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Joel Answers Your Questions about Remote Production, Virtual Set Visits and more. PLUS: A New Plan – and REWARD – for REAL Set Visits!
over 1 year ago – Sat, May 01, 2021 at 05:15:06 AM

  •  PROGRESS REPORT: 82% of the way to 9 NEW EPISODES!
  •  BONUS CHALLENGES: Just $166K more by Sunday night!
  •  UPDATE: What You Should Know About Remote Production
  •  FAQ: More About Remote Production & Virtual Set Visits
  •  NEW REWARD: Live, In-Person Set Visits!

Dear MST3K Preservation League,

Hey, it's Joel again, and I've got something specific I want to talk about this time... but first, how about a few quick updates?


First, thanks to everyone who came out last night for our livestream with J. Elvis Weinstein to re-watch Untamed Youth, an episode from all the way back in our first season. If you weren't able to join us, you can rewatch the whole thing here – but you should also know that, during my chat with J. Elvis, we confirmed that his character – Dr. Laurence Erhardt – will be back for an appearance in our next season! 

You'll also be happy to hear that Josh has also agreed to write on the new season as well. As long-time MSTies probably know, he's one of the best joke writers to ever work on the show, so we're always honored when he's able to join us.

Tonight, I hope you'll join us for a special "late-night" event: our rewatch of Quest of the Delta Knights, which you unlocked when you beat Bonus Challenge #2 last week! This time, we'll be joined by my old friend Mary Jo Pehl (aka Pearl Forrester), who is always a fun hang, and several other members of our cast. We'll be starting at 10pm ET / 7pm PT, but it's a Friday night, so if you can, stay up late to hang with us on YouTube, Facebook or Twitch – and be sure to leave your questions for MJ in the comments below!


Also, it looks like we still have a good shot at finishing Bonus Challenge #3, and reaching $3.75M before the end of Sunday night. Here, take a look:

As you can see, we're just managing to hold our lead over our original Kickstarter... but if we have one or two "bad days," we'll fall behind. So, I hope that we'll be able to keep up our momentum, and that the new rewards we're releasing at 1pm PDT will help us stay on track.

And remember...

If we can reach $3.75M by Sunday night, MST3K will riff our first 3D movie... and if we reach $3.8M, we'll add KINGAVISION 3-D GLASSES to all pledge levels at $75 and up for FREE!

We're at $6.3M now, which gives us three days to raise another $170,000, which means we just need about $57,000 each day to reach $3.8M and unlock a 3-D episode and free 3-D glasses. 

And I hope we can do it, because I've also got a few ideas about how 3-D glasses could work with some of our other rewards. But anyway, I'll tell you more about that if we reach the goal.

Now, I want to talk a little bit more about something I know a lot of you are still wondering about.

What You Should Know About "Remote Production"

So yeah, ever since our big "video update" last week, we've seen a handful of messages and comments asking for more details about how "remote production" is going to work, and whether it will change the "feel" of the show. 

And you know, it's like I said on Friday: Sometimes, it's pretty difficult to really imagine how something is going to turn out, especially if you've never seen it before. So, I understand if you're not sure what to expect. 

Also, we're still at the beginning of this whole process, so even though some of the questions you're asking are really important – and questions that we're already asking ourselves – the truth is that we don't have all of the answers figured out.... and we shouldn't! We're still at the beginning, not the end. After the Kickstarter ends, we've set aside some time and money for "R & D", which is where we'll really get to refine this process.

The Risk of Knowing Too Much 

Now, I understand that for some of you, it's important to have a better more sense of how this is all going to work, especially if you're still deciding whether or not to make a pledge. I want you to feel comfortable being part of this process, so I'm willing to explain more... but I also want you to understand that if you read the rest of this update, you might not be able to watch these new episodes the same way, or enjoy them quite as much.

To tell you the truth, this reminds me of my early days as a teenage magician. Once I had fooled people, I had lots of opportunities to explain how a magic trick was done. And at first, if people were curious and persistent enough in asking, I would do my best to explain it to them. But that's also how I found out, over time, why magicians never explain their tricks: because ultimately, the trick is more fun to experience, and to think about, if you don't know how it was done. Once you know the secret behind a thing, it's harder to feel any wonder in it. 

So yeah, the reason I'm telling you all of this is because I think the way we're planning to make these new episodes will be as fun and interesting as any of the shows we’ve ever done... simply because of the talented people we use, the movies we choose, and the format of the show. That’s what makes the whole thing hum. 

I think you'll have a much easier time enjoying the episodes, and seeing them for what they are, if you don't focus too much on how we made the whole thing work. 

But again, I also know that some of you need a little bit more reassurance that we'll still be able to make a show that feels just like Mystery Science Theater, even if we use remote production. 

So, if you're in that group, I'll do my best to explain a little more. If you're able to just trust me, and skip past this to the last part of the update, I think you might be happier in the end. But, it's really up to you.

The Structure of MST3K

If you want to talk about how we're planning to make these new episodes, the first thing to remember is that Mystery Science Theater 3000 really has two different "components" in each episode: the movie riffing, which fills 80% of each episode, and the host segments, which are what we call the scenes outside of the theater where the host and bots interact with each other, the Mads, and so on. Those scenes make up another 15% of each episode. And then, actually the third component is the titles/credits and theme song, which take up about 5%, but I don't think you need an explanation about those.

