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We are creating a promo (sizzle) reel for a reality series based on The Portland Spirit Company
We are creating a promo (sizzle) reel for a reality series based on The Portland Spirit Company
36 backers pledged $4,216 to help bring this project to life.

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                        YOU DID IT !!! 

May 17, 2012

We just went over the top of our funding goal and the project is 100% funded.

                   Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!

But, you don't need to stop now! There's more we can do with more funds. Everything over $4000.00 still goes into the Sizzle Reel project. More clips of Portland, Better graphics, more editing software. We can do so much more with just a few more dollars!!!

What do we want to do?

My name is Kyle Bryant, my wife Marylou and I came up with an idea to create a Reality Show, based on a family owned business. I own Cinesational Video Productions, and have produced several TV shows and many many many Corporate videos, and so I thought that it would be good timing getting into the Reality Show field. We want to bring jobs, income, and tourism to Portland. We also want to create a positive and uplfiting series.

We had a meeting with the folks at The Portland Spirit, in Portland, Oregon, to share our idea. They loved the thought, and so we were off to film all 5 boats... That was August 10th of 2011. Since then, we have been shooting video of the crew, employees, and passengers, and all the adventures they get themselves into. It's now time to put that all together and create a Sizzle Reel (Promo) to send to the Networks. The Sizzle Reel is in need of a boost.

"Ships Ahoy!" - The Storyline

With the increasing cost and stress of maintaining 5 boats including: The Portland Spirit, The Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, Willamette Star, Crystal Dolphin, and the Outrageous Jet Boat, plus having to manage 100+ employees, and 2 venues which include: The Terrace on Thunder Island and Gorge Pavilion in Cascade Locks, can the Portland Spirit operation stay afloat?

"The Boss" Dennis Corwin continues to ...be looked upon as a father figure to his 100+ employees.

We have 9 employees that make up the principal "cast" members and many more supporting "cast" members who will be followed throughout the season. Dennis' diverse, flavorful crew will be the focus of the episodes, relaying stories about there lives on board as well as "off the boat".

The 5 incredible ships will be featured as well as the beautiful back drop of the Columbia River and Gorge. From ongoing safety drills, "make a wish" cruises, personal relationships within the "family", weddings, plane crashes in the river, we will see snapshots of a day in the live of the Portland Spirit Operation.

A positive take will be shown, by Dennis, on how he deals with personnel conflicts and problems, these will be handled constructively with positive outcomes.

Stories are humorous, touching, serious, dramatic, and thought-provoking. Everyone works together to create seamless events. One of the main aspects of "Ships Ahoy" is the inspiring moments that rise to the surface amidst the chaos of running a fleet of ships.

The Portland Spirit staff works as a family, supporting each other, and watching each other’s back. But families don’t always agree on everything. "Ships Ahoy!" reveals how problems can be worked out in a positive way, with intelligence and integrity, with kindness and even forgiveness.

Many of the employees lead phenomenal lives, some of which are somewhat quirky. Highlighted cast members include: The Mysterious Owner of the company, and his dog, Drake, The General Manager, Captains, Bussing Staff, Servers, and Cruise Managers.

However, when "off the Boats", our cast members include: A Song Writer, Pastor, Nursing Student, Worship Pastor. For example; One of our cast members is a captain who writes songs and has a recording studio and theater for concerts on this property. He actually had a successful Kickstarter Campaign of his own ( She loves it when I DUST: CD Project )

There are also very close relationships within the employees; Several husband/wife relationships as well as a, father/daughter set.

The staff offers great stories; however, we can’t overlook the passengers. Portland Spirit ships are the perfect environment for groups to meet and celebrate life. "Ships Ahoy!" will be the "fly on the wall" capturing heartfelt special occasions as well as unexpected and intense moments including: 5 couples from the same family, each celebrating 50 years of marriage, a group from the Red Hat Society, a private company thanking their employees for a year in the black, the Friday Afternoon Escapes with local live bands, a College Urban Studies class with the GM of the Portland Spirit, the Cinnamon Bear Cruises at Christmas time, and intimate wedding parties of 6 as well as a wedding receptions for hundreds.


The show will also capture many unexpected events such as: a windsurfer needing to be rescued on the Columbia River by the crew of the Sternwheeler, the Outrageous Jet Boat breaking down during a cruise and the crew and office staff working together to get the passengers home safely via cars and vans, the dramatic situation, when a woman committed suicide, by driving her car into the Willamette River at 2:30 am, missing the Portland Spirit boat by only 10 feet, how the staff pulls together to extinguish ugly situations with intoxicated passengers, and many more.

How are we going to do it?

We can only do this with your help...with your support. We are looking for many types of support.

One of the easiest ways along with pledging funds, is to "like" our facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/shipsahoyshow   The more "likes" we have on our fan page, the better the chance a network will take notice of our fan base.

