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Saturday, September 3, 2016

2016.09.03 We Couldn't Let This Opportunity Slip Us By....

2016.09.03 We Couldn't Let This Opportunity Slip Us By....
Yesterday's post got us yet another WTF? update from our main man Ken "Whit" Whitman. We've stated before that in general we aren't going to allow his comments here at Not Another Dime (For Ken Whitman), primarily because he was baiting/attacking/something stupid to/with other commenters and we didn't feel it was appropriate to give the man another forum to do his thing when he already has so many other options available to him.

Of course when his comment was directed at NAD we felt inclined to allow it so we could respond publicly. This comment seemed directed at us and our initial response was to simply delete it as we are wont to do. The comment was shared with a few like-minded individuals and the general response was "you should allow that", so we are.

2016.09.03 Ken "Whit" Whitman Comment
"I see no news about my Emergency Gallbladder removal or the fact I taught my class two days after it, because I have to work so I can release my Kickstarters. My expertise comes from over 10k hours of shooting, writing & editing. I have filmed two feature length movies, two tv pilots and over 50 two minute demos, so I might actually know some shit. Also, I am SAG elegable, because I have speaking lines in upcoming movies. Do you guys really think I would have gotten this far without talent? Keep me in the front of gammers minds, then when I get everything back in order, well i will have you to help thank! Be Good."

Wow.....so much to comment on....we'll just have to start at the beginning.

"I see no news about my Emergency Gallbladder removal or the fact I taught my class two days after it, because I have to work so I can release my Kickstarters."

What does "Emergency Gallbladder removal" have to do with your unfulfilled Kickstarters? Not a damned thing, that's what. "I have to work so I can release my Kickstarters." Actually, you had quite the payday not only on those Kickstarters $177,095 (gross), not to mention an untold amount of sold/double-sold resin, books, & KenzerCo product. No, those projects were paid for already, you have to work to make people think you might get around to fulfilling those Kickstarter projects after you did whatever it was you did with all that money.

We won't even get into the offers of help or your attempts to pawn-off some of the Kickstarter fulfillment onto other people.

"My expertise comes from over 10k hours of shooting, writing & editing."

Yeah....we're going to call bullshit right here & now. 10,000 hours is eight (8) hours a day, five (5) days a week, fifty (50) weeks a year for five (5) years (8*5*50*5=10,000). Your "resume" and output just don't add up to those hours. We won't even get into what has been called the 10,000 hour rule.....

"I have filmed two feature length movies, two tv pilots and over 50 two minute demos, so I might actually know some shit."

Yeah...about that. Your IMDB page doesn't show "two feature length movies" More than likely you are counting KoDT:LAS, which is episodic and doesn't count by anyone's (who matters) definition. Spinward Traveller is undoubtedly the other "feature length movie", but really since neither have been released counting them as "filmed" doesn't really mean a whole helluva lot.

We will give you that you "know some shit", since you seem to produce jack-shit (You're what? 2 for 11 on the Kickstarters?)and spew a lot of shit online.

"Do you guys really think I would have gotten this far without talent? Keep me in the front of gammers minds, then when I get everything back in order, well i will have you to help thank! Be Good."

Our general research leads us to believe you've gotten this far from compartmentalizing your victims, moving enough to stay one step ahead of process servers, and cutting corners where you can. Of course selling products and not providing them (soft-cover KoDT books anyone?) probably helps as well. Oh wait, we forgot the tired trope of "I am working on the Kickstarters, give me more time, and I'll produce something sometime in the future." I think we've been calling that "kicking the can down the road". You've gotten far too mileage off of that one.

Of course all this commentary is just our opinion, even though a fair amount can be backed up with evidence, but I think it is safe to say that everyone that isn't Ken "Whit" Whitman or one of his sock-puppet accounts/ardent supporters would generally agree with us. By all means Kenny, prove us wrong......please prove us wrong. That would be awesome! This site doesn't really have much experience documenting you getting things right, so by all means, help us break some new ground here!


4 comments :

  1. My two pieces of advice to Ken Whitman:
    1) Come clean regarding the Pencil Dice Kickstarters. Just tell the absolute truth about them. Tell your backers that you have lied on multiple occasions. It's not like we don't know. When you say things that contradict each other, one of those things has to be a lie.
    2) Finish just one thing. You're SO FAR underwater at this point on so many different projects that I know it's impossible the try to figure out what to work on. Nothing gets done. I've been there. Pick just one thing. Ignore everything else. It's not like those things getting ignored are getting any real progress on them now. Focus on one single overdue project and work it to completion. If you need help, ask for it. I'm fully aware that this won't include the Pencil Dice (which is the only thing you owe me), because that only requires money, and what I have in mind is not "just save up until I have enough money to order and ship pencils." I mean finish the footage for one of your projects. Finish, completely, just one episode, and make it available. Don't have enough money to ship a stack of DVDs? Fine. Post it on Vimeo. You can "sell" and then gift your content to people on that medium. At least you'll be able to point to something as being done. You are now at the point where you can't make everyone happy. Instead, you're just pissing a bunch of people off. Make SOME people happy.
    Finish just one thing.

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  2. The only "thing" that Ken can do to fix the situation that he created for himself is to complete the things that he contracted with us, the backers, to do. This includes all work/rewards on all of the kickstarters, an accounting/explanation of all lost/misused funds and equipment. An explanation of the low-quality of the few things that were shipped. PrefereSince Ken has continually refused to keep backers informed of the status of the projects (or of things preventing the work from being completed), he does not deserve any special new deals from those of us who financed and contracted with him.

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  3. I don't mean it as a new deal. I mean that, from a psychological and time management standpoint, the best thing he can do is focus on a single task and work it to completion. Once he finishes that one thing, he can move on to another.
    The money is gone. He has spent every last dime. If you sit there and insist that you get everything that was promised you from the beginning, you're not ever going to get a thing.
    Now, I'm in agreement with everyone else that I'd love for him to wind up in court - civil or criminal.
    But barring that, it's time for Ken to focus on one task at a time, and for the backers to accept that they're never going to get everything they were originally promised. That's just not going to happen.

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  4. Not worried about Ken's psychological wellbeing or whether he needs tutelage. Not willing to babysit him in hopes of him actually growing up. No more new deals, chances. We have been burned at every step along this path.

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