have a suitably autumnal weekend, everyone!

Your correspondents,

Ivan & Lesley

MST3K Weekly Update: Oct 25-29, 2021
about 1 year ago – Wed, Nov 03, 2021 at 01:13:58 PM

In This Update

  •  Production: Wrapped in PA! Prepping for LA!
  •  Kickstarter News: Coin previews, reward updates + online classes! 
  •  Turkey Day 2021: Tournament bracket updates!
  •  MST3K LIVE: The Time Bubble Tour starts tomorrow!
  •  Meet the Team: Gary Glover, Production Designer & Artist

 Happy Halloween, friends! 

It’s Friday again, and we're mostly just scared at how fast October went by! After a few weeks of brief updates from set, we're back in the saddle this afternoon with some new details about the Kickstarter, the launch of the Time Bubble Tour,  and the kind of detailed weekly update you've come to expect! As always, Lesley and Ivan are your crypt-keepers, here with the latest frights. Let's check it out, shall we?

PRODUCTION NEWS

  •  EPISODE SHOOTING: As we reported last week, we're thrilled to confirm that we have now finished shooting four episodes of the new season featuring our newest cast members (Emily, Nate, Conor and Yvonne), who had about 24 hours to rest before they headed to York, PA for final rehearsals for MST3K Live's Time Bubble Tour. 
  • Even though we shared a lot of behind-the-scenes photos from our Pennsylvania shoot last week, here are two more we wanted you to see:
Joel frames a shot for a Gizmoplex video featuring the #MakeMoreMST3K Snow Globe!
A shot of most (but not all!) of our incredible Philadelphia cast and crew, just before we wrapped.
  •  BACK TO PREPPING: Now that we've wrapped up our first block of shooting, our entire production team is back in the office working hard to prepare for the next round of filming, which begins in Los Angeles in just a few weeks. As part of that, our crew has packed up a lot of the costumes, props and robots used during our Philadelphia shoot, and shipped them off to York (to use on the live tour) and Los Angeles (to use when we film more episodes).
Servo and the costumes are headed for York. The U-Haul boxes are headed to LA.
  •  NEXT UP: For our next round of production, we'll be shooting in Los Angeles for 1-2 weeks with Jonah, Baron (Servo), Hampton (Crow), and Rebecca (GPC + Synthia). We'll also have several days where we pick up all of the scenes involving our extended cast, including Grant Baciocco (Waverly), Russ Walko (Growler), Patton Oswalt (Max), Felicia Day (Kinga Forrester), and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester). 
  • Then, after a brief break for Thanksgiving, we'll resume for another 1-2 weeks in December before wrapping production for this year. We'll give everyone a few weeks off for the holidays, and then we'll spend January finalizing everything we need for our third and final shooting block, which will begin in mid-February, just after the MST3K LIVE tour ends.
  •  EDITING BEGINS: Finally, even though we still have a lot left to shoot, we thought you might be excited to know that the editing and post-production process is already underway. Our editor(s) have begun logging and reviewing the footage captured on set, and will start assembling rough episode edits that Joel and the team can review before we start shooting in Los Angeles.

KICKSTARTER NEWS

1. REWARD SURVEYS: 4150 unanswered surveys remaining.

As most of you already know, we're still attempting to reach the last 10% of backers who haven't filled out their reward surveys, so that we can include their rewards in our main manufacturing runs. 

  • If you HAVEN’T FINISHED YOUR SURVEY, we’ll still do our best to make sure you get all of your rewards… but the longer it takes to get your survey, the more your choices may be limited for options like t-shirt design, color and size. So, help us help you: please get your survey submitted ASAP. If you still have questions, let us know. 
  • If you HAVEN’T RECEIVED YOUR SURVEY, we are probably having trouble getting in touch with you. Please check this article in our Backer Support KnowledgeBase for instructions on the fastest way to get help and receive your missing survey.

And again, if you have submitted your survey, don't worry: We’re still moving forward with reward manufacturing for everyone who has sent in their answers, so that we can get your rewards delivered ASAP.

