Join The Adventure!
From the creative minds of JOHN AGUIRRE and DALE FABRIGAR...
BUDDY BEAR IS BACK and ready to go on new adventures!
But we really need your help!
My First Day Adventures is an original and unique children's series concept that reinforces positive, educational and developmental themes such as conquering fear, working together, peer respect and the acceptance of new ideas – while conveying the fun and colorful learning a day with Buddy Bear inspires.
Sweeter than a Beehive Full of Honey!
Hello, my name is John Aguirre. In 2002 I had an idea that turned into a one-day shoot resulting in the award-winning "My First Day At Preschool With Buddy Bear." I realized I was on to something special when we received a myriad of awards, great press and accolades from parents and critics alike for our micro-budget show. In 2005, ThinkFilm launched their ThinkFilmKids brand with our title, with the intention of producing a series of My First Day Adventures With Buddy Bear. Unfortunately, they couldn't weather the economic downturn that soon followed and went out of business – taking Buddy Bear down with them. Not being one to give up on my dreams, I teamed up with Dale Fabrigar to produce and design a new looking Buddy Bear and to create a new set of shows dedicated to educating and entertaining a new generation of young audiences.
We can't do this alone.
With your help, we'll have the opportunity to "re-boot" Buddy and the series to create new shows that will "Edutain" kids and families for years to come. We’ve already assembled a team of dedicated and talented cast and crew to help make this happen.
Our goal is to raise enough money to complete production on "My First Musical Adventure with Buddy Bear," a new chapter in the series that introduces our young audience to musical instruments, songs and dance, and encourages children to get up off the couch and participate.
Whether you’re a major studio or an independent filmmaker, it takes a lot of money to produce quality shows. We’ll be producing half-hour shows at 1/10 the average cost of a major studio.
We will need at least $50,000.00 to produce a broadcast quality show. Every penny raised will be used for production. Expenses range from script development and acquisition, to construction of our main puppet characters, to production rentals including: stage, grip / electric, camera, sound, lighting, talent fees, music production, catering, insurance, location fees, editing, post production mix, sweetening & color correction, animation, final output, marketing and much more.
We've already incurred many expenses, beginning with the design and development of our animatronic puppet character, Buddy Bear, as well as the camera tests we've shot and original music produced. Your hard earned contributions will go to help take the sting out of some of those expenses if we don't make our complete raise. No matter what we raise, I will do my personal best to complete at least one new episode of "My First Day Adventures With Buddy Bear."
Contributions from supporters like you will also have a strong effect on the remaining financing of the total production budget. If we raise contributions beyond our target goal, your support will enable us to expand this amazing project by adding more shows.
A great thing about crowd funding is the possibility of giving something back immediately. We’ll keep you posted on our progress with frequent updates, feedback, photos and videos from the production. Additionally, we’ll be giving away some great rewards and perks based on your generosity!
The entire team (below) is extremely excited and passionate about this project - with your help, we believe we can make Buddy Bear a success!
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute, we understand. You can still help by clicking the "Like" button above and sharing this Indiegogo page everywhere you can. It will be a tremendous help. Post it to your facebook, tumblr, twitter, reddit, pintrest or wherever else you can spread the word! There are a ton of preschool teachers and bloggers out there and it's really tough for us to reach out to them by ourselves. Indiegogo has some fantastic tools to help all of you spread the word.
JOHN AGUIRRE - Director / Creator
John's recent directorial credits includes 2 music videos he co-directed with Dale Fabrigar; both, "Feels So Right" and "Laugh Laugh" videos were assigments for mega music producer, RedOne (Gaga's secret weapon). The videos are currently enjoying hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube and Feels So Right enjoyed a broadcast run on national tv in Morocco where it was shot. John's Indie feature film credits include "The Utopian Society (director), "You Did What" (produced by), Black Gold (2nd unit director) Soul Fire Rising web series (director) My First Day At Preschool (director). Other recent credits are stage managing for "The Bold and The Beatuiful" and assistant directing gigs on "Big Time Rush" and "Fresh Beat Band" for Nickelodeon and "Pair Of Kings" and "Lab Rats" for Disney.
DALE FABRIGAR - Producer / Director
Dale is a creative force to be reckoned with. He just completed directing the feature film entitled, "Lonely Boy" for Extit 43 Productions, due for release in 2013 and also recently directed the popular creature feature/thriller, "Area 407" for IFC Midnight/Sundance Selects. He produced and directed a web series for STARZ Digital Media and Koldcast.tv and has many short film and 2nd unit directing credits. Not only is Dale producing, but he will be directing a future episode of My First Day Adventures With Buddy Bear. Dale and John have successfully collaborated on several projects together over the past 4 years.
ROLAND CANAMAR - Executive Producer / Director of Photography
Roland is a veteran D.P. and craftsman of motion pictures. He's worked on feature films, tv pilots, commercials and web series. After years of hard work in the trenches, he has bulit an affordable studio environment, Silver Dream Factory, where independent filmmakers are able to express their creativity and realize their dreams without having to sell off an internal organ.
ROB MANKOWITZ - Business Development
Rob has been affiliated with My First Day Productions since 2004 and has been instrumental in ongoing public relations, marketing, promotions and development of the Buddy Bear brand. Rob has broad entertainment experience from the creative, sales and marketing side of the business. Rob was instrumental in securing national recognition for “My First Day at Preschool” which led to numerous awards.
TERRA JOLÉ - Buddy Bear Suite Performer
Thank you for your support!
John Aguirre and Dale Fabrigar