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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