2. CHALLENGE COINS: Preview of metal dies from the mint!

We're eagerly awaiting the first physical samples of the CHALLENGE COIN rewards, but so far, the production process is off to a good start. 

Just this week, our coin-making partner sent along this photo from the mint where our coins are being printed, showing the dies for three of the designs:

We're expecting the first full-color samples within a few weeks, and will be sure to give you a look at those when we get them.

3. SURPRISE REFUNDS: Some of you overpaid on BackerKit! 

A small handful of backers – about 100 of you – may have noticed that you received $30 refunds from the #MakeMoreMST3K BackerKit this week. If you were among those backers, don't worry: we haven't canceled any of your rewards! We just discovered a small number of people who selected the same reward upgrade twice when filling out their BackerKit surveys, and were charged for it a second time. We don't want anyone overpaying, so we went ahead and refunded the additional $30 upgrade charge that you had already paid for – but you'll still get all of the rewards you're expecting, including the full set of 20 CLASSIC BONUS EPISODES that Joel selected for this Kickstarter.

4. IN-PERSON SET VISITS: Plan for mid-to-late February. Exact dates coming soon!

If your Kickstarter rewards include an IN-PERSON SET VISIT to join us in Philadelphia during the final 1-2 days of production, don't worry: you haven't missed anything. As of now, we're still expecting to schedule your set visit for mid-to-late February 2022, during our last two days on set. We're finalizing the exact timing now, but we'll contact you in the next week weeks to confirm your schedule for visiting set.

5. VIRTUAL SET VISITS: More set visit sessions coming in November and December!

For those backers whose rewards include access to our VIRTUAL SET VISITS, we're making final arrangements now for a set visit in November that will let you spend an hour watching our cast record the riffs and silhouette segments for an upcoming episode, as well as additional sessions in December, January and February. We'll let you know the date of the NOVEMBER VIRTUAL VISIT in next week's update, but you can expect it to take place during the week of November 15-19 – and, as always, if you can't join the set visit live, we'll make sure you're able to re-watch the full video afterward.

6. ONLINE CLASSES WITH JOEL: We're scheduling the livestream lectures and discussions!

For backers whose rewards include access to Joel's livestream classes about movie riffing, robot puppeteering, and designing inventions with magic, good news: we can now confirm that the INTRODUCTION TO MAGIC & INVENTIONS class will be live-streamed on SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022. As of now, we're planning to hold the INTRODUCTION TO MOVIE RIFFING class in March 2022, and the INTRODUCTION TO ROBOT PUPPETEERING class in April 2022, so stay tuned for exact dates and times.

7. GIZMOPLEX UPDATES coming later this month!

Finally, for those of you waiting for news about the future of the GIZMOPLEX virtual theater and apps, good news: we've been working on them non-stop, and should have more specific we can share before the end of November... including details on how you can volunteer to participate in the first backer-exclusive beta test period! Keep an eye on this month's weekly updates for more news. 

 TURKEY DAY 2021: TOURNAMENT UPDATE 

The Turkey Day Tournament continues! This week, WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD fought off DADDY-O to advance, and MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD won out over EEGAH to secure the first spot in this Turkey Day Marathon! (We’re going to keep voting to see who “wins,” though!)

Today’s battle features WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD attempting to fend off a new challenge by HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN. Get your vote on here! 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Have you checked out the new official MST3K forums yet? Join up here, it’s a rager. Here are a few sample threads from the past week:

 TIME BUBBLE TOUR NEWS 

The TIME BUBBLE TOUR kicks off in York, PA TOMORROW! (Wow, that came up fast.) Rehearsals have been going great, and are continuing as we write this update, with the first public preview performance scheduled for TOMORROW NIGHT! The entire Alternaversal team is proud of this show, and of our terrific cast, and can't wait for you to join us for... MAKING CONTACT. 

Coming soon, to a theater near (many of) you!

We had a sudden flood of tour date announcements come through this week, so buckle up.

As always, you can see all the currently-announced dates and theaters on our tour website at MST3KLive.com

MEET THE TEAM

Each week, we’re introducing you to another member of the MST3K team. This week, it's...

