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Surprise surprise! [Nov. 4th, 2008|10:06 pm]
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Hello all. Its been forever, I know. But I have moved to a new town and I'm jobless and inbetween school semesters, so I am giving this MST3k Lives! thing another try. However, I've made a new profile so you guys will see me on here as 'undeadoz' for now on. If anyone is still active and if anyone is still interested in the project, please speak up. maybe we can make some sort of chatroom somewhere and discuss this further. peace,

fellow MSTie,
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Second Wind [Jun. 11th, 2006|06:07 pm]
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After about seven weeks of silence, I think its time to start laying out a solution to the problem. I'm having enough problems finding the movies I need at local video rental stores so I know that many of you will have problems finding them too. Therefore, I'm purchasing videos off of Ebay and other sites to begin the research for the Pilot episode. A script has been written out for the host segments, having mostly to do with the explanation of this new show. If anyone would like to read it, please leave a note on this post, or email me. Make sure you include your address or I won't know where to send it. I know I haven't been on messenger in a while. I have a new AIM, "cornchipdeity", the same as my Yahoo username. My MSN is still deepshades@hotmail.com. Email is still makingsoap@gmail.com.

To do this right, I've been looking over various fanvid How-To sites, and I'm pretty sure that a nation-wide collaboration on this project would be futile. Therefore, I'm starting a small group in my town starting somewhere in mid-July. If you would like to be an active part in the production process, then you will probably need to live pretty close by and have a flexible schedule. Most of you guys have jobs and school and lives, so collaborating in the writer's pool is probably the best that you can offer. So here we go.

Anyone who lives near Lowndes County, Georgia, who can offer up their time and effort for little more than food, housing (sleeping bags in a cramped apartment), and full credit, please contact me saying so.

Anyone who does not live anywhere close to here, or simply does not have this much time on their hands but still wants to be a part of the writing team, please contact me saying you want to be in the writer's pool. This group will review the movies whenever available, and will be expected to attend at least two or three meetings per episode. They will get a say in the matter of story concepts, but most design matters will be under control of the main production crew at homebase.

Anyone who does not live nearby, have any time whatsoever, but still would like to be kept informed of the progress of this project, all you need to do is join this livejournal community. I will set up a system later on that will allow fans of MST3k, fans of our work, or simply nice people with a few extra bucks on hand to support the project in a monetary fashion. However, simply sending us tapes and DVDs of bad movies would also be greatly appreciated. I plan on including an LOTResque page of credits at the end of each episode thanking the people directly responsible for keeping this dream alive.

The plan, again, is to generate a living, working, production team to write, design, film, and distribute a sequel to the hit television series, Mystery Science Theater 3000. A fanvid show, yes, but one that will never end, and one that will be available to anyone on the internet. I'm hoping to use someplace like YouTube to post the episodes, and burn DVDs for people who don't have a fast internet connection or a computer to watch from. No money will be made from DVD sales or anything. Any money recieved will be donation-only, which I hope to reward later on with T-shirts and the like.

I will try to be online as much as possible. Also, I know there are probably a lot of you out there that want very badly to be a part of the main production crew, so I encourage you to start your own. The intellectual property originated from this LJ community belongs to all involved, so please be considerate and give credit where its due.

Anyway, thats all I've got for now.

Oh yes, almost forgot, I ordered The Green Slime (1968) on VHS so I should be recieving it soon. For those of you who aren't familiar with the title, The Green Slime was the first ever film to be made into an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Only a portion of the movie was riffed and made into a thirty-minute dry-run pilot. Sadly enough, no known fan copy exists. Its my hope that this stinkburger will attract fans of the early years and help kick off the show with a good start. However there's always the chance its not the greatest film to riff on and another may be chosen. My hearts still set on it, though. So, anyone out there with plenty of time on their hands, a notepad and a few hours to slaughter, The Green Slime looks like our first candidate for ridicule. Enjoy! And message/note/email me for a copy of the pilot episode host segments script!
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Busy Busy. [May. 6th, 2006|10:32 am]
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It seems like this is a bad time for people right now. Understandable. I, myself, have had my mind on a lot of things. Anyway, we may need to set this down for now, I don't know. I'll still be thinking about doing this. I just think maybe collaborating with twelve people in twelve separate corners of the country is asking a bit much. Anyway, any and all ideas that were stated here, at least the ones I made, are up for grabs for any individuals who would like to take the reigns of this project. But right now, I need to step back a bit. Good luck guys. I'll be on AIM as always.
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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2006|10:54 am]
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i have to recommend these 2 collections. i've never seen worse movies. i bought these together as one collection for only 8 dollars.


