Pioneer One = Television Industry 2.0

If Hollywood isn’t afraid of Josh Bernhard and Bracey Smith, they may soon be. They are the first film/television-makers I’ve heard of to crowdsource the funding for their latest project, Pioneer One — not just a TV pilot but an entire series, and not to get the attention of a traditional big media distributor but to bypass big media entirely.

And they need your help.

As you can imagine, $6,000 USD is peanuts for a 45 minute pilot and a planned story arc set to last 28 episodes or more. But as of today they’re only a third of the way there.

Josh and Bracey were previously featured on these pages for their feature film The Lionshare, a drama linking characters together through a ficticious file sharing network, and shrewdly distributed through BitTorrent. So clearly they’ve got the talent and the marketing savvy to make this happen.

The series would be distributed via streaming and downloads by VODO.net, where I first saw the inspiring social media documentary Us Now. And funding for the series is being administered by a service called Kickstarter, which I hadn’t heard of before but seems legit.

What about the series itself? Pioneer One is being pitched as “part political drama, part procedural drama, with a tinge of sci-fi”. You can the read the synopsis of the pilot on the project’s Kickstarter page — here’s how it’s all going to play out:

The pilot is a proof-of-concept for a full first season to be distributed as VODO’s first ‘Original Series’. From there, we have an on-going arc with at least four more seasons’ worth of story to be told. But it all begins with the pilot episode. We need to show potential backers for the series what we can do and what we have in mind.

Here’s where you come in: If everyone who came ’round Monday to read my iPad post kicked in a mere five bucks, Josh and Bracey would have the pilot covered and would be well on their way to funding the next episode. To get you all started, I’ve stepped up to the plate with a $5 donation of my own.

If you’re still on the fence you can track the progress of Pioneer One on its very own Facebook Fan Page, on Twitter or at PioneerOne.tv

But redirecting the cost of your typical coffee-flavoured dairy drink for just one day can give you the power of a big Hollywood mogul — more in fact, if you consider that projects like this could eventually put said moguls out of business.

Sounds like a bargain to me…

21 comments:

  1. AC:

    This reader (and infuriating commentator) of your iPad post has just donated $5 to support an awesome project.

    Reminds me of the SCTV episode where I think they had Woody Allen wandering the streets looking for “executive producers” to help finance his Bob Hope movie…

    Ed

  2. AC:

    This reader (and infuriating commentator) of your iPad post has just donated $5 to support an awesome project.

    Reminds me of the SCTV episode where I think they had Woody Allen wandering the streets looking for “executive producers” to help finance his Bob Hope movie…

    Ed

  3. Well done, Mr. Miller — there’s hope for you yet. πŸ˜‰

    You’re also onto something here, I think. How about this: Everybody who makes a donation post a comment here so that other readers will be guilted into doing the same…

  4. Well done, Mr. Miller — there’s hope for you yet. πŸ˜‰

    You’re also onto something here, I think. How about this: Everybody who makes a donation post a comment here so that other readers will be guilted into doing the same…

  5. I sincerely beleive that there are some truly creative people out there, with a concept worth exploring…But if they are not already in the business, they often go unnoticed.

    The internet, paypal, and torrent sharing has changed all that forever. Now, a person with an idea can share that idea with the world, and ask for others who like the idea to share in its creation.

    Perhaps one day, all media does it like this. If it’s a good idea, it gets support and goes out there…if it’s not so good, or if it’s contravesial, then let it find enough support to be produced on the merits of those who do want it. Truly a democratic means of production.

    I myself wrote a book, called JEMO, which is available through amazon, and my book wouldn’t be there ten years ago, because I wasn’t already a New York Times Bestselling author.

    Let the market speak, and having watched the pilot, I was so impressed that I donated too…I want to see the show, because it’s better than what I am paying over $170.00 to Comcast to watch!

  6. I sincerely beleive that there are some truly creative people out there, with a concept worth exploring…But if they are not already in the business, they often go unnoticed.

    The internet, paypal, and torrent sharing has changed all that forever. Now, a person with an idea can share that idea with the world, and ask for others who like the idea to share in its creation.

    Perhaps one day, all media does it like this. If it’s a good idea, it gets support and goes out there…if it’s not so good, or if it’s contravesial, then let it find enough support to be produced on the merits of those who do want it. Truly a democratic means of production.

    I myself wrote a book, called JEMO, which is available through amazon, and my book wouldn’t be there ten years ago, because I wasn’t already a New York Times Bestselling author.

    Let the market speak, and having watched the pilot, I was so impressed that I donated too…I want to see the show, because it’s better than what I am paying over $170.00 to Comcast to watch!

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