Anyway, if we're really talking about how an episode gets made, and what makes MST3K "work," I think it's helpful to talk about each part of the show separately.


Like I said, most of each episode – about 80% – takes place in the theater, where our characters watch and riff the movies. Not only is this the biggest part of each episode, it's also the part that's the easiest to shoot – even through remote production. It's like Servo said in our video: most of the time, you don't even see our faces – just our silhouettes.

Now, a lot of the most important work with riffing happens before we ever start recording, when our cast and writers watch the movies and come up with our riffs. And you know, the process for writing this season will be exactly the same as it was for the last several seasons. 

The difference will really just come in how we record the riffs.

To talk academically: when we're creating the theater segments, the most important thing is the timing and delivery of each riff. I know I've said this before, but when MST3K really "works," it should just feel like you're hanging out and watching cheesy movies with a couple of companions, and making each other laugh.

That's why it's important to understand that – even in remote production – all of the riffing will be recorded in "real time," with all of our cast performing together in a virtual recording studio as they watch the movie and deliver their lines. They'll be able to hear and see each other and the movie, which will let them react and respond to each other, and really focus on the riffing. 

As I mentioned, we used this method to riff three shorts last fall. We were really pleased with the way those came out, and as far as I know, everyone felt the riffing worked out great.

As long as we record all of the riffing in "real time", so that our actors can react to the movie and each other in a way that feels natural, there's not really any reason we need to be sitting in the same room. 

Also, if COVID rules relax, we'll be able to adjust our production plan so that most of our performers can record their riffs together in person. I'll explain more about that below.


Now, even though the host segments – all of the scenes that happen outside the theater – only make up about 15-20% of the show, this seems to be the part of the show where we're hearing the most questions about remote production. 

But, to help with some of your concerns, here are a few things you might want to know:

1. Our cast will be able to perform scenes together in small groups.

Last week, when I shared some basic details about how we plan to use remote production, I should have explained this a little bit better:

Whenever a scene calls for it, most of our cast will be able to shoot scenes together in person. 

For example, when Felicia and Patton shoot their scenes, almost every shot involves both of them together, and there's often some physical interaction between them. So, our plan has always been to shoot the two of them at the same time, in a single location. 

In the same way, if there are scenes where Jonah or Emily need to interact with their bots, we will be able to have them perform in a room together. 

Here's how I see it: While some host segments will be easy to shoot from separate locations, we know that some of them will only work if our hosts and bots are performing together – and we've already planned for that. 

2. Shooting in small groups is a lot safer – and less expensive – than having a full crew.

The last point I want you to understand is that, even if we have our performers shoot most of the host segments together in small groups, we'll still be taking a very different approach than we did for Seasons 11 and 12, when we had a giant crew, huge physical sets that took weeks to put together and break down, lots of professional lighting, high-end camera equipment, and so on. 

Remote production gives us the ability to shoot a lot of the show from multiple locations, but it doesn't mean that we have to shoot everything that way. 

What it really means is that, even if we put a few of our cast members in a room together for a few hours, we still won't need to put 100 people together in a room for weeks at a time.

(And you know, this is actually a lot closer to how the show worked at the beginning, when we first shot MST3K in that industrial park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Back then, we each mostly handled our own props, costumes, and so on, instead of having a lot of crew to help us.)

The most important thing, especially if we don't want to wait another year to get past COVID restrictions and fees, is that we need to keep each shoot to the smallest group possible.

3. Shooting will use a combination of greenscreen, props and small set pieces.

I've seen some people in the comments who seem worried that remote production means we won't be able to have props, inventions, costumes, or a lot of the other fun details that make host segments work – and I'm glad to tell you that it's just the opposite!

We're planning to build lots of new props and inventions. (If you want, there are even a few rewards left that give you the chance to help us design one of the new inventions!) For those of you who know her, I'm also happy to confirm that Beez McKeever will be back with the show for Season 13 to make all of the costumes for the bots and our human cast. 

Basically, what I'm saying is that we'll be sending each of our performers everything that they need for their scenes.

So, that's the basic idea. I hope some of this information will help those of you who are concerned about how remote production might change the show... and I hope it will also help all of you trust our team to figure out all of the specifics, and to make the show work just right.

Now.... does anyone have other questions about this?

We thought about that, sure, but there are a few reasons we didn't do it.

1. No one knows when that will be, and a lot of you don't want to wait that long. We don't actually know how long it will be until COVID is "over," especially since there's always a risk that it could surge again. But even if life does get back to "normal" by the end of this year, that's still months away... and we've heard from a lot of backers that being able to follow along with the production, and be part of this community, gives them something positive to focus on until they can get back to life as usual.

2. Even if we could shoot late this year, we'd have to hold for our live tour. If COVID does become more manageable, our live tour has already been contracted to go back on the road in October or November of this year... so if we don't start working on new episodes as soon as this Kickstarter ends, and start shooting this fall, we won't be able to even get started until next spring. That means we wouldn't have new episodes until next summer, at the earliest, and a lot of you have been pretty clear that you'd like them sooner than that.

