Reach is a new travel show, where the crew is the cast, and the adventure is character driven.
Reach is a new kind travel show where the crew is the cast. It will have two goals: Accessibility and Adventure.
This is the pilot episode. Our goal is to use this episode as a proof-of-concept that we can then pitch to a few companies who are looking to be a part of a new style of travel documentary.
Who We Are:
My wife and I are both producers, and the idea came to us on the way home from a road trip when we realized that we were really hungry for vibrant, group oriented travel documentaries. We've put together a team of friends, many of whom are also filmmakers.
We have a few ideas of where we go from here in terms of development. One option, the classic option is to have the show fully funded for a set number of episodes with a set crew/cast. We'd like to tie in the destinations with viewers, using them as virtual guides for the best places and ways to travel.
Think of it as a cross between Endless Summer II and CKY2K (without all the waves and stunts), with a touch of Real World. It's about action mixed with interaction with just a hint of sophistication. It's also about wanting to find something and reaching out for it.
7-8 of us will leave San Francisco and head up the coast to Tomales Bay. We're kayaking out to a boat-in only spot and have a few adventures planed.
We'll be documenting the whole time, showing you what we're after, how we did it, what worked, what didn't. And EVERYONE is a part of it. Camera guys will be jumping in the water, producers will be telling stories, and our boat operator will sing opera, maybe.
What's the money for?
We put a ton of our own money in already just to make the trip happen. We wanted to organize it so that it was the kind of trip someone might be able to afford on their own. No bells and whistles. For production's sake, we need a bit more though.
A support boat to film from and carry equipment: $250
Special audio equipment to ensure the entire group is properly recorded so it's not just a long music video: $300
Permits, some extra gasoline, lighting equipment, extra batteries, a generator, etc, etc...$350
...and, I'll be honest here, I'm probably spending at least $50 on oysters just for myself cause I love the little devils so freaking much!
What happens if we raise more than $1000?
We definitely need more. $1000 just covers some of the big, upfront costs.
In another sense, raising more means the "proof of concept" is proven. It will show future backers that this thing really has a shot of drawing a lot of attention. So, if you LOVE the idea, and want to see it happen, and want to encourage others, including sponsors who might be curious about the buzz, give more!
With enough extra money, we can pay some of the crew for their time or get some really great rental gear like fancy mics and some sliders so that the sunset will look super, super sweet.
With a lot of extra money, we can maybe do another one of these. Really, I'm not sure, so I guess that will come with the updates.
Short answer: Probably late August, as it should take me a month or so to edit.
Longer answer: As a big part of the idea is to use this first episode to pitch for further episodes, I can imagine some talks with some groups needing to push that date back...you know, for presentation's sake.
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Jun 25, 2012 - Jul 10, 2012
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Love the music? I'll tell you what it is, who it's by, and where to get it. I'll give you a tip...your smart phone wont figure it out.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Huge thanks on Twitter + Regular thanks on our new Facebook page. Also, a high-five at your request when next we meet (Meeting not arranged or coordinated in any way, must rely on pure chance) (Plus all of the above)Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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A thanks in the credits with your name misspelled. + Personalized postcard from the Executive Producer. (Plus all of the above)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A thanks in the credits with your name spelled correctly. (Plus all of the above, excluding your name being misspelled)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Access to a special out-takes and behind-the-scenes video before the first episode is released. (Plus all of the above)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Your name in the credits as "Best Boy" or "Key Grip." (Your choice!) You'll also get a one-of-a-kind oyster shell from the show, with a photo of your shell held by the cast (you know, for authenticity). (Note, shell may break in delivery, replacement shell not offered.) (Plus all of the above)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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SPECIAL A cast-member of your choice will sing happy birthday to you on video. (Plus all of the above)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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SPECIAL: We'll include a cutout of your face around the campfire or somewhere else cool in the trip so that it's just like you're there with us! (Plus all of the above)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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A limited photo book of behind the scenes photos from the production with production notes. (Plus all of the above)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT + (Your choice of...) Attend the private, first screening, in San Francisco (date TBD) or, A drink with Thomas: you get to have a drink with me and any other cast members I can muster up. I'm buying the first round...probably the second and third too. You choose the location (Location must be in San Francisco unless we work something out. Travel/Lodging is, naturally, not given) (Plus all of the above, excluding limited items already gone and additional credits.)Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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OFFICIAL SPONSOR: A cast member will wear a t-shirt with your brand/Logo/Face on it the entire time (Unless your brand, logo, or face is a bad word like "shit" which we would like to avoid putting on the screen where possible). NOTE: LIMITED TO TOTAL CAST MEMBERS WHICH IS PROBABLY 7 OR 8. IMAGE MUST BE PROVIDED BY 7/10/2012 OR ELSE WE CANNOT ACCOMODATE. (ALTERNATIVE: to those buying after 7/10/2012, we can offer to put your brand/name/logo as a featured credit, all on its own, with large, special thanks.) (Plus all of the above, excluding limited items already gone and additional credits.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Executive Producer Credit + You get to come with us and be a part of the production. (If you are interested in this, please contact us before 7/8/12 to arrange for your participation.) (Travel/Lodging not provided to/from SF) (Plus all of the above, excluding limited items already gone and additional credits.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Executive Producer Credit + Let's be honest here...you're the kind of person who has an extra $1000. Do you really need anything? What could you possibly want? Me? Is that what you want? Me, for a night? I don't know. What would my wife think? I mean, what would I even think, about myself, after that? How about I write you a story. Any story you want, on any topic. And I'll send it to you, signed, and I'll do a reading, and record it for you, with a special thanks to you. (Plus all of the above, excluding limited items already gone and additional credits.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Looks like you just got yourself another episode (some restrictions due to budgetary limitations of 10k may apply. Let's say North America because sending 8 people to Bali, for example, would simply not be possible). (Cast/Crew may vary.) (Plus all the above, of course.)Estimated delivery: Apr 2013