Gary Glover, Production Designer & Artist

1. In a sentence or two, what do you do on MST3K? I’d say I’m really a “Jack of all Trades” (Master of some!) that would include: Illustrator, Visual Development, Production & Concept Design, Photoshop Jockey, Matte Painter and poster maker. I became involved visually with MST3K in the 90’s as I created T-Shirts, mouse pads, calendars, stationary and The Bot Building Booklet for Best Brains,Inc. I worked with Joel on posters for Cinematic Titanic and then got invited for Visual Development early in 2015 for what would become Season 11 of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot. The past six years has been the icing on my work cake!

2. What do you love most about your job? I’m incredibly lucky to do what I do for the show! It’s an amazing process to work with all of the team of creatives and clever folks associated with MST3K. Getting to do so many posters over the years has been so much fun for me. Illustrating seasons 11 & 12, the last three live show posters, the hybrid B-movie poster series, and my involvement this season with the production is really a high point in my career.

3. Tell us a fun fact about you. My family and I have been mesmerized with MST3K since the early Comedy Central days, and I began sourcing parts and building bots. It was my bot building that got me hooked up with Joel. That was 20 plus years ago and they can’t get rid of me!

That's all for this week! As always, please join us on the forums in the dedicated forum link for this update, and share your questions and feedback. 

And have a spooky-good weekend, everyone!

Your Tricked-and-Treated Correspondents,

Lesley & Ivan

MST3K Weekly Update: Oct 18-22, 2021. Hello from Week 2 on Set. PLUS: BTS Photo Dump!
about 1 year ago – Sat, Oct 23, 2021 at 04:02:37 AM

In This Update

  •  Production: Wrapping up shooting in PA. Lots of photos!
  •  Kickstarter: Please submit your overdue reward surveys ASAP!
  •  Events: Turkey Day Voting + RiffTrax Live Halloween show!
  •  Tour News: Arizona, Nevada, Ohio, Georgia!

Helloooooo Backers!

It’s time for your Friday update, and this week’s installment will be a little different, because both Ivan and Lesley have been on set all week for the first block of shooting on the new season of episodes that you made possible. So, here’s what’s happening.

PRODUCTION NEWS

  • We’ve got a small but mighty crew here in an unmarked studio near Philadelphia, and the entire team has spent the past two weeks hard at work filming new episodes that introduce our newest (co-) test subject, Emily Connor (Emily Marsh), and her own versions of Crow (Nate Begle), Servo (Conor McGiffin) and GPC2 (Yvonne Freese).
  • We’ve also been shooting some scenes with Synthia and Mega-Synthia. Originally, we also planned to have Pearl here as well, but due to some last-minute scheduling conflicts, she’ll be joining us on set next month in Los Angeles instead.
  • Jonah has been doing a fantastic job of directing all of the scenes, including a few new musical numbers we can’t wait for you to hear – and with the help of Josh Fruehling (our Assistant Director) and Sarah Morisano (our Unit Production Manager), we’re pretty much right on schedule and on budget!
  • This afternoon, we finished shooting the last scenes we needed for Emily’s episodes… which is good, because on Sunday, this cast will head out for a week of final rehearsals, and then head to cities near you for MST3K LIVE’s TIME BUBBLE TOUR! And even if you caught this cast during the last live tour, you should know that they’re somehow better now, so you’re in for a good time.
  • And, while we don’t have a lot of time to write a more detailed update this week, we have been taking a lot of behind-the-scenes photos for you. See for yourself:
Joel and Matt review some last-minute script revisions.
Costume rack just next to the kitchen, for quick access!
Emily gets prepped for her next scene by Fre, our incredible hair and makeup artist.
A behind-the-scenes look at what is behind the scenes. Literally.
Jonah and Joel confer on the details for a host segment.
You wanted pictures of the snack table? You got 'em.
It's been a long two weeks. GPC2 is all of us.
Jonah and Emily review script revisions before shooting a take.
The greenscreen often needs a paint touchup to remove wear, tear and scuffing.
We're on a tight budget. We only had enough color for Servo.

