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Sunken Treasure is an 8-episode web series that will bring the dive life of the beautiful Florida Keys to the small screen.
Sunken Treasure is an 8-episode web series that will bring the dive life of the beautiful Florida Keys to the small screen.
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ABOUT THE SHOW

Sunken Treasure is an 8-episode web series that will bring the dive life of the beautiful Florida Keys to the small screen. Here we find the remains of the 1733 Spanish Treasure fleet, the only live coral barrier reef in the continental United States, and numerous modern shipwrecks purposely sunk as artificial reefs. Though hard to find, some treasure of the gold and silver variety still lies on the ocean floor, however, the sunken treasure we seek is the entire underwater world. As the cast of Sunken Treasure searches for real gold, they come to realize that these elements, and more, are the true treasure to be found while scuba diving.

Scuba diving is an amazing sport with rewards at every turn. Being underwater is the closest thing to experiencing outer space. There is a sense of weightlessness as a diver glides effortlessly through the water, rising and falling with a slight change in breath control. Viewing sea life is like discovering an alien life form from a planet in a galaxy far, far away. Drifting along a shipwreck is like traveling back in time as history is revealed before your eyes. As the cast of Sunken Treasure searches for real gold, they come to realize that these elements, and more, are the true treasure to be found while scuba diving.

From Sands Key to Key West, Sunken Treasure will take the viewer on an incredible journey, exploring amazing dive sites, learning from local experts, and relaxing with the Conchs - those men and women who have spent their lifetime living in the Keys, with more stories and knowledge about the islands than one could imagine.

Sunken Treasure is part documentary, part travel show, part reality, part drama - in essence we are setting out to tell a story in an experiential, accurate, and entertaining way - enjoyable by diver and non-diver alike. Along the way we will share with viewers how to plan their own dive adventure to the Keys without breaking the bank. Our ultimate goal with this series is to spark viewers to action, whether that be as an experienced diver who hasn't been in the water for awhile, or someone who has never had the pleasure of experiencing the dive life.

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Location scouting in Key Largo at the Christ of the Abyss statue
Location scouting in Key Largo at the Christ of the Abyss statue

In November 2014, producer Mike Johnson attended the DEMA Show in Las Vegas. The annual tradeshow brings together the biggest and best names in the dive industry. Here we were able to make some amazing contacts that solidified the idea into a show. Now we are working hard on preproduction - research, location scouting, and networking in the Keys.

We are scheduled to move into production for 10 days in June, then immediately into post production. The first episode of Sunken Treasure will be released August 2, 2015 to multiple online video platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Amazon Instant Video, and more.

Traveling from Sands Key to Key West, we will stop at well known and yet to be discovered dive sites. The Florida Public Archeological Society and the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries have both agreed to aid in providing information on dive sites of historical and aesthetic qualities, along with providing a local expert to appear in the series for quality discussions with the cast of the show. Between dives we will meet with local Conchs to hear real life stories of pirates, treasure hunts, and what true island life is all about.

In order to make that a real possibility, we are asking for YOUR help! Pulling off a quality production is not easy or cheap. Underwater camera equipment is expensive, and dive gear adds up. So for the love of diving, please take a moment to look through our reward options and help out how you can. Every little bit counts!

The moment you hit the water after rolling backwards off the gunnel of a boat
The moment you hit the water after rolling backwards off the gunnel of a boat

BUDGET

Here's an overview of our production budget. This accounts for a 3 man crew and 2 cast members.

Travel - $2,000
Lodging - $4,500
Food - $4,000
Dive Insurance - $800
Scuba Rental Gear - $2,000
Air Fills - $3,600
Dive Charter - $5,000
Talent Fees - $4,000
Marketing and Advertising - $5,000

TOTAL - $30,900

Obviously, cash is a big need. That being said, there is ample opportunity for local businesses to become involved with an in-kind contribution to cover lodging, food, and gear needs. If you, or someone you know, can help fill this void, please contact us to discuss details.

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Thanks!
Mike & Martin

Martin (left) and Mike (right) getting read to explore a new dive site
Martin (left) and Mike (right) getting read to explore a new dive site

Risks and challenges

What would life be without a few risks and several challenges to get in the way? If there is anything life has taught us, its how to roll with the punches. Here's how this applies specifically to Sunken Treasure.

Diving has inherent risks - running out of air, equipment malfunctions, decompression illness, and a laundry list more. However, modern dive "rules" have been carefully considered by globally recognized organizations such as PADI, NAUI, and SSI. Every detail of every dive for this series will be conducted conservatively within these guidelines. This almost nearly eliminates these risks altogether. Dive insurance will cover any accident, ensuring that all cast and crew members make it home safe and sound.

