Dwarvenaut soundtrack, enhanced and remastered by John Ashton of the Psychedelic Furs and Satellite Paradiso! (Free bonus reward for all Wayfarer tiers and higher)
New one shot module for everyone from Traveller and up!
All pledges at the Traveller level and above will now receive a new 3 hour one-shot module from stellar host Satine Phoenix, titled “The Treasure of Þríhnúkagígur."
Inspired by the misty Icelandic terrain and their trip into the dormant volcano Þríhnúkagígur, comes a DnD adventure by Satine Phoenix that will blow you away! A 4-6 player, 3 hour adventure for levels 4-6.
Stefan Pokorny, a classically trained artist, has honed his skills in mapmaking and portraiture over decades of study. These maps and player character sheets are great examples of the level of detail you will receive with the rewards in this campaign.
Satine's sketches for the $150 reward tier below!
Destination Fantastic and Kickstarter
The most brilliant aspect of this first Iceland episode of Destination Fantastic is that it's practically complete already! We've clambered onto glaciers, rappelled into dormant volcanos and pressed our noses against the ancient tomes that are the forebears of the Fantasy genre!
Other than finishing funds for the score, post-production and mixing, we have self-funded the show in its entirety.
The reason we're so excited to bring this to Kickstarter, is to go much further, and complete an entire season of this epic experience! We don't want studio execs shaking their heads and looking over our shoulders, we want these stories to come from the heart, a love letter from us to you. And the best part? for every stretch goal that falls, you get more episodes for exactly the same as what you'd pledge for the first one!
One season for the singular price of one episode!
The DESTINATION FANTASTIC Team
Founder and owner of Dwarven Forge, the industry leader in gaming terrain.
Part artist, part philosopher, part jester, Stefan Pokorny preaches the virtues of fantasy gaming to all who will listen. Combining art, Dungeons and Dragons, and commerce, he formed his company Dwarven Forge in 1996, which has since become the gaming industry leader in the creation of miniature terrain and other fantasy sculptures. He has raised millions of dollars on Kickstarter for Dwarven Forge with the help of his legions of fans and is the subject of the documentary The Dwarvenaut, which premiered at SXSW in 2016. As an artist, he believes in travelling the world to see and experience all it has to offer in person.
Gaming celebrity and former ambassador for D&D. About to go on a promotional tour of Europe for D&D.
A consummate storyteller and lifelong creative, Satine Phoenix has always had a passion for building worlds and growing communities. She began filming Dungeons and Dragons games in 2009 which led to the inception of Celebrity Charity D20 with Keith Baker, a livestreamed gaming event benefiting Reach Out and Read. From there, she has worked on hundreds of Dungeons and Dragons events and is often called the ‘Queen of D&D’. Her impact on the tabletop community has been acknowledged in such publications as Forbes, Time Magazine, io9, and Maxim. Wherever the story leads her, Satine has proven time and again that the language of play is a universal one, bringing people together through the power of imagination.
Josh Bishop: Award Winning Filmmaker
After years of creating short form fiction and other content, Josh Bishop’s first documentary feature Made In Japan, premiered at SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas. It took the 2015 festival circuit by storm and won quite a few awards including Best Documentary at the Global Visons Film Festival and the Discovery Award for Best First Feature at the Calgary International Film Festival. Josh’s sophomore documentary feature, The Dwarvenaut, premiered at SXSW 2016 and is available on most streaming platforms. Real stories and real human emotions are the heart of Josh’s work.
Ron Harbin: Award Winning TV Producer
In 2000, Ron Harbin, a former Nashville music industry insider, found himself in the television production business. After a move to Santa Monica, he began traveling to exotic places with network specials and a variety of television series. Leading productions around the world for some of today’s biggest shows has made him a highly sought-after producer. Today, Ron’s work is featured on Discovery, History, A&E, PBS, HGTV, CMT, along with many digital platforms.
Once we lock picture on episode 1, there is only one strategy in mind for Destination Fantastic stretch goals; more episodes!
