Time To Show Support Vampire Academy Fans
First I want to start off by saying that the Vampire Academy Family has done a great job of raising over $150,000 for the IndieGoGo campaign to revive the franchise and make Frostbite a reality. I know that some people have said that it is looking bleak and comparing it to other campaigns (mostly Kickstarter campaigns where you can pledge a certain amount and not be charged until the end of the campaign whereas IndieGoGo charges you right away with a refund coming your way if the campaign isn’t funded) which isn’t fair to compare it to other campaigns. Don’t be discouraged by people talking about how Veronica Mars earned $2 million in like one day, that was something that Veronica Mars fans have been waiting many years for and they were given a lot of notice to start saving up money…plus it was a Kickstarter, so you were able to add to your pledge as the month went by without being charged. That is not to say that the producers have chosen the wrong path because IndieGoGo is still a great avenue to kickstart a campaign.
You guys have done a great job of trying to drum up support from all avenues and what is plaguing this campaign, in my opinion, is that for one there are certain fans out there that aren’t hesitant about a Frostbite movie because they weren’t happy with the first film (which is understandable, not every single fan is going to like a book to film adaptation and you blame the studio for that mess!) and the second thing that is plaguing the campaign is the fact that they aren’t getting any media support! Yes the campaign has been talked about on Yahoo! and Page To Premiere but where the heck is E! News, Entertainment Weekly, PeopleMag and other entertainment outlets. The Veronica Mars campaign was consistently talked about on different media outlets but nothing on Vampire Academy which is not only trying to get a sequel made but also trying to revive a franchise. This is the first time that producers have ever tried to revive a franchise with a crowd funding campaign, so why is the media not talking about it. I get that the critics didn’t like the first film and basically judged it as a clone of Twilight meets Mean Girls but at least take a moment to write up even one little article about the campaign because that gets people that were fans of the first film to see it and maybe contribute to it (not everyone has liked the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages so they have no way of knowing about the campaign without media coverage). So I recommend that the fans take charge and go on Twitter tweet out the information on the campaign with the link to the campaign. The big 3 are Entertainment Weekly (@EW) E!News (@enews) and People Magazine (@peoplemag) Be nice when writing to them but be consistent, let them know that you guys are not going to stop until they write something up about the campaign. Remember to constantly add the link to the IndieGoGo campaign https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/frostbite-a-vampire-academy-film/x/8361821 The media is underestimating the fans of Vampire Academy because they haven’t made a million yet but you guys should be proud of the $150,000 that you have made so far without the help of the media, but now it is time that they start talking about it.
Next up I want to talk with the fans that are hesitant about contributing to the campaign because they were disappointed with the first film. I completely understand where you are coming from and I get why you would be nervous. You felt that the studio completely ruined the first film by giving it a Mean Girls feel to it when in fact, the books are much more then just High School drama. With the original screenplay I feel that they did actually capture it but then the studio got involved and they messed with it, wanting to just appeal to a young audience and not taking in the fact that the Vampire Academy fans are intelligent people that wanted to see a truer form of the book. Now you are probably shaking your head Yes and saying, ‘How are we supposed to trust that they won’t do that again?’ and the answer to that is simple, the second film is YOUR FILM! You have funded to the film and you now have a voice in the whole thing. You can tell them what you would like to see in the different characters, heck you can even throw in who you picture as playing the other characters. This is a fan funded film, the producers have seen what you had to say and want to make it up to you by giving you the film that you want, not the film that the studio heads were thinking you wanted. They want YOUR feedback, support and love for this sequel. I get that not everyone can donate $100+ but even giving over $5 is something to the campaign and you’d be able to still contribute what you would like to see in the film. I understand that you guys are nervous but really trust them this time around, they are trying to give you guys the film that you want to see. The producers didn’t have to do this, they could have just washed their hands of the franchise but they chose to fight for it because they know the fans are out there and they just want the second chance to get it right. So give them a second chance to get Frostbite right for you. Contribute even $5 to the campaign, so then when it hits the $1.5 million, you can say you had a hand in helping it reach the goal and you helped shape the film. YOU now have a voice in this, make yourself heard! There are over 47,000 fans on the Official VA Movie twitter page, 363,495 fans of the Facebook page for the VA Movie and there are over a million fans of the Vampire Academy book series Facebook Page. Show everyone that you are a strong fanbase that believes in giving the producers a second chance and believe in the second film. I promise you that they will make this franchise the way it was supposed to be made! They have listened to you guys this far, help them out a little bit by contributing to the campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/frostbite-a-vampire-academy-film/x/8361821
The campaign is opened to International fans and you guys will have a voice in the making of the film as well. Band together VAFamily and show the media and everyone else that Frostbite is worth saving!