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Absent Excuse [Apr. 14th, 2006|10:02 pm]
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Sorry all, I had to attend my sister's school play Friday afternoon so I missed the meeting. However since I don't believe a time was named, its possible there was none to miss. Anyhow, I haven't seen the movies yet so I guess we'll just meet next Friday at 7pm EST. I think that was the time last week. Anyway, again sorry guys.
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The Meeting II: The Sequel [Apr. 8th, 2006|01:40 am]
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This evening's meeting went along quite well. Five people showed up, which is good, but I would still like to see more next time. The next meeting will be set for next Friday, April the 14th, and 8pm EST. If anyone has a problem with it, please say something and we can reschedule.

What was discussed tonight ranged from copyright issues to story ideas and plans for filming. Each subject will be summarized as follows.

COPYRIGHT: Its in agreement that if we're not selling a product, we can't be liable for copyright infringment. However, I am going to consult a lawyer friend to make sure this is true.

MOVIES: As it seems some of the more obscure movies are... well, obscure and hard to find, the movies that we will be watching this next week will be The Day the Earth Stood Still, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the 1980 version of Flash Gordon. We wanted the movies to be well-known, easy to get ahold of, and easily subjectable to a good riffing. The movie to be used for the first episode will be decided upon at the next meeting, after everyones watched the movies.

RIFFING: Many people disagreed on how we should transcribe our jokes for the movies. Some like typing IMs to themselves because of the timestamp option, others want to use tape records, etc. However you like is fine as long as the finished paper has the timestamps on it. There is also the possibility of an audio chat, like Ventrilo to be used so we can all talk by microphone while we watch the movie simultaneously. Then our voices will be recorded with a program like Magix Music Maker 2005. This will be discussed again at the next meeting.

VOICES: Its my belief that during these riffs, people should adopt funny voices that they think might shape the personality of the characters they or the people they write for might portray. Even if you are not going to be in the filming process of this show, I encourage everyone who plans on writing the riffs to try out some funny voices. Just try it out.

THE SHOW: It was believed at first, that we would make this show like some sort of "Lost Episodes" that would take place between seasons two and five with Dr. Forrester, TV's Frank, Joel and the bots. However after talking with the other MSTies, it was decided upon that we take a different approach. This approach is to make the show a sequel to MST3k. New characters allow for new writers to run wild with no worries of trying to imitate perfection.

THE PLOT: This is the story so far. And I apologize for the constant use of the name NewGuy. We've decided not to name our replacement for Joel and Mike, but instead to use the actor's name, when that part is cast.

"Pre-med student Jeffrey Forrester has always wanted to be an evil scientist just like his Uncle Clayton. So after his uncle dies, he takes this chance to take over his work. He knows just who to use for his experiments too. He goes to Gizmonics Institute, down to Deep 13, and launches the newly-repaired Satellite of Love into space, moving the controls for the satellite back home, to his basement apartment at Mom's.

Ed is Jeffrey's friend and assistant who doesn't believe that Jeffrey's sent anyone into space and is convinced its all just a new reality show. He is here to play Jeffrey's nintendo games and eat his mom's bagel bites. He is a big fan of the guys on the Satellite of Love, yet remains oblivious to Jeffrey's obvious grudge against NewGuy.

NewGuy is an average joe who lives next door to Jeffrey. He never really noticed Jeffrey at all, but it seems that at several hundred points in Jeffrey's life, NewGuy has been responsible for some horrible misery, all completely by accident as well. He still remains unaware as to what or when these incidents occurred, but he manages to make do with his current situation by building some robots to help him make fun of the bad movies they watch.

Mrs. F is Jeffrey's mother, who is always checking up on her son to make sure he's getting fed, his clothes are clean, and he remembers to take his constipation medicine."

The reason the personalities of NewGuy and the New Bots have not been thoroughly explained is because we feel it best to wait until the first episode is riffed so we can see how well different characters interact. Once the writers know whats funny and what works, we'll know who our three shadows on the movie screen will be. There will also be a bot to replace Gypsy, however its personality and name will be decided upon in the future. Our first priority is humor, originality is second. Just as Pearl and her minions replaced Dr. Forrester, just as Frank replaced Dr. Earnhardt, just as Mike replaced Joel, these characters are meant to be additional cast members to the legacy of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

THEME SONG: The theme song will be the same, but the lyrics will be changed, as they were so often changed during the show. These lyrics are being written still, however anyone is free to submit their own lyrics for consideration. It must go along with the music and it must accurately describe the story, just like MST3k's intro did. Plans are being made to have Keith's (woodstockhippie) band play the song. They probably will also be the ones that write the music for the songs in the host segments.

TITLE: "MST3k Lives!" Nothing more needs saying.

PROJECT MEMBERS: A survey will be placed up on here by Alaina (speaker) to get everyone's information, how they can be of use, when they are available, etc.