3. Even without COVID, remote production gives us a lot more freedom.  It's like I said when I first talked about this: even if COVID weren't an issue, there are still a lot of good reasons for MST3K to add remote production to our "toolkit." We have a lot of cast and crew we want to work with all over the country – in New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia – and by making a lot of the show remotely, we can include a lot of talented people who aren't in a single location. And you know, even if they had time, it would cost too much to fly them all to a single city and put them all in hotels for the entire season. By using remote production whenever it makes sense, we're able to include them from anywhere – and to spend more on making new episodes!

Well, like I said, sometimes our performers actually will be together, especially if the script calls for that.  But to help explain this, I can also show you a few concept drawings we've been working with, so that our team can start figuring out the technical approach we'll use.

For more details, check out the mini-update. Click on the image!

Since I don't want this update to get too long, I actually explained those in another post on our Kickstarter page as a separate update, that didn't email everyone... but you can still read it here.


Well, like I said in our video, we're not going to make Mystery Science Zoom Meeting 3000.

These new episodes will look and feel pretty much like the Mystery Science Theater 3000 that we've always made. They might look a little less "professional" than our Netflix seasons, and a little more "DIY" – just like they did when we had a much smaller crew and did more jobs ourselves – but I don't think you'll be able to "feel" the difference on screen.

Also, a lot of our expenses don't really change. No matter how we make the show, we still have to pay...

  • The movie owners, to let us use their movies in the episodes
  • Our writers, to come up with all of the riffs and host segments
  • Our production team, to make props, costumes and puppets
  • Our crew, to figure out all of the technical details to make this work
  • Our performers, to work as actors and puppeteers
  • Our editors, to put the show together once we finish shooting

And, even though we don't have to cover the cost of renting big film studios, hiring professional crews or building elaborate sets, we do still need to rent spaces big enough for our performers to shoot some of their scenes together. We also need to get all of the cameras, lighting and other equipment that each performer needs to be part of the show.

So yeah, I understand the question... but we're making the same show we've always made. We're just devising new methods to do it, that keep our cast and crew safe, that get new episodes done sooner, and that give us the freedom to work with talented people from all over.

Actually, I'm glad you asked, because I actually think the "Virtual Set Visit" is going to be a pretty wonderful experience... but since Ivan has been planning that, I'll let him explain this one.

IVAN: Hey everyone! For the last few seasons, we really enjoyed having backers join us on set. During those visits, a lot of you got to watch scenes being shot, and we also tried to give you a lot of behind-the-scenes access, department tours, and conversations with our cast and crew. 

This time, since there won't be a "single" set that puts all of our crew and cast in one place, we've done a lot of thinking about how to recreate everything that made those set visits so fun – both for backers and for our cast and crew – and we've got a solid plan.

 The virtual set visits will happen over multiple days, in multiple sessions, from multiple locations! 

That means that you'll actually get to see more parts of the production process, and meet more of our cast and crew, than you would if you did come to set for any single day of shooting.  

So, you will get to watch some individual scenes being recorded – and that's likely to include a few cast members together, not just one – but we'll also be scheduling specific times for key members of our cast, crew, writers, and production team to sit down for conversations with all of our "virtual set visitors." 

Unlike the show, the format of the "Virtual Set Visit" probably will be similar to a Zoom meeting – or at least like the livestreams we're running this week – but we actually think that'll be ideal for having group conversations, tours, and "show and tell" sessions. 

So if you're doing a virtual set visit, you'll get a chance to hear from each of our main cast members, to see some of the props and costumes... we can even take you into the workshop where props are being built, and maybe even into the editing process, so you can see how it all gets tied together! 

You'll also be able to see it all happening live, so that you can suggest questions in the chat, or tell us what you want to know more about.  And, if your rewards include "VIP Access," you'll even have the option to turn on your camera (or send us a message) and ask questions about whatever you want to know. 

Plus, unlike our past set visit rewards, we can work around your schedule! If you can't make it to one of the "set visit" sessions, we'll make sure you have access to re-watch whatever you missed.

Happy to answer more questions about this, so if there's something you're still wondering, just drop your question into the comments on this update! And now, back to Joel.

Hey, it's Joel again – and yeah, it's true: if we use remote production to make all of the new episodes, the one thing we can't really do is give anyone the chance to come spend a day on set, meeting some of our cast and crew in person, and experiencing everything first hand.

But like I said in my last update, we've gotten a lot of requests from backers who still want the chance to come for an in-person set visit, and I understand why that's so appealing. So, we've spent the last couple weeks trying to figure out a solution, and I think we have one:

Even though we'll start production this year, and finish shooting most of the new episodes as soon as we can, we've looked at our schedule and come up with a plan that will let us "save" 2-3 days of "live production" until next February or March, after the next MST3K Live Tour is over.  We figure that when it's safe enough for a national tour, we'll also know it's safe enough to gather in larger groups.  So...

Starting at 1pm PDT, we'll be adding a very limited number of SET VISIT ADD-ON REWARDS, where you can join us in person for our final day of production and our "Season 13" Wrap Party!

