Donate to the Veronica Mars Kickstarter NOW!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you’d be fully aware that Rob Thomas, with the permission of Warner Bros, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to make the long-awaited Veronica Mars movie. With plenty of incentives for fans to donate, they reached the $2 million target insanely quickly. But, I was disappointed to see that only people within the US were able to pledge money.
Thankfully, they’ve finally opened up donations to a bunch of other countries, so this morning I was able to give $50 [plus a $10 “out of the US” fee] towards finally giving one of my favourite television shows some sort of closure. $50 may not seem like much [hey, I’m a student – give me a break], but every little bit counts. Donations close this Friday 12th of April, so if you want to be a part of it, give them your money now! Click here to pledge.
There’s been a bit of backlash over the decision to raise money through Kickstarter. Several publications have said that it’s unfair for a studio to make money off a film that they haven’t actually funded. But without the Kickstarter, there’s no way in hell that this film would have ever been made, and I think the fans [or Marshmallows, as we’re apparently called] care more about it actually happening than where the profits are going. Besides, there are so many incentives for donors that people are easily getting their money’s worth. For the $50 [technically $60] that I’ve put in, I get a digital copy of the film, a PDF of the shooting script, an exclusive t-shirt, and a copy of the film on DVD. Hell, I’d easily pay at least $30 for the t-shirt alone, and $25 is not an unreasonable price for a new release DVD.
The higher value pledges are still worth it. For $750, you get everything that I get, plus a poster and a Blu-Ray copy, as well as two tickets to the red carpet premiere in NYC! I know devoted fans who’d pay way more than that to get to a film premiere, especially for something with such a cult following as Veronica Mars. Besides, if the studio does end up making a little bit of cash from the project, then maybe that will give them the incentive to give a little more support to cult television series. I’m not just thinking about Warner Bros here, either. Between this Kickstarter project, and the return of Arrested Development thanks to Netflix, we’re now heading into a time in which cult shows are finally getting the recognition that they deserve. This could really change things. So, come on people. Give a little to the Veronica Mars movie, and who knows what’ll be next…
Also, if you haven’t already, you should probably watch the YouTube video that Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell and co. have put together to try and convince you to donate.