Multiplex 10: The Web Series is FUNDED! (Officially!)

Thanks to 322 backers, after a rollercoaster few days with far bigger pledge adjustments than I’ve ever had in a crowdfunding campaign, we’ve ended the campaign with $20,261thankfully above the goal.

The final tally of new Multiplex 10 content funded by this project, then, stands at:

  • FIVE (or more) episodes of Multiplex 10: The Web Series
  • FIVE (or more) movie reviews (similar to, but not necessarily, Multiplex 10 Movie Minutes reviews)
  • FOUR one-minute animated movie reviews with Jason (rewards for Co-Producer level backers and up)
  • a digital comic incorporating reviews of the Middle-Earth movies, the Harry Potter movies, and ten Star Wars movies (the $16,000 milestone goal)
  • plus SIX “regular” movie review comics (rewards for Cinephile level backers and up)
  • and the production of Multiplex 10: The Web Series USB cards

At just barely over the goal, quite honestly, we’re most likely only going to be able to produce that minimum of ten web series episodes and movie reviews… but we’ll see. It depends, of course, on the length and complexity of the scripts we come up with, whether I can fit in a freelance project here and there to help cover my non-Multiplex 10-related expenses, etc.

The digital comic of movie reviews will be the lowest priority of all this, but I’ll try to start on them soon and release one every week or two until they’re complete. These comics will almost certainly stretch on after the last of the funded videos is released.

I will try to have something new—a comic, a review, a web series episode—every single week (after this week). And, of course, you will get updates on the project the whole way.

Next steps!

The writers’ room will be re-convening TOMORROW, to figure out the first couple of web series episodes and reviews, and to brainstorm some ideas for any more complex and/or less timely episodes that we want to do, such as the Melissa/Becky spotlight episode or a Halloween episode, so that we can get ahead on those—designing any new characters or backgrounds we might need, casting new characters, etc.

As the project page describes, we’re hoping to get the funded videos completed by October, but if the episodes require more time, that may stretch on a month or two longer. (That will delay the USB cards, of course, as well, since the funded videos need to be complete before that can be distributed.)

I’ll distribute some of your digital rewards (like the digital download of the animated short) as soon as all of the payments have been processed, which might take about a week.

My heads a little spinny right now, as you might be able to imagine! If I haven’t explained something, please ask in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Talk to you soon!

If you missed the funding period but still want to help, you can still get access to the behind-the-scenes updates, get early access, and some similar rewards by supporting Multiplex 10 through Patreon!

Multiplex 10: The Web Series is FUNDED on Kickstarter!

Thanks to 272 backers (and counting), Multiplex 10: The Web Series is FULLY FUNDED. At this point, the Kickstarter is funding:

  • FIVE (or more) episodes of Multiplex 10: The Web Series
  • FIVE (or more) movie reviews (similar in format to, but not necessarily, Multiplex 10 Movie Minutes reviews)
  • FOUR one-minute animated movie reviews with Jason (rewards for Co-Producer level backers and up)
  • a digital comic incorporating reviews (from a certain point of view) of TWENTY-FOUR nerdy movies: the first ten theatrically released Star Wars movies, all the Middle-Earth movies (Extended Editions), and the Harry Potter movies (the $16,000 milestone goal)
  • plus EIGHT more movie review comics (rewards for Cinephile level backers and up)
  • and the production of Multiplex 10: The Web Series USB cards

And we still have two and a half days to add more work onto that pile! The funding period ends at 10pm on Tuesday (July 17th), meaning we get into our final 48 hours TONIGHT, and Kickstarter will send out the “Remind Me” notifications, hopefully pushing us up even higher.

We have exactly one stretch goal: more Multiplex 10. For every $4,000 we raise beyond the minimum goal, we’ll be able to produce one more episode of the web series AND improve the budgets on all of other episodes — allowing us to bring in more voice actors, license more (and more expensive) music, making longer and more complicated episodes, pay the writers-who-aren’t-Gordon better, etc., and maybe even upgrade the five year old laptop that Multiplex 10 is currently made on. (Video work is much more demanding than comics and illustration!)

Thanks so much for your support so far!

Four days remaining, and $1,200 left toward our base goal!

We had a bit of a setback last night on the Kickstarter campaign. Two pledge adjustments put us back below $18,000. We’ve already recovered some of that ground, but are still roughly $1,200 shy of our goal, with FOUR DAYS left in the funding period.

