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Roll with Jen is a food, travel, & lifestyle site that is embarking on a new venture - creating a brand new tv and web series.
Roll with Jen is a food, travel, & lifestyle site that is embarking on a new venture - creating a brand new tv and web series.
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What is our project?

Roll with Jen and her Production Crew are hitting the road to shoot their first TV and Web Pilot. The goal of the Pilot is to launch a show centered around food, travel and adventure. The world needs another generic food or travel show like it needs a pair of running shoes made entirely of broken glass. This is not that show. 

UPDATE on 5/30:  Roll with Jen is bringing along a buddy and local food expert with her to Japan.  The fun-loving & nationally accredited chef/co-owner of Sushi Kappo Tamura, Taichi Kitamura, recently named one of the top sushi restaurants in America, will be joining us in Japan

Our goal is to create a series packed with unique eats, eclectic lodging, and intriguing people we meet along the way as we travel around the world in search of off-the-beaten path experiences.  

Much like Mothra, our first feature is going down in Japan.  

To make this all happen, we need your help to staff our production team with talent from Seattle’s thriving film community as well contribute to some of the production equipment needed.  As a sincere thank you, we have pulled together some unique rewards you won’t find anywhere else.  

Thanks for listening to our spiel and for your consideration in supporting the next chapter of Roll with Jen.  

The Crew

Roll with Jen (Host) Jen is the creator of award-winning RollWithJen.com, a premier NW resource for food, travel and adventure. She also writes a weekly food truck column for the Seattle Weekly and is launching an innovative iPhone application.  RollWithJen.com is the recipient of The Best Food Blog of Washington.  Originally hailing from the great state of Ohio, Jen spent several years living in Washington, DC, exploring the multi-cultural food scene before making her way to the Pacific NW.  She’s eaten at The White House, out of trucks on the side of the road, and everywhere in between. She also wants to call out she is in her mid-30s, as sometimes people mistake her for a little girl. 

Mark Stein (Producer) A Seattle native, Mark Stein has been directing, writing, and producing television, commercials, and experimental projects for the past 8.456 years.  He has produced television shows for Fuse Network, ABC, NBC, as well as cool & innovative commercials for a handful of NW based companies including: Expedia, Nordstrom, T-Mobile, Xbox, Microsoft, Pacifico Beer, and more. Besides running his production company, Angle Light (ANGLELIGHT.com) – he also works as a Producer with other studios and ad agencies in the Seattle area, most recently working with World Famous on an Addy award winning campaign.  When he’s not working, Mark enjoys watching independent films, drinking craft beer (just not IPA’s) and spending time with his wife. Some of Mark’s work can be seen here:  www.vimeo.com/ANGLELIGHT                                                 www.ANGLELIGHT.com

Nathan Miller (Cinematographer) Based out of Seattle, WA, Nathan Miller has been shooting across the US and abroad, acting as Director of Photography on music videos, commercials and shorts.  His work can be seen online as well as televised on such shows as A&E's Biography, and at various film festivals.  In 2009, Nathan shot the short film APHIDS, which was an Official Selection at that year's Indie-Memphis Film Festival.  After a trip to Japan in 2010, Nathan, along with his long-time collaborator Matthew Brown, released the experimental travelogue DEAR JAPAN, which quickly became an internet sensation, due mainly in part to Nate's carefully crafted and beautiful images.  In 2011, Nate acted as the Second Unit Director of Photography on the feature film THE OFF HOURS, an Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and later that year the short HOWARD FROM OHIO, which screened at the Seattle International Film Festival.  Some of his recent work can be seen in the music video THE PIANO, directed by Matthew Brown, as well as the short narrative THE PERFECT HUMAN, directed by SJ Chiro.  The latter project was featured by Seattle's The Stranger, in their series Short Film Fridays. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2943141/ Nate most recently worked with Seattle Director Lynn Shelton on TOUCHY FEELY starring Ellen Page.

Other cool people involved: Bert Klasey, Jason Alberts, Jacob Kinch, and other local Seattle talent.