I want to add this special message from the NEW screenwriter of Frostbite (yep, I said new, as in, not going to be a Mean Girls ripoff but actually going to be true to the second book):
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM SCREENWRITER, PIERS ASHWORTH:
“Writing the screenplay for Frostbite made me realize just how perfect the story is for a movie. It is filled with action and emotion and incredible characters all of whom evolve through the story. I can’t wait to see Adrian’s onscreen introduction… not to mention Natasha and Eddie and Janine. But I think my favorite new character is Isaiah. In this film the Strigoi are really, really scary… and the worst of them, the most powerful, is Isaiah. Immeasurably strong and almost impossible to kill he’s the ultimate bad guy and the perfect opponent for Rose. Because of his existence (and his plan to eradicate the Moroi royal families) there is tension from the very first page. That gives the film an energy and a pace that will keep audiences (even those who have never read the books) on the edge of their seats until the very end.
We have to get this movie made. We have to meet Adrian and understand the new dimension he brings to the story. We have to experience the changes Rose undergoes as she battles the ultimate foe at the same time as coming to terms with her relationships (including the one with her mother). We have to see the battle of wills in the basement - and the surprise of Mia’s use of water magic to incapacitate Isaiah. We have to see the Strigoi for what they really are. Please help make that happen”.
Another thing to add, just think once we get Frostbite that gets up closer to Shadow Kiss and we all know what happens in that book! I want you to picture everything that happens in Frostbite: the drama, action, suspense, romance etc… picture all of that in your head. Now go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/frostbite-a-vampire-academy-film/x/8361821 and contribute what you can to make that all possible! After contributing, I want you to picture in your head Shadow Kiss and then I want you to get excited about the revival of the Vampire Academy campaign and contribute what you want to see in Frostbite. It is time to be optimistic about this franchise and believe that the producers are listening to you and going to put your money to great use. They are NOT using you, they are truly wanting your help in bringing this franchise back to life. They’ve done a lot of the work already but not they just need you guys to give that extra push and the reality of Frostbite will be in your hands. Prove the naysayers wrong and make this campaign a success!
If you still believe that you don’t have a say I want to leave you with this message from Marci Liroff who is asking for suggestions on the casting of Rose’s mom, Janine (yep you guys have that say but it is only going to happen if the campaign is completely funded):
"Rose looks up. From her shocked expression we realize that the senior guardian – now stepping forward to address the assembly – is indeed Janine Hathaway…Rose’s mother.” – FROSTBITE script
This is going to be a game changer for Rose! What a fun role to cast! Rose has always kept her cool in the face of danger, bullies and boys, even The Strigoi(!) – but for the first time we will see Rose struggle to keep her composure.
Like Rose, her mother is small but mighty. When we first meet Janine, we won’t feel much maternal instinct from her – but as the stories develop and the mother/daughter relationship grows, we will need to see through the tough cracks of her exterior to discover her huge heart. We need to find someone who’s physically fit and willing to put in some serious fight training so that she can go blow-to-blow with Rose.
- Marci Liroff
*We kindly request that any messages or casting suggestions for Marci be left in the Comment sections or OVAM social media channels. Thank you!*
#ADDING: There is a perk that is a $50 signed cast photo. If 20,000 fans were to purchase this perk alone, that would bring the total to $1 million! Most cast signed photos go for over $100! You will have the signatures of Zoey Deutch (yes she signed a 3 picture deal!), Lucy Fry (Lissa) , Danila Kozlovsky (Dimitri) , Dominic Sherwood (Christian) , Cameron Monaghan (Mason) , Sami Gayle (Mia) etc.. Just think, it will be an authentic cast photo with signatures.
The second amazing perk is the $150 one with the signed photo of whoever is playing Adrian! Plus you get Updates, PDF Script, Digital Download, T-shirt or Tank and a poster that is being exclusively made for the campaign (one of a kind people!) This is a limited one though, there are only 2500 available (if we can get all of those perks taken that brings a total number to $375,000 raised!!!) So picture of gorgeous Adrian is going to be and think about this last Bloodlines book, now picture having a signed photo from the actor plus all the other great things you get!
The power is in you hands VA Family, time to prove yourself!!!!
$150 perk at 2,500 people= $375,000 (only 2500 available; signed photo of Adrian along with tons of other perks!)
$10 Perk at 150,000 people= $1.5 million
$20 perk at 75,000 people= $1.5 million
$30 perk at 50,000 people =$1.5 million
$50 perk at 30,000 people=$1.5 million (2 different $50 perks available; one a signed cast photo)
$75 perk at 20,000 people=$1.5 million
$200 perk at 7,500 people=$1.5 million
$250 perk at 6,000 people=$1.5 million
$300 perk at 5,000 people=$1.5 million
$750 perk at 100 people=$75,000 (only 100 available at this level; name appears in credit of the film)
$4,500 perk at 10 people=$45,000 (only 10 available; featured background role in the movie)
$5,000 perk at 5 people=$25,000 (only 5 available; you and a friend get to go to the set, background role in movie)
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