We could use your help getting back up over that $19,000 milestone and pushing on to the goal! Remember: Kickstarter projects are all or nothing—if we fall short, we get none of the pledges, and no new videos (or movie review comics) will get made!

Help us continue our award-winning animated web series today!

We’ve been nominated for an IAWTV Award!

Multiplex 10: The Web Series has been nominated for Best Animated Series in the 2018 International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) Awards! This is one of the bigger non-festival awards for web series, and it’s really awesome to be nominated, whether or not one of the other nominees takes it home next month. Click through to the complete list of nominees and use it as a checklist for awesome web series to watch!

We also passed $18,000$19,000 on the Multiplex 10 Kickstarter so we have just under $1,000 left to go. With FIVE (and a half) days left in the funding period, we’re in very good shape! Hopefully we will be able to go a little farther so i can wring even more animation out of the budget. Fuck. Shit happens, and a couple of people needed to adjust their pledges, so we’re basically back to where we were Thursday morning.

If you love Multiplex 10 and haven’t already checked out the Kickstarter project page yet, head over and pledge your support today!

Five Days Left!

Six Days Remaining! We’ve Passed $17,000!!!

Six Days Left!

There are SIX DAYS LEFT in the funding period! After a veeerrry slow week, we’ve finally passed $17,000! Thank you for your support so far—but this still isn’t a sure thing yet.

We’ll almost certainly a late surge as the Kickstarter gets close to its funding deadline, but the question is how soon will it start, and will it be enough? I would love to add more milestone goals to help move things along faster, but honestly, after hitting the totally unexpected review comic milestone (which is already a lot of extra work on top of the videos), I can’t bribe you guys by taking on even more work until we start talking about stretch goals. I’ve gotten pretty good at stretching budgets, but I’m not to only person who needs to get paid from this project.

I posted last night about everything that this Kickstarter will fund — six web series episodes, EIGHT animated movie reviews, and an entire digital comic’s worth of comics-form reviews. None of that gets made if we don’t hit that base goal first! The most heart-breaking part of it is that Multiplex 10 won’t be able to continue. I can’t self-fund the web series any longer; I’m actually long past the point of being able to do so comfortably.

We’ve had some big-ticket producers step up and raise over half the money to date, but we can’t count on more jumping in. And we can’t assume that nobody is going to back out before the end of the funding period. Even just $1 truly does help—and you get all kinds of stuff in return. Learn more on the project page or…

Pledge your support to Multiplex 10 today!

The Multiplex 10: The Web Series Kickstarter ends in ONE WEEK

As of the RIGHT NOW — 10pm on Tuesday, July 10 — there are exactly seven days remaining in the Multiplex 10: The Web Series Kickstarter project! We’ve raised over 83% of our funding goal, putting us well within striking distance of the base goal for the upcoming final push!

Thanks to hitting a $16,000 milestone goal really early, the Kickstarter campaign funds more than just additional web series episodes and animated movie reviews:

  • There will be three shorter movie reviews with Jason (rewards for our Co-Executive Producer backers).
  • It will also fund a series of strips where Kurt and Jason “review” (from a certain point of view) the Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings (and Hobbit) movies — twenty-four of the nerdiest movies you all know and love. I’m going to have a little fun with the format, and while the animation deadlines will take precedence, I’m hoping to make them one a fairly regular basis — so the Multiplex 10 Cinemas staff (or two of them) will be in a webcomic again.
  • AND while this is an unofficial reward, Joe Dunn has threatened to feature the Multiplex 10 cast in two strips a week for three months. Here’s one of his recent misappropriations of these characters:
I can’t believe Joe doesn’t know how to spell my name right by now.

But none of this happens unless we hit that base goal, so don’t wait! No matter how good things look right now, the sooner we hit the base goal, the better. Funded projects always see a big boost in pledges — people just love “betting” on a sure thing.

Other News & Updates

  • Animation for Adults interviewed me about Multiplex and Multiplex 10! Most of you already know the origins of the comic strip, but we talked a little about my influences and my goofy ass elevator pitch for a Multiplex 10 TV series.
  • Multiplex 10: The Animated Short has been officially selected by the Independent Cinema Summer Showcase! It will screen at the event in Los Angeles, CA, on July 29th, but I don’t have any more details beyond that right now.
  • Leigh Lahav (who will be writing an upcoming Multiplex 10 episode provided the project gets successfully funded) just posted a new video TODAY — “The Infinite Place.” Check out that shirt, because it’s funny as fork!