TCG TV/Documentary Trip to the USA

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I want to travel all across America from early November 2018 until June 2019 and make 12 feature length documentaries meeting the people we only talk about on the podcast; talking to specialists in their fields of expertise and get first hand insight into the topics we cover; meeting with conspiracy celebrities and get their opinions on the documentary topics; and visit dozens of famous locations and capture a uniquely interainactive view of the subject matter from a TCG perspective.

I want to collaborate with other podcasters and comedians, meet YouTube creators, and interview all the experts and authors that I quote on the show as well as the witnesses, perpetrators and associates to many of the conspiracy topics we will cover in the docs. The details of each documentary and thier scope can be found below but they will have the essence of the TCG podcast you know and love with banter and irreverence in abundance, as well as some first hand facts and conversations.

I also want to create a daily vlog when I am on the road showcasing all the sights we visit, the interactions we have with documentary subjects and to include and involve fans from the US that love our show. I also want to keep a travel diary and take loads of photos to turn into a book on the other side of the journey and I want to meet as many people as possible along the way; time and cost permitting obviously. There are tiers to get guaranteed meetups and other perks detailed below.

If you dont want to submit your details to GoFundMe here you can also donate using our PayPal link and I will add you details anonymously to the GFM mailing list. the link is www.paypal.me/thoseconspiracyguys

I've split the project into 3 phases so production scale can be measured before we head off! No matter hwo much goes into this campaign, the entire year is set aside to complete it and we are going to be in the US for the ENTIRE length of the project. There will be a consistant flow of episodes from the road and a lot of the costs are front loaded which means they need to be paid before we even leave!

Phase 1 means I can afford to pay off all these front loaded costs and we can have a good base to head into the summer with! The donations are going towards legal and accounting, visa, equipment, travel, and accomodation costs from NOW so please get the Phase 1 goal up as quickly as possible.

The Phase 1 Goal is €30,000 and it needs to be met quickly to cover these expensive front end costs.

Lets share this campaign out and see if it can hit the goal of €30,000 so this thing can really get going!

Phase 2 will raise the target to €60,000 and this means that all 12 of the documentaries can be made. If we dont get to this then extended travel to locations and time spent on producing the extra documentaries will have to be reduced. This also means way less travel adventures and conspiracy sight seeing; podcasts and youtube collaborations with US creators; and much fewer locations so much less opportunity to meet with fans or to do live shows.

The Phase 3 goal is €75,000 and this extra money means that we can have all the bells and whistles that will make the docs and the entire trip the best it can be. 

We can get the high profile interview guests that will massively add to the documentaries; we can pay for access to locations and content that will make the docs look amazing; we can also visit all the locations planned on the itinerary, have live shows and big fan meetups because of extra days in the country; and we can get a decent camper van so that shorter travel days because of campsite layovers mean longer content creation days and more content for you to enjoy

There will DEFINITELY be something made from the money donated and we will stay as long as there is money in the kitty so please give generously and I can realise the full scope of this endeavour! :D

In September 2014 Those Conspiracy Guys was launched from a small kitchen table in a house in Dublin, with the mission to take publicly available information from the internet about conspiracy theories and tell the story of those theories as we saw it.

The show grew through 5 seasons to a top 100 podcast in the US, UK and Ireland with over 300 hours of content including over 80 episodes of conspiracy theory, true crime, sociological and psychological exploration, political analysis, discussions on the paranormal, anthropology, medical science, ancient civilisations, celebrity deaths and assassinations and a vast cavalcade of characters, both real and imaginary.

Many comedians and content creators have joined me at the table for these huge talks and we have banged out many theories in mammoth recording sessions. The shows have become a deep dive informational format which last up to 5 hours and crept up in length after Season 2. I have tried to raise the profile of the show as it grows and appearances at college campuses, radio and TV appearances, guest spots on other podcasts and YouTube channels, and even TCG live shows in large venues in Dublin have all been a part of the growth of the show and an exploration into how far this thing can go.

From the very beginning I had a dream to have a repository of conspiracy materials that the discerning internet user could land on and get whatever information they wished, in a legible, audible, and fresh and friendly feeling format. I want to make videos for every source mentioned on the show; I want to have dozens of articles written for each aspect of the cases we investigate; and eventually to have a recording studio with cameras to live broadcast the podcast and other material on the interwebs.