EVENT NEWS

TURKEY DAY TOURNAMENT 2021: The Turkey Day Tournament continues! As a refresher, for this year’s Turkey Day Marathon, YOU are choosing four of the episodes by voting for your favorites. Here’s where the competition stands as of today.

New votes go up every Tuesday and Friday, and you can always find the current battle on our Turkey Day Tournament site.


RIFFTRAX LIVE: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Elsewhere, our pals at RiffTrax — Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett — are heading back to the big screen, with a RiffTrax LIVE Halloween performance of Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes! They'll be broadcasting to over 700 theaters across the U.S. this Tuesday, October, 26th. Visit Rifftrax.com/live to find a participating cinema near you!

 TIME BUBBLE TOUR NEWS 

Some new tour dates for your perusal!

  •  MESA, AZ: Tickets are on sale now! 
  •  RENO, NV: Your tour date will be announced on Monday, October 25 at 10am PST. Your backer presale (code: MVSGN) will run from Tuesday October 26 at 10am PT. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, October 28 at 10am PT.
  •  YOUNGSTOWN, OH: Your tour date will be announced on Tuesday, October 26 at 10am ET. Your backer presale (code: MVSGN) will run from Wednesday October 27 at 10am ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 29 at 10am ET.
  •  ATLANTA, GA: Your tour date will be announced on Tuesday, October 26 at 10am ET. Your backer presale (code: MVSGN) will run from Wednesday October 27 at 10am ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 29 at 10am ET.

You can see all the currently-announced dates and theaters on our tour website at MST3KLive.com.

That’s it for this week. Next week, it’s back to the production office to prepare for our second block of shooting in November – but that means we’ll be able to update you on some of our progress with Kickstarter rewards and Gizmoplex development.

In the meantime, join us on the forum thread for this update, and let us know what you think. Have a restful weekend, all!

Your Correspondents,

Ivan & Lesley

MST3K Weekly Update: Oct 11-15, 2021. PLUS: A Message from Joel!
about 1 year ago – Sun, Oct 17, 2021 at 01:23:20 AM

In This Update

  •  Production: Done with Week 1! Set Photos + the IATSE Strike
  •  Kickstarter: No news this week. Please submit late surveys ASAP.
  •  Turkey Day 2021: Voting has begun – cast yours now!
  •  PLUS: A Special Message from Joel!

Greetings from Week One on Set!

It’s Friday, and somehow, amidst the intensity of our first week of shooting, Lesley and Ivan (but mostly Lesley) are here with the latest news! It’s going to be a quick one, as we have a lot going on, but let’s get into it, hmm?

PRODUCTION NEWS

  •  DONE WITH WEEK ONE: The big news is that we’ve started shooting, and it’s going fantastic! We’ve recorded the riffs for four episodes and half a dozen shorts, and are now on our second day shooting host segments – which actually puts us 1-2 days ahead of our schedule. That means we’ll have more time to shoot bonus content for the Gizmoplex, Turkey Day, and other surprises. And, while we can't tell you too much about the specifics of what we're shooting, we do have some pictures to give you a sense of what's going on:
Production isn't official until you see a photo of the slate. So, now we're official.
Jonah (director) and Josh (A.D. and producer) watch a take on the screen.
L to R: Producer Matt McGinnis; behind the camera; Crow waiting for his cue (right).
L to R: Jonah, Nate, Emily, Joel & Conor
  •  IATSE STRIKE: In other news, as many of you have seen, IATSE, the union that represents the skilled technicians, artists, and craftspeople behind every American film or television show you watch, as well as many live shows and concerts, has voted to strike on Monday if they cannot reach an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. IATSE is advocating for stricter limits on the length of the workday, as well as harsher penalties for productions that force their crews to work through meal breaks, and also fair pay for people who work on “new media” streaming services productions.
  • If you’re wondering what that means for MST3K and our production schedule, the short answer is: It won’t affect anything. 
  • There are several reasons for that. We’re a fully non-union shoot, and have no IATSE crew – which means no one involved would be affected by a strike. In addition, our shooting locations on both coasts are not on union backlots, or in facilities that are likely to have picket lines, which means our cast (who are members of SAG-AFTRA and would not want to cross picket lines) won’t be affected either. And – most important – our production already adheres to all of the terms that IATSE is pushing for, and are abiding by all of the labor adjustments they are hoping to negotiate in their new contract.
  • That said, even though MST3K won’t be affected by an IATSE strike, we do want to take a moment to express our unconditional support for their efforts. Without the hard work of IATSE members, most shows wouldn’t get made at all… and everything they’re negotiating for isn’t just reasonable, but essential to ensuring their members’ basic quality of life and safety. If you’d like to read some of the personal stories driving this strike, check out @ia_stories on Instagram.

