About this project
LAST MINUTE REWARDS!
With just a week left in our funding, we're offering some awesome new rewards for backers!
$13! A four month series iPad magazine featuring our 2012 short docs (30+), beautiful HD photos, and more! Experience the world like no other tablet magazine.
$90! A printed coffee-table, photo book featuring intimate portraits, epic landscapes, and more shots from Asia. Limited!
The Mission & The Movement
We want to change how travel content is both created and viewed. For so long, travel content has been about hosts in fabricated situations or high-end resorts. Instead, we want to put the power of the story into the hands of those who live the story every day: the locals - the people who live, breathe, and understand their country and culture.
We want to bring authenticity back into travel, through thought-provoking and inspiring short documentaries and community-created videos where locals tell their own story. We also want to merge the worlds of travel and tech by immersing our audience in our storytelling through the tablet's groundbreaking interactive features.
Join the movement! Every dollar counts to help tell humanity's story and bring authenticity back into travel shows!
#BeAuthentic - Thank you so much.
Humanity.TV is an interactive short-documentary series that tells authentic stories of locals all over the world. We interview locals about their culture, their life, and their country, giving viewers an in-depth look into the lives of people from every corner of the globe - from an elephant sanctuary founder in Northern Thailand to a hip-hop DJ in Japan.
Humanity.TV aims to create a series that shows what truly makes travel special – the people you encounter who create lasting experiences - rather than showcasing a bubbly host at a luxury resort.
To help tell these fascinating stories, we will also be getting the community involved by putting the storytelling capabilities directly into the hands of the subjects; we'll pass out cameras and allow the subjects to tell their own story - in their own words and on their own time with the focus on the story, rather than the production.
We hope you'll join us in redefining travel shows for the connected generation!
Humanity.TV In The News
- MASHABLE - Humanity.TV Is the Connected Generation’s Travel Channel
- TNOOZ - Humanity TV wants to bridge the travel video gap between big guns and part-timers
- MATADOR NETWORK - Special 6-part series featuring Humanity.TV videos
- VAGABONDISH - New Travel Documentary Company Launches With Unique HD Videos
- Indie Travel Podcast - Cofounders Kerrin & Gaston interview
Cambodian Locals at Angkor Wat
The Everest Marathoners
$1,000 Reward - Promo Video Sample:
To self-fund our creative project we've created a production company called Xeno Productions, in which we've been hired to create short promotional videos for top brands all over the world. Let us create a custom HD video at this unbeatable price for your brand or event and as an added benefit, you'll be supporting Humanity.TV!
We are seeking funding to:
1. Continue to produce high-quality short documentaries all over the world, with South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe up next for our teams.
2. Add a community-created storytelling element to the project, where we give locals the chance to tell their own story. We supply them with a camera and they tell the world about themselves, their home, and what their passions are. This will allow the subjects to truly open up and define (for the rest of the world) what living in their city and culture is really like.
3. Help us revolutionize travel content and merge tech and travel by creating new ways to experience these unique stories, whether it's on the web or through our forthcoming interactive tablet experience.
For the past year, we've been using our savings and part-time freelance work to make sure there is a need and a voice for Humanity.TV. As filmmakers, we will continue to diligently produce our project with our own funds and equipment while hiring more filmmakers and expand our storytelling capabilities with your support. The more support we receive, the more filmmakers we can get out into the field!
FIRST TIER GOAL: $25,000 Due to the nature of our show (travel costs, community filmmaking), we would need at least this amount to do the following:
- Fund two teams for 5-6 months to film more than 50 short documentaries in a variety of countries around the world.
- Help get storytelling capabilities into the hands of locals and help them tell their own, authentic stories.
SECOND TIER GOAL: $40,000
- Fund four filmmaking teams to create even more content and tell more engaging stories.
- Produce up to 100 documentaries - both Humanity.TV and community produced content.
- Help deliver the documentaries directly to our viewers' tablet devices.
THIRD TIER GOAL: $60,000
This amount would allow us to tap into the incredible filmmaking talent that goes largely untouched and channel this talent into a remarkable movement in travel, especially by allowing us to go head to head with some of the less inspiring travel content that saturates the market today.