If you are already a TCG fan you probably know all that though! What I want to do with this campaign is to take the show to the next level, make a big swing at mainstream media and create something that I have control over by creating absolutely my own content and then I wouldn't be beholden to a producer or TV station or those pesky guidelines of taste and political correctness!

We all know how stifled MSM and even the likes of YouTube and Twitter have been as far as these topics go; I want to create a show that reaches out to the real people and places we talk about on the podcast and make a move from a small room in Dublin, to the vast content continent that is the United States.

The idea is to make 12 documentaries based on the major topics the podcast keeps touching on as the seasons roll on. They may seem general right now in a list like this; but fans of the show will know; you don't get just what is says on the tin when you download a TCG episode. There are many different aspects to conspiracy and the term itself is vague. I want to look at the most important elements of the shows we have done up to Season 8 (to be released through 2018 into 2019) and document as many sources as possible in a round trip across the USA.

The documentary episodes will take many of the cases discussed at length in the podcast and will be an addendum to those episodes as well as existing as stand alone media productions themselves. Future episodes of the podcast will also be investigated and footage will be released after those podcast episodes air in 2019. The outline of the 12 documentaries and the elements therein are as follows:

This documentary will dive deep into some of the material covered in the Money and Gold Standard and JP Morgan episodes where I look at how the US economy works; why a Fiat currency cannot last forever; what conditions caused the real estate sector to collapse in 2007 and find out if there is another cataclysmic economic crash on the near horizon. I will also talk to crypto currency designers, miners and traders to see the future of world economics and digital currency and the possibilities we have in a world without paper money.

Gun Control
This documentary will deal with the ever present subject of guns in America and the rights and laws surrounding them and the damage they can cause. A divisive topic to be sure but I want to talk to folks who are advocates of guns and responsible gun ownership as well as victims of mass shootings and gun crime. I want to visit all the areas we talked about on the show including Sandy Hook, Aurora, and Las Vegas

This documentary will look at the racial divide that is at the forefront of our media constantly. From right wing religious racists to minority movements in colleges and cties all over the US. I want to talk with police accused of discrimination and the victims of hate crimes and their families; members of race hate organisations and leaders of racial equality movement both new and old; to school and college educators and future employers and law makers about legislation an policy around racial equality.

This documentary will focus on identity politics and intersectionality and the organisers of the movements for sexual equality and gender rights. I want to talk to the organisers of the Womens March and the Resist movement; to proponents of conservative moderation with gender politics; university staff and students about gender studies and to the people who have been affected by recent divisions and advancements in gender politics.

This documentary will deal with terrorism, both foreign and domestic and the massive rise in threat levels in the US in the past 20 years. I want to talk to members of law enforcement on terrorism prevention; to victims of domestic terrorism; to discuss prominent terror attacks like the Oklahoma City Bombing, The Unabomber and 9/11; and to talk to everyday people about the media portrayal of terror and how it became such a prominent feature in everyday US life.

This documentary will be an expedition into the vast and varied religious landscape of the US and how religions new and old are seared into the religious identity of America. I want to talk to members and leaders of all the major faiths; to discover the rarer seen religious organisations and communities; to visit houses of worship and see how day to day living is for people of faith; to talk with people who have escaped dogmatic religious organisations and to see how religion can be liberating as well as oppressive.

Food and Health
This documentary will focus on the food and farming practices of America and how homogenised food production and the over use of artificial and genetically engineered crops and livestock have put the worlds health at risk. I will talk to farmers about the rules and contracts they adhere to; to genetic engineers and experts about food production and genetic design; to small producers and the community of natural farmers who dont mass produce; and try to dig deeper into legislation and common practice to find out if there is a way back to a more natural way of producing food.

