January 17, 2017
I’ve decided to launch a GoFundMe campaign to assist in the production of Rooftops of America. This was a big decision for me. One of the things I had to come to terms with was asking for help. Up till this point most of Rooftops has been limited to a small group of people. I’ve had no issue with asking my friends and family both for time off to pursue this or to adventure with me to locations to film episodes with me. They have been more than generous with both. It’s safe to say I would have struggled finishing season one without their assistance.
But, like I mention in the video and the campaign page, this production, like any, has costs associated with it. On average it takes about 32 to 40 hours (four to five working days) to produce an episode, which, when I finally took the time to calculate that, surprised me. Add in the cost and time factor for anyone else on crew that day, website support, equipment, and the costs quickly grow. What I am asking for is actually only a part of the total investment associated with this endeavor. (If you want to see the numbers for the entire project let me know.)
A lot goes into an individual episode. Writing, research, travel, filming, and editing are all essential steps I need to do for each one. Thank goodness I found a good music archive because otherwise I probably would have thought it a good idea to compose my own music and I’d still be working on the Arkansas episode. All this is done on top of my regular job. I’m committed to seeing this through to the end and I hope you will join me for the ride.