Questions                                                         

So, what happens if we exceed our goal?  We would love to exceed our goal! As you will see below, the cost to produce a project like this is much higher than our goal amount. So if exceeded, it will allow us to make our final output even better!

The Financials

Total Project cost: ~$54,000                                                                   

Pre-production: $6,000

  • Fixers in Japan to coordinate with locals and help us use our time wisely
  • Producers to secure locations
  • Script writing 

Production/Crew $24,500

  • Local Seattle talent to shoot and produce the project
  • Production equipment rentals (cameras, lenses, lights, sound equipment, Hello Kitty backpacks, etc.)

Post-production $18,500

  • Writer
  • Film Editor
  • Sound Designer
  • Music Licensing
  • Stock Footage Licensing
  • Motion Graphics/Animation 
  • Explosion machine (If required. OK, we probably won’t need it, but sometimes Jen likes to blow stuff up.)

Travel: $5,000

We’re covering these costs ourselves, but here is the breakdown in case you are looking to book a trip to Japan: 

  • Flights 
  • Hotels for 7-10 nights
  • Regional transportation

The team really believes in this project so we are shelling out our own dough to make this happen. However, with your support, we will be able to catapult the production and post-production quality. This will increase the likelihood of launching a full-blown series.

Thank you all for your help & support! We love you....seriously.

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    A personal thank you on rollwithjen.com

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    Shots! If you pledge $15, I will send you a video of me toasting a drink in your honor on set. I will call out your name before I down the shot and send you a link to the video.

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    Email from Roll with Jen to include a personal thank you and an on-set digital photo from Japan

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    Your choice of a Green Tea Kit Kat or a Tokyo banana straight from Japan & an email from Roll with Jen to include a personal thank you and an on-set digital photo from Japan

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    Your choice of a Green Tea Kit Kat or a Tokyo banana AND a grab bag filled with treats from Japan.

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    I will be your pastry gopher! I will stand in line at your favorite Seattle bakery (e.g. Cafe Besalu, Crumble & Flake) and pick you up a half dozen of your favorite treats. I will drop them off to you at the destination of your choice (greater Seattle area drop-offs only. After all, my car is 11 years old and no longer the most reliable).

    Note: I will cover the first $10 of your pastry purchase.

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    Your choice of a Green Tea Kit Kat or a Tokyo banana AND a grab bag filled with treats from Japan AND a bag of premium green tea.

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    A pair of tickets at slightly less than face value to see the lovable Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, in her first Seattle stage appearance on September 16th at Benaroya Hall.

    The line-up will include an interview style format with Greg Atkinson as the facilitator and then an open question/answer session from the audience at the end.

    Thanks to the NW Associated Arts for donating these tickets.

    Value: $104

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    Spend an evening with the legendary Jon Rowley and five other crab enthusiasts learning how to crack a crab with minimal mess and the maximum meat output.

    With the intimacy of a small dinner party setting, we will assemble a proper communal table stocked with everything you need for the hour: Cutting board, rock or square brick, crab mallet (designed by Rowley himself) and one of the most important components, a hefty napkin for a bib.

    We will serve some award-winning pinot gris hand picked by Rowley.

    Jon Rowley is the only inductee from the Evergreen state to make James Beard’s esteemed “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America” list. His list of achievements are infinite.

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    1 seat at a private dinner in Seattle with Roll with Jen and up to 10 people, cooked by one of Roll with Jen's favorite personal chefs in Seattle.

    Roll with Jen signature drinks included.

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    Your choice of a Green Tea Kit Kat or a Tokyo banana AND matcha green tea with a wooden whisk AND your choice of a t-shirt from Japan or a Roll with Jen t-shirt.

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    Your choice of a Green Tea Kit Kat or a Tokyo banana AND a grab bag filled with treats from Japan AND your choice of a t-shirt from Japan or a Roll with Jen t-shirt AND a sake set.

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    An insider's tour of the Seattle food scene with Roll with Jen and the production team. Places to be determined. Just know that the tour is gonna blow your mind. Travel to Seattle not included, but food and drink are on us.

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