This documentary has us venture into the wilderness in search of many monsters both modern and classic as we try to find the origins and evidence for scary stories that are abundant in the vast wilderness of America. I will visit the cryptozoology museum and talk to experts who make a living from hunting suposedly fabricated creatures; speak with native tribes about their ancient legends and their affinity for the wild; talk to anthropoligists and historians to find the origins of these mythical beasts and what they could actually be; and camp and trek through the woods of Wisconsin, the plains of Arizona, the Rocky Mountains and the Jersey Turnpike in search of the most famous creatues like Bigfoot, Chupacabra, Werewolves and The Jersey Devil

This documentary will deal with the impeding threat of a post-apocalyptic landscape where on the most prepared and armed will survive, using skills and techniques heavily practiced and executed in the months and years before a cataclysmic event. I want to talk to compound dwellers and apocalypse preppers who live their lives off the grid waiting for the end times; with ordinary people who stockplie food just in case; with trainers and hunters who make a living training people for the end of days; and try my hand at some of the more extravagant skill training needed to survive if the zombies do come.

This documentary will look at the vastly divided political landscape that the 2016 election has created in the United States. With Democrats and Republicans at loggerheads in the media and across the aisle, I want to find out the origins of the political parties, the future for politics, and try to show everyone else what American democracy is made of. I want to talk to politicans and campaign managers to see exactly what it takes to run for office; I want to see how a bill becomes a law :D; I want to speak to the people from both sides on how the election was allegedly defrauded; Ill look at youth recruitment organisations for political parties and how the US political system works from local government right up to the White House; and how legal and illegal political espionage takes place, from Russian bots to Gerrymandering.

This documentary will look at the massive advancement in future technology will make a world only seen in science fiction movies and talk to the people making it happen. I want to look at renewable energy and the features and fictures that will make that an imminent eventuality; how quantum computing and VR can change how everything is done from banking and online shopping to medical procedures and psychological treatment; look at robot and autmated technology and how the jobs market will be affected by automation; and how artificial intelligence can revolutionise the way we live our lives or maybe take over the planet and kill us all like in Terminator!


This documentary will look at Big Pharma and the almost permanent medication of more than half of all Americans; how the situation got so dire, and what the alternatives are to a mass manufactured medical machine to which finding a cure means losing a customer. I will talk to medical practitioners and drug representatives about their use and prescription of certain medications; how new drugs get approved for use and administration; the effects of long term prescription drug use; addiction and escalation of opioid and other prescription drugs; and the holistic and alternative measures lots of Americans are taking in order to rid themselves of the dependency on prescription drugs.

The dates and locations are being reconsidered after some sage advice against winter weather, driving, drone and camera performance in cold weather, and also having somthing other than blankets of white to film :D

New Dates, locations and route COMING SOON

I hope to meet with as many people as possible in this journey. I want to meet with creators, comedians, conspiracy experts, authors, scientists, students, and fans of the show. I will try to be as amenable as possible when it comes to meet ups and live shows and there will be notifications of schedules through the Discord app and possibly through the Roadtrippers app I use for my itineraries as well as updates here on the GoFundMe page.

If you have an area where you think we must go; an idea for an adventure you might like to see me take part in; or something along the line of the documentary subject outlines above I would love to hear from you. Im producing this whole trip myself and I dont have many fixers in the States.

If you are a fan and you want to introduce me to someone you think would be of value to the trip; then email me at info(at)thoseconspiracyguys.com and let me know.

To accompany the documentaries I will be releasing a daily vlog to subscribers here on GoFundMe and to Patreon. It will be early access for 7 days and then released to the public and it will be the ‘Behind The Scenes’ of my journey across the USA. Not every day will be set aside filming for the documentaries but there will be fan meet ups and other general conspiratorial activities that I would love to share with the local fans. I will also be releasing clips of guest interviews and candid conversations with guests from the documentaries.

These vlogs will be released on YouTube but they will also be available on Bitchute. I dont want to miss out on the exposure YouTube could give a vlog like this, but I am being realistic as to the level of censorship that could come with the subject matter in the videos.

I want to create lots of content for the fans of the podcast but more importantly I want to provide you, the financial supporter of the show, the ability to stay in constant contact with me and Claire as we travel around the US. Depending on your level of support there are perks where you can meet with us either just a coffee and a high five; or for the higher tiers, a whole day of hanging out behind the scenes as we film the docs. The communication for this needs to be centralised as I dont want to have to hunt for FB and text messages to meet someone so if you want to meet please join Discord and put in your request. 