KICKSTARTER NEWS

  •  No news is good news! In this case at least. Ivan is on set this week, and says there are no major Kickstarter related developments, so we’ll resume Kickstarter news in next week’s update. However: if you still haven’t filled out your survey, please do so! 

 EVENT NEWS: TURKEY DAY '21

The Turkey Day Tournament continues! Just as a reminder, YOUR VOTES will choose the four fan-selected episodes for this year’s Turkey Day Marathon (we’ve chosen the other four). In the first battle, The Magic Voyage of Sinbad edged out Lost Continent to advance to the next round.

In today’s match-up, Parts: The Clonus Horror faces off against The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. Cast your vote on our Turkey Day page, or on the forums, and make your feelings known!

COMMUNITY NEWS

Have you checked out those official MST3K forums yet? Join up here if you’d like to check it out. Here are a few selected threads from the past week:

Finally, we have something different for you to finish out this week’s update: a special message straight from Joel, written this afternoon on set. Keep reading below for that.

Otherwise, that’s that for this week! As always, if you have questions or feedback, come join us on the dedicated forum thread. (Also, Lesley wants to know what you'd most like to see photos of from set — we can't promise anything, but let us know what you're dying to get a look at.)

Thanks for everything, friends, and have a smashing weekend.

Your correspondents,

Lesley & Ivan

Dear MST3K Preservation League,

Hey again, it's Joel. Today marks the end of the first week of our shoot for Season 13, and it has been a tremendous amount of work from many talented parties. I have a few minutes while our writers make some script adjustments, so I thought I’d take a minute to write to you all. 

Josh Fruehling, our Assistant Director, just announced that we’ve got five minutes until we start shooting again, so I’m writing to you from the greenroom of an “off the radar” studio near Philly. More on that later.

Right now everyone is a bit giddy, and we’re doing really fine work, so far. Jonah Ray is doing an incredible job directing these episodes, and guiding the cast to give really beautiful performances. In fact, things are running so smoothly that we’re ending the week slightly ahead of schedule. For a producer such as myself, that’s a good feeling.

I’m also happy to report that everything we’ve been planning for the past year is finally becoming “real” and legible. This afternoon, Emily and the Bots will finish their second full episode, which means – when added up – that we shot over two hundred pages of scripts and riffs this week. Getting these elements recorded represents the work of about a hundred people so far, and from my perspective, the riffs are as good as anything from the Netflix season, and even from many of the well-loved classic seasons.

The sketches are markedly different, though. Emily, Nate, Conor, and Yvonne have chemistry that is unique, probably because they spent months on the road together and did nearly 100 performances during MST3K Live’s The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour.  If you saw the last live tour, you know what I’m talking about.

However, they also got a new perspective on MST3K, because they all wrote on many of the episodes this upcoming season. Simply put, they’re now able to be familiar with the material in a way they couldn’t before, and it shows. I’m not going to say anymore about it though, as it’s time to put away the grease gun. All I will say is that they’re doing a terrific job with these new episodes, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

After we finish shooting next week here in the Philly area, the cast – along with our long-time collaborator and friend Tim Ryder, who will be directing the live tour – will start a week of final rehearsals for the upcoming “Time Bubble Tour,” which starts on October 30th.

Whew. So grateful for the help and support. It’s thanks to all of you that we are here doing this now, and I’m so glad we’ll be able to share these episodes with you.