TYPES OF SUPPORT:

1. Please pledge funds and donate to help create Positively Real TV

2. Please "like" our facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/shipsahoyshow

3. We can always use prayer

4. Please do all the above !!

We would like to reward you !

We hope to inspire you to pledge and to donate by offering smart, fun, and tangible rewards (products, benefits, and experiences).

Bumber Stickers, Window Decal, Magnets, Certificates of support, Clocks, Copy of the Sizzle Reel DVD, limited edition T-Shirts, life size life ring with the "Ships Ahoy" logo, Dinner/Lunch Cruises, On set of a TV reality Show Experiences.

Kickstarter - What is it all about?

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.
Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands.
Why?
1. It's less risk for you and us. We need at least $4,000, it's tough if we only receive $2,000 and all of you expect us to complete a $4,000 project.

2. It allows us to test whether you want to see "Ships Ahoy!" come to fruition ... to test our show idea without risk. If we don't receive the support we need, we are not compelled to follow through. This is huge!

3. It motivates. If all of you want to see "Ships Ahoy!" come to life, you are going to spread the word.

4. Donations are  NOT   Tax Deductible

How will the funds be used?

At the very least we are needing $ 4000.00, but if we receive more, then we can do much more for the Sizzle Reel.

The funds will be used for:

1.Purchase of Video Clips

2. Postage for sending the Sizzle Reel

3. Equipment for editing

4. If we receive more funds than we are asking for.. we will be able to purchase some extra software for graphics and animation

Thank you. Thank you.. each one for supporting Positively Real TV.

