We are the writers, producers, and cast of BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE: THE RISE OF THADLAND. Available to own today! Our film was partially funded by Kickstarter. It's been a long and crazy road but the movie is finally here! Ask Us Anything!


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EDIT: Hey guys, thanks for all the questions. We're blown away by the support! Thank you! We're going to take a quick break, but keep the questions coming and we'll jump on again in a few hours to answer more! Go Goats!

EDIT 2: Hey guys we're back to take more questions! A lot's happened since we left. We're now the #1 movie on iTunes!! Thanks for the amazing support! Ask away!

EDIT 3: Okay, we're checking out for the night. On our way to New York for the second premier screening. Thanks again for all the great questions and support for this insane movie. Can't wait for the opportunity to make more! Goodnight Reddit!

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monkeykins751 karma

In Rise of Thadland we see you shaking off the limitations imposed by the TV-MA rated series (hooray boobies). Did you ever feel limited when making the series? Was the film more challenging despite relaxed restrictions?

Ps. Proud kickstarter backer and I love that you filmed in NC. I am trying to spot my friends in the group shots (hooray boobies). GO GOATS!

IamEricFalconer815 karma

This is a great question. We rarely felt limited in series. Maybe a handful of things we really wanted to do that they said no to. Actually, Spike let us get away with so much on the series, that it was difficult to figure out ways to top that in the feature. We knew people were going to expect more from Thadland, but how do you do that (besides boobies)? We figured it out, that's for sure, but it was a topic of debate for a while during the writing process. Once we were in production it was very strange to not have anybody telling us "no" or setting limits. We wrote all this crazy shit and then I would have panic attacks during filming, wondering if we're going too far. I specifically remember a day we were shooting the naked fight scene and I see Romanski trying to fluff himself off camera... trying to get hard for the scene, and I was like "Somebody needs to pull the plug on this! We can't shoot this!". So it was strange being the final line on stuff like that, but it worked out in the end. It's all in there minus a few shots. Thanks for supporting the cause, friend!

TheCocksmith109 karma

I think a Drug Olympics could be so much better with TV-MA

IamEricFalconer224 karma

Drug Olympics is a great example of standards and practices setting limits. They allowed us to title the episode "Drug Olympics" for some reason, but they wouldn't let us say it in the show. We had to cut the term out of the script completely. You'll notice in the episode everyone calls it the "Team Building Olympics". It's strange sometimes what S&P stands their ground on.

SpelingMistake723 karma

Is ther a chance the TV show will be revived?

aritchson1475 karma

We have been told by Lionsgate that they want more BMS TV and/or movies. But it's all hinging on how this first film performs. They don't know the BMS audience like we do. So go out and buy the film, you'll be voting loud and clear if you do! We want more!

IamEricFalconer2048 karma

To echo Alan, our long term goal in this has always been to revive the franchise. If this performs well, there's a great chance we get the series back, or a few more movies. But it all hinges on the numbers for The Rise of Thadland. I've telling people if they want more BMS, they shouldn't steal this movie. Buy this movie, then when we make more, you can steal the sequels.

iamnotnakedhere709 karma

Sloot here - how many blowjobs would it take for me to get you guys to come to my school and teach my team how to party like the goat house? Bunch of nerds don't know how to have fun.

IamEricFalconer831 karma


HKizzle478 karma

You ever been to Bosnia?

aritchson1016 karma

You ever been in the shit?

Treebeezy264 karma

You ever seen a grown man naked?

dirtydayboy233 karma

Have you ever been to a Turkish prison?

IamEricFalconer589 karma

Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

just_another_victim_317 karma

Let's be honest. What happened to the theatrical release?

IamEricFalconer702 karma

There are a lot of long answers to this question. Short answer is it was Lionsgate decision. That being said, even if we had self distributed this movie, we wouldn't have done much different. We would have probably done some kind of limited theatrical release for opening weekend or something like that, but ultimately it would have been a digital, straight to consumer release. This movie is tough because nobody fully knows what our fanbase looks like. Netflix doesn't release data, so the only data Lionsgate or anybody has to go on are the Neilson ratings from Spike TV three years ago. It would have been a risky move for them to dump a ton of money into marketing and releasing this movie theatrically without any hard numbers to back up that decision. That's why it's so important for fans of the series and movie to buy this movie. This is our chance to show the world and all the studios and networks what our fanbase actually looks like. The Kickstarter numbers opened a lot of eyes, but people will ultimately judge this movie by sales numbers.

Also look at what happened to Entourage. They thought they knew what their fanbase looked like and that movie tanked. Didn't help that the movie itself was a pile of shit, but they took a bath in the box office considering what they spent. It makes sense that Lionsgate would look at that example of a TV show made into a movie and try to learn something from it.

We are trying to put together a tour though, and hopefully theater screenings will be a part of that tour.

dcrystal127273 karma


IamEricFalconer473 karma


AllHailTheSwooshman272 karma

Is that Justin Roiland's voice/animation during the dream sequence?

IamEricFalconer357 karma

Ha! Yes! So happy you caught that. We've been friends with Roiland and Harmon and the whole Rick and Morty crew for years. We all go back to the Channel 101 days. I was looking for a cartoon to use for that quick Future Thad segment and I remembered Justin's old 101 show "Unbelievable Tales" which I fucking love. I called Justin and asked if we could use the Little Dipper segment for the movie and he said yes. Also, Sevan Najarian who worked on those early 101 cartoons ended up doing a lot of our special effects for the movie. He also produced the Thad on Kimmel video we used to announce the Kickstarter early on. He's the guy who actually had the hi res version of Unbelievable Tales for us to use.

