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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2018.02.12 Great News on the KoDT:LAS Front!

2018.02.12 Great News on the KoDT:LAS Front!
We here at Not Another Dime (For Ken Whitman) have spent a LOT of time covering Ken "Whit" Whitman's shady dealings, mostly focused on his numerous Kickstarters. While we tried to be as objective as possible, all these things.....and there are some things we deliberately have not reported (but still investigated in case we had to go there)...well, they just wear our people down. If your go back through pretty much every post you'll see that there really isn't any good news, anything positive.

This is why we are so happy to report something positive: the Knights of the Dinner Table Live Action Series (KoDT:LAS) is finally seeing the light of day, despite Ken "Whit" Whitman's actions to the contrary.

We got words months ago that Ken "Whit" Whitman's contract to produce KoDT:LAS expired at the end of last year. He couldn't release the series legally after that point, not that he would anyway. Thanks to a few contacts behind-the-scenes, one of whom was obviously Jolly Blackburn, we knew that there was a chance.....a brief glimmer of hope....that KoDT:LAS might see the light of day.

Today is that day! Here is a preview of the editorial from KoDT 252 (might change due to editing in the actual issue):

Jolly Blackburn, Kenzer & Company
"Four years ago this month, 795 backers raised almost $70,000 to crowd fun a live action, Knights of the Dinner Table movie. Low budget to be sure, but the cast was amazing, the script was provided by and creative control was in the hands of the KODT D-team and for everyone involved it looked to be a fun project.

Then — as most of you know, the troubles began.

I won’t retread the sad details here other to summarize that the project creator (and the man who had sole acess to the funds) failed to uphold his part of the equation and effectively abandoned the  project and went silent.

Which is doubly sad since everyone else involved  DID do their part. The script was delivered. The actors and crew showed up. And three episodes of KODTLAS were filmed. All that was left to do was for Ken Whtiman to edit the footage and deliver the finished DVD to backers.
Obviously they never happened. 

Enter Ben Dobyns.

Ben of ZOE (Zombie Orpheous Entertainment) took it upon himself to try and salvage something from the project for those who  put up their hard earned money.

You can read the detail in Ben’s release below, but basically he cobbled together the footage of KODTLAS and manged to pull together, “A best possible cut with what we have”  edition.

So the good news is, if you backed the project you can finally see all three episodes. I want to thank, Ben and ZOE for their hardwork and  efforts on this front. It wasn’t THEIR problem. It wasn’t their project. 

I’m extremely grateful that KODT fans will finally be able to see the hard work the actors, crew and backers put in to this. They deserved better than how they were treated by the project manager. Thanks, Ben.

Jolly R. Blackburn
January 18, 2018"

And from what should be a KS post and additional entry in KoDT 252:

Ben Dobyns, Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (ZOE)
"Hello to the backers of Knights of the Dinner Table: The Live Action Series – My name is Ben Dobyns (CEO of Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, producer of The Gamers and JourneyQuest, etc) and with Kenzer and Company's permission and encouragement I've managed to cobble together complete edits of the three original Kickstarter-funded KODT episodes.

I used a combination of the incomplete footage on the original hard drive that Ken Whitman sent, low-resolution rough cuts from Jolly Blackburn's Dropbox, and any other resources that I could find. It's not perfect—and it probably never will be—but it's better than nothing.

With the original Kickstarter creator apparently permanently out of the picture, Kenzer and Company and I discussed whether it would be possible to at least let backers see the film project they paid for.
I reached out to BackerKit and, thanks to major technical support from their team, we were able to build a pledge fulfillment survey for all of the original KODT:LAS backers. Those surveys will soon be going out to backers!

So, if you're a backer, here's what that means: You'll be able to fill out your BackerKit survey. Then you'll receive a download of KODT:LAS -- The Reconstructed Edition
And optionally, you can order a DVD (at cost) from our print-on-demand partner

YES, it's not a complete Kickstarter fulfillment, we all get that. I don't have the funds (or responsibility) to print up all of the rewards that the original creator (Ken) promised. But I can at least give you a version of the movie.

This has been a labor of love. I'm not making any money from it. Kenzer and Company isn't making any money from it. We just want you to have a copy of the series that you paid for.

Thanks for your understanding and patience, thanks to KenzerCo for allowing this, thanks to Zombie Orpheus for hosting the resources for fulfillment, and thanks to all of you for being loyal KODT fans.

Ben Dobyns
CEO & Exec. Producer
Zombie Orpheus Entertainment"

One of our editors went to the disastrous GenCon "premiere" and after-party. While he didn't speak to Ben Dobyns directly about the subject, he did see a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff and everyone....EVERYONE from Zombie Orpheus Entertainment was pretty awesome. Not only did they hustle up an actual after-party for the backers, they kind of took over the Q&A portion after the viewing and pretty much put the focus on the project, with a heavy emphasis on the non-ZOE actors. By all accounts everyone at ZOE love what they do and love their fans, many of which were also KoDT:LAS fans. Odds are the guys (and gals) at ZOE are big fans themselves and to spend so much time and energy in a project that isn't theirs......




5 comments :

  1. Thanks for helping get the word out. With four years having passed, it's important to us that backers who may have had a change of email address get the word. Very grateful that backers will finally get to see all the hard work the actors and crew put into this. And it feels good to close this particular chapter on you-know-who. It doesn't fix things but at least episodes backers paid to see will be in hand. This kind of feels like a happy ending - even if not a perfect one.

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  2. Fantastic. And, although not a backer of this project, I would be *thrilled* to donate to this labor of love to help offset some of the out-of-pocket costs incurred by the folks who made this happen. Someone let me know where I can donate to help out these kind folks who made lemonade out of Kenny's lemons.

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  3. Ben: You da man! Kenny complained that if he turned over the footage, people would forget him, and the person who took over would be the person who saved KoDT:LAS.

    That person is you, Ben. Thank you!

    You cleaned up a mess that you had no part in making. Never, never let Kenny take credit for fulfilling this Kickstarter. The credit goes to you and Jolly and the people who helped you.

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  4. Nice work Ben. It's nice to see people doing good things, because they can.

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  5. Great work Ben, I plan to take a harder look at your offerings. Congrats Jolly, you at least can know the backers are getting something.

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