[19:18] <+Kenwhitman> Hi, I’m Ken Whitman, President of d20 Entertainment
[19:19] <+Kenwhitman> We are a production company that makes geek content for web & TV pilots via fundraising platforms like Kickstarter
[19:19] <+Kenwhitman> We work hand in hand with RPG table companies to produce content that could be picked up and made into a TV show or movie
[19:20] <+Kenwhitman> We are in post production on Knight of the Dinner Table Live Action Series
[19:20] <+Kenwhitman> We are filming Spinward Traveller in 3 short weeks
[19:21] <+Kenwhitman> And we are Kickstarting our third projects for Trollloard games
[19:21] <+Kenwhitman> Called Castles & Crusades: Blacktooth Ridge
[19:22] <+Kenwhitman> You can look it up at (Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/d20e/castles-and-crusades-blacktooth-ridge-tv-pilot)https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/d20e/castles-and-crusades-blacktooth-ridge-tv-pilot
[19:22] <+Kenwhitman> Also, you can check out KODT & Traveller at our website
[19:23] <+Kenwhitman> (Link: http://d20entertainment.com)http://d20entertainment.com
[19:24] <+Kenwhitman> So I hope that covers the bases 🙂
[19:24] <~Dan> (Oh, just give us a “(done)” when you’re finished with a long answer. 🙂 )
[19:24] <~Dan> Thanks, Ken!
[19:24] <~Dan> The floor is open to questions!
[19:24] <+Kenwhitman> All these projects look spontaneous but each take several months just to get to the Kickstarter stage
[19:25] <+Kenwhitman> And then several months after the funds are raised
[19:25] <~Dan> So what is Blacktooth Ridge about, and what makes it particular to Castles & Crusades?
[19:26] <+Kenwhitman> The show is set in the world of Aihrde
[19:26] <+Kenwhitman> that is the world setting for C&C
[19:27] <+Kenwhitman> It is set in an area called Blacktooth Ridge – an area run by several Dukes under the Empress of the lands
[19:28] <+Kenwhitman> Our main character Juergan, is a night and was support to be one of the seven dukes, but turns it down
[19:29] <+Kenwhitman> Because he plans to retire, and he is tired of the politics, and shenanigans of sealing with the Empress and his other friends that are now Dukes
[19:29] <+Kenwhitman> He retires to a small plot of land where he plans to live out his life and die
[19:29] <+Kenwhitman> and thats where the story begins
[19:30] <+Kenwhitman> He is a master tactician, great thinker, alchemist and the Empress and dukes call on him from time to time to figure out problems
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[19:31] <~Dan> (Howdy, egyptian!)
[19:31] <@egyptian> (hi!)
[19:32] <+Kenwhitman> So hes kind of a fantasy version of Sherlock homes thrown in a land of back stabbing royalty
[19:32] <~Dan> Will this be a full-blown fantasy series with elves, dwarves, orcs, and dragons?
[19:33] <+Kenwhitman> Sherlock Holmes meets Game of Thrones – with a viking feel
[19:33] <+Kenwhitman> They exist of course, and yes they will be part of the series, but we wont be concentration to heavily on that in the TV pilot
[19:33] * ~Dan nods
[19:34] <+Kenwhitman> The Pilot concentrates on Sir Juergan hunting down a witch
[19:34] <~Dan> Is that for thematic reasons, budgetary concerns, or both?
[19:34] <~Dan> (re: the toned-down fantasy aspects in the pilot)
[19:35] <+Songtress> Sherlock Holmes meets Game of Thrones with a Viking feel hmm
[19:35] <+GenoFoxx> as you can tell by the discoloration and scaling of the skin this man was killed by dragon’s blood poisoning
[19:35] <+Kenwhitman> When one proposes fantasy, CGI can add a tremendous cost
[19:35] <~Dan> Or, put another way, will the high fantasy elements be kept as spice in the ongoing series if it’s picked up?
[19:36] * ~Dan nods, re: CGI
[19:36] <+Kenwhitman> Correct Dan
[19:36] <+Kenwhitman> There will be magic of course, and elves, and dragons, and monsters
[19:37] <+Kenwhitman> but as budget and story allowed, in the cities it is Human focused, other races and monster exist more in the wilds
[19:37] <+Kenwhitman> The RPG it self was created to support high fantasy, mid fantasy or low fantasy
[19:38] <+Kenwhitman> We will start out low fantasy like GoT and work our way up as budget permits
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[19:38] <~Dan> (Howdy, Silverlion!)