Water, especially salt water, does not mix with electronics. The very ground level of this project involves mixing the two. For this reason we will be using the new GoPro Hero 4 Black camera for all dive scenes. The quality is amazing, yet its cheap enough that it won't break the bank if a housing floods. Several cameras will be kept on standby in case a housing does flood. This will prevent production from coming to a screeching halt. Topside, the series will be shot on a Canon 5D Mark III, a proven workhorse in the unforgiving conditions of nature. All gear will be stored and transported in Pelican cases which protects everything from damage in almost every way imaginable.

Weather is another hazard of working on the water. The day could start out as calm as can be, then without notice open up to a violent storm. High winds, storms, and rough seas all could put an end to production. That is why our schedule is flexible and why we are planning for 10 days.

At the end of the day, the two of us are dedicated to making the project happen! Together our military, global production, and dive experiences have taught us to to think on our feet and never give up!

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    AUTHENTIC FLORIDA SHARK'S TOOTH

    A truly authentic shark's tooth found on the beach or while diving the coasts of Florida, personally collected by the Sunken Treasure crew.

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    PERSONALIZED POSTCARD SENT FROM THE FLORIDA KEYS

    A postcard, personalized to you by the Sunken Treasure crew, postmarked from the Florida Keys during production of Sunken Treasure.

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    SUNKEN TREASURE POSTER

    A 24"x36" Sunken Treasure movie poster, with your name listed in the Special Thanks section, ready to be framed and proudly displayed on your wall.

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    SUNKEN TREASURE T-SHIRT

    A limited edition, awesome as can be, Sunken Treasure Dive t-shirt ready to help you show off your love of diving and the search for sunken treasure.

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    PLUS a truly authentic shark's tooth found on the beach or while diving the coasts of Florida, personally collected by the Sunken Treasure crew.

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    3" MEGALODON SHARK TOOTH

    Your very own 3-inch, 3+ million year old Megalodon tooth fossil! Better hurry on this one - only 2 teeth available!

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    DIVE SHADES

    Show off your love for diving with your choice of any pair of Dive Shades - Sunglasses for Divers! Check them out at diveshades.com.

    PLUS a sincere thank you for your support, published on the Sunken Treasure Facebook page.

    PLUS a truly authentic shark's tooth found on the beach or while diving the coasts of Florida, personally collected by the Sunken Treasure crew.

    PLUS a limited edition, awesome as can be, Sunken Treasure Dive t-shirt ready to help you show off your love of diving and the search for sunken treasure.

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    SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT

    Your name will be proudly displayed in the "Special Thanks" section of the end credits of every Sunken Treasure episode for the world to see!

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    PLUS a truly authentic shark's tooth found on the beach or while diving the coasts of Florida, personally collected by the Sunken Treasure crew.

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    *CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP*
    - Snorkeler -

    As a Snorkeler partner, you will receive the following advertising opportunities:

    - Product and brand placement in show content
    - Brand and product placement within social media posts
    - Access to edited footage and photos for unrestricted use
    - Acknowledgement in end credits

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT

    Your name will be proudly displayed as Associate Producer in the end credits of every Sunken Treasure episode for the world to see!

    PLUS a sincere thank you for your support, published on the Sunken Treasure Facebook page.

    PLUS a truly authentic shark's tooth found on the beach or while diving the coasts of Florida, personally collected by the Sunken Treasure crew.

    PLUS a limited edition, awesome as can be, Sunken Treasure Dive t-shirt ready to help you show off your love of diving and the search for sunken treasure.

    PLUS show off your love for diving with your choice of any pair of Dive Shades - Sunglasses for Divers! Check them out at diveshades.com.

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    GUEST STAR APPEARANCE

    Here's your chance for 15-minutes of fame! Guest star in 1 episode of Sunken Treasure and help host the show. Your name will be included in the credits of the episode you appear in.
    * Includes dive gear and related expenses. Roundtrip travel to our shoot location in the keys, food, lodging, tips, etc. not included. Actual date(s) subject to final production schedule.

    PLUS a sincere thank you for your support, published on the Sunken Treasure Facebook page.

    PLUS a truly authentic shark's tooth found on the beach or while diving the coasts of Florida, personally collected by the Sunken Treasure crew.

    PLUS a 24"x36" Sunken Treasure movie poster, with your name listed in the Guest Appearances section, ready to be framed and proudly displayed on your wall.

    PLUS a limited edition, awesome as can be, Sunken Treasure Dive t-shirt ready to help you show off your love of diving and the search for sunken treasure.

