I'm doing a solo 25 day kayak self-support on the Grand Canyon this January. I'll be filming along the way, but want to make a documentary about the trip that isn't just about my own experience. Thus I'm toying with the idea of creating of film that incorporates my own footage, experiences, and perspective while including interviews with other boaters who have run non-traditional trips within the Canyon. By non-traditional I mean speed runs, solo runs, LONG runs (the Hundred Day Trip?), etc.
The purpose would be to explore the motivation behind these alternative trips and the risks/rewards/wisdom gained coming from the boaters themselves. I feel the Grand is something no one wants to rush, but there are so many different, fulfilling ways to connect with the river whether it's a long raft run or a speedy self-support. Thus this film will provide a lens into what motivates boaters and possibly inspire others to dream beyond the traditional trip itinerary.
I want to produce this in as professional a manner as possible, so I'm looking for funding to invest in a DSLR w/ video capabilities (memory cards, batteries, hard drives, etc.). Additional funding would be needed for gas to interview boaters in Flagstaff, Colorado, and other undetermined locations. I would try to raise these funds through a Kickstarter campaign (funding model that Bruce Cline used: Guide to boating solo through the Grand Canyon by Bruce H Cline — Kickstarter
). Estimated cost is $2,000.
So, opinions. Would you be willing to donate some money to make this project happen? Incentives would be DVD copies, names in credits, heartfelt letters, etc. Any suggestions for perspectives you would want to see in the film? All comments appreciated.
Past video work can be seen here: