Dennis Spielman is creating The Show Starts Now Studios
8

patrons

$58
per month
Hello, Adventurers!

I am Dennis Spielman, the Founder and Executive Program Director for The Show Starts Now Studios. The Show Starts Now Studios (TSSN Studios) is a collective dedicated to adding adventure, sharing knowledge, and fostering collaboration in people’s lives through shows and events. Shows include Uncovering OklahomaColorful EscapesQuarter MinutesYes! Science! and with more on the way. For the most part, I make the videos for these shows by myself and I'm looking to expand them, bring more people on board, and a bring a new live studio audience TV show experience to the public.

I have never charged anyone for coverage, and I never want to get into any situation where I have to choose between an advertiser or a story. I am asking for your contribution in growing my video productions. This growth will include:

Uncovering Oklahoma
My main and most well know production is my the travel and interview series, Uncovering Oklahoma. Uncovering Oklahoma shares stories about adventurous places in the state and interviews with people creating wonderful things.

Colorful Escapes
Colorful Escapes is a global travel series where art is the destination. The show highlights art galleries, art museums, public art, and artist studios, as well as restaurants and hotels with an emphasis on art. Basically, if it’s creative and artistic, we’ll visit it.

Yes! Science!
Showing that science is for everyone, this science documentary and demonstration series features a rotating roster of women and minority individuals in STEM fields in Oklahoma (and hopefully around the world in later seasons). Think of this show as a cross between a TED Talk and Bill Nye. Yes! Science! videos discuss topics of science, career profiles, and fun experiments.

Quarter Minutes
Quarter Minutes pierces through the multiverse to capture short glimpses of strange and seemly normal oddities of multiple realities. Think of it as a show like the Twilight Zone, but stories are 15-seconds to a minute long.

Tales Unveiled
Combining real Oklahoma urban legends with a greater mystery, Tales Unveiled follows two individuals in a narrative podcast series as they team up to research stories in their city. Journalist, Sam Saxton, (voiced by Dennis Spielman) meets up with fiction writer and paranormal researcher, Geoff DeGroot, (voiced by Jeff Provine) connecting with each other at a ghost tour and work together to unveil local hauntings.

The Future Vision
The primary draw of The Show Starts Now Studios will be the creation of studio audience productions, with the shows being broadcasted live online. You’ll be able to see shows similar to Saturday Night Live, Steven Colbert, Last Week Tonight, and even morning shows and sitcoms. In a way, we’ll also be like an Oklahoma based Netflix, pooling together resources to create shows. When the studio home is complete, we’ll also partner with local schools to allow them to film shows there and have grants for documentary filmmakers. In addition, there will also be public spaces for small filmmakers to borrow or rent for their projects.

Visiting the studio itself will be an experience. The lobby area will have a mix of functions with art, a bar, and a stage for bands. Studio shows will be able to take over the lobby with art that relates to an episode’s theme. For example, if a show is featuring a celebrity, there can be fan art in the lobby. There will also be a dedicated space for art exhibitions not relating to any show. Artists will be allowed to either sell or not sell their artwork.

Shows will be more than their episodes as they’re each have their own element of community engagement. This will range from providing internships, live studio shows having a corresponding art show, shows hosting a festival, doing mini-episodes, having a podcast similar but different from a video series or vice versa, having a comic book version, interacting with fans on social media by using their suggestions for the series, and/or doing a live tour production across the world. Even before the studio is built, shows will start doing events and being at places, like art walks, in an effort to build audiences.

There are some core values I do wish to share here in the overview that encompasses what this studio is about. For starters, the studio will be grounded in collaboration, equality, and transparency. Collaboration will be vital to making everything happen and with that comes equality. For example, shows will be team based with everyone putting in equal work and getting paid equality. This is completely unheard of in the film industry. Just because something was done that way because that’s how it was always been done in the past won’t apply here if there’s a better and fairer way to do it, let’s do it.

For me on Uncovering Oklahoma, I’m all about getting people to led more adventurous lives and getting them outside of their bubble. This personal mission will be applied here as well.
The first phase involved realigning all the shows I currently produce under this parent company. The main mission here was to reveal this studio project, which I’m doing today.

Phase two will involve the creation of new shows, the first of which was the new narrative podcast series, Tales Unveiled. Details on the other new shows will be announced when the time comes, but know that there are more in development already.

In phase three, the studio will start the application process to become a 501(c)3 non-profit. As we build a community and resources, we’ll begin building a home to create our shows. As for where exactly the studio will be built, that is up in the air. Oklahoma City is growing and changing, and we’re a few years away from that stage of development. Events and community engagement will also start to become more prevalent in phase three. We’ll do live shows around town to build excitement for what we’re creating here.

As a patron, you'll be rewarded with your support, so join in, and let's make Oklahoma better!

For more about what we're working toward, visit TheShowStartsNowStudios.com

Tiers
The Helper Club
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
You got our thanks for allowing The Show Starts Now Studios to continue producing great content!


Includes

  • A chance to preview projects and provide feedback. This applies to all items published on Patreon as your feedback is valuable for improving content!
  • Early Access to videos from Uncovering Oklahoma
  • Early Access to videos from Yes! Science!
  • Exclusive Coming Soon News
  • Priority selection of questions from patrons for Q&A videos
2x Gratitude Club
$2 or more per month 2 patrons
Just two times the help, with only one dollar more! 

Includes
  • Read Work-in-Progress versions of Dennis Spielman's 16th Phoenix Universe stories
The Unveiled Club
$3 or more per month 1 patron
With your extra gratitude, you're going to receive early access to even more content as well as selected uncut interviews. Includes all of the above rewards plus:


Includes

  • Early Access to Colorful Escapes' video documentaries
  • Early Access to Quarter Minutes
  • Early Access to Tales Unveiled
  • Selected Uncut Interviews from all shows
The Vault Club
$5 or more per month 1 patron
You'll be granted access to The Vault, a place where we store exclusive bonus content such as ad-free versions of our podcasts, behind the scenes videos, and direct downloads of our movies.

 
Includes

  • Access to The Vault
  • Behind-The-Scenes Videos
  • Download Videos for personal offline use
  • Premium, ad-free versions of the studio's podcasts
The Colorful Club
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Everyone in this club will get high-res photos for personal use, early access to ticketed events, and the first look at our special feature documentaries and films.

 
Includes

  • Early Access to Ticketed Events
  • First Look at our Feature Films
  • Colorful Photographs for Personal Use
The Superstar Supporter Club
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
The Top 10 Superstar Supporters* will get their name listed in the credits as “Superstar Supporters” for the weekly episodic Uncovering Oklahoma videos, the Yes! Science! episodic videos, the Quarter Minutes recap videos, and other shoutouts. (*at the time of rendering the video and as long as the video isn’t sponsored.)


Plus, everyone in this club will automatically have their name in the credits for feature length films. 


Includes


  • Name in credits for feature length projects
  • Superstar Supporter Thank You Credit on Videos
Goals
$58 of $3,000 per month
For The Show Starts Now Studio's first goal, we'll have a steady capital for an Executive Director, travel expenses, equipment, more closed captions for videos, and be able to better cover the costs of maintaining our current show line-up.
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Hello, Adventurers!

I am Dennis Spielman, the Founder and Executive Program Director for The Show Starts Now Studios. The Show Starts Now Studios (TSSN Studios) is a collective dedicated to adding adventure, sharing knowledge, and fostering collaboration in people’s lives through shows and events. Shows include Uncovering OklahomaColorful EscapesQuarter MinutesYes! Science! and with more on the way. For the most part, I make the videos for these shows by myself and I'm looking to expand them, bring more people on board, and a bring a new live studio audience TV show experience to the public.

I have never charged anyone for coverage, and I never want to get into any situation where I have to choose between an advertiser or a story. I am asking for your contribution in growing my video productions. This growth will include:

Uncovering Oklahoma
My main and most well know production is my the travel and interview series, Uncovering Oklahoma. Uncovering Oklahoma shares stories about adventurous places in the state and interviews with people creating wonderful things.

Colorful Escapes
Colorful Escapes is a global travel series where art is the destination. The show highlights art galleries, art museums, public art, and artist studios, as well as restaurants and hotels with an emphasis on art. Basically, if it’s creative and artistic, we’ll visit it.

Yes! Science!
Showing that science is for everyone, this science documentary and demonstration series features a rotating roster of women and minority individuals in STEM fields in Oklahoma (and hopefully around the world in later seasons). Think of this show as a cross between a TED Talk and Bill Nye. Yes! Science! videos discuss topics of science, career profiles, and fun experiments.

Quarter Minutes
Quarter Minutes pierces through the multiverse to capture short glimpses of strange and seemly normal oddities of multiple realities. Think of it as a show like the Twilight Zone, but stories are 15-seconds to a minute long.

Tales Unveiled
Combining real Oklahoma urban legends with a greater mystery, Tales Unveiled follows two individuals in a narrative podcast series as they team up to research stories in their city. Journalist, Sam Saxton, (voiced by Dennis Spielman) meets up with fiction writer and paranormal researcher, Geoff DeGroot, (voiced by Jeff Provine) connecting with each other at a ghost tour and work together to unveil local hauntings.

