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$12,902
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
294
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 10 2017 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

If you ended up here from our YouTube channel, you’re probably already pretty familiar with us, but for those who aren’t here’s an introduction:  

We’re two friends, Michael and Bryan, and for the past three years we’ve been filming our adventures inside of abandoned buildings and posting them on our YouTube channel. When we started out, we thought maybe there would be a few other people out there who found abandoned places as interesting as we did. Little did we know that we would eventually gain an audience of hundreds of thousands, with our videos being viewed over 23 million times. As we continued exploring, our appreciation for abandoned buildings grew and grew. We’ve always tried to transfer this awe and inspiration we’ve felt to our audience, and I think we’ve been successful, but we want to do more. We can only convey so much in our YouTube videos in their current form and there is so much more to the topic of urban exploration. It’s time for us to do something bigger.

To many, abandoned buildings are merely an eyesore, but for some, they are the ultimate attraction. Urban explorers risk bodily harm and getting arrested just to get a glimpse inside these places, but why? Forbidden Explorers will be a five part documentary series that seeks out some of the various answers to this question.  

Each episode will be 45 minutes to an hour long and focus on a different region of the United States. Our goal is to intertwine three different types of storytelling- First, the history. We want to tell the backstory of each location through interviews, archival footage, and our own research. Next, there’s the story of the actual explorations we’ll be undertaking. This element will focus on the actual experience of urban exploration, similar to what you can find on our YouTube channel today. The main difference is that it will be shot and edited in a much more story-centric manner. You’ll be right there with us for all the challenges and obstacles we’ll face, but also the payoffs, and sometimes the busts. We won’t be going into these places alone however. In each episode we’ll be joined by a renowned local explorer who can provide their personal insights into the locations as well as the culture of urban exploration as a whole. Personal philosophies and more societal issues such as historical preservation will also be investigated.  

We believe that a mixture of these three elements will create a compelling show that captures just why us “urban explorers” are so passionate about abandoned places. When completed, the series will premiere on our YouTube channel, with one new episode being released each week. Yes, the project will be free to watch and you don’t actually have to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign to see it. We’re hoping the pure desire in your heart to see this become a reality will convince you to donate, but if it’s not we’ve come up with plenty of enticing rewards as well! These include things such as credits, merch, early access, 4k digital downloads, behind the scenes, and much more! You can also check out our stretch goals below, which include things like extra episodes and extra crew members. And if you’re interested in seeing our proposed budget and timeline, you can find that below as well.

  • $30,000 is the minimum we need to hire one crew member and cover travel and production costs for 5 episodes of Forbidden Explorers.
  • $40,000 will allow us to hire an additional crew member and make other purchases to greatly improve the show's production quality.
  • At $50,000 we will produce 1 additional episode for a total of 6.

This is a general idea of our timeline and is not meant to be a guarantee.

Post production is the area that we are most unsure about, so take "early November premiere" with a grain of salt. Also the reward fulfillment period is so large because of the wide variety of rewards available. Things such as T-shirts and posters will come earliest, but certain rewards obviously cannot be fulfilled until the premiere such as credits and digital downloads.

This outline of our budget is based on our fundraising goal of $30,000, but it should scale in a mostly uniform manner should we exceed it.

  • Preliminary Costs: 15% - Kickstarter fees, transaction fees, and money set aside for reward fulfillment.
  • Travel: 30% - Lodging and gas. We will be on the road for the duration of production hence the high portion of the budget dedicated to travel.
  • Production: 35% - Paying the crew and buying equipment.
  • Post: 20% - Licensing fees for music and historical footage. We may also contract out design work, such as motion graphics.

Risks and challenges

The most difficult challenge we will face in producing the show is planning. This is because abandoned places are constantly changing in status. A location we planned to film could end up being inaccessible, demolished, or too dangerous. However, after filming abandoned places for three years we have gotten used to this challenge, and learned the importance of having a well thought out plan, a backup plan, and a backup backup plan.

This project is the culmination of what we have wanted to create ever since we started making videos on YouTube, and we have completely cleared our plates for the next several months to focus on this. If we are successfully funded, we will do absolutely everything we can to see it through to completion!

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