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Jeffrey speaks at Scouts For Equality Spring Gathering

The Scouts For Equality National Committee invited Jeffrey to speak about the making of Camp Abercorn and present the Pilot Episode.

SFE honored him with an award for the "Person Who Most Embodied Building Inclusive Scouting."

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Camp Abercorn Pilot on Vimeo

The pilot episode is released on Vimeo on Demand. 

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Camp Abercorn Premieres in NY

October 22, 2015

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Camp Abercorn was accepted into the Independent Pilot Competition at the New York Television Festival. We Premiered at the Helen Mills Theater on October 22. 

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Cast, Crew and Backers party

We hosted a screening party for the cast, crew and everyone who helped us along the way. We took over a warehouse, "campified" it, brought in Chris Ayer to perform live, and played the episode everyone had worked so hard to create.

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Post Production

Finishing the pilot took over three months. This included the editing, the score and the color grade. The last phase of post-production is the sound mix which we finished in February. 

Final sound mix with Frank Paragano

Final sound mix with Frank Paragano

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Principal Photography

We shot the entire episode in 5 days, thanks to some carefully planned scheduling and very patient crew. Click the "More" button for additional behind the scenes photos.

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Cast Supporting Roles

After reviewing initial auditions over the internet, we met with our final choices. Portland was full of young talent. Check out an improvised scene from Tyler Miles' audition. 

Tyler Miles auditions for "Brad"

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Find a camp

When our planned location fell through at the last minute, we scrambled to find a new camp. We ended up driving up to Portland to scout Camp Namanu, which, luckily, was perfect. We also hired our lovely Casting Director, Lori Lewis, on this trip.

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Begin Pre-Production

Steven J Kung, Kieran Sequoia and Liz Buda join the Camp Abercorn ranks as we prepare to shoot the pilot episode before fall. We budgeted four weeks of pre-production in order to find a crew, a cast, a location, set-up insurance, payroll, etc etc.

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Successfully Raise Funds

We reached our goal and can feel confident saying it was the most stressful, exhausting and difficult thing we've ever done. But the hard part was over and we had a lot of people to thank. Now we had to turn the money we raised into a television pilot. 

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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. 

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Release Camp Abercorn Shorts

Throughout the campaign, we released our shorts to introduce our characters and help our audience see what their money might help make. It worked! If you missed them, don't worry. Check out all our shorts on our videos page.

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Launch Indiegogo Campaign

We launch our Indiegogo campaign to raise $100,000 to fund the first season of Camp Abercorn. We raised an astonishing $30,000 in one day, thanks to all our friends, family and supporters.

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Shoot Camp Abercorn Shorts

We shot a trailer for Camp Abercorn, as well as a variety of shorts, at the Forest Lawn Scout Reservation. We thank Ranger Charlie for being so supportive and helpful during our stay. 

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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.

Brad Leland as Buddy Garrity in "Friday Night Lights"

Brad Leland as Buddy Garrity in "Friday Night Lights"

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Casting

We went through a very traditional casting process for Camp Abercorn which meant holding auditions. Lots and lots of auditions. At this point we were only casting our four main leads as well as the part of Willy. Check out this video of Zach Louis' audition for Willy. 

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Write short films

In an effort to publicize our upcoming crowdfunding campaign, we decided to produce a fake trailer and some supplementary material to introduce the look of our show, the world we've created, our characters, and to prove that we were capable of producing quality content. 

The first brainstorming meeting.

The first brainstorming meeting.

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Attend Sundance

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.

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Release Announcement Video

We released the video and got immediate support from the progressive Boy Scout community. This started our relationship with "Scouts for Equality" which we continue to cherish and foster.

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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."