Now, I want to make sure you know what to expect, because "in person" production will still be a little bit different than it was for Seasons 11 and 12. 

  • Even when we do these last couple of days "on set," we'll still be shooting mostly with green-screen, props and costumes, but we won't be constructing big physical sets.
  • We'll do our best to involve as much of our cast as possible for our final shooting days, but it probably won't be everyone. (But if we're able to reach our next goal, visitors will get to see me back in the old red jumpsuit.)
  • We expect that these final shooting dates will happen somewhere near Philadelphia, not in Los Angeles, but we won't be able to guarantee the final location until later this year. 
  • We won't know the exact dates until late this year, but we're guessing these final shooting dates will be in February or March of next year. 
  • We'll make sure you get at least 6 weeks of advance notice before your visit, so that you have time to arrange travel and somewhere to stay. 
  • Since we'll have a lot of our cast and production team in one place, we're also hoping to organize a few other events just after we wrap, if you want to stick around for those.
  • And, really important, you'll need to be vaccinated before we can let you visit in person, because we have a responsibility to keep our cast and crew safe. 

And before you ask, we don't want you to have to choose between the Set Visit and whatever pledge reward you already selected, so we'll be adding this new "Set Visit & Wrap Party" option as an Add-On Reward, which will be available starting at 1pm PDT. (If you're not sure how Add-on rewards work, we've got a handy how-to guide for that.)

So yeah, there you have it: more answers about our plans for remote production, and – if you really want to – a chance to come out to see us shoot in person early next year, when it's safe. 

I hope that this helps with any concerns you might have about remote production. If nothing else, I hope you'll be able to appreciate the planning and care we’ve put into this latest chapter. 

Also, I hope that learning some of these behind-the-scenes deets won’t inhibit your ability to have a good time watching a host and some robots riff a cheesy movie. 

And you know, even if you don't want to see the new episodes, you can still help everyone who does! We've got plenty of rewards that give you classic episodes of the show to rewatch as often as you want – including a "mega-collection" Add-On Reward with 125 classic episodes, available starting at 1pm PDT.  So yeah, just think of the new episodes as a "bonus!"

And really, if you still don't feel like you can trust us and come along for this new chapter, I understand, and that's OK. For the rest of you, though... I think it's gonna be a lot of fun.

Cheers & Thanks,


This is Crow T. Robot. I’m invoking the power of the Internet to control you and tell the world that we need your help. Without you, we won't be able to make a full season of MST3K, and then where would we be? Somewhere damp and musty, probably. And a little bit cold. I dunno. Anyway, it's easy.

Just post ONE of these messages to your Facebooks, Instagrams or Twitters:

  • If #MakeMoreMST3K backers can hit @JoelGHodgon's next BONUS CHALLENGE before Sunday night, it’ll unlock @MST3K’s FIRST 3-D MOVIE *and* FREE KINGA-VISION 3-D GLASSES… but we’re gonna need you! Pledge now – even $1 helps – at
  • Do you or someone you love STILL have questions about the #MakeMoreMST3K plan for COVID-safe remote production? @JoelGHodgson provides new details that – spoiler alert – might help you “just relax.” 
  • Set an alarm, friends: NEW #MakeMoreMST3K REWARDS DROP TODAY AT 4PM ET/1PM PT, including a new IN-PERSON SET VISIT option that you’ve been asking for! More details in @JoelGHodgson’s newest update: 
  • You asked for it, so now it’s a thing: #MakeMoreMST3K rewards now include options both VIRTUAL and IN PERSON set visits. Find out more in @JoelGHodgson’s newest update: 

More Details: Putting Together A Composite Shot
over 1 year ago – Sat, May 01, 2021 at 03:59:04 AM

This mini-update is part of a larger update that Joel sent, and was not sent via email. Please be sure to read Joel's main update before reading this post, since it might contain spoilers! 

Our team has been doing a lot of work to figure out how we'll be able to put together specific shots and scenes for the new episodes, even if the cast and crew aren't all in a single location – and I want to show you a few drawings we've been using to think through some of these ideas. Here's an example.


  • There's been an air leak in Moon 13. 
  • Synthia and Cambot are looking for the source of the leak.
  • Synthia has put on a spacesuit.
  • We're going to combine several methods to put Synthia into the scene.

 1. We start with a background plate of Moon 13.  

This could be footage of the set from last season, or footage of a new model.

Then, our first goal is to create an "establishing shot" – the first shot you see, before you get a close-up of the characters, just so you know where the scene is taking place.

 2. We capture the long shot using puppets on greenscreen.  

To get the specific shot we want, we can use an inexpensive bunraku puppet of Synthia in a spacesuit, and a puppet of Cambot, run by two puppeteers wearing greenscreen suits.

(Naturally, this could also be accomplished by having Rebecca Hanson in a full-size spacesuit in front of a large greenscreen, but that would be dependent on having a big enough space available to shoot in, shipping all of the special equipment needed for the scene, etc. So, it's useful for us to have more options in our toolkit to solve each creative challenge we face.)

3. We combine (or "composite") the two elements together.  

Now we have Synthia and Cambot standing in the right location for their establishing shot. Synthia would start talking from far-away, and then the camera would push in to show her face.