IamEricFalconer174 karma

There's also a quick Harmontown shout out in the movie. It's tougher to spot, but it's there.

owen51447 karma

Any chance you guys would ever go on the podcast? Talk about the movie?

IamEricFalconer57 karma

It's possible. Haven't discussed it.

eac_nyc137 karma

Why was Jay Chandrasekhar replaced as the director of the movie?

Pre-ordered last night, looking forward to watching it when I get home tonight!

IamEricFalconer184 karma

Chandrasekhar signed onto the movie during the Kickstarter campaign, but it was so early on in the process we didn't have anything in place. By the time we got the prep and shooting schedule set, Jay had booked a few other jobs. We thought about pushing the schedule to accommodate Jay, but that would have screwed us with cast schedules and production, and in the end we had to move on. We brought in Lev Spiro who did an amazing job with very short notice. We were lucky. We had so many great directors who worked on the series, that we had a lot of great talent to choose from in that regard. Hope you enjoy the movie!

JeremyMcDev131 karma

Hey Alan. Does Thad ever have wake up and have dreams he was a Ninja Turtle in an alternate life?

IamEricFalconer137 karma

Not a lot of people know this, but Alan actually is part turtle (below the waist). Michael Bay insisted on all the turtles getting surgery to make it more real.

salimaxter125 karma

Hey I am a huge fan and I have shown all of my friend your show!! What are your favorite memory's from filming? Also my body builder brother hopes to be Thad one day.

IamEricFalconer191 karma

Alan challenges your brother to a wrestling match. I can speak for him.

Reign316119 karma

Was there a reason why Shilo, and Radon were only in the film for a total of about 2 minutes? Did you shoot more scenes with them, and they were cut? I was looking forward to seeing Shilo again, and always found Radon hilarious. I loved the movie though, almost like the show never got cancelled. I watched to the end of the credits, almost broke my heart when it ended

IamEricFalconer145 karma

Early versions of the script had Shilo (and Denise) and Radon more involved in the main party and story. But in the end, there just became too many characters to service and reintroducing them and then having them become part of the story took too long. We had to trim it down considerably to service our main cast first and foremost. Ultimately we approached their moments as cameos to reintroduce them back into the franchise. If the series comes back or we make more films, I'd like them to be a part of it. There was more for Radon in the script, but we ended up cutting some of his scenes for various reasons.

nottheactor1117 karma

What was your favorite BMS episode to make and to watch?

IamEricFalconer164 karma

My favorite to make was Vision Quest. That story was the most fun to write and the shooting was amazing with Coach Daniels as the giant, Sammy as the white rabbit/goat, Radon as the mystic, Mary Jo as the siren, Larry as the rapper. My favorite to watch now is Marathon Monday. It was the first episode we made where I realized we could take the show in different directions and come out with great results. And it's an episode I watch and just wish I was there for the party.

MoistTightEnds81 karma

Who could get more sloots? Moran or Cam Newton?

IamEricFalconer131 karma

Moran's also a better dancer.

bearnakedladies55 karma

Did any of you guys actually play football in high school or anything like that?

IamEricFalconer35 karma

I played football in high school. I actually miss it a lot. There's a lot of my old football team that went into stories for BMS. Some names too.

King_Tuba47 karma

Me and my bros are about to get a pocket pussy. do you have any tips for us? so we do not end up with any STD's?

DarinBrooks123 karma

Alcohol swabs and lube... Wear and tear is normal, just clean thoroughly

aritchson290 karma

No, alcohol and lube are for hemorrhoids... Fish oil and oregano are for STD's...

IamEricFalconer41 karma

No fish oil is for herpes. It's mouthwash and hamster piss for hemorrhoids.

CherryTrees22445 karma

Hey Guys! Love the show, my roommates and I watched all 3 seasons religiously back to back to back in less than a week and we all love the show. Can't wait to see the movie. My question is:

Are you guys actually any good at football? How long did it take to get all those scenes right and look like a D1 football team?

IamEricFalconer67 karma

Thanks for the dedication!

I played footaball in high school. Might have tried to play college, but went to Emerson which doesn't have a team. The football in the show was aways the most difficult to shoot. It was expensive, and time consuming because we wanted it to look legit. The players we had were actually college players in Canada, mostly from Concordia. A few were even drafted into the NFL and CFL. But it was a constant struggle to keep the look of the football real, while trying not to blow our budget just on the action.

BerkshireDabaway30 karma

When the series does get revived, how will Thad be replaced? Or will he still play a role in the show?

IamEricFalconer25 karma

So here's the thing... We have this all figured out. We're just waiting for a chance to start writing again. I don't want to give anything away, but I'm really excited by the direction a new season or more movies would take. That's all I'll say about that.

jollquist29 karma

What is the line from the show that gets quoted to you guys most often?

IamEricFalconer114 karma


boardgamejoe11 karma

What does a shitbuster do exactly?

IamEricFalconer15 karma

He busts people taking shits. Nobody takes a shit on his watch.

ando7105 karma

What drug was most involved in the writing of the movie and series? What about in the production?

IamEricFalconer11 karma

Honestly no drugs around during work hours. After hours... mushrooms mostly. And a lot of wine.