Cheers and Thanks,

Joel

MST3K Weekly Update: Oct 4-8, 2021
about 1 year ago – Sat, Oct 09, 2021 at 04:31:27 AM

In This Update:

  •  Production: Shooting starts MONDAY AM on new episodes!
  •  Kickstarter News: Overdue reward surveys + Virtual Set Visits
  •  Turkey Day 2021: Voting for this year’s lineup starts next week!
  •  Tour News: Chicago ticket pre-sale has begun!
  •  Meet the Team: Tammy Golden, Writer

It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down on Friday!

Hey. It’s Friday. Ivan and Lesley are here with your weekly update, piping hot from the MST3K oven. Let’s jump into it!

PRODUCTION NEWS

  •  ON-SET PRODUCTION: We’ll start recording new episodes first thing on Monday morning. Yes, that means production on season 13 starts next week! It’s all happening so fast. So, this week has been focused on making all of the final preparations that we need before heading to set in Philadelphia to start shooting all of the episodes featuring Emily, Nate, Conor and Yvonne before they have to hit the road for MST3K LIVE at the end of October.

    As you can guess, that means that we need to have all of the SCRIPTS, PROPS and COSTUMES for those episodes ready to go… and while everyone is still hard at work, we’re feeling good, and confident we’ll have everything we need on Monday morning.
Script binders being assembled for each member of the cast and crew.
  •  REHEARSALS: To make sure the cast are comfortable with their scripts – and that Jonah has a chance to explain what he’s looking for as the director of these episodes – we’ve also held a few virtual “table reads” over the past week. 
  • These sessions give our cast and directors a chance to get together for a collective read-through of the host segments for each episode, and to ask questions about specific lines or staging directions. Since we pay for studio time, equipment and production crew by the time, it’s essential to make sure everyone feels comfortable and prepared before we ever get to set, so that we can start shooting as quickly as possible. 
  •  “LOADING IN”: To make sure we’re ready to shoot on Monday morning, we’ve also started the process this morning of “loading in” all of our equipment, setting up the initial stage and lighting, and figuring out where everything will be positioned during the shoot.
  • For the first several days, we’re going to focus on shooting all of the silhouette riffs in the theater, which means our cast will be in chairs facing a greenscreen, with a few small screens just off to the side, so that they can watch the movie as they perform: 
  • Once those are done, we’ll move on to shooting all of the host segments, as well as some additional material we need for the Turkey Day Marathon, Gizmoplex member events, and Kickstarter rewards, like personal video messages from the SOL, and “sponsored segments” for our GIzmoplex Founding Sponsor backers.
  • Speaking of which...
  •  FOUNDING SPONSORS: We’ve also spent the last few weeks working out some really fun and novel ideas for how we plan to integrate our “Founding Sponsor” backers, and their MST3K-loving businesses, into our plans for the coming year. (In case you missed it, the highest pledge level on the Kickstarter was for backers whose companies wanted to help launch the Gizmoplex and make Season 13.) 
Our Gizmoplex Founding Sponsors: BearManor Media, Onyx Path Publishing & Joey Drew Studios.
  • We’ve been really fortunate that our first round of sponsors are all long-time fans of MST3K, and that they share our desire to involve their brands in ways that make MST3K and the Gizmoplex better, rather than interrupting or distracting from the show.
  • We’ll explain more about how we’re approaching this process when the new season premieres, but we hope you’ll be surprised and excited to see how the idea of sponsors fits into the world of MST3K and the Gizmoplex. 

KICKSTARTER NEWS

1. Reward Surveys: 2 weeks past deadline, 4300 unanswered surveys remaining.

Our thanks to the 200+ backers who finished up their surveys and turned them in this week!

  • If you HAVEN’T FINISHED YOUR SURVEY, we’ll still do our best to make sure you get all of your rewards… but the longer it takes to get your survey, the more your choices may be limited for options like t-shirt design, color and size. So, help us help you: please get your survey submitted ASAP. If you still have questions, let us know. 
  • If you HAVEN’T RECEIVED YOUR SURVEY, we are probably having trouble getting in touch with you. Please check this article in our Backer Support KnowledgeBase for instructions on the fastest way to get help and receive your missing survey.

Again, the real challenge is that a lot of these remaining backers might not be seeing any of the emails we send, including these updates… but if we can’t reach them in a reasonable amount of time, it will be difficult to deliver their rewards at all. So, we’re still evaluating the best options.