4. Rebecca performs the close-up in front of greenscreen.  

We would have a camera, lighting and a remote studio connection set up at Rebecca's location, so that the director and technical director could adjust the shot and provide direction.

If the scene involves a back-and-forth interaction with a character in another location – for example, if Synthia is reporting back to Kinga and Max, who are down in Moon 14 – both performances could be shot at the same time, with the performers able to see each other. 

(The funny thing, of course, is that most "real" television shows and movies aren't shot in real time either. A director will often get several takes of one actor's performance, then turn all of the cameras around and get different takes of the other actor responding. So, by linking together our performers in real time – and shooting them in separate locations – we can actually make it easier for them to react to each other's performances.)

5. Synthia's close-up is composited into Moon 13.  

Just like we did for the establishing shot, we'd combine our background plate footage with Rebecca's close-up performance – and footage of Cambot hovering next to her – to create a finished shot. 

And listen, if you're still skeptical about how this might all work out, I want you to remember that we've already created a lot of shots on the show this way.  A lot of our "sets" are actually model miniatures used to create backgrounds, which are then combined with greenscreen footage of a performer to create the finished shot, like when you see Jonah in the Backjack during the opening theme song.

So yeah, that's the basic idea we're starting from. 

But again, part of what's so exciting about doing these new episodes is that we've also got some budget set aside to do research and testing before we start, so that we can make these methods work even better. Also, like I said, remote production doesn't mean that each of our actors will shoot all of their scenes alone. Whenever we need to, we'll still be able to get a few actors and puppeteers together at a time, and have them perform their scenes together on a larger greenscreen.

Our NEXT TWO BONUS CHALLENGES run until Sunday Night! Livestream Updates! Plus: NEW REWARDS COMING TOMORROW!
over 1 year ago – Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 01:04:04 AM

In Today's Update

  •  PROGRESS REPORT: 80% of the way to 9 NEW EPISODES!
  •  BONUS CHALLENGES: Can we finish them before Sunday night?
  •  NEW REWARDS: Coming Tomorrow at 1pm PDT!
  •  LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE: A Few Small Changes!

Dear MST3K Preservation League,

Hey there, it's Joel again.  

Before we get started, I just want to remind you that we've got our next LIVESTREAM SCREENING tonight at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT. We'll be watching Untamed Youth, with our old friend and special guest J. Elvis Weinstein, who was the original voice of Tom Servo and Dr. Laurence Erhardt! It should be a lot of fun, so I hope you'll come join us on Twitch, YouTube or Facebook.

Now, how about some updates?


It's Thursday, April 29... and that means that tomorrow, we'll have just ONE WEEK LEFT before the end of this Kickstarter.  And you know, while I'm happy about how well things seem to be going, this final week is when things seem to get a lot more intense.

Right now, we're 80% of the way to our next goal, which will get us NINE EPISODES and allow us to organize TWICE AS MANY live events in the Gizmoplex for an entire year!

But before you get too excited, I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we're still a little bit ahead of where we were at this point in 2015... but the bad news is that, by the end of today, it looks like we could fall behind:

So, with just over one week left, I think we might need a few new moves if we want to stay in the game... which is why it's time to announce our next BONUS CHALLENGES.

Now, listen: Like I said from the beginning, I know that the last year has been difficult for so many of us, so I really want to make sure you don't feel pressured to make a pledge that you can't afford, or that might be uncomfortable for you downstream.

I hope that we'll be able to reach our final goal and make twelve new episodes for you – but even more important, I want you to make sure you're taking care of yourself. If you can't make a bigger pledge – or any pledge – right now, we'll make sure you can still get involved later, and won't have to miss anything.

On the other hand, if you can help us get closer to 12 episodes before time runs out, I want to give you some more incentives that might make it worth the effort. 

So yeah, how about some new Bonus Challenges? 


Thanks to you, we now know that MST3K will soon have its own "virtual theater" – the Gizmoplex – where we can all hang out. But if we're going to really recreate the movie theater experience for you, I think it's time to try something new. So yeah, this season, for the first time, we want to riff our first 3-D MOVIE!

Of course, Kinga and Max aren't going to spring for anything too state-of-the-art, so we're not talking about brand new 3-D. No, friends: we're talking about the kind of 3-D that will feel right at home on MST3K – ultra-cheesy ANAGLYPHIC 3-D, with those red-and-blue glasses that got real popular starting in the 1950's! We've already got a couple possible 3-D movies selected (including one that is so bad, I think it might be the next Manos: The Hands of Fate). 

So, here's your next bonus challenge:

If we can reach $3.75M by Sunday night*, MST3K will riff our first 3-D movie... and, if we reach $3.8M, we'll add KINGAVISION 3-D GLASSES to all pledge levels at $75 and up for FREE!**

*Since I know you're gonna ask, that means Sunday at 11:59pm PDT.

**If you're not able to pledge that much, don't worry: We'll also make 3-D glasses available as an Add-On Reward and we'll release a version of the 3-D episode that works without 3-D glasses.

Also, if you're wondering why we're not using the newest 3-D movies, remember: anaglyphic 3D might not be the future we were promised, but it's probably the future we deserve.