[19:38] * ~Dan nods
[19:38] <~Dan> Makes sense.
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[19:39] <+Kenwhitman> Stephen Chenault of Troll Lords will be the lead script writer on this one, so I am confident it will carry the C&C feel very well
[19:39] <~Dan> To what degree will the show’s setting follow the rules of the game in terms of, say, classes, Vancian magic, and so forth?
[19:40] <~Dan> Will it be obvious that so-and-so is a ranger?
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[19:41] <@Silverlion> Ken: This project won’t detract from your other unfulfilled Kickstarters, I hope.
[19:42] <+Kenwhitman> Well, once again with the creator of the world writing the script, feel strongly all of that will fall in place
[19:42] * ~Dan nods
[19:43] <+Kenwhitman> KODT has been shot and will be fully edited by the end of the year. Traveller shoot for one week in November ad will be edited in Jan & Feb.
[19:43] <+Kenwhitman> C&C shoots in mid FEB to have that winter feel
[19:43] <+Kenwhitman> Thats all be the only projects we work on until GEN CON 2015
[19:43] <+Kenwhitman> Three items is about what we can handle
[19:45] <+Kenwhitman> BTW – we will be releasing KODT early as its not support to release until AUG 2015
[19:45] <+Kenwhitman> It has been split into three short 22 min episodes, the first will release this DEC, the second in April of 2015 and the 3rd at GEN CON 2015
[19:46] <~Dan> Can you comment on who might be interested in picking up Blacktooth Ridge?
[19:46] <~Dan> Or is it too soon for that?
[19:47] <+Kenwhitman> Spinward will release in March 2015 – A few months behind schedule but CGI is about time, money or quality – so we have to take more time then we though as we wont bend on Quality & money is limited by funding
[19:48] <+Kenwhitman> At this time, we can not… all the major networks allow us to pitch to them in March of next year
[19:48] * ~Dan nods
[19:49] <+Kenwhitman> Any of the show that don’t get pick up will go through RPG distribution, and end up on Amazon prime, iTunes, and other digital platforms
[19:49] <~Dan> Interesting… So none of the three are a matter of “if”, but “where”?
[19:50] <+Kenwhitman> Correct, we do have meeting with several companies including the syfy chanel
[19:51] <+Kenwhitman> BUT if they like a property, we will most likely lose control of that property, meaning it will be re-cast, new writes, etc.
[19:51] <+GenoFoxx> ((syfy ugh))
[19:52] <~Dan> Hmm. A bit of a double-edged sword, then?
[19:52] <+Kenwhitman> TV is a very crazy animal – in the end the Executive Producers will make the calls to make a deal or not
[19:53] <+Kenwhitman> Thats will be Stephen Chenault for Troll Lord, Marc Miller for Traveller, & Dave Kenzer & Jolly Blackburn for KODT
[19:53] <+Kenwhitman> We are just the production company that provides the base materials to have a great PITCH to the TV stations
[19:54] <+Kenwhitman> And non of this was real a viable option BEFORE kickstarter & like platforms
[19:54] <+Kenwhitman> Ok – that and the develop net of digital cameras LOL
[19:54] <~Dan> 🙂
[19:55] <+Kenwhitman> Well, we are working on alternative ideas, like pitching to netflix, HBO, etc – as they are all going to a steaming download platform
[19:56] <~Dan> Do you sense that the same sort of deep-diving into geek culture that led to Guardians of the Galaxy has created an opening for RPG-based shows?
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[19:56] <+Kenwhitman> The distribution industry for shows is in turmoil – much like the book industry was when Print on demand was created
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[19:57] <+Kenwhitman> Well, here is the crazy thing – MOST of the writers of comics, and TV shows HAVE played RPGs!!!
[19:57] <~Dan> (Howdy, FaerieGodfather!)
[19:58] <+Kenwhitman> The influence is there and the number of new writers showing up thats have played games is huge
[19:58] <~Dan> Really? I didn’t realize it was that common.
