Even though The Empty Seat team has only been filming for a few months, Brian has been talking about the show for a number of years. His original idea was to take a tandem bike to another country (preferably Mongolia) and travel the length of the country by convincing others to ride along with him. He wanted to interview each rider about their spiritual beliefs and then write a book about these experiences called, The Empty Seat. In his heady, freewheelin' years before he had a full time job, this sounded like a great idea, but other than a few inspired coffee shop discussions, the project never got rolling.
Years later, when Tyler was talking about possible film projects at the family Thanksgiving, Brian mentioned The Empty Seat. Tyler thought Brian's original idea had some potential and he decided to develop the concept into a travel show. In the next few months, Tyler worked to pump some life into the project. He assembled the equipment, created a Facebook page and website, and did all of the behind-the-scenes work so that his uncle could "live the dream."
After this kick start from Tyler's hard work and creativity, the project has picked up some momentum. The team purchased a Da Vinci tandem bicycle in the Spring of 2014, and is currently filming short episodes in their spare time at locations in California and Alaska. The show is still evolving and the uncle and nephew team are continually working to make The Empty Seat more entertaining, unique, and meaningful.
As for the future of the project, who knows. Maybe the Empty Seat will one day pedal across Mongolia.