In the meantime, we’re also moving forward with reward manufacturing, so that we’ll be able to get rewards to those of you who completed your surveys as soon as possible.

2. Virtual Set Visits: Video almost finished, more sessions coming soon.

As we explained last week, we ran into some significant technical problems during our first Virtual Set Visit two weeks ago, and are in the process of finishing an edited, HD version of the entire session. We apologize for the delays in getting that online, and are relieved to report that it will be available no later than Sunday afternoon. Once it has been posted, we will email all backers who get access to let them know it’s available for viewing. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and understanding.

In addition, more good news for backers with Virtual Set Visit access: We’re already preparing for several additional set visit sessions over the next 3-4 months, covering everything from on-set production, to post-production and editing, to writing music for MST3K. Stay tuned for a full schedule of the sessions, and remember: if you can’t attend the sessions live, you will be able to rewatch them after the fact.

COMING UP: TURKEY DAY 2021!

Some of you (we hope) were around for our WILDLY popular Turkey Day Tournament last year, in which YOU, THE VIEWERS voted for our Turkey Day marathon 2020 episodes!

Well, we are doing it again this year, and TURKEY DAY TOURNAMENT 2021 features a few important changes.

  1.  We’ve selected four episodes ourselves, and so y’all will only be voting on FOUR episodes of the EIGHT episode marathon. We hope that’s okay; it was necessary to get the new Turkey Day segments produced in time for the marathon. (And those new segments? Will have some very exciting information for those of you looking forward to season 13.)
  2.  Voting will happen twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, starting next week. Each new round of voting will run for three days, and will be announced on the Official MST3K forums. We will update you on the results in these Friday updates as well. 

If all goes as planned, we will launch the tournament and open the first vote this Tuesday, October 12.

So if you’d like to vote on Turkey Day episodes, and our constant nudging hasn’t convinced you to sign up for the forums yet, now is a good time to do so!

COMMUNITY NEWS

Speaking of which, have you checked out the new official MST3K forums yet? Join up here if you’d like to get in the zone. Here are a few brain-tingling threads from the past week:

TIME BUBBLE TOUR NEWS

The backer presale for CHICAGO is now live! Get in there and get your tickets with code MVSGN and you’ll spend Saturday, December 11 surrounded by people who get you.

Next up:

  •  PORTLAND, OR! Your date will be announced on Monday, October 11, and then the presale will begin the following day, also with code MVSGN.
  •  MISSOULA, MT! Your date will be announced on Tuesday, October 12, and then the presale will begin the next day, again, with code MVSGN.

You can see all the currently-announced dates and theaters on our tour website at MST3KLive.com.

MEET THE TEAM

Each week, we’re introducing you to another member of the MST3K team. This week, it's...

Tammy Golden, Writer 

1. In a sentence or two, what do you do on MST3K? This is my third season writing on MST3K. There are lots of moving parts, and a lot of thinking outside the box, trying to see something new in a scene I've viewed 11 times. It's a form of Stockholm syndrome. Eventually your brain has to make friends with the horrible movie and enjoy it.

2. What do you love most about your job? I have the best job in the world. Seriously. I get to yell out and listen to stupid jokes all day with a group of funny, creative people. It's always fun to see how many different points of view can come out of the same scene.

3. Tell us a fun fact about you. Fun fact: I'm anosmic - meaning I was born without a sense of smell. I'd be curious to know what chocolate, fresh baked bread, coffee, and flowers smell like, but other than that I've never felt I was missing out on anything.


Well, that’s all we’ve got for this week -- and if you’re into this sort of thing, spare a kind thought or positive vibe for our start of production on Monday!

As always, if you’ve got concerns about any aspect of the Kickstarter, or need help and information about your rewards, please contact our Backer Support Team – and remember, email will get a faster response than posts on social media, Kickstarter, or the forums!

And, if you’d like to join in a conversation with your fellow backers about this update, please head over to this week’s dedicated forum thread with your questions and feedback.

Have a resplendent weekend, all!

Your correspondents,

Ivan & Lesley