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    You will receive a huge thank you! You will receive 1 "Ships Ahoy!" window decal and 1 "Ships Ahoy!" Magnet. You will receive 1 "Ships Ahoy!" Certificate of support. You will also receive a "Ships Ahoy!" project follow up letter. And of course, you will receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    You will receive a giant thank you! You will receive 1 "Ships Ahoy!" window decal and 1 "Ships Ahoy!" Magnet. You will receive a "Ships Ahoy!" project follow up letter. You will receive 1 "Ships Ahoy!" Certificate of support. You will receive a Copy of the "Ships Ahoy!" Sizzle Reel DVD... Here's where it gets interesting...You will be entered into a drawing for 2 limited edition "Ships Ahoy!" T-Shirts... And as always, you will also receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    You will receive a giant thank you! You will receive 1 "Ships Ahoy!" window decal and 1 "Ships Ahoy!" Magnet. You will receive a "Ships Ahoy!" project follow up letter, You will receive 1 "Ships Ahoy!" Certificate of support. You will receive a Copy of the "Ships Ahoy!" Sizzle Reel DVD ...Here's where it gets interesting ... You will be entered into a drawing for a "Ships Ahoy!" life size Life ring. And as always, you will also receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    You will receive a giant thank you! You will receive 1 "Ships Ahoy!" window decal and 1 "Ships Ahoy!" Magnet. You will receive 1 "Ships Ahoy!" Certificate of support. You will receive a "Ships Ahoy!" project follow up letter, You will receive a Copy of the "Ships Ahoy!" Sizzle Reel DVD ... Here's where it gets interesting... You will be entered into a drawing for a 1 person Sight Seeing cruise aboard The Portland Spirit. And as always, you will also receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    We will be extremely thankful, so all these rewards will be sent to you ( Window Decal, Magnet, Project follow up letter, Certificate of support, and the Sizzle Reel DVD ) but now we have ADDED extras on the DVD ... AND you will also receive 1 limited edition "Ships Ahoy" T-Shirt...And as always, you will receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Wow! We want you to feel like you are really a part of creating our sizzle reel, so in addition to all these rewards ( The Window Decal, Magnet, Project follow up letter, Certificate of support, and the Sizzle Reel DVD with the added extras on it, and a limited edition T-Shirt ). You will also receive another limited edition "Ships Ahoy" T-Shirt. And as always, you will receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    We are extremely grateful for your support. For your generosity, along with all these rewards ( Window Decal, Magnet, Project follow up letter, Certificate of support, Sizzle Reel DVD with the added extras, and 1 limited edition T-shirt ). You will also receive a Sight Seeing cruise for 2 aboard the Portland Spirit!!! ( You must travel to Portland, Oregon. Subject to scheduling limitations.) And as always, you will receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    We are extremely grateful for your support. For this amazing pledge amount, we will send you ( The Window decal, Magnet, 2 limited edition T-Shirts, Follow up letter, Certificate of support, Copy of the Sizzle Reel with added extras)...AND...You will also receive a Dinner cruise for 2 aboard the Portland Spirit (You must travel to Portland, Oregon. Subject to scheduling limitations.) And as always, you will receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    If you pledge $500, we will be blown away! So we will want to thank you with all these rewards ( The Window decal, Magnet, 2 limited edition T-Shirts, Follow up letter, Certificate of support, Copy of the Sizzle Reel with added extras, The Dinner cruise for 2 aboard the Portland Spirit ). PLUS a life size life ring with the "Ships Ahoy" logo ... THEN...if "Ships Ahoy!" is picked up by a Network...You and a guest will accompany the production team on a 1 time behind the scenes cruise during the taping of an episode. And as always, you will also receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    ***BUSINESS BACKER 01*** pledge $500, We will want to thank you with all these rewards ( The Window decal, Magnet, 2 limited edition T-Shirts, Follow up letter, Certificate of support, Copy of the Sizzle Reel with added extras ... IN ADDITION..Cinesational Video Productions (We are the owners) Will produce a :30 Commercial (Air time cost not included) to be used anywhere of your choice !!!. (OR maybe you want a non- broadcast promo video of a product or service - we can make a longer non-broadcast video)...THEN...if "Ships Ahoy!" is picked up by a Network...You and a guest will accompany the production team on a 1 time behind the scenes cruise during the taping of an episode. ... And as always, you will also receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    If you pledge $1,000, we will be "knocked over with a feather"! So we will want to thank you with all these rewards ( The Window Decal, Magnet, 2 limited edition T-Shirts, Follow up letter, Certificate of support, Copy of the Sizzle Reel with added extras, Life size life ring, Sight Seeing and Dinner cruises for 2, on the Portland Spirit, as well as, if "Ships Ahoy!" is picked up by a Network, you and a guest will accompany the production team on a 1 time filming of an episode ), AND...You will be part of the passengers appearing in the episode! As always, you will also receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    ***BUSINESS BACKER 02*** pledge $1000, We will want to thank you with all these rewards ( The Window decal, Magnet, 2 limited edition T-Shirts, Follow up letter, Certificate of support, Copy of the Sizzle Reel with added extras ... IN ADDITION..Cinesational Video Productions (We are the owners) Will produce a :60 Commercial (Air time cost not included) to be used anywhere of your choice !!!.(OR maybe you want a non- broadcast promo video of a product or service - we can make a longer non-broadcast video)... THEN...if "Ships Ahoy!" is picked up by a Network...You and a guest will accompany the production team on a 1 time behind the scenes cruise during the taping of an episode. ... And as always, you will also receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    Wow! If you pledge $2,000, we don't know if we can show how grateful we are. But here is how we will try: we will send you all these rewards (Decal, Magnet, 2 limited edition T-Shirts, Life ring, follow up report, Certificate of support, DVD of the Sizzle Reel - with added extras)...PLUS...Dinner cruises on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler and The Portland Spirit for 2, along with Sunday Brunches on The Portland Spirit and the Columbia Gorge for 2. THEN...if "Ships Ahoy!" is picked up by a Network, you and a guest will accompany the production team 2 times while filming 2 episodes- 1 aboard the Portland Spirit, and then again 1 on the Sternwheeler. AND...be part of the passengers appearing in the 2 episodes. And as always, you will also receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    ***BUSINESS BACKER 03*** pledge $2000, We will want to thank you with all these rewards ( The Window decal, Magnet, 2 limited edition T-Shirts, Follow up letter, Certificate of support, Copy of the Sizzle Reel with added extras ... IN ADDITION..Cinesational Video Productions (We are the owners) Will produce a :60 Commercial (Air time cost not included) to be used anywhere of your choice !!!.(OR maybe you want a non- broadcast promo video of a product or service - we can make a longer non-broadcast video) THEN...if "Ships Ahoy!" is picked up by a Network, you and a guest will accompany the production team 2 times while filming 2 episodes- 1 aboard the Portland Spirit, and then again 1 on the Sternwheeler. AND...be part of the passengers appearing in the 2 episodes. And as always, you will also receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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    Pledge $4,000 or more About $4,000

    So clearly, if you want to help us like this, you are our heroes!!! You would receive all this (Decal, Magnet, 2 limited edition T-Shirts, Life ring, follow up report, Certificate of support, DVD of the Sizzle Reel - with added extras, Dinner cruises on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler and The Portland Spirit for 2, along with Sunday Brunches on The Portland Spirit and the Columbia Gorge for 2, also if "Ships Ahoy!" is picked up by a Network, you and a guest will accompany the production team on a 1 time filming of an episode aboard the Portland Spirit, and then again on the Sternwheeler ) ... ONCE AGAIN...if "Ships Ahoy!" is picked up by a Network, we would like to do a story about you or your family, or your hobby, etc. on one of the episodes. You can choose between the Portland Spirit or the Sternwheeler, and the episode you appear in will be dedicated to you or someone you love. And as always, you will also receive gratification knowing you are supporting Positively Real TV.

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Funding period

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