Camp Abercorn Pilot on Vimeo
Endorsed by George Takei
What we were hoping for from the very beginning finally came true the day before our campaign ended. After many attempts of reaching out to George for an endorsement, he came through in a huge way. His endorsement not only helped us reach our goal, but also got us written up in Deadline Hollywood, giving us some extra attention.
Cast Brad Leland
Before even considering casting, we had a picture of Brad Leland on our character board as the best illustration of how we saw "Russell". When we finally had a script, we approached Brad's agents to gauge his interest. While we expected to hear nothing, his agent replied to our email saying Brad loved the idea and was a big fan of supporting independent filmmaking. After a couple months of discussions and negotiations, Brad Leland signed on to play Russell in the show, and agreed to spend a week with us in a Lake Arrowhead cabin to shoot these promo videos.
Jeffrey and Matt went to Sundance to hand out Camp Abercorn patches and spread the good word about the show. We also got to meet George Takei when we were there. Seeking George's support for our show was a hope from the beginning. While this meeting was nothing more than a friendly handshake and picture, it did plant the seed of what would come next.
Produce an announcement video
We decided to announce to the world that we were making Camp Abercorn as an attempt to gain support from like-minded individuals and generate excitement for the project. We scouted a location near Bishop, CA, which was on a lake, had a cabin, and still looked like summer despite being November. When we came back a week later, with all our crew and equipment, it, of course, snowed. I may even go so far as to call it a blizzard. But that didn't stop us from shooting. Luckily we had a fire going to keep us warm between takes, thanks to Meg, henceforth known as "Queen of Fire."