We are setting a date and time to interview members of both the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate for the documentary (shhh… we not going to tell you who quite yet!).
We are also planing to bring on a member of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture to talk about the subject of the rising of industrial hemp in Wisconsin after 60+ years of being illegal to grow in this state — crazy in itself right?
The interviews should take us a few days to get on tape and edited, but I feel this is so needed to help the public understand what the process is like, and the mindset of the political leadership getting the job done.
When I talk to others more than once, I find out that how laws get made, even at the state level, is not well understood. This needs to be more highlighted.
The legislators we will be talking to have unique issues they are dealing with, especially when compared to, say, some of the general public that is only looking at cannabis use.
The plan as of now is to visit one set in the AM then the other set in the PM. I was planning to get a talking head to do the interviews (due to my own slurred speech due to my stokes), but, after much thought, I’ve decided that the passion I bring to the interviews overcomes my speech issues! But, just to be on the safe side, we will use subtitles to be sure everyone can understand what is being said.
We are hoping to get this project rolling in late May 2018.
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:
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
The Promise Medical Cannabis:
CBD oil as a cancer treatment
Cannabis use in opioid addiction treatment
We will go out of the way to ensure that all who watch know that THEY NEED TO TALK TO THEIR DOCTOR!
Promise and Pitfalls:
Economic boom in legal states
Penny stock frauds
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!
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?
Easy. It’s meant to educate the masses on the subjects of industrial hemp and cannabis.
Too many far more intelligent people then I am have no real clue when it comes to cannabis education. And, worse, believe the lies they were told by others. I don’t blame them — at one time I trusted those liars too!
My idea is that by providing an education in a fun, non-threatening way, we can bring about a change of thinking and, I hope, gain more supporters to use hemp-based products and bring full legalization of cannabis to America.
In the film, we will discuss how many states have legalized hemp — focusing on the State of Wisconsin, where, just a few years ago, the law could not get a hearing passed…but is now being passed into law with bi-partisan support. We investigate this journey, going into details about how it all went down.
We will also show how far the idea of cannabis has come as a treatment for illnesses (from cancer to PTSD). Not long ago, this idea was dismissed out of hand. Now, more and more research is showing that cannabis is indeed a life saver. We’re going to focus on how cannabis continues to make a huge positive difference — from the very young to the very old — for the population in America.
We will also take a look at the billions being made on cannabis in the states where it is legal to grow and consume. This portion of the documentary will also look at the uses for cannabis how the legal states are putting their new taxes to use. This section will also take a look at my favorite subject: the new cannabis millionaires, and how cities like Bolder are changing.
We have a lot of interesting stories to tell. This project is going to be crazy fun! Stay tuned.