January 2017 Update and projections

2017 will be another busy year and will see a couple of new ideas.  Before we get to that, though, here are a few highlights from the end of 2016:

  • We ended 2016 with a great benefit by the "Boys from Joe Denny’s and Friends" at the Theatre Royal that raised some significant funds and followers.
  • Barkerville Heritage Town and Park came onboard as a major sponsor.
  • Friends of Barkerville Historical Society renewed their support of the project.
  • In October we hit the road for a few snowy and rainy weeks to shoot in the eastern Rockies, Idaho and Oregon for a couple of upcoming films.
  • In November Richard headed to Jasper for a week and shot “The Overlanders 1862 at Disaster Point.”
  • In December we shot an important segment via Skype for the Florence Wilson story, with Amy, Richard’s granddaughter Annabelle and Judith Booth, a researcher in Australia and relative of Florence.

In terms of impact our Facebook views, Vimeo loads, other FB follower page posts, shares and other website views, such as The Archaeological Channel’s Strata and DJI Forum, are driving our views well into the 100s of thousands now. We are aiming to hit 1 million this year. All of this is driving the marketing of the Cariboo and Barkerville region.

Now...looking forward to 2017!

We are now editing and scripting for 2017 and shooting stock footage and B-roll. www.Bonepicker.ca has been updated with new videos - check them out if you haven't already We are lining up sponsors and contributors for 2017 films. In March we will head south to California and Oregon to film another few stories. (Richard drives down ahead of Amy as she is performing in Pride and Prejudice at the Chemainus Theatre during February-March.)

So far the proposed 2017 films are:

  • The Overlanders of 1862:Disaster Point (complete)
  • John Jones: An Overlander’s story of 1858 (editing)
  • The Outlaw Boone Helm - (editing)
  • Mrs. Winnard - California to an unmarked grave in Cameronton (filming begun)
  • John Adair - the link between the Battle of New Orleans and Barkerville (scripting)
  • Major Downie - founder of Downieville California and explorer of B.C. (scripting)

Archaeology Channel's Cultural Heritage Media Conference

In early May we will drive down to Eugene, Oregon where we have once again been asked to present at the “Archaeology Channel's Cultural Heritage Media Conference.” Our talk is “Cine Topophilia - The importance of place in filmmaking.” (Last year not one of the attendees had heard about Barkerville or the Cariboo, but they had when we left.)

Other News

We have been asked to film the Nam Sing Commemorative Cattle Drive to Barkerville for New Pathways to Gold in August.

The Friends of Barkerville are arranging a Bonepicker film showing in Quesnel in May.  If you miss that or can't make it to Quesnel in May, there are plans are to show some Bonepicker films daily at the Theatre Royal.  There are also some small festivals in the mix.

A big "thank you" to Lana Fox of Friends of Barkerville who has been a great help this year with great new research on John Adair and Major Downie.

We are excited that musician/Singer/Songwriter Scott Cook has come on board as a contributor of music and we are just waiting to find the right film for one of his songs.

Production values are increasing in 2017 with personal investments in new sound equipment, updated editing software and new camera gear. The first example, using a stabilized camera, can be seen at: https://vimeo.com/194545444.

All in all it will be a busy year for Bonepicker and no doubt more stories will appear. Thanks for your support.
If you have questions or ideas drop us a note.

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