CREDITS: In order to help out those who may need some resume padding in the future, the credits for being on staff at MST3k Lives! are as follows. Anyone whose writing makes it into the finished script will be credited for that episode as "Writer." Anyone whose writing does not make it, but helps anyway will be credited for that episode as "Contributing Writer." Other jobs will be credited duly. Since this project will be a contining series of episodes, we will always be looking for more help. Even if your writing does not end up in the works, you will be kept on staff as an intern for placement as old writers decide to move on to better things. The legacy will live on!

WEBSITE: We will be placing our videos online. Probably going to start on a free site like Blogger or something, then move on to a domain name if things go well. So we will be looking for somebody with website designing expertise.

FILMING: Since everyone seems to live in a different state, we will need to set up a date to meet up for filming. All who can attend are welcome. Those who can't are forgiven. Tyler (beandipvagrant) says he may be able to house us, but as for a place to film, thats still yet to be found. It is my hope that we can do all the filming in a few weeks so we don't take up too much of people's time. It will most likely take place sometime this summer, so start looking to see when you have a buttload of free time. We're going to get everything we can get done ahead of time so that once we make it to the meeting site, all we need done is the filming.

EQUIPMENT: Since we're on a tight budget, I'll be using my crappy $800 camcorder. I'm also looking into buying a projector so that we can shoot the movies with some cardboard cutouts for the seats, which is just how the guys at Best Brains did it. All sets and props will be crew-made and cheap as hell. The designs for the new bots are also in plans right now.


That about conludes all that was discussed at this evening's meeting. More will be discussed next Friday, but please remember-- your homework this week is to try and watch as many of these movies as you can find: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Invasion of the Body Snatchers(B&W version), and Flash Gordon(1980s version). We will be deciding on Friday which of them to use for the first episode.

That about wraps it up!

--- Luke
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(no subject) [Apr. 5th, 2006|08:24 pm]
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i just thought about something... what about copyright infringement?
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Pumaman, He Flies like a Moron [Apr. 4th, 2006|02:40 pm]
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[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Can You Hear Me Howling?-Dream]

Alright, this weekend I watched a few bad movies. Clash of the Titans, bad, but not the right kind of material. House was pretty crummy, it just doesn't seem that watchable though. I still have yet to watch The Others, I'll get that done today. Neverending Story (one or 3 or the forth one) are very good to riff on. I'm going to try to find some more crappy movies before Friday though. I'll get back to you all with my findings. I know that we're not going to be using kids stuff which is fine by me, but man, Chuck Norris: Karate Kammandos and the Mr. T cartoons shows from Hannah Barbara have got to be some of the worst shows I've ever seen that had wonderful riffing moments.
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Next Sunday, A.D. [Apr. 4th, 2006|09:52 am]
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... is not when we will be meeting. This Friday sounds fair enough. Friday at 8:00pm EST, on AOL Instant Messenger. If you can make it, awesome. If not, no big deal, I'll be posting a summary of what went on in an entry here. So yeah, this meeting is for deciding on a movie to riff for the first episode. Also to help others get acquainted with our plans. Muahahaaa, our diabolical plans.... AHAHAHAHAAAA!!!! YES! ENTHUSIASM RULES!!!

--- luke
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More MST3k [Mar. 30th, 2006|07:43 pm]
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The Update So Far

If you want in on our little project, all you have to do is join the community. You can begin work immediately by doing the following:

1. Go out to the video store, the library, the internet, Grandma's old tape collection, and pick out the crummiest, most mind-boggingly awful movies you can. Take them home. Watch them. If you think its a real stinker, if you think its a worthy enough experiment, then come right back here and leave a comment, entry, email, instant message, telepathic message, with your review.

2. A meeting will set up sometime next week to discuss the movies we've seen and to decide on which movie to use for our first episode. Also, it would help a great deal if you could let me know what date/time you are available to attend the meeting, so I can decide when is good for the most people. Again, to do this, contact me by LJ comment, group entry, email, or instant message.

3. Most likely, we're going to use AIM for the meeting seeing as quite a few of you have AIM accounts. They're easy to obtain so there should be no problems there. So do try and make the meeting if you are available at the scheduled date/time.

4. Finally, if you are unable to get online to make the meeting, don't worry. You won't be kicked out or anything. Everything that goes on in the meetings will be posted here so everyone can keep in the loop. However we can't know what you want to happen if you don't attend and let your voice be heard.


How to contact me:

Email: makingsoap@gmail.com
AIM: werewolfsong
MSN messenger: deepshapes@hotmail.com

My name is Luke.
I am 20 years old.
I live in Georgia.

I hope we can all get to know each other well over the next couple of weeks. I want this community to be approachable and friendly. Don't worry if you're inexperienced. Don't worry if you live far away. Don't worry if you have neither time nor money. A big part of making this project succeed is having a large pool of writers, who do not necessarily need to live near each other. If everything works out well, everyone can have a part in making this dream a reality.
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