The Future Vision
The primary draw of The Show Starts Now Studios will be the creation of studio audience productions, with the shows being broadcasted live online. You’ll be able to see shows similar to Saturday Night Live, Steven Colbert, Last Week Tonight, and even morning shows and sitcoms. In a way, we’ll also be like an Oklahoma based Netflix, pooling together resources to create shows. When the studio home is complete, we’ll also partner with local schools to allow them to film shows there and have grants for documentary filmmakers. In addition, there will also be public spaces for small filmmakers to borrow or rent for their projects.

Visiting the studio itself will be an experience. The lobby area will have a mix of functions with art, a bar, and a stage for bands. Studio shows will be able to take over the lobby with art that relates to an episode’s theme. For example, if a show is featuring a celebrity, there can be fan art in the lobby. There will also be a dedicated space for art exhibitions not relating to any show. Artists will be allowed to either sell or not sell their artwork.

Shows will be more than their episodes as they’re each have their own element of community engagement. This will range from providing internships, live studio shows having a corresponding art show, shows hosting a festival, doing mini-episodes, having a podcast similar but different from a video series or vice versa, having a comic book version, interacting with fans on social media by using their suggestions for the series, and/or doing a live tour production across the world. Even before the studio is built, shows will start doing events and being at places, like art walks, in an effort to build audiences.

There are some core values I do wish to share here in the overview that encompasses what this studio is about. For starters, the studio will be grounded in collaboration, equality, and transparency. Collaboration will be vital to making everything happen and with that comes equality. For example, shows will be team based with everyone putting in equal work and getting paid equality. This is completely unheard of in the film industry. Just because something was done that way because that’s how it was always been done in the past won’t apply here if there’s a better and fairer way to do it, let’s do it.

For me on Uncovering Oklahoma, I’m all about getting people to led more adventurous lives and getting them outside of their bubble. This personal mission will be applied here as well.
The first phase involved realigning all the shows I currently produce under this parent company. The main mission here was to reveal this studio project, which I’m doing today.

Phase two will involve the creation of new shows, the first of which was the new narrative podcast series, Tales Unveiled. Details on the other new shows will be announced when the time comes, but know that there are more in development already.

In phase three, the studio will start the application process to become a 501(c)3 non-profit. As we build a community and resources, we’ll begin building a home to create our shows. As for where exactly the studio will be built, that is up in the air. Oklahoma City is growing and changing, and we’re a few years away from that stage of development. Events and community engagement will also start to become more prevalent in phase three. We’ll do live shows around town to build excitement for what we’re creating here.

As a patron, you'll be rewarded with your support, so join in, and let's make Oklahoma better!

For more about what we're working toward, visit TheShowStartsNowStudios.com

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Tiers
The Helper Club
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
You got our thanks for allowing The Show Starts Now Studios to continue producing great content!


Includes

  • A chance to preview projects and provide feedback. This applies to all items published on Patreon as your feedback is valuable for improving content!
  • Early Access to videos from Uncovering Oklahoma
  • Early Access to videos from Yes! Science!
  • Exclusive Coming Soon News
  • Priority selection of questions from patrons for Q&A videos
2x Gratitude Club
$2 or more per month 2 patrons
Just two times the help, with only one dollar more! 

Includes
  • Read Work-in-Progress versions of Dennis Spielman's 16th Phoenix Universe stories
The Unveiled Club
$3 or more per month 1 patron
With your extra gratitude, you're going to receive early access to even more content as well as selected uncut interviews. Includes all of the above rewards plus:


Includes

  • Early Access to Colorful Escapes' video documentaries
  • Early Access to Quarter Minutes
  • Early Access to Tales Unveiled
  • Selected Uncut Interviews from all shows
The Vault Club
$5 or more per month 1 patron
You'll be granted access to The Vault, a place where we store exclusive bonus content such as ad-free versions of our podcasts, behind the scenes videos, and direct downloads of our movies.

 
Includes

  • Access to The Vault
  • Behind-The-Scenes Videos
  • Download Videos for personal offline use
  • Premium, ad-free versions of the studio's podcasts
The Colorful Club
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Everyone in this club will get high-res photos for personal use, early access to ticketed events, and the first look at our special feature documentaries and films.

 
Includes

  • Early Access to Ticketed Events
  • First Look at our Feature Films
  • Colorful Photographs for Personal Use
The Superstar Supporter Club
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
The Top 10 Superstar Supporters* will get their name listed in the credits as “Superstar Supporters” for the weekly episodic Uncovering Oklahoma videos, the Yes! Science! episodic videos, the Quarter Minutes recap videos, and other shoutouts. (*at the time of rendering the video and as long as the video isn’t sponsored.)


Plus, everyone in this club will automatically have their name in the credits for feature length films. 


Includes


  • Name in credits for feature length projects
  • Superstar Supporter Thank You Credit on Videos