Monthly Archives: January 2014

  • The Big Update (Part 2)

    Inquisitive minds want to know

     

    Over the past few months we have received a number of questions about Immagix and The Treasure Chronicles.  We thought now would be a good time to answer some of those as directly as possible and to give everyone some insight into what comes next for us (and for you - our audience). 

     

    Question 1:  "What exactly is it that you are going to be doing?"  "Is it a contest?"  "Is it a video game?" "How does this all work?" (Yes, those are more than one question but they have the same answer)

     

    To quote Albert Einstein: “If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.” 
    With that in mind, we'll try to distill down the essence of what we're doing during the first season of The Treasure Chronicles. 

     

    At the core, we're simply allowing the audience to direct our stories through an online vote.  Watch the show and at the end of the episode you will be given a number of choices.  You will vote for what you think the heroes should do.

     

    Your vote counts, but so does everyone else's.  In fact, which way the story goes for the next episode is decided by the majority vote.   

     

    As you vote, you gain points based upon how accurate your decision was in keeping our heroes on the right track.  You'll need those points to potentially win rewards - maybe even the grand prize.

     

    That's it.  Watch, vote, convince others to vote your way, and win (hopefully).  So simple a six year old could understand it.

     

    Question 2:  "This sounds like those Choose Your Own AdventureTM books that I read as a kid.  Are you affiliated with them?"

     

    We have absolutely no connection to the Choose Your Own Adventure people (Though it looks like the Choose Your Own Adventure people sold the rights to Fox so maybe they're planning something similar to what we have in mind).  The original Choose Your Own Adventure stories were fun, but our approach is quite different.

     

    What is it about us that makes us different? 

     

    1. We are a different medium - video.  Video presents some obvious challenges, versus telling an interactive story in a book, but it also presents us with some great opportunities.  Let's face it, when you read the books, you knew you could always "change your mind" if you found out you'd taken a wrong turn.  That won't be the case with our story.  This risk will be much higher. 

     

    2.  We intend to bring the same kind of adventure and fun as those books, but we are aimed at an adult audience.  Our stories have elements of history, survival, intrigue, and adventure.  They might make you think a bit.  There's also the prize aspect of the show and unfortunately, the law in most places won't allow anyone under 18 to win.

     

    3. You don't actually get to choose you own adventure with us.  You can certainly vote whichever way you like, but the majority rules so you'll have to do your best to convince others that your decision is the right one.    

     

    4.  You will have a chance to get something tangible back from participating - rewards!  We'll certainly have the physical rewards, but we'll also have the rewards that come with being recognized for contributing and for being the best treasure hunter in the series.

     

    Question 3:  "Will you be doing a real scavenger hunt?"

     

    Our stories are fictional.  There are no hidden treasures at the locations so please don't  dig, disturb, trespass, or break any laws searching for something that is not there. 

    That being said, we have some interesting ideas for connecting the real world with our series.

    We have plans to actually introduce geocaching and scavenger hunt events as a means to score bonus TQ points.    

     

     

    Question 4:  "Are you really giving away stuff?"

     

    Yes!  We will be rewarding our top treasure hunters each episode and at the end of the season.  Each episode we'll be giving away something different and there may be more than one prize awarded. 

    The grand prize for our paying members will only be limited by the number of people who join.  That's right - as people join, the reward grows.  The sky is the limit, so tell all of your friends to join.

     

    Question 5:  "When is this all going to happen?" 

     

    January will start off with a bang with some cool new content.  We'll begin with a clues video that might have you wondering if we've lost our minds.  Rest assured that this video holds some vital information that might help you come out on top during our first season.

     

    Next, you'll get a chance to meet our outstanding cast in our up close and personal interview series.  We'll even give you a chance to ask them something.

     

    We'll also launch a crowd funding Kickstarter campaign in February.  Our goal with this campaign is to engage and grow our audience.  Plain and simple, our concept will not work without an engaged audience.  We need to have members who will vote and drive our stories.  We need members to show us that the audience is ready to turn into active participants instead of couch potatoes.

  • The Big Update (Part 1)

    As promised, we are at the point where we are ready to reveal our plans for the first season of The Treasure Chronicles.  We've got quite a bit to share with you so we’re actually going to break it into two posts.

     

    Building an audience

     The most important component of our production quite simply is you - the audience.  Our story will literally go nowhere if we do not have audience participation.  Interactive media without the interaction just won't work.  We need excited and engaged treasure hunters helping the characters in our stories.  We also need members. 

     The concept of creating shows in which the audience participates was driven first and foremost by the thought:  "Wouldn't that be fun?!"  However, we are also realists and are very aware that the cost to create this would is substantial.  You see, we aren't backed by some mega-company with boundless bank accounts nor do we have venture capitalists with bags of money.  The creation of Immagix Media and The Treasure Chronicles has been completely self-funded up until now.   

     We want to create something that is fun, different, and of high quality.  No matter what kind of prizes we're giving away, if the video sucks or the website doesn't work - people will flee.   With that goal in mind, we've been working to bring together highly talented professionals from both the video production and the technical development worlds.

