Hello Virtual Voyagers,
This is a long overdue update to our project but I want to fill you in on where we stand with "Three@Sea."
Of the most significance is that using the footage we shot for the pilot funded by our wonderful Kickstarter supporters, we were able to find and sign a deal with a duo of agents who have agreed to represent "Three@Sea." They have a successful history of placing shows on networks, so we hope that they can use their connections and experience to add one more show to that list. The footage from the pilot shoot was key in helping tell the "Three@Sea" story, to which they very favorably responded. It's not easy to get experienced agents to represent a show, so we feel very fortunate that they see the value in a family friendly, positive show.
With their guidance, we have re-designed the graphics and edited a new "sizzle reel" which they will use to pitch the show. It incorporates footage that the Besemers shot while on their recent travels, as well as footage we shot for the pilot.
We still intend on editing a full pilot, but the hold up has been that we are waiting to see if a network picks the show up - and how they want the show done. I promise to do a better job keeping you updated on our agents' progress. This is a notoriously (and frustratingly) slow process, but I hope that I will be able to deliver good news one of these days.
And now for an update on the Besemers...Three@Sea and her crew spent what was, at times, a difficult winter in the Bahamas. David traveled for work a great deal, while Kathryn and Ayla were aboard an anchored Three@Sea. Kathryn stepped far outside her comfort zone managing the boat in David's absence, and Ayla battled a nasty case of impetigo but she seems to have successfully conquered it. All in all, though, they truly enjoyed their time in the Bahamas. For a lovely recap of their winter, take a look at Kathryn's video blog.
Three@Sea is now in Florida while the Besemers make plans for their next adventure.
I'll be in touch with the progress our agents make, so please keep the positive vibes coming that there is a network executive out there with a heart for this kind of positive programming! In the meantime, enjoy looking at the new sizzle!
Carolyn, Jerry and the crew of Three@Sea
Dear Virtual Voyagers,
Today we are not Three@Sea, but Six@Sea. The crews of Three@Sea and Atherton Pictures are 25 miles off the east coast of the United States aboard this trusty ship and we’re making our way from Nantucket to Sandy Hook, New Jersey in a 32-hour cruise. We delayed our departure from Nantucket by one day because of high winds and rough seas. This turns out to be a wise decision, because, for the most part ride has been smooth, comfortable and blessed with clear blue skies. We did have a period in the middle of the night and into the morning when we hit some rough patches and it made for interesting sleeping.
Our days on Nantucket were spent discovering some of the not as well known stories of the island. Our first stop on Tuesday was at the Maria Mitchell House – the home of America’s first female astronomer. When Ayla was a small girl, Kathryn and David read her “Maria’s Comet” which told the story about the comet that Mitchell discovered. As Ayla has grown, she has developed a strong interest in astronomy so the chance to be in Mitchell’s home was exciting. The Besemers were also introduced to two staff astronomers and treated to a look at the beautiful wood Clark telescope on which Mitchell discovered her comet.
The island of Nantucket is home to four bogs, one of which grows cranberries. We were fortunate enough to be there at the end of growing season and Ayla was given the opportunity to help with the harvest. Donning chest high waders, she gamely sloshed into the bog and standing in bright red cranberries floating on water up to her waist, she looked as though she was ready to shoot an Ocean Spray commercial. She was given an ordinary garden rake and helped direct the cranberries into an intake that sent the cranberries to a waiting truck.
The Besemers continued their island bike tour with a stop at a beautiful lighthouse which shone under dark and threatening skies.
The next morning, for Ayla’s fifteenth birthday, clear blue skies returned and visits to two museums were on the agenda. At the Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum, interpreter Dick Mack gave a brief history on the dangerous waters around Nantucket, and shared what it was like to be stationed on a lightship – a floating lighthouse that was used from the 1800s to the 1980s to warn mariners of the extensive shoals off the island. During the early days on the lightships, mariners passed the time by weaving distinctive baskets and this craft has been passed down for generations. This led the Besemers to their next stop at the Lightship Basket Museum to see some old and new examples of this work. Karol Lindquist, a local lightship basket weaver, graciously opened her studio and welcomed us to see how a basket is made, and even allowed Ayla to try her hand at weaving.
Much to Ayla’s delight, that evening she and her parents were invited to join one of the astronomers from the Maria Mitchell Association at the Loines Observatory for a private stargazing party. Ayla was treated to up close and personal looks at the moon, Jupiter and the only naturally occurring laser – star MWC 349. We are now in the closing hours of this shoot, and I can say without hesitation that it truly has been a highlight of my career. The Besemers are engaged in the world around them, they befriend those they meet, and they have an infectious joy that they want to share. What remains to be seen is if a television network shares our view that there is a place on the air for a positive show like “Three@Sea.” We thank you for your belief in our project and for your support that has allowed us to shoot this week. Upon our return to terra firma, we will post some pictures of the week and begin the process of editing. We will keep you posted!
Carolyn, Jerry, Damion, David, Kathryn and Ayla
The Crews of Three@Sea and Atherton Pictures
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