I will be using the TCGTV Discord server for all communications and as a supporter of the GoFundMe you get access to this. If you need the link please message me from the email you donated from and I will provide you with a private invite link.

I want to be able to provide extra material to the supporters of this GoFundMe campaign. The €50 tier will get access to the finished documentaries as soon as they are ready in late 2019. Patreon and GoFundMe supporters will also get access to the vlogs and even some secret footage that wont be included in the docs through the Discord channels and via email. These are all part of the perks and I want to create as much as I can when I am on the road and share it with you.

I want to distribute these documentaries the best way possible. If that means serialising the content into 24 one-hour sections, releasing 12 two-hour docs straight, or splitting it over 3 seasons of 30 minute shows; I dont know yet! I would ideally like to have them on Netflix in their entirety and as you can tell from the description it is going to be a YUGE project! It may end up being a web series and I will make it available via subscription or some such monetisation method but Im shooting for the stars here!

The podcast will continue to run all the way through the journey and on into 2019. There will be a load pre-recorded during the summer 2018 and will be set to release as we are on the road in September 2018 at the usual schedule. I will still be sharing and maintaining the social media for the entire time so there will be no radio silence from me or the show! Hopefully I will get to record some episodes with US podcasters and comedian and even the experts too; and the show will continue as normal when we return in 2019.

I chose GoFundMe as a funding platform for a few different reasons: The campaign is the longest available running time of all of the crowdfunding platforms. GoFundMe has no limit to how long a campaign can be active and Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have a 60 day limit to their platform. This is to fund a product or similar; but this is a more expansive product that has lots of moving parts and a year long fulfilment process and has a product at the end aswell.

GoFundMe also has competitive fee pricing and after GFM costs, Stripe payment charges and tax paid on the withdrawal it leaves me with more money to pay for the costs of the trip and to bring to America as a per diem.

GoFundMe also has great sharing functionality and I can customise the link so its easy to say on the podcast and get the URL into peoples heads. If you wouldnt mind sharing the link around to your friends and people you know are fans of the show that would be class!

The perks and rewards are in the sidebar on this page but I wanted to be able to provide supporters of this campaign with value, without having to rely on tangible rewards that need to be posted (like t-shirts and badges etc)

I opted for exclusivity of the materials I am going to be creating like early access to vlogs, access to the Discord server where most of the exclusive links will be shared, access to a private TCGTV Instagram feed where I will share exclusive images of interview guests as well as Instagram stories of our daily adventures.

Every month there will be a live video chat using Appear.in, where you can ask me questions, we can chat about the previous months adventures, and you can join in on screen to chat with some of the other guests. I have also included the free entry to any live shows I will do when I get to the States and I hope to liaise with comedians and content producers there to help me organise those events. Some of the higher tiers even have stage time at these events as one of the perks.

The €50 tier makes sure you get a viewing of the finished documentaries before anyone else in the world and before they are for general release on whatever format is decided.

The €100 and €200 tiers have inclusion in the vlogs and documentaries where you will come and meet us, hang out for the day and join in on whatever activity we have planned for the day and be included in the vlog and even a possibility of being in the finished documentary.

You may want to join in as we go hunting for Bigfoot at Mount Shasta, or come along to a Mormon church to meet the elders, or if we end up going for coffee with Tom DeLonge you would be welcome!

The top tiers have guarantees of inclusion in the episodes and there is a corporate level where you can have sponsorship of part of the documentary. These terms will be discussed privately and please email or message me before donation for this tier.

The funds are to be used to buy all the necessary equipment to complete the trip and make the documentaries. I have undertaken a business loan in speculation of this campaigns success and bought all the camera and audio equipment necessary for the journey.

I do have to pay for legal and accounting fees for both Ireland and the US, and I have to pay for travel and work visas for both Claire and I. There will also be accomodation costs and we plan to sleep in the conversion van some nights and others we will be staying in an AirBnB or motels.  Accommodation is relatively expensive but booking in good time and not having very high standards will keep costs down and it will a damn sight cheaper than paying rent in Dublin!

