I think I'll plot it out this weekend. I'm open to suggestions.
So here's what we all paid for. Hope you like it.
We'll have video and pictures of it along the routes next week.
1. Pick a postcard to send. Just scroll down and find the one you want to mail to Warner Brothers and click on it to get the full size image. Save the image to your desktop. Sarah fan that I am, I chose this one.
2. Go to click2mail.com and sent up an account. Click2mail is really easy to use once you've been through the process, but it's a little confusing if you've never used it before. So I'll tell you exactly what to do:
3. Click the red "Get Started button in the center of the graphic near the top of the page.
4. Scroll down and click "Create an account" on the right hand.
5. Fill out the form and click "Register".
6. I hope I get this next part right because I already have an account and I'm already logged in. But I think it'll take you to the Create a new mailing page next. If not, then once you're registered, just use the link here to get to it.
7. Select "Postcards" as the type of mailing you want to do.
8. Click the "or, upload a new document" button that's right above those "small", "large", "reply" tabs.
9. In the "Select a product" pulldown menu, pick the first or second item: "Postcard - 4.25x6 single side" or "Postcard - 4.25x6 space saver". Single side means you don't get to add a note to the back and spacesaver means you do. You pay a bit more for spacesaver and chances are it's not going to get read anyway. So my suggestion is to pick a postcard design that carries a message. That's why I used the Wanted Poster design. No personalized message is even needed. Okay, next thing is to upload the artwork. Click that upload button and navigate to the postcard jpeg you saved to you desktop. Hit the "upload and mail" button.
10. In a new tab, pull up the WB address list. You'll want to send a postcard to all three of those people: Bruce Rosenblum, Peter Roth and Diane Nelson. Back on the click2mail page, click the link down on the left hand side that says "manage address book". That's where you'll enter the name, title and address for each of the three WB people. When that's done, hit the button in the bottom right corner that says "Next Step: Proof".
11. Now you can see what both sides of your postcard will look like. Use the little nav arrow that's in the upper right hand corner of the viewing area to make sure they all look fine. Check the box below it that says you've reviewed them all and click the "Next Step: Payment" button.
12. Pay attention! In the left hand column, it'll have you defaulted to B&W. Change that to full color and the paper to Gloss w/UV Coating. On the right hand side fill in your credit card info and hit the "Confirm Order" button. Ta-da! For a whopping $2.69 you've completed the mission.
You can download a larger/better copy here (I highly recommend it).
If you live near any of these theaters, go to the movies between 9/25 and 10/8 and report back how it looks on the BIG screen:
- The Grove - Los Angeles, CA
- Muvico Rosemont - Rosemont, IL (Chicago suburb)
- Clearview Cinemas at First & 62nd - New York, NY
I'm so sad I'm not near any of them :(
You already know about (and helped fund) the mobile billboard. but we've got another big idea in the works that we need donations for: Movie theater pre-show advertising. We'll be doing this through Screenvision (warning: their site autoplays a loud video), running 10-second slides (that get cycled 3 times during preshow) on movie theater screens. Screenvision will also be throwing some PR weight behind the fans with a press release about efforts to save The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
This is an open-ended donation meter because the more money raised, the more screens we can advertise on. At the minimum, though, we need to raise $1204 by August 28th to do this. All the details and a PayPal donation widget thingy are available on savethescc.com. Or, you can donate right here, right now.
Another way to help is though the purchase of a 4gb Cameron-CPU styled USB Flash Drive. All the profit ($8.83 each) from the sale of the chips goes towards the movie theater ad fund. But don't feel like you can't do both — buy a chip and kick in some donation cash!
In case you haven't been following along at savethescc, once the mobile billboard was funded and paid for, it was time to finalize the artwork. We put together a design and had fans vote on a couple slogan options. But there were a few gripes about the design, so we opened things up for fans to submit more designs. A couple designs came in and now it's time to vote again.
If you'd like to have a say in which one takes to the streets of Los Angeles Sept. 21-23, the poll is running in the savethescc forum. You'll need to be registered at the forum in order to participate. Polling ends on Wednesday, Aug. 12th.
Cameron CPU-styled USB Flash Drives
Want your very own Cameron chip? Well now you can have one, in the form of a 4gb USB flash drive. Unlike the stickers, these are being sold above cost as a fundraiser for the big Sept/Oct push. The season 2 DVD comes out September 22, so we've got more in store than just the mobile billboard campaign. A lot of what we have planned involves fan actions, but we've also set our sights on movie theater pre-show advertising to promote the DVD and boost sales. That's where all profit from the chips will go — to help fund the ads.
Movie theater advertising doesn't come cheap, though, and we're still shopping around for the best package. Once we've got that nailed down, we'll post the details and start asking for donations to fund the balance. In the meantime, why not help out the cause and get yourself a cool Cameron chip?
Emails, letters, postcards... Have we made an impact? Are we getting through to Warner Brothers? Are they hearing the united voice of the fans crying out for more Sarah Connor Chronicles? Maybe, but we think it's time to up our game. We think its time to show Warner Brothers that we mean business:
I know what you're thinking. I may not know how you think, but I know what you're thinking about right now. A mobile billboard?! That's got to be expensive! Indeed it is, but not very expensive at all if everyone chips in. All we need is $3500 and surely there are enough true TSCC fans to make it happen. You think I'm kidding? Nope. You think I'm crazy? Could be. But what better way to tell Warner Brothers we want more TSCC than to send a mobile billboard to their headquarters?
Will you join us? Details and a PayPal Donation widget can be found at SaveTheSCC.com. You can also contribute to this fund from right here, right now. And by the way, that widget will be available in my profile until we reach our goal.
Work has picked up considerably in recent weeks, so between that and dedicating most of my free time to Sarah Connor, LJ has sadly taken a back seat. I'm going to remedy that. I know I'm way behind on what you guys are all up to, but I'm going to catch up this weekend. In the meantime, here's what I've been up to:
I recently reorganized The Sarah Connor Society forums (also made a new skin/theme for it) and set-up a TSCC series rewatch. For that, you watch the pilot on your own then hit the new rewatch board for discussion next Wednesday (it continues with an ep a week).
A lot of my nights have been spent in the savethescc.com chatroom, brainstorming TSCC campaign ideas and socializing. We've had a petition going that's already had over 2500 signers, we've been doing emails, letters and postcards to WB, Halcyon and various networks. We've got sort of a press pack in the works to send out to those same places. Our biggest venture is a mobile billboard in Los Angeles and fundraising for that is going to kick off next week. We're going to need about $4,000, so don't be surprised when I start guilting you all into pitching in a couple dollars ;)
Comic Con is coming up, so I made some stickers for people to wear on themselves and hand out. But then we all decided there was no need to limit sticker fun to just a con. There's been a lot of excitement and chatter about the stickers for weeks now but they finally arrived from the printer today so ordering has begun. They look awesome, by the way, they really do. I fronted the money for this so I'm handling the distribution. I bought 10,000 stickers, so they're incredibly cheap (I'm selling them at cost). You can buy as few as 10 or as many as 800 in one shot. So go get some! You can read more about it and/or place an order at savethescc.com.
Here's a shot of some of my recent handiwork — a couple postcards and the two stickers:
Super Happy Update...
Special thanks to my awesome audio geek bro who found the song in a podcast and extracted it for me. I don't think I'll ever be in a bad mood again as long as I have this song within earbud range :)
( Wouldn't you like to be in a good mood too? )