Hi there! My name is Cole Lindbergh, and you're probably thinking to yourself, "Seriously, an amusement park travel show? How?" I probably would have been asking myself that same question about two and a half years ago. After working for over a decade at an amusement park in Kansas City called Worlds of Fun, I was given the opportunity to share my passion for amusement parks with the world through some silly YouTube videos I made with my staff (here), and an interview on the radio program This American Life (here). In the years following I was approached time and time again by production companies and networks looking to create a television show that took place at an amusement park, but sadly, no luck.
Being the crazy person that I am, I took a step back and thought about what I would want in an amusement park show. I love roller coasters and rides. I love the smell of funnel cakes and kettle corn. I love walking the midway and hearing the music and the constant giggling from spinning upside down. I love playing games and buying souvenirs. I love meeting the people that work hard each day to make amusement parks a destination for all to enjoy. I thought to myself, why can't there be a show about all of that?
That leads us to For Your Amusement, a brand new amusement park travel show focusing on all the things that you don't see on your modern day amusement park special. Think of the show as "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" meets "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" meets "Top Gear." This show doesn't just show some rides and move on, we are going to go behind the scenes and take an all encompassing closer look at the entire park environment. We are going to meet the people that design, build, operate, and maintain amusement parks. We are going to try the food. We are going to play the games. We are going to find those unique attractions that differentiate one park from the other. We are going to create a fast-paced, energetic, intelligent, and fun show that cast amusement parks in a whole new light never seen before.
The funds raised by this Kickstarter will go to the creation of a 22-minute pilot episode of For Your Amusement taking place on location at a family owned amusement park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania called Knoebels.
The requested funds cover all production costs, including travel, accommodations, equipment, crew, and post production.
The episode is being produced by Through A Glass, a production company based out of Lawrence, Kansas who just completed work on a recently released feature film entitled "Jayhawkers" (which had a successful Kickstarter campaign funded in August of 2012).
The pilot episode of For Your Amusement will be released online near the end of summer 2014. There are several interested parties that are excited to see the final outcome of the pilot episode which could lead to further development and bring For Your Amusement life outside of the web.
If we reach and continue past our goal, we will release stretch goals and additional rewards. All additional funds will go directly into the production which could lead to an extended pilot episode at Knoebels and/or additional episodes taking place at other amusement parks.
The For Your Amusement HD Digital Download of the pilot episode, the For Your Amusement Goodie Bag w/Thank You Note & Stickers, and the For Your Amusement T-Shirt speak for themselves; but several items have been exclusively created just for this campaign, including:
Caricatures That's right, this campaign is offering personal one-of-a-kind caricature portraits by an amusement park caricature artist. There are two options to choose from: a Black & White face portrait, or a full body Color portrait.
If you claim the Coaster Coasters as your reward, you'll get all four of these limited edition handcrafted 3.5" square x 3/8" thick designs on beech by artists Evan & Jenny Germann. See their work here & here.
By choosing this reward, your 1.5" square Coaster Block on cherry comes with the design seen above, and your choice of letter to be personally added, by artist Jenny Germann. See her work here.
Josh writes, "Geekland was inspired by all great amusement park maps. I remember spending so much time looking at those maps as a kid, even if I was not going to the park. I really enjoyed bringing some geek culture to the park map. The map plays such an important role in the park experience and I wanted to pay tribute and help support this awesome Kickstarter project." For more of Josh's work visit here & here.
We will be releasing daily updates on the status of the project in the following places:
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Risks and challenges
Right now, with the project budget set, the production crew in place, and an amusement park ready to be focused on for the pilot episode, the majority of risks and challenges we will face come as a result of actually filming on location at Knoebels. Our plan is to visit Knoebels in June, and film on location for three days. Filming outside in the elements presents us with several logistical challenges but the crew is well prepared to shoot in this environment. We are currently writing the final outline of the pilot episode and will be working closely with the Knoebels staff to ensure that our experience filming at the park goes smoothly, does not interrupt with daily operation, and covers the excitement that Knoebels and For Your Amusement has to offer.
2 DAY PARK HOPPER
Goodie Bag, Digital Download, T-Shirt, and a Handcrafted Coaster Block. Your choice of letter. (See Rewards to the left for a closer look at this one-of-a-kind item exclusive to this project).
SEASON PASS HOLDER - BRONZE EDITION
Goodie Bag, Digital Download, T-Shirt, and a set of 4 Handcrafted Coaster Coasters. (See Rewards to the left for a closer look at this one-of-a-kind item exclusive to this project).
SEASON PASS HOLDER - SILVER EDITION
Goodie Bag, Digital Download, T-Shirt, and a Limited Edition Print of "Geekland" by artist Josh.Ln
(See Rewards to the left for a closer look at this one-of-a-kind item exclusive to this project).
SEASON PASS HOLDER - GOLD EDITION
Goodie Bag, Digital Download, T-Shirt, and you will get to choose one Easter Egg to hide in the pilot episode. It could be a certain line Cole has to say, an object he needs to hold, a piece of clothing he has to wear. Use your imagination.