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3rd December 2015

Survey Outlook

It has all begun…

The Survey is out!
Upgrading is possible now!!
Tiers closed & Pre-orders opened!!!
Voice Cast Voting has started on Forum!!!!

The above topics are very important for UTD backers, so let us outline the details below.

SURVEY SENT

On November 30, the BackerKit survey was sent out to about 12,000 Kickstarter backers.

If you supported Under the Dog via PayPal after the Kickstarter campaign, you will receive the survey later. We are merging the PayPal backer data with Kickstarter backers on BackerKit. So it takes a little bit of time. We plan to send out the survey for PayPal backers around mid-December.

For both Kickstarter and PayPal backers, the survey due date is February 29.
Thank goodness, we have one extra day in February, as 2016 is a leap year!

TIER UPGRADES

Upgrading is now possible through BackerKit survey.
However, please note you can upgrade only up to CASE OFFICER ($250) tier. We understand that many of you wanted OPERATIONS OFFICER ($500) pledge level to be back on, since the tier included Anthea figurine. Now, you can buy it as an Add-on.

Please also note rewards are time-sensitive.
Certain rewards may not be available depending on when you make an upgrade. For instance, the voting period for Estella and Sayuri is 2 weeks (Dec. 2–16). If you miss that time frame, you will not be able to vote, even if you upgrade to a tier-level that has voting right as a reward.

THE FINAL AMOUNT

So the net total of funds raised from both Kickstarter and PayPal came out to be $817,681.26.

Yes, it’s lower than what the Kickstarter page says as the total pledged amount by the backers. Let us remind you that this is after the necessary Kickstarter, Amazon, PayPal fees for the campaign were deducted. It’s also due to pledged but un-collectible credit card payments. As you can see, we did not reach the 2nd stretch goal set at $1.16 million. This is the very reason why we are making only one OVA as a Kickstarter project.

The good news is, on the other hand, the total run-time of the OVA will be extended to about 30 minutes! This is all because of your contribution. So we thank you very much again for supporting Under the Dog!

PRE-ORDERS BEGAN

So on November 30, our PayPal online store was closed. No more tiers.
However, Pre-orders started on December 1!
Continue supporting us by buying individual UTD products online including the Anthea figurine!

Anthea-chan T-shirt update: It’s not yet appeared on our online Pre-order store, as we need to lock down some details. Thanks for your patience!

Notes:
– For Pre-orders, $15 shipping fee will apply to all countries (including the US).
– The shipment of Pre-orders will be at the same time as all the physical rewards are sent out. However, Anthea-chan T-shirt may be an exception where we might be able to ship it before the rest of the physical rewards. We are in the process of figuring out how to do so.

 

So once again, we have answers to the following frequently asked questions:

Q: Will upgrading be available?
A: Yes, you will be able to upgrade through BackerKit. However, please note you can only make an upgrade up to Case Officer ($250).

Q: Will Anthea figuring be back on the online store?
A: Yes! Anthea figurine will be back! It will take a form of Add-on and Pre-orders.

These are already on the UTD web’s FAQ page.

 

VOICE CAST AUDITION

On December 2 (just before this Update is sent out), we have sent out the voting invitations to those backers who are eligible. The voting will take place in our Forum to select the voice actresses for Estella and Sayuri.

The voting period will be 2 weeks. The last day for voting will be December 16!

If you are eligible to vote but not yet registered to our Forum, you should register now. We may or may not be able to comply with your requests in time due to our limited resources (=manpower), in case you cannot register properly.

Note: You must be on SENIOR OPERATIVE tier or above to participate in the voting.

 

Confused with all these different dates we’ve mentioned?
No worries. The overall timeline looks like this (all in United States PST):

November 30
Survey sent out to Kickstarter backers, last day of purchasing tiers

December 1
Tiers removed from online store, UTD products become available including Anthea figurine

December 2
Voting begins, Update on survey status

December 16
Last day for cast voting

 

Maybe it’s a seasonal thing, but since it’s December already, we figured we should go with the motto, “The more, the merrier!”