There will also be costs incurred for camping grounds and those kind of facilities if we are using the conversion van any place. The vehicle is going to be a conversion van (either GMC or Chevy) and this may change by cost and availability. This is the most expensive item on the list and fuel and insurance for this will cost loads too. Leasing a vehicle works out to be too expensive and the long lease contracts mean that buying and selling when we are set to leave is the ideal situation.

Other costs include, flights, medical insurance, food, clothing, facility costs like admissions, guests costs, phone and internet bills, and a whole host of other stuff.

There is also some equipment costs factored into the campaign target. Hard drive space to hold all the footage is expensive and to transport it is quite risky; so I want to pay for a cloud storage solution that I can access when I get home to Ireland should the HDDs I have on me fail or get lost/stolen in transit. This cloud storage solution is cheaper than a HDD NAS system or any other solution that I can have working for the year I am away from Ireland. The majority of computers, cameras and film equipment will be bought and brought from Ireland but heavy gear needs to be bought in the US like lights, HDDs, rigging, equipment storage, and others.

Hopefully I will see you in the Discord for further chats about all this. Please share this GoFundMe page to those you think would enjoy it and I hope to meet you in person soon!

Love Gordo
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The campaign just passed €15,000 thanks so much everybody! Im actually delighted! So all the gear has arrived and videos are to follow with reviews and explanations of how its all gonna work!

There are also some changes to the schedule because of weather concerns, training, personnel availability and a few other little things! We are now not leaving Ireland until the end of October and there is a Q&A video on youtube explaining all the craic! https://youtu.be/GJO8a9sHo7I

So there is a longer lead time to prepare for the huge production schedule, to get all Season 8 episodes in the can and ready to go and to get to the €75k and we can ultimately stay longer in the US in better weather (noone wants 4 months of cold and snow in the North East)

So thanks so much for mushing it over the 50% mark on the Phase 1 goal! I really appreciate all your support! Go and join Discord and use the link provided in your emails so we can all have chats over there! Or join up to Instagram.com/tcgtv and get ready for the vlogging/stories and craic over there too!

The image here I have also shared on social, and its asking for suggestions for things to do/see/experience in California! If there is something that I have or havn't covered in an episode inform or remind me of it! If there is someone I should definitely talk to or visit, let me know! Do it on social, or better yet, do it on the #California channel on Discord and keep it all in one place!

Thanks for everything,
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Hey everybody, there is a live Q&A tonight for TCGTV and other podcast and documentary stuff!

I’m opening up my mind to questions from fans about the TCG show, the TCGTV project, the trip to America, the future of the podcast and any other stuff about the podcast or me that you would like to know!

It’s kind of a one time deal for this stuff for a good while so get your questions in so I can answer them! See you tonight around midnight GMT and I’ll post links on social where you can join. Streaming live on Twitch, FB and Periscope (you can watch on Twitter)
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You'll all be delighted to know that the Phase 1 deadline has been relaxed and we are DEFINITELY going to be going to the US in September for as long as the money lasts!

Thank you so much for all your donations and an email with all the perk and login infomation is on its way! This post https://goo.gl/pNQ6eN will give you all the details!
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Hey everybody, so after some comments and feedback online, Ive decided to split the Phase goals into more achievable amounts! The Phase 1 goal is €30k and this means that we can go for at least enough time so that it would be worth Claire taking a year off from her job as a teacher. If we dont hit this goal before the revised deadline of March 20th, then an alternative project may be on the cards.

Phase 2 will raise the target to €60k and this means that all 12 of the documentaries can be made. If we dont get to this then extended travel to locations and time spent on producing the extra documentaries will have to be reduced. This also means way less travel adventures and conspiracy sight seeing; podcasts and youtube collaborations with US creators; and much fewer locations so much less opportunity to meet with fans or to do live shows.

The Phase 3 goal is €75k and this extra money means that we can have all the bells and whistles. We can get the interview guests that will massively add to the documentaries; we can pay for access to locations and content that will make the docs really great; we can also visit all the locations on the itinerary, have live shows and big fan meetups because of extra days in the country; and we can get a decent camper van so that shorter travel days mean longer content creation days.

I hope this doesnt disillusion anyone; there will DEFINITELY be something made from the money donated. Even if it means we will be just going for the summer this year to a couple of locations then so be it! I am determined to get to the US to make TCG content and I have you guys to thank for it!
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