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    GUIDED SHARK TOOTH HUNT

    An all-inclusive, 3 day, 2 night, fully guided shark tooth hunt for you and a guest on Florida's beautiful Gulf coast. Comb the beaches and dive the shores for real shark teeth ranging from tiny Lemon Shark to the giant prehistoric Megalodon! Keep all the teeth and other treasures you find.
    * Roundtrip travel to Nokomis, FL, tips, and alcohol not included. Double occupancy.

    PLUS a sincere thank you for your support, published on the Sunken Treasure Facebook page.

    PLUS a limited edition, awesome as can be, Sunken Treasure Dive t-shirt ready to help you show off your love of diving and the search for sunken treasure.

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    *CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP*
    - Free Diver -

    As a Free Diver partner, you will receive the following advertising opportunities:

    - Product and brand placement in show content
    - (1) 10-second acknowledgments at the end of the show
    - Brand and product placement within social media posts
    - Access to edited footage and photos for unrestricted use
    - Acknowledgement in end credits

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    *CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP*
    - Open Water Diver -

    As an Open Water Diver partner, you will receive the following advertising opportunities:

    - Product and brand placement in show content
    - (1) 10-second acknowledgments at the beginning of the show
    - Brand and product placement within online ads for the series
    - Brand and product placement within social media posts
    - Access to edited footage and photos for unrestricted use
    - Acknowledgement in end credits

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    BEHIND THE SCENES DIVE TRIP FOR 2

    An all-inclusive 3 day, 2 night trip to the Florida Keys for you and one guest during the production of Sunken Treasure. Experience first hand the work that goes into a video production. Dive with the crew, meet the locals, and hang out with the cast. You and your guest will be credited as Associate Producers on the show!
    * Roundtrip travel to our shoot location in the Keys, tips, and alcohol not included. Dates TBD by the Sunken Treasure crew based on production schedules. Double occupancy.

    PLUS a sincere thank you for your support, published on the Sunken Treasure Facebook page.

    PLUS a truly authentic shark's tooth found on the beach or while diving the coasts of Florida, personally collected by the Sunken Treasure crew.

    PLUS a postcard, personalized to you by the Sunken Treasure crew, postmarked from the Florida Keys during production of Sunken Treasure.

    PLUS a 24"x36" Sunken Treasure movie poster, with your name listed as Associate Producer, ready to be framed and proudly displayed on your wall.

    PLUS a limited edition, awesome as can be, Sunken Treasure Dive t-shirt ready to help you show off your love of diving and the search for sunken treasure.

    PLUS show off your love for diving with your choice of any pair of Dive Shades - Sunglasses for Divers! Check them out at diveshades.com.

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    - Master Scuba Diver -

    As a Master Scuba Diver partner, you will receive the following advertising opportunities:

    - Brand and product placement in show open
    - Product and brand placement in show content
    - (3) 10-second acknowledgments at the beginning of the show
    - Brand and product placement within online ads for the series
    - Brand and product placement within social media posts
    - Access to all footage and photos for unrestricted use
    - Acknowledgement in end credits

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    *CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP*
    - Title Partner -

    As Title Partner, you will receive the following advertising opportunities:

    - Co-branding rights to the name of the series, including in the show and on social media
    - Acknowledgement in the show open of every episode
    - Product and brand placement within show open and content
    - Brand and product placement within online ads for the series
    - Brand and product placement within social media posts
    - Access to all footage and photos for unrestricted use
    - Acknowledgement in end credits

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    GRAND BAHAMA GETAWAY FOR 2

    An all-inclusive 5 day, 4 night dive trip to Grand Bahama Island for you and one guest, complete with your very own personal photographer. Spend your days diving the amazing Caribbean waters or exploring the Lucayan National Park. Enjoy the evenings exploring Freeport or retire to your private room. Head home with a collection of professional photos to remember the trip by, provided courtesy of a Sunken Treasure crew member. You and your guest will be credited as Executive Producers on the show!
    *Roundtrip travel to Freeport, tips, and alcohol not included. Double occupancy.

    PLUS a sincere thank you for your support, published on the Sunken Treasure Facebook page.

    PLUS a truly authentic shark's tooth found on the beach or while diving the coasts of Florida, personally collected by the Sunken Treasure crew.

    PLUS a postcard, personalized to you by the Sunken Treasure crew, postmarked from the Florida Keys during production of Sunken Treasure.

    PLUS a 24"x36" Sunken Treasure movie poster, with your name listed as Executive Producer, ready to be framed and proudly displayed on your wall.

    PLUS a limited edition, awesome as can be, Sunken Treasure Dive t-shirt ready to help you show off your love of diving and the search for sunken treasure.

    PLUS show off your love for diving with your choice of any pair of Dive Shades - Sunglasses for Divers! Check them out at diveshades.com.

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