Till the next Update then!

13 comments on Survey Outlook

  • Romy (from the PR team)20th December 2015 on 9:59

    Tyler-san,

    We suggest that you go to the BackerKit website and try entering your email address you have registered with Kickstarter/PayPal:
    https://under-the-dog.backerkit.com/sign_in

    Best,
    Romy (PR Staff)

  • Tyler18th December 2015 on 3:18

    I never had a survey emailed to me, I was wondering if you guys could send me one because it doesn’t appear to be there.

  • Romy (from the PR team)12th December 2015 on 13:45

    Clixx-san,

    We will send out important official announcements to ALL our backers via emails. So you will not miss out on anything important.

    However, for biweekly Updates/News, PayPal and Pre-order backers will have to either drop in and see or check out our Facebook or Twitter:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/underthedogfilm
    Twitter: @underthedogpr

    Best,
    Romy (PR Staff)

  • Romy (from the PR team)10th December 2015 on 21:22

    Yami-san,

    Please contact us from the CONTACT page:
    http://under-the-dog.com/en/contact/

    Best,
    Romy (UTD PR Staff)

  • Yami10th December 2015 on 9:19

    Hi i back from paypal for $55 but when i was doing the survey it say i only back for $45 so could you contact me so we could discuss this. Thank you for your times

  • Romy (from the PR team)9th December 2015 on 7:49

    Clixx-san,
    We will look into if we can send out Update emails to ALL backers via BackerKit.

    MoeNonoke-san,
    The survey was sent via email. You can also get survey email sent to you from this URL, too:
    https://under-the-dog.backerkit.com

    Note: The survey for PayPal backers isn’t sent out yet. So if you backed us through PayPal, please wait a few more days!

    Best,
    Romy (PR Staff)

  • MoeNonoke7th December 2015 on 21:23

    Hey! By what means did you send out the survey? Because I didnt get anything on my mail as far as I can see :/

  • Clixx6th December 2015 on 16:05

    Will anything be sent to the paypal backers upon updates or any additional information?

  • Kim Lambert4th December 2015 on 8:46

    YES! 30 minutes of pure epicness plus you can extend the fun by finding your name in the credits, what more could we as for?
    An awesome figure maybe? Oh wait, already pre-ordered 😀

    Thanks a lot UTD! :)

  • Romy (from the PR team)3rd December 2015 on 12:58

    Thanks for your comments!

    Tayler-san,
    We want the figurine to be the most beautiful, too. So we are doing our best right now to make it happen!

    Michael-san,
    Not even a cent will be wasted, because we know that the total amount shows the high expectations of our backers. As for the voice cast voting, we will respect everyone’s opinion and choice, including whether to vote or not.

    Tayiz-san,
    As add-ons are meant to be (from the very beginning) “additional basic, unsigned items”, they will not be eligible for signing. Signed items are the rewards for our Kickstarter backers who pledged high amount at an early stage to help us reach the Kickstarter goal. So we think it’s fair that they should be properly rewarded with special tokens like signed items.

    Best,
    Romy (UTD PR Staff)

  • Taiyz3rd December 2015 on 10:17

    With the ability to increase our tier via BackerKit and purchase any of the goods up to the original $500 tier, I’m curious, part of the original tier mentioned “Have your physical rewards signed: the creative staff will sign your copy of UTD episode and the Voice-Over cast will sign your Copy of the Script.”

    Is that going to be exclusive to the people who pledged with this tier via Kickstarter originally, or will add-ons also be eligible for signing?

  • Michael3rd December 2015 on 9:09

    Wow, considering the price gap between the 5.8 from the first goal and the 1.16 for the 48 min total package I’m surprised to see the extra funds being utilized in this manner (though glad by all means).

    On the topic of VA voting I think I’ll steer clear of that, I know nothing of the topic so I’ll just trust the judgement of more experienced hands.

  • Tayler3rd December 2015 on 1:46

    I decided to blind buy that Anthea figure. I hope it is as beautiful as I expect. Haha
    It’s very strange buying something like that without seeing a prototype.

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