- Add additional specialized teams to create special content projects (for example: "Iceland's Indie Music Scene" or "Authentic Recipes From Asia's Top Chefs").
- Produce up to 150 Humanity.TV videos that will be released in sequences of 12-15 videos every month through our website and forthcoming, self-funded tablet app.
Why Add A Community Aspect To Your Project?
While we've been amazed by the level of interest and openness our subjects bring to our interview and video sessions, we've also noticed that many subjects tend to shy away from cameras and microphones. Often, this stems from being afraid of saying something wrong, being taken out of context, or just being nervous with so many people and gadgets around.
Instead, we want to give the subject control of the message. Instead of us hovering around them at all times, we'll provide the community creator with a camera and a week to shoot their own story – their town, their family, their home, their friends, some of their favorite places, and hopefully candid commentary of the beliefs surrounding their culture – and we take care of editing to provide pacing and context.
Another Travel Show? What's Wrong With The Travel Channel?We set out to create Humanity.TV because we saw a huge need for short-form, high-quality travel content both on the web and for an emerging new media – content and media channels that have continually been overlooked by the larger travel brands.
Traditional travel brands have also continued to place emphasis on the same formula – put a host in travel destination, have props and “traditional” experiences ready for them, cue “witty” comment and/or create fake tension, conclude with a deep thought about what they've learned. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Instead, we want to showcase the incredible people you meet and the unique experiences that define your travels - moments that stay with you much longer than the easily digestible content already available.
How Do You Find The People You Film?True to the nature of travel, the people we feature our often found in the most organic way possible – through our networks. We've contacted friends, family members, and other travelers to ask them about interesting people they have met on their own travels. This always leads us on a 5-degrees of separation trip until we find the perfect subject for our films – this has lead us to the celebrity hip-hop DJ in Japan to a Nepalese tiger geneticist. We'll continue to utilize the ever-extending and eager-to-share travel community to help find fascinating locals with unique stories.
What Is That Awesome Music in Your Kickstarter Video?That is the up-and-coming Icelandic band Nóra and part of our goal to collaborate with outstanding independent talent to create a top-tier product. They just released their second album and are about to get big. Check them out and snag their newest album as one of our rewards (awesome gift idea!) or on GoGoYoko: http://www.gogoyoko.com/artist/nora
About The Co-Founders
Gaston Blanchet and Kerrin Sheldon are self-taught filmmakers who have worked in travel for the past three years. They were both part of the team at travel startup Wanderfly, which was recently acquired by TripAdvisor. it was while working at Wanderfly where they saw a need for authentic travel content and set out to create just that.
Gaston is a filmmaker born to Argentina diplomats in Buenos Aires and raised in Austria and the U.S. In no particular order, his passions are wind-powered sports, free market economics, and mango sticky rice.
Along with being a filmmaker, Kerrin is a writer whose work has been featured on Fast Company, Huffington Post, and National Geographic. Kerrin would like to spend most of his time underwater diving or on top of a mountain. Look for him there.
Risks and challenges
Our greatest challenge is finding high-quality filmmakers who will be open to traveling the world to film these unique stories. We'll be using amazing online communities like Vimeo and Kickstarter to help us reach out to some awesome, independent filmmakers who wish to be part of the project. If you are a filmmaker or know someone who is, give us a shout: email@example.com
A second challenge is finding subjects for our stories. As we stated above, we often use our own networks and travel contacts to help us find some of the best stories around the world. But we continue to look for new ways to target fascinating stories and find unique angles. Again, if you know of someone who you think would be great for a Humanity.TV video, let us know!
Finally, we expect to hit some obstacles in the community-storytelling aspect of the project. We want to find people who will be passionate about telling their story - what they want the world to know. This will take not only finding the right people for the job, but also some minor training so that they have the tools to tell their story in the finest way possible.
As always, we welcome help and guidance in any of these areas and hope to work with our Kickstarter backers and community to overcome these obstacles: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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