Thanks to Bonus Challenge #2, I'm pleased to report that we're now Kickstarter's 7th "Most Backed" Film & Video Project... and with a little work, we'll move up to #6.

So, here's your fourth Bonus Challenge:

If we can reach 25,000 backers by Sunday night*, we'll upgrade our T-SHIRT REWARDS to offer TWO DIFFERENT DESIGNS and we'll offer a HOODIE UPGRADE after the Kickstarter ends!

*This still means Sunday at 11:59pm PDT, in case you were wondering.

And I know you haven't gotten to see the t-shirt design(s) we're planning yet... but if we finish this challenge, I promise I'll give you a first look at those on Monday. I think they're looking pretty great, but I'm excited to see what you think, and hear your feedback.

New Rewards Coming Tomorrow

To help increase our chances of finishing Bonus Challenge #3 and reaching $3.75M by the end of this weekend, I also want to share this now, so you can plan ahead:

Tomorrow at 1pm PDT, we'll be releasing a few new Reward Levels and Add-On Rewards, including... 

  • Our final copies of THE "BRINGING BACK MST3K" COFFEE TABLE BOOK from our last two seasons, including over 100 pages of photos, stories and behind-the-scenes explanations.
  • More chances to grab the MST3K LIVE BACKSTAGE EXPERIENCE, including new options in Minneapolis, Seattle and San Diego!
  • More options to build your MST3K CLASSIC EPISODE COLLECTION, including a digital download reward that includes over 120 CLASSIC EPISODES!

Plus, we'll also bring back another much-requested reward from Seasons 11 and 12 that we didn't think we'd be able to offer this time around. So, if those are interesting to some of you, I hope that'll also help us get closer to the Bonus Challenges and our final goal.


Earlier this week, I shared our plans to host a lot of livestream events during our final week, and I'm excited that I'll get the chance to hang out with our cast, some special guests, and all of you. 

But you know, as some of you pointed out... if I'm going to join all of these livestream events and make it through next week to the end of our Kickstarter, it's probably a good idea to take a day off somewhere in the middle and rest.

So, I want to let you know about two small changes to our schedule:

1. Tomorrow's livestream for Quest of the Delta Knights will start at 7pm PDT/10pm EDT instead of 5pm PDT. 

I know that's a little bit late for those of us on the East Coast, but since it's a Friday night, I hope you'll stay up with us. And remember, for tomorrow's screening, we'll be joined by a very special guest: Mary Jo Pehl! And I don't want to spoil anything, but we might have a little surprise for her... and for you. So, I hope you'll join us!

2. We're moving our Sunday livestream event to Wednesday, so that we can get a little rest.

This way, instead of having livestream events six days in a row, we can do three days of livestreams, take Sunday off, and then do three more. It's just a little easier for all of us, and probably for you, too.

Anyway, when you make those changes and put all of our events together, here's the final lineup:

And you know, I hope everyone can join us at least once or twice for these events, because I think it'll really help give you a feel for why we're excited to plan so many special live events for the Gizmoplex. So... grab some popcorn and come hang out!

That's all for now, but I'm just finishing up another update I want to share with you, where I'll explain a few more details about our plans for remote production. I think that update will be especially helpful to anyone who still has concerns about how it'll all work.

Finally, don't forget that we've got... 

  • Just over ONE WEEK LEFT to reach our final goal and 12 episodes.

So yeah, as usual, please remember to...

Hope to see you tonight for Untamed Youth!

Cheers & Thanks,



Sure, we could be raising money for my debut solo album (Servo Sings Sisqó), but right now, we're running out of time to #MakeMoreMST3K! If you want to beat Joel's next two Bonus Challenges and unlock FREE BONUS REWARDS, I've got a hot tip for you.

Just post ONE of these messages to your Facebooks, Instagrams or Twitters:

  • Just over 1 WEEK LEFT, and the #MakeMoreMST3K Kickstarter is 80% of the way to unlocking NINE NEW EPISODES! To keep things moving, @JoelGHodgson just announced BONUS CHALLENGES to unlock our first 3D MOVIE and TWO SHIRT DESIGNS: 
  • Breaking News: @JoelGHodgson just set a new #MakeMoreMST3K challenge: if we reach $3.75M by Sunday night, @MST3K will riff its first-ever 3D movie... and it’s SO BAD, Joel thinks it might be the next MANOS! Plus... free KINGAVISION 3D glasses! 
  • We asked for #MakeMoreMST3K hoodies. Now let's make it happen: if we pass 25K backers by Sunday night, we’ll get TWO shirt designs to choose from AND an optional hoodie upgrade! More details in @JoelGHodgson's latest update: 
  • TONIGHT! Join @JoelGHodgson + special guest @JElvisWeinstein for a live rewatch of UNTAMED YOUTH, on MST3K's YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook. Livestream starts at 5pm PT/8pm ET! Plus: livestreams all week long! Full schedule: 

over 1 year ago – Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 07:50:11 PM

You're invited to a WEEK OF SPECIAL EVENTS!

  •  Starting Thursday: FIVE MORE Livestream Screenings!
  •  Monday, May 3: The MST3K Jackbox Showdown!
  •  Friday, May 7: The Final Countdown Telethon: The Sequel!

