We are creating the first episode of a compelling, controversial and honest television series exploring today's modern adoption issues.
"As adopted children ourselves, we know this subject better than anything else we have ever produced, because we have lived it. This project is a labor of love for us and we truly believe we can make a difference in people's lives with this show." -Executive Producers Greg & Jeanette
What is it?
We are creating a television series entitled Finding Home. Our Kickstarter funding is necessary to find and produce the first set of amazing stories and create our initial one hour show episode. We will make this available online once it is completed and it will also serve as a pilot for Television Networks.
Here is a video link to a few sample stories we have created. These stories show a few issues, but our funding will help create more footage to include experts and solutions. We plan on working with many of the great adoption organizations as well to find and comment on these amazing stories.
We already have interest from several agents, network executives and some major celebrities who might wind up as hosts. But first we need to get our initial episode off the ground to show everyone what we want to do with the show.
Finding Home is a television series that deals with the phenomenon of modern adoptions, the new family dynamics they create, and the issues that each story brings up. Many famous celebrities have made today's adoptions part of our pop culture.
The internet has changed how people re-connect and find each other... and how people find children to adopt. Stories of reunions, both positive and negative, new laws limiting international adoptions in countries like Russia and China, issues stemming from interracial, gay/lesbian adoptions, single parent adoptions, are all part of our series. But this show does not judge, we simply present the stories as real and honest as possible, and let the viewers have their own opinions. www.findinghomeseries.com
The series was born when two veteran television producers began peaking behind the curtain of their own adoptions. They both experienced first-hand why experts reason that depression and substance abuse among adopted children is much higher than average. And are rooted in feelings of rejection and abandonment felt by the adoptee, perhaps even before birth. Each experienced issues they wish they had known about years earlier, and in turn could share with others dealing from the same emotions. Emotions that affect everyone, whether they are part of adoption or not. While neither is a licensed therapist, they share in this series the one thing you can't buy... experience.
Our Ultimate Goal?
Utilize our online platform for those touched by adoption to share their stories. But we want them all... Heartwarming stories of a new family created, heartbreaking stories of a birthmother changing her mind. Following the stories in the news, when a mother tries to return her child to another country, or a famous celebrity adds another child to their family and wants to share the story. Each of these stories is heartfelt and emotional, and we will treat them all with dignity and respect. Our online stories will provide content for the TV series, and with all the additional content and expert analysis, will provide companion books that looks deeper into each situation. This is our ultimate goal... but we gotta start with TV episode #001
What do we need? (Our short-term goal)
For the past two years we have been self-funding the research, story development, video teaser reels, basic website, graphics packages, time, travel expenses, meetings and long hours spent planning this. Why? Because this project is a labor of love for us. We are adopted children ourselves. We know this subject better than anything else we have ever produced. And we believe in this project.
But frankly, we need money to develop this properly!
So we are asking for $130,000 on Kickstarter to get the first episode and pilot pitch materials to find our stories up and going. In terms of network television shows, this amount is very low, with most of today's shows having budgets of over $500k. Ultimately, we will go for a larger budget to travel the world to tell these stories. (But we will let a major TV network or corporate sponsor pay for these costs, and not our friends helping us on Kickstarter! :-)
What will it be used for?
Our Kickstarter funds will allow us research, discover and shoot the most compelling stories possible. Stories that will be of interest to a major television audience, not just people close to adoption.
Our base Website Community for people to submit their stories for TV is under construction and will be completed soon. www.findinghomeseries.com
Funding will mainly be used for:
Pre-Production (Story Submissions & Selections)
Production- Filming the stories on location, camera crew costs, lighting, sound, additional producers, travel expenses
Post Production- Editing of all story material for the first episode, graphics creation, color correction, audio sweetening
Distribution- Posting the final project to the internet, promotional materials for the agents to shop the project to networks.
Why is this important to you?
Adoption is so widespread nowadays, it is everywhere. In the news, in Washington, even in your own neighborhood. Everyone seems to have a connection to someone associated with adoption. Yet there is no show that brings all these stories together, until now...
Some of the most important figures that have changed pop culture forever have been adopted. We never know which child in need of adoption might be helped by this program, and go on to become the next influential political figure, actress, musician or computer genius!
What is our timeline?
We will begin filming as soon as we identify the amazing stories we know are out there. This is where you can help as well. Send us info on your story or someone you know who has been directly affected in any way by adoption. We may just select your story! Once we get our funding secured and start filming, we will update everyone who helps out with editing updates along the way. A great way for students or people who are interested in how television is created to see how the whole process comes together!
Your funding efforts will be rewarded! In addition to the TV and web series shows, we will take the content of the stories and add more in-depth analysis from experts and counselors and create our Finding Home Book Series. Efforts are already underway in iBooks to create these amazing stories into great printed material. DVD versions or the entire series will also be sent to backers at certain levels.
A series that is as honest, heartfelt, and as real as it gets...
Who are we?
Our Executive Producers Greg & Jeanette were both adopted children. Both living in foster homes before finally finding the place they called home. But as each one of them found out, the issues that come from being given up at birth stay with you for life. They bring an insight to the issues of abandonment, separation and loss that only those who have lived it can understand. And help anyone involved with the adoption process understand how to deal with these issues.
Each person on our production team has a personal connection to the adoption process and brings a unique perspective and passion to this intriguing factor shaping American society. Associate Producers Melissa and Cathy also come from families with strong adoption ties. Melissa's Grandmother was adopted in the early 1900's, and Cathy is the Grandmother of 4 adopted children.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
All productions are a work in progress. Everyday we will make progress but we may faces challenges. These are real people with real personal stories who may, at any time, decide that this production is not for them. While we will do everything in the casting process to make sure this does not happen it is a real possibility. So we reevaluate and move on to the next great story.
You could post your story here or on our website at http://www.findinghomeseries.com, we are using this forum to find great adoption stories to include in either our TV, Online or Book series.
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"ASSOCIATE PRODUCER" Show Credit plus EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER "ASSOCIATE PRODUCER DELUXE" PACKAGE- SIGNED Finding Home T-Shirt and SIGNED Exclusive Finding Home 11x17 Poster and SIGNED DVD Package of the first episode. This poster will not be made available to the general public. (Includes all previous download rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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