That's right, for every milestone we pass, another episode slides into the pipeline, beginning in New Zealand and continuing onward and outward for as long as your support sustains us. The New Zealand episode has already been prepped and scouted, and merely awaits the presence of our amazing explorers!
Stefan and Satine will survey some of the key locations of the LOTR films on both the North and South islands, and will seek out the wily Peter Jackson himself to catch a glimpse into the process of fantasy filmmaking! A tour of the special effects studio WETA Workshop is also in store for our intrepid hosts!
Risks and challenges
The beauty of this project is that we have the first episode practically in the bag, and just need a little support nudging it over the finish line! Any subsequent stretch goal episodes you unlock will be added to the appropriate tiers at no additional cost!
From Executive Producer Ron Harbin:
• How are we going to spend all this money?
I know that is the question on everyone’s mind. 20 years ago, when I saw my first TV production budget, it blew my mind that a few frames of video could cost that much. I just thought you grab a camera and point it at the star and that was it. Boy! Was I ever wrong? After the producer revived me with some smelling salts and started to explain how the world worked, I understood and I think you will, too.
• The people who are supported by your pledge.
Whether it is the people you see on your screen or the people cleaning up after them, everyone has to get paid. And, more importantly, everyone deserves to get paid. The people who work on television and film productions are some of the hardest working and most dedicated people I know.
The hours are long and tiring. Riding a plane, bus, van, car, rickshaw, mule or whatever else you can think of, all while carrying enough equipment and tools to whittle a Tesla out of driftwood, takes its toll on the mind and the body. Sleeping in different time zone, every night, will lead to a level of confusion…….what was I saying?
We stay gone for long periods of time and miss first days of school and birthday parties and bedtime stories. By the time we get back from one trip, it seems like it is time to leave on the next one. We kiss our kids and get back on the plane and the weird thing is…most of us can’t get enough. We love what we do and that is what keeps us going.
And going. And going. And going.
• Physical Production
The process of taking a cast and crew out into the world can get really expensive, really fast. Air travel, hotels, food and everyday expenses really start to add up when you’re trekking across the globe for 2-3 weeks, at a time, especially if you’re in an extreme or remote environment. Think about how much that last trip to Orlando cost you and the family!
The tools we use to make the show this beautiful do not come cheap, either. A travel based show needs to have equipment that can endure the elements (you may have seen a picture of me floating around where I am carrying a camera in the pouring rain on an Icelandic beach) while producing a high-quality image. Cameras, microphones, drones, hard drives, stabilizers, and more: if any of these items fail on the road, we can quickly find ourselves with no show. We want to show you the best, so we use the best.
• Editing, Sound Editing, Post Production
After we’ve gone out into the world to shoot something amazing, an entirely new group of people gets involved to make sure everything looks and sounds as amazing as it did, in person. They want your experience, at home, to feel like you’re there with us, on location. Not to mention, they usually catch (and fix) a few (*more than a few) mistakes made by yours truly!
The post production team is critical. We shoot dozens of hours of footage per episode, and believe me, you would tune out pretty quickly if you had to sit through all of it. Our post team works its special kind of magic to make sure that the show we end up with is the snappy, compelling, beautiful, crazy, nerdy, rock ‘n roll travel adventure that we set out to bring to you.
And that’s just the ‘How to Pay for A Television Series’ part of the story.
Then, there is the ‘How Much Does Running a Kickstarter Campaign Cost’ part.
Well…let me tell you. That is where it gets really interesting. The short answer, though, is…a lot! Kickstarter is an important platform in the independent business world. They, too, deserve our support. There are fees associated with running a campaign and, combined with credit card fees, total about 8% of the total amount raised. Add that to the cost of producing and sending all of our backers the fantastic rewards we have created and that means about $.35 out of every dollar is already spent the moment our campaign reaches its funding goal.
Add this all up and I promise you, the money you provide to help this production is well cared for and will be spent as responsibly as possible. Our goal is always to deliver the best product imaginable and as much of it as we possibly can. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us, by pledging your support, and we refuse to let you down.
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