     All of these moving parts require highly skilled people and equipment to bring it to life.  Alas, this does not come cheaply.  We’ve got our team together and we’ve got all of our plans in place.  Now we just need you. 

     Our next big step is crowd funding.    

     If you aren’t familiar with the concept, it allows people to put an idea in front of people to determine whether or not they believe the idea is worth their time - and money.

     We prefer to think of our Kickstarter campaign as a way for us to build members with no risk to you.  We understand that we don’t have a long history creating blockbuster hits.  We’ve tried to be open with you about our plans and goals.  We’re not looking for handouts, we’re looking for members.  Each of our Kickstarter backers will become elite treasure hunters with all of the benefits that becoming a member entails:  Ad free viewing, enhanced voting rights, the chance to win prizes each episode, special access to behind the scenes footage and to our cast, and best important of all – the chance to win the unlimited grand prize. 

     We felt like crowd funding would be a great way for us to gauge people's interest.  You can choose to back us on Kickstarter.  If we make our goal, then you are guaranteed that we will complete the first season of The Treasure Chronicles.  If not, then you'll have no obligation to become a member and you can keep your money.

     Our plan is to launch a Kickstarter campaign during the first week of January.  The specific date will become clearer once we've gone through Kickstarter’s approval process, but we anticipate that it will be on the 4th of February.

     Filming Status

     As you may know from our past blog posts, we've had some challenges around our film permits.  The good news is that we've finally been able to get the National Forest Service to evaluate our project!   They had a meeting today, the 22nd of January, and we should have some idea of the status of our request very soon. 

     We do have alternate plans to use private property if our permit is not approved, but we would REALLY like to be able to use the actual locations.  They are such amazing spots and they will contribute immensely to our story in ways that will become evident when you see the show.

    We intend to begin shooting on location again in February.   

     

    Technical Status

     We've completed a major milestone this week.  All of the pieces and parts to allow you to vote, score, and communicate with our shows has been completed.  We still need to put together the web page that our audience will access and then we need to Beta test it.

     Our plan with testing is to enlist the aid of our existing audience.  We'll be presenting a brief animated series about the adventurer/fortune seeker "Missouri Smith".  Think of him as the low budget version of Indiana Jones.  You'll follow the adventures of Missouri and hopefully guide him to success.  It should be an interesting adventure and we'll be rewarding our beta testers. 

     Spanish Speaking Audience

    We've been a bit surprised (and very pleased) to see tremendous interest and support from the Spanish speaking community (especially Mexico).  We've decided that we'll be releasing a separate video with Spanish subtitles.  We're very pleased that our first season will be highlighting some of the history surrounding Mexican involvement in the California Gold Rush.

    Hemos estado un poco sorprendido (y muy satisfechos) para ver un tremendo interés y el apoyo de la comunidad de habla española (especialmente México). Hemos decidido que vamos a estar lanzando un video independiente con subtítulos en español. Estamos muy contentos de que nuestra primera temporada destacará algunos de la historia que rodea la participación de México en la fiebre del oro de California.

     

    Geocaching and other real world events

     In the spirit of banishing couch potatoes and creating a community of interactive audience members, we have plans to introduce a connection to actual events in the "real world".  What does this mean?  First, we would be sponsoring a nationwide geocaching event in which geocachers in the United States would potentially earn bonus TQ points for everyone in their region.  Sorry, international viewers, but initially our geocaching event would only be in the United States, but you would be able to get bonus points. 

     Second,  along the same lines as the geocaching event, we have plans for a scavenger/treasure hunt (in the United States).  This would also give our audience members another opportunity for additional bonus TQ points.

     We'll be revealing much more about these events as we proceed, but we think it will be a fantastic way to promote the interactive nature of our show. 

     

    Immagix Calendar

     We've covered quite a bit and you're probably wondering when this is all going to happen?  We have a schedule for you.  We'll also be posting our calendar online at http://immagix.com/immagix-event-calendar/ ‎

    It will be updated as our dates become more solid.  We'll also be putting dates for other events and activities on our online calendar and we'll be making announcements in social media and on our website. 

     

    We realize it is an aggressive schedule, but we've already assembled our team and we're excited and ready to go!

     

    Here are some key dates:

     Clue Video released  - 1/24/2014

    Kickstarter campaign begins - Tuesday 2/4/2014

    The Adventures of Missouri Smith Beta testing - Week of 2/17/2014 -2/21/2014 

    Filming potentially resumes - 2/23/2014

    Kickstarter campaign ends - Tuesday 3/4/2014

     Release of the first interactive episode of The Treasure Chronicles - 4/22/2014

     

    Much, much more to come!

  • News and Updates

    Welcome to the new year!  We've been busy putting together our plans for 2014.  In fact, this week we'll finally reveal our plans for the first season of The Treasure Chronicles (and beyond).  We'll be including a web page that will have our schedule with important dates and our anticipated release schedule.  We'll also be releasing some new video content - a clue video for season one.  We'll be providing information about some more contests.  We're looking forward to sharing it all with you.  

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