Monthly Archives: April 2018

What Will the Documentary Look Like?

Let’s go over what I am thinking the documentary series will look like so you’ll have a better understanding of what all will go into this.

We are looking at doing a YouTube series versus DVD or Amazon Prime since my experience from my mob film* (which you can see on this page) was that very few people will pay to see content since there is so much content you can see for free. Even 99 cents is too much for many to pay these days!

On YouTube, you can monetize the shows for about the same rate as Prime. And yet, for whatever reason, many will not use Prime to view a show yet they will watch the same show on YouTube. No idea why! That’s just been my experience. (I’d love to get your ideas on why).

Anyway, if we look at what would have been a DVD with a run time of about 60 minutes as a “season,” this is what we have:

Season 1

Return of Industrial Hemp to Wisconsin:

  • The history of industrial hemp in Wisconsin
  • The removal of hemp from Wisconsin agriculture
  • The Return of  industrial hemp to Wisconsin
  • Economic impact

Season 2

The Promise Medical Cannabis:

  • Known treatments
  • CBD oil as a cancer treatment
  • Cannabis use in opioid addiction treatment
  • Future possibilities

We will go out of the way to ensure that all who watch know that THEY NEED TO TALK TO THEIR DOCTOR!

Season 3

Promise and Pitfalls:

  • Economic boom in legal states
  • Medical research
  • Cannabis millionaires
  • Penny stock frauds
  • Quack cures
  • Issues to overcome in banking

We’re hoping to get any type of fund drive going at the start of Hemp History Week, with pre-production completed in mid July 2018, and the shows going up on YouTube in August 2018.

I estimate that the cost of this production will be between $8,000 and $15,000.

Understanding how the project will make the money back is important, but that will be for another post.

Until next time.

 

*Note: The mob documentary may be sold soon. If so, it will only be available via Amazon Prime. Watch it for free while you can!

Needed: Broadcast Journalists

I was thinking to have actors do interviews, but then I realized I would likely have to educate them on cannabis and perhaps even how state governments work…

I realized it may be better to use an actual broadcast journalist for the projects I have in mind (or even agricultural journalists who may have that as a base). This way, I can do pre-production activities that do not include Agriculture 101 Training for actors.

I also believe that a legitimate broadcast journalist would not only do a great job, but they would bring a special brand of passion to the production — versus “acting” (where we can all tell the passion is faked). I want to stay away from falsified interest.

Not only should this journalist grab our viewers’ attention and keep them focused on the production, but we’re looking to get the audience engaged enough to buy stickers and other bling we will be selling in order to fund the effort.

Industrial hemp will be the first topic covered in the series — helping the audience to understand how plants grow, and perhaps explaining some simple terms. We’ll also be discussing how hemp influenced us historically in the past, as many still believe it was a threat to cotton and timber. (This is why I’d prefer to get someone with an agricultural background of some sort).

Our “Talking Head” should be far more than just a pretty face. They must be able to convey an interest that is not faked and is very much from the heart.

If you think you could fill this role, or have a recommendation for someone who could, contact me at wclingman@wi.rr.com or message me on Twitter @greathemptour

And there I was

This will be a far longer post then I have done in the past. My editor, Ms. Tharp, will not be happy but I am thankful to have her help. [Editor’s note: I’m always happy to help Wayne!]

The reason why I feel the need to speak out more than usual is easy to explain: After doing numerous tests on Twitter and Facebook, I found that most of my “Engagements”  were bots. Yes, bots… In other words, the “people” I thought would be interested in what I had to offer were not, and could not be relied on.

How could I possibly take any action while knowing I had very little — if any — support to help in ether funding the project or spending even $0.99 to watch the film? After all, actors needed to be paid, food needed to be bought, editors must be compensated, and paid-for stock photos were needed…

Needless to say, I was very upset. I thought that the idea of The Great Hemp Tour was a great idea! But now? Maybe it’s up to someone else to do it.

With my film on the Milwaukee Mafia actually getting done (thanks to the support of real people, not bots), I’m starting to realize my passions may be better served on that project (and its related projects). I’ve been considering just ending everything on The Great Hemp Tour. Perhaps I’ll sell the domain name and just continue on with with my mob history projects.

Oh, and if you’d like to watch my first mob documentary, you can view it below:

( See? PROOF that I have the ability to not only finish projects, but do them well!)

And life went on…

I learned how to get projects on Amazon Prime and how the math works to get paid (you do not), and the same with YouTube (you can).

My Films got into a few Film Fests as well!

And life went on.

Looking to do other mob projects for YouTube, I held a casting call in Kenosha last Saturday. I thought I could find a few actors to use on future YouTube shows on the mob; however, little did I know the call would be attended by so few…

Since there were only a couple of us in attendance, I invited the actors to stay and hang out. It was the best thing I could have done!

Among the actors, I found a woman who has written a book (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) on cannabis use and etiquette. She’s currently looking to get back into acting and interested in helping to move cannabis forward.

Another woman, working in aromatherapy and as an herbalist, shared her knowledge on the many uses for cannabis and hemp in herbal settings (wow — what a resource!).

Then we found someone who lives in Madison who was very good at helping others to feel at ease and has the ability to get others to open up and keep talking — the perfect person you would want on camera conducting interviews! She would be key in helping to set up interviews, be it a “(wo)man on the street” sort of thing or talking to State political leaders on the subjects of hemp and cannabis.

Dismiss me as a fool, if you like, but this all seems a little TOO perfect. So the question is:

Is this God giving me a sign to continue The Great Hemp Tour?

How does one know the will of God?

A burning bush would be cool!

A phone call would also be nice (but that’s not going to happen).

I wish I knew for sure, but all of these factors coming together certainly feels like a “sign” to me!

I’ll be doing a lot of thinking on this. As well as looking into steps on how to further explore and gauge interest on social media (I’m so tired of getting played by bots!).

Maybe YOU can give me a sign as well? Reach out to me. Tell me if any of this is of interest to you! You can connect with me on Twitter @GreatHempTour and send me a message.

Is The Great Hemp Tour worth saving? Should I continue with my plans for it?

I’m listening.