Dear MST3K Preservation League,

Hey everyone. It's Joel again, with a few new updates for you. No time to waste, so let's get to it.

Miss the livestream last night? We're doing FIVE MORE!

We had our first livestream last night, and if you were one of the 5000+ folks who showed up to hang out with us on YouTube, Facebook or Twitch, I hope you had as much fun as we did. I was pleased to have a chance to introduce more of you to our newest cast members: Emily, Conor, Nate and Yvonne, and to show you the short riff they did for Turkey Day last year. We also answered some of your questions, and then for the "main event," we all watched Hobgoblins together and chatted all the way through. 

(I’ve gotta admit, I had never seen this episode before last night. But Emily suggested it, because it's one of her all-time favorites... and man, it was so fun to watch her watching it. Plus, the episode was really funny too, with some really great riffing throughout.  For some reason, the line “I’ve finally accomplished my dream of blowing up another human being” really made me laugh.)

If you couldn't join us last night, you can still see it here until the Kickstarter ends.

The whole thing was also a great example of why we’re so excited that the Gizmoplex will be a place with regular live events and screenings – not just with our cast, but where it's easy to watch episodes while talking with your friends. 

As one commenter put it on YouTube:

Exactly, Annette! That’s always been one of the most important ideas behind MST3K, and it’s also one of the big ideas behind the Gizmoplex.

(And look, I know there are still a lot of questions and guesses about what the Gizmoplex “is” and how it will work, but don't worry: I'm going to tell you more before the end of this week, and even give you a little look at some of what we're planning.)

But yeah: we had such a good time last night that we’ve decided we’re going to do a few more to keep everyone going as we head into the final week of this Kickstarter -- including the screening I promised when you completed Bonus Challenge #2, Quest of the Delta Knights, which we'll be watching this Friday night! 

I hope you’ll make some time to come out, because different members of our cast will be joining me for each episode. Also, for a few of the screenings, we'll have some very special friends and surprise guests joining in!

Here are the next few screenings we’ve got planned:

Also, if you paid close attention to that schedule of livestream watch-a-longs, you might have noticed that we don't have a screening planned for next Monday night. 

Well, that's because on Monday, we're going to "kickstart" the final week of our campaign by doing something extra special with some long-time friends of MST3K:

If you don't already know Jackbox, they make a really fun, and funny, set of party games – like Quiplash and Fibbage – that you can play online against your friends, which I think have a little bit of the same sense of humor that's always driven MST3K. 

During the live tour, our cast spent a fair amount of time on the tour bus playing a lot of rounds of Jackbox games, as we drove through the night toward your hometown. And also, truth be told, we've spent many a night at my house playing Jackbox Party Pack 7, and it's really helped us while away the hours during COVID.

Anyway, since MST3K's next season is going to feature two sets of hosts and robots riffing cheesy movies, we thought next week might be a perfect time to start a fun little competition – and we'd like all of you to be the judges! So yeah...

Next Monday night, join us online as Team Jonah and Team Emily face off live in our first-ever MST3K JACKBOX SHOWDOWN!

We're really fortunate that so many people at Jackbox are both friends and long-time MSTies, and were so enthusiastic about helping us put this together in time for the Kickstarter. In fact, a couple of their head writers will even join us to host the games!

And you know, if we're going to start our final week with a game night, it seems like we're going to need something even bigger to end the week – and to end this Kickstarter! Also, based on your comments, I think a lot of you really want us to do this again, so I'll go ahead and make it official:

Now, we still have ten more days before our Kickstarter ends, and I don't know what's going to happen between now and then. But what I do know is that – just like we did in 2015 – we want to spend the last few hours of this Kickstarter with you

We're still working out a lot of details, and lining up some fun surprises, special guest performers, and a few crazy last-minute rewards. 

I think it'll be a great way to end the month, and make one last "push" to get to our final goal and make a full season. Just as important, it'll give us the chance to hang out and laugh together, and for me and our cast to thank you for joining us to #MakeMoreMST3K.

(Also, if it's anything like our first end-of-Kickstarter telethon, things probably won't go quite the way we're expecting... and maybe that's a good thing.)

So yeah, I hope you'll make time to join us next Friday night, and "count down" to the end of the Kickstarter together. It'll be just like New Years' Eve... only, instead of Anderson Cooper, we'll have a bunch of robot puppets. And instead of Rihanna, we'll have Paul and Storm! And I don't know about you, but if you're like me – and I know I am – I know what I'd rather watch.

Anyway, that's everything for today, but we've still got a lot more planned for the next two weeks, including...

  • New Bonus Challenges
  • New Add-On Rewards
  • Sneak Peek at our first reward designs!
  • More answers about remote production
  • More details about the Gizmoplex

And yes, since I know a lot of you are wondering, I'll even reveal the first few movies we're planning to riff in our new episodes!

So, yeah. There's a lot left to share and less than 10 days until our Kickstarter ends. 

I hope you'll make some time to join some of our screenings and events before then, because getting to hang out with all of you at these livestreams really is one of the best parts of this entire experience for me, and for our cast.

And remember, it's still going to take a real push over the next week if we want to reach our final two goals, so be sure to help out the cause and...

