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Hey all, Lauren here. Bad news and GOOD news (mostly good.)
So, we can’t tell you how humbled and encouraged we are that so many of you are so excited for the RocketJump Film School. We are just as excited to get this going. And that excitement got us a little ahead of ourselves!
That’s why I was dreading to write this: We have to push the launch of RJFS again, to early next year.
But wait, don’t panic yet! We’ll still have some goodies to share Dec 1st-5th!
We have a bad habit of underestimating the amount of time and work we need to get something done, and we got so excited that December seemed like a fantastic and doable idea. We wanted to get RJFS out as soon as we could!! However, as we got closer and closer to the end of November, we realized it still wasn’t going to be as good as we needed it to be. VGHS is wrapping up, which is giving us more time to produce. But as we’re focusing on fulfilling IndieGogo rewards, finishing up VGHS BTS content and podcasts, doing shorts, and building an entire new section of the site (!!!) for RJFS, we are also in the middle of development for two new RocketJump shows, plus fundraising for RJFS.
But that leads me to the good news!
We’re excited to announce that as of TODAY, we finally have three EXCELLENT companies sponsoring us who are super pumped to be on board. We can finally start expanding our creative team and get more hands on deck (as fabulous as Nate, Kevin and I are… we need more help!) So now that we actually have a real budget… holy moly, is this gonna be fun.
SO. Since you guys have been so supportive and encouraging and have given me such good feedback, I convinced the team at RocketJump to let me do a soft launch on December 1st— let’s call it "RJFS Beta".
We’ll upload a few of the first episodes onto our RJFS Youtube Channel, alongside a couple of blog posts and ideas, and invite YOU to workshop RJFS. Give us your feedback on what works and what doesn’t work. I am also planning to release a few “example curriculums” and see what peaks your interest and what doesn’t. As I had hoped from the beginning, this is going to truly be a community effort and project.
This is exclusive to RocketJump Community members, as I will post the private links here on the RJFS message boards and will be working heavily with you guys here to make sure we are ready for next year. Maybe I can sneak a few more podcasts, chats, and maybe a couple livestreams in as a consolation, we’ll see!
As much as it disappointed me to push the launch, it just makes me more excited for what RJFS is already becoming. Thank you all for being so awesome. This project is big and complicated and terrifying— and if it weren’t for you all this wouldn’t even be happening.
Again, we apologize for the late delay. But looking forward to working with you the week of December 1st!!!
With the sincerest thanks!
Dean of RJFS
Dean of RJFS