We have activity going in several areas right now. We'll do our best to keep everyone up to date through our blog and email newsletter. Feel free to enter suggestions into the forums or email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgWe REALLY love hearing from our audience.
To those of you who may be a bit out of touch, the US government shutdown ended today and we can now submit for the permits need to shoot! We need to get out and scout this wilderness location and figure out the logistics. The area we plan to film in is fantastic! Old gold rush ghost towns, beautiful forests and deep river valleys. Normally, the weather doesn't take a turn for the worse until December so we are very hopeful that we can get everything done before the weather turns.
As we've re-opened our website to the public this week, you'll notice that there are still a few things that we need to work on. The most obvious is the Community page for The Treasure Chronicles. If you look at that page now, there are some descriptive placeholders that tell you what will eventually be there. We are working on all of that and you will see big changes in the coming weeks. One of the big ones is the TQ points scoring mechanism. Don't worry, if you sign up now, you will be credited with those bonus TQ points. We'll be looking for beta testers for the voting process. We'll be reaching out to registered members to ask for help.
I'd like to answer one of the question I often get asked: When will all of this be going live? When will the audience be able to start watching and voting?
If you've gotten this far, you'll know that the unique aspect of our production is the interaction with our audience. Decision points and voting, the TQ point scoring system and ranking, community interaction. Plain and simple, we cannot proceed beyond the first episode without an audience already in place. The dilemma that we face is best summed up by Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams: "Build it and they will come". We need the audience to come WHILE we are building it. We need to have people excited by the idea before they see the finished project. No easy task to be sure - especially when we are not some big studio with armies of marketing people.
In the end, it comes down to faith and a strong belief in what we are doing. We've already invested a bunch of time, effort, and money based solely upon the conviction that what we are doing will be as fun and exciting for the audience as it is for those of us creating it.