I hope I'll see a lot of you at our screening on Thursday night – and if you've got questions for me, our cast, or J. Elvis Weinstein, feel free to ask in the comments below! On Thursday, we'll look there first when we decide what questions to answer.

Cheers & Thanks,


People of the World: I’ve been instructed by people much more powerful than me (read: Kinga) to instruct you that you should tell THE WHOLE INTERNET to follow the instructions below. If you do this, I’ll be allowed to keep my mint condition He-Man figure collection. Please do this.

To make sure we can #MakeMoreMST3K, just post ANY of these messages to your Facebooks, Instagrams or Twitters:

  • We've got TELETHON SIGN! On May 7, @JoelGHodgson & friends send off the #MakeMoreMST3K Kickstarter in THE FINAL COUNTDOWN: THE TELETHON: THE SEQUEL. Join us for surprise guests, performances & last-minute rewards! It's sure to live in internet infamy. 
  • Time for a friendly competition: join @MST3K and @JackboxGames on MONDAY, MAY 3 for the official #MakeMoreMST3K JACKBOX SHOWDOWN. It's Team Jonah vs. Team Emily. YOU DECIDE WHO WINS! Details here: 
  • With just TEN DAYS LEFT in the #MakeMoreMST3K Kickstarter, we're at 63% of our final goal to make TWELVE NEW EPISODES and TWELVE NEW SHORTS! Every pledge helps, and even $1 gets us closer to another FULL SEASON! Join us now... won't you? 
  • Did you catch last night’s #MakeMoreMST3K livestream with @JoelGHodgson and the MST3K Live cast? Well, good news: We’re doing FIVE MORE live WATCH-A-LONG EVENTS, with more cast members and special guests! Get all the details: 

FAQ: Adjusting Pledge Levels & Add-On Rewards
over 1 year ago – Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 06:48:16 PM

Hey Everyone!

We've seen a lot of questions from backers who want to adjust their pledge level, increase the amount of their pledge, or change their Add-On Reward selections, but can't figure out how... and we totally get it. It's not the easiest thing to figure out, especially if you haven't used Kickstarter much.

Luckily, it's not as difficult as it seems... so we'll walk you through exactly what to do!

1. Make sure you're logged into Kickstarter.

If you're not logged in, scroll all the way to the top of the page, and you'll see the word "Log In" in the top right corner of the screen, right next to the search button.

If you are logged in, you'll see a circle icon with your "user picture" instead.  

2. Click this link to adjust your pledge.

Following that link will take you to a page where you can adjust your pledge and Add-On Rewards, which should look like this:

  • If you just want to ADD AN EXTRA AMOUNT to your pledge, enter it in the box that says "Bonus Support" (1) and press the green "Pledge" button to update your pledge. 
  • If you want to PLEDGE WITHOUT ANY REWARDS, you can select that option at the top (2). You'll still get backer updates, but we'll spend your full pledge making new episodes.
  • If you want to CHANGE YOUR PLEDGE LEVEL, just scroll down (3) to see all of the other pledge levels that are still available.
  • To CONFIRM YOUR NEW PLEDGE LEVEL, click the green "Pledge" button (4) to confirm the pledge level you've selected.

3. If Kickstarter won't let you select a new level...

A lot of backers have reported a problem where Kickstarter won't let them select a new pledge level, even if they click on it. 

This seems to be due to a strange Kickstarter glitch, which makes it impossible to click on the "radio button" in the top left corner of the pledge description:

If you're having trouble CLICKING on a new pledge level, just be sure to click on the right side of the box, and not the left side where the circular button is. It should work!

4. Click this link to change your Add-On Rewards.

Once you select the pledge level you want and click the green "PLEDGE" button – or click the link above – you'll be taken to a new page where you can review, add and adjust your Add-On Rewards:

  • You'll see your CURRENT PLEDGE LEVEL at the top, under "Reward." If you need to go back and edit it, you can click the "Edit" link in the top right corner.
  • Beneath your pledge, you'll see a list of ADD-ON REWARDS that can be added to your pledge level rewards. These should appear in order, starting with the least expensive.
  • If you want to SELECT NEW ADD-ON REWARDS, just click the green "Add" button next to each reward you would like to add to your pledge. The total price of your pledge will adjust to reflect your selections.
  • If you want to CHANGE ADD-ON REWARDS, just find the reward you want to adjust. You'll see the number of each reward that you've claimed next to it. You can ADJUST THE QUANTITY with the "+" and "-" buttons, or REMOVE THE ADD-ON by clicking on the trash can next to it.

When you're done making your selections, click the CONTINUE button at the bottom:


When you're done adjusting your pledge and your Add-On Rewards, be sure to CONFIRM YOUR CHANGES! After you click CONTINUE on the Add-On Reward screen, you'll see this:

Just click the green "CONFIRM CHANGES" button, and you're all set!

(In rare cases, you might also see a SECOND confirmation screen. If you do, be sure to confirm again, until you see a screen that says your changes have been confirmed!)

You should get an email from Kickstarter confirming that your pledge has been adjusted, and that you'll now be billed for the new total amount on May 7, when our Kickstarter ends.