[19:58] <+Kenwhitman> BUT – Game worlds don’t have what hollywood wants – characters
[19:58] * ~Dan nods
[19:59] <+Kenwhitman> By show creators used the skills they learned in game design to make rich worlds
[20:00] <+Kenwhitman> For instance Joss Whedon based Firefly on his RPG space game he played in college in the mid 80’s
[20:00] <~Dan> I’ll be darned…
[20:00] <+Kenwhitman> As he never says what that was, we pretty much know its his Traveller campaign he was running
[20:01] <+Kenwhitman> Cargo ships in space with revolvers and swords 🙂
[20:01] <~Dan> Indeed. 🙂
[20:02] <+Kenwhitman> So – RPGs have already altered TV
[20:02] <+Kenwhitman> But will a show get picked up based on its RICH WORLD – well thats what we are trying to do
[20:03] <+Kenwhitman> Of course Sir Juergan of Blacktooth Ridge was created for the show & based in the game world
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[20:04] <~Dan> So do you find that you don’t have to explain RPGs extensively before getting to the specific pitch for the setting? The media folks tend to be familiar with the concept already?
[20:04] <+Kenwhitman> But what is more important to writers is the characters, we just make sure what they do, and how they write it stays true to the game
[20:04] <+Kenwhitman> Yes, most of them are, but in the end its about interesting characters and a compelling story (were just adding ) in a fleshed out believable world!
[20:05] <~Dan> Oh, certainly.
[20:06] <+Kenwhitman> Hopefully, it brings people into the world of gaming, and in worst case, helps some smaller companies gain some market share from the two big boys in RPG industry
[20:06] * ~Dan nods
[20:06] <+Kenwhitman> Oops – there I go being marketing driven again
[20:06] <+Kenwhitman> LOL
[20:06] * ~Dan chuckles 🙂
[20:07] <+Kenwhitman> It helps that each property has a fan base to raise the capital to shoot a pilot
[20:08] <+Kenwhitman> And the fans have been terrific!
[20:08] <~Dan> That’s good to hear. 🙂
[20:08] <+Kenwhitman> they help with the scripts, fund the actors, etc.
[20:08] * ~Dan nods
[20:08] <+Kenwhitman> We offer great packages to walk on when were shooting and be extras, maybe have a speaking part
[20:08] <+Kenwhitman> purchase props, etc.
[20:09] <~Dan> How did you get into this business, by the way?
[20:09] <+Kenwhitman> Movies or games?
[20:09] <~Dan> Movies.
[20:11] <+Kenwhitman> Well, 7 years ago, my daughter wanted to be in a community theater rendition of Sound of Music
[20:11] <+Kenwhitman> I had to driver her 35 miles each day for a month, so decided I should be in it also
[20:11] <+Kenwhitman> and we both got bit by the acting bug
[20:11] <~Dan> 🙂
[20:12] <+Kenwhitman> I then started working on independent movie crews in the Louisville area
[20:12] <+Kenwhitman> and meet up with a Tim Gooch, and he and I did a web series called Brothers Barbarian
[20:12] <+Kenwhitman> (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdsxcA1-KnE)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdsxcA1-KnE
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[20:13] <+Kenwhitman> It sounds crazy but that was about 5 years ago now
[20:14] <+Kenwhitman> On season two we brought down Jolly & Barbara Blackburn and they were smitten
[20:14] <+Kenwhitman> and we discussed KODT then
[20:14] <~Dan> (Howdy, ipsi!)
[20:15] <+Kenwhitman> It took a year or so and I pitched them a 5 min trailer that they loved – and Hoddy Hoo!
[20:15] <~Dan> 🙂
[20:15] <+Kenwhitman> d20E was born
[20:15] <~Dan> So d20E is really a matter of two of your interests converging, then?
[20:16] <+Kenwhitman> yes, making films for game companies
[20:16] <+Kenwhitman> I got into gaming thinking Hollywood would one day notice us – i was wrong
[20:17] <+Kenwhitman> So I plan on taking our industry to them
[20:17] <~Dan> Nice. 🙂
[20:18] <~Dan> (brb)
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[20:19] <+Kenwhitman> C&C: Blacktooth Ridges runs until Nov 2, 2014 so please stop buy and help us out by Backing it at (Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/d20e/castles-and-crusades-blacktooth-ridge-tv-pilot)https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/d20e/castles-and-crusades-blacktooth-ridge-tv-pilot
[20:23] <~Dan> (back, sorry)
[20:24] <~Dan> Thanks very much for stopping by, Ken!
[20:24] <+Kenwhitman> Hey Dan Thank you for having me tonight!
[20:24] <~Dan> You’re very welcome!
[20:24] <+Kenwhitman> Take care everyone — see you around rpgnet!