Wow time flies....
One more week before we debut on The Sportsman Channel. I have already shipped the first six episodes of Season II off to the network. There are a lot of hours in production time in those six episode, but I'm sure that you will notice the improvement over last year.
Are we done improving...heck no! We still have a ways to go before we are "perfect"....but we are getting there....
Hope you like the new shows!
When we started this venture, we honestly beleived that it would be like the movie "Field of Dreams"....we would build it, and "they" would come....
To a certian extent, that has proven true....we built the show, and the fans showed up in droves. If the comments about the show, the stories of folks gathering together to watch the show, and the daily phone calls and emails that Dave and I get any testament, the show is very popular amongst those that have seen it! We simply could not be happier about that very fact.
However, I think that unlike the movie where Kevin Costner built the ball diamond and folks magically appeared out of the corn to play ball, we still have not had the opportunity to set back, watch the game, and enjoy the fruits of our labor. I guess it boils down to the fact that someone has to take care of the field in between innings, the grass has to be mowed in between games....the lines re-striped....the trash picked up and emptied.....
Honestly, I think we thought that once we had the show "up and running" that it would be all downhill from there...nothing could be further from the truth. This show is NOT about driving to a different state, setting in a tree stand and waiting for a deer to come by. We dont get the luxury of scripting the show....We can't buld a show around the big deer that our wife shot on camera and we go back and film all the "filler" later. Believe it or not...this is WORK!
We have some of the hardest working camera guys in the business. They don't get to hang the camera on an arm that screws into a tree...they are not setting in a blind waiting on a turkey to come to a call....they are in the hills, the briars, the swamps, the woods with cameras and all of the equipment that comes with filming a TV show. We are NOT filming with your mommas video camera, and we have worked hard to build a lighting system that allows for crisp clear video that enables us to "step up to the plate" when it comes to video quality. My hats go off to the guys that carry that heavy camera gear all over the country!
You know, I always knew that getting sponsors to believe in what we are doing enough to invest in the show, especially given the economic conditions at the time, would be tough. And I certainly appreciate those that have put their trust in us, and believe in what we are doing. My hats off to them. We never stop searching, pushing, shopping, and yes even selling our program to new potential sponsors. We are still pushing the show up hill in this area too.
Recently, we were able to secure a spot on the #2 outdoor network. Sure, we all dream of being "number one", but look....Tailgate Adventures is #1.....we are the ONLY show out there centered around hounds and tree dogs.... We don't have a million dollar budget, and likely we never will...we have some great sponsors, a terrific fan base...and we are still pushing the show up hill to improve the quality of the show....we have taken a big step in moving to a network that is 100% centered on outdoor programming. We will be airing on both satellite networks, and several cable affiliates this fall....we are building it....but the game has started, and the players are starting to come out of the corn!
It's been a roller coaster ride since the end of Season I for Tailgate Adventures. Sponsorship in this day and age, with the state of the economy is TOUGH! We have been able to re-sign several of our sponsors and we added a few new ones too.... Please never forget that it is the sponsors that make this show possible....remember them next time you are about to make a purchase!
We realized that our video quality simply wasn't where we wanted, or needed to be, so over the break we "upgraded" to some new camera equipment and since all of the lighting options availabe were not fit for the type of filming we do...we did what any good outdoorsman would do, we designed and built our own lighting systems for the cameras. I think you will notice a great improvement to the quality of the video now that we have reliable, BRIGHT light.
We have a great lineup of episodes for Season II, and we are packed and ready to go on a big game hunt this very weekend. Should be some great times, great video, and great TV that brings out the best of our beloved sport of chasing game with our hounds and tree dogs....
Thanks for sticking it out with us as we "get better" at being TV producers.....we are long time houndsmen, but short time producers...we are learning as we go!
That's right....I just finished watching our first episode on NATIONAL TV.
Dave started this venture about a year ago, and one of his first priorities was to talk to some other producers for "lessons learned", and any words of advice that they might give him. The single most resounding theme of those conversations is "You can't film at night, IT JUST CAN"T BE DONE".
Well, let me tell you....it's not easy...not at all, It means lugging around lot's of extra equipment while trying to navigate through the woods at nights. Heavy light batteries, chords...and the ever present making sure that you are providing well lit content.
The bottom line is that we have pulled it off! And we are getting better at pulling it off! We look at the show with a pretty critical eye, and we still see opportunities to improve what we bring to you.....
In the mean time, enjoy...let us know what you think of the show.