"The Intrepid Herbivores" gearing up to take a big bite out of a TV near you!
Greetings from Intrepid Herbivores HQ in beautiful Portland, Oregon!
Thank you again for your donation toward our TV pilot lo these many months ago. It was nearly a year ago today that we returned from our foray to Thailand. After a whirlwind successful Kickstarter campaign and a sensorily invigorating and exhausting month in exotic Southeast Asia, it has at times seemed like the intervening year has been a slow one with little progress or evidence of the cultural explosion lurking within the memory cards of Joe's camera.
OR HAS IT?
We met Jon Meyer and Rachel Sharkeye at a gathering at the home of a mutual friend on July 4. Jon and Rachel are the force behind the production company Day 1000 Films. They are remarkable media artists and besides being highly skilled in the craft of editing, have keen eyes and a wonderful energy that has infused a vibrancy into the project that even we didn't anticipate. Hiring them to take on our pilot was one of the best decisions we have made so far!
Cutting approximately 16 hours of footage into 26 minutes of artfully arranged narrative takes a long time. Our editors have been consistently astounding us with each revision and we are literally weeks (and a few voiceover pieces, some graphics work, and some original soundtracking) away from having a finished pilot! We are frequently asked when and where you can see the show. The answer is that we still don't have an answer. Once the final cut has been sealed up, we will start the process of selling it. We have a treatment written and some strong leads to contact as soon as we have the product to exhibit. Our hope is to sell the concept to a network and obtain funding to continue the series. It is unknown whether this specific episode will ever see the airwaves or if it will be just the audition piece that earns us the wherewithal to launch a full season, but either way we are very proud of what we have so far and assure you that you will get to see it someday!
In the meantime, your continued support means the world to us. There is a lot you can do to help us keep momentum building. We are confident that "The Intrepid Herbivores" WILL be the Number 1 TV travel show about vegan and vegetarian food! If you haven't already, please visit The Intrepid Herbivores on Facebook and "like" our page (and share it with all of your friends!). The more fans we have the stronger our proposals (both to potential distributors AND to the companies we are approaching for sponsorship) will be. We have been compiling demographic statistics about projected audience for this program, but if we can show that five hundred million people are already fans our case will be all the stronger! OK, maybe five hundred million is a little bit lofty of a goal, but please help spread the word (share it with friends!).
If you happen to live in Portland, keep attuned to our schedule of dinner parties. While Kickstarter raised us a significant portion of our field production expenses, post-production is also costly. We have been hosting fundraiser dinners both to earn some more dollars and to share our experiences with friends and supporters. We cook a four-course vegan meal of Thai dishes we learned from the cooking schools we attended and documented for the show. These dinners have been filling to capacity and have been nothing but fun experiences for us and our guests.
In summary, thank you again, and keep your ear to the ground. Updates should be coming with more and more frequency as things are coalescing ever faster now.
Thank you for being part of "The Intrepid Herbivores!"
Sadie and Joe
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