BestTimer.TV is geared towards the use of Classic cars for daily drivers that enjoy listening to music as much as driving.
BestTimer.TV is geared towards the use of Classic cars for daily drivers that enjoy listening to music as much as driving. Read more
my name is Chris Heil and I am the braincell behind BestTimer.TV, a new TV series about the use of Young- and Oldtimer cars as daily drivers and music. Apart from sex, these two aspects make for the best times in my life and I guess that that applies for many of you guys out there, too.
For as long as I can remember I have been in love with cars, Jaguars in my case. Since my childhood days I wanted to drive one and when I finally got one in 2009, I was surprised to find out, that you can drive a truely luxurious car at half the price of a brand new Mitsubishi Colt. That said, I had always heard the stories about how you needed two Jags since one was always in the shop.
Turns out, that that doesn´t have to be true at all. I found a great shop with knowledgeable mechanics. The two Italian brothers, who own the shop, told me what to look out for and advised me which car to buy. Having made this experience I thought: Wow, if folks knew what I know now, many of them would much rather pick a luxourious car from back in the day over one of those modern, all look alike Tupperware boxes, because buying a new, modern day car means you start losing money the moment you leave the dealership. With Young- and Oldtimers you may actually gain value !
I figured that a TV series would be a great way of sharing my experience with you and went on to talk to two friends of mine about the idea over coffee and cake on a Sunday afternoon. They went:“ Hey, let´s go for it ” - and so we did.
Being a Recording Engineer though, I had little to no knowledge about film making. So I bought a book about the ” History Of Film Making” to learn about the process and the terminology. Next I got all the software, red the manuals and got acquainted with it.
It was just around that time, that I got a phone call from a friend of mine, who works in TV as a director of photography, to act as an ”arrogant record producer looking to buy a house” I said:” Hey Mike, that´s easy” and made friends with the camera crew. The DOP on the set was a car nut with a racing lizence and he got hip to the idea of BestTimer.TV right away.
So we sat down, wrote a script, drew scribbles, compiled a storyboard and went on to film it, using the cars, people and locations we had available. We spent every spare minute of our lives working on it and finally ended up with 27 hours of footage.
Having worked in the music industry for more than 30 years, I know that many of you listen to music in their cars on their way to work and figured that there would have to be music in this format. So I asked a friend of mine at a record label to ”lend” me one of his acts that we subsequently used for a quiz segment in the film. Viewers can guess who the act is, call in and win a meet and greet with the band, VIP concert tickets or exclusive merchandise. The band is being introduced at the end of every episode, when they meet the car buyers and our specialists at a fastfood trailer.
This trailer, by the way, will be our final destination and get together spot at the end of every episode – to listen to the bands latest release and to share stories about cars ...
So, good people, this is the story behind BestTimer.TV and on behalf of the entire team I hope that you get as hip to it as we have been over the course of the last four years when we shaped the format into what it is now.
If we succeed, there will be folks from all walks of life in it with cars of all brands and shapes and a band for viewers to guess !
We hope for your support in order for us to be able to bring this format to a TV screen near you !
Thank you for your time, happy cruising and – Rock on !!!
Risks and challenges
BestTimer.TV USE OF FUNDS
- Shopping Process
- Travel Costs
- Meetings with possible marketing partners and sponsors
- Creation of a BestTimer.TV website
- Feeding social media & PR
- Adoption to broadcast station specific requirements
- Ability to dedicate one team members´ attention to the project full time
- Dubbing in English language
- Converting 3D info panes from stills to moving pictures with right
wire frame models from the episode at hand. This makes for a more
elegant look and is more fun for viewers to look at
Creating a TV series pilot episode is one thing – selling it a totally different ball game. A TV series is no different from any other product in the sense that it takes creativity, time, effort and money for its market introduction and the finding of the right partners.
It´s a complex and time consuming process which needs one team members full time and attention 24/7. TV channels have different styles in the way they pick and choose their content and more often than not producers have to trim their shows accordingly.
Depending on the TV channel they might want the show to be longer, shorter, faster cut etc. which for us means re-editing, additional shooting, voice-overs and such like …
On top of it all you never know, if there´s a slot for your product in your home territorys´ programming – that means you have to go abroad to sell it which again results in travel adaption costs.
After having spent the better part of four years, thousands of man hours and private money, we need to get the funds in order to be able to complete the project in its intended form and quality and to be able to finally sell it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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