I have to say, its almost heartbreaking to hear so many of you hate on this cause. Now, I can't speak on behalf of Tribe or their marketing agenda. But I was one of the videographers during the last event, and I edited a lot of the official video content so many of you rallied behind last year.
I'm not hear to argue, but I'd love to take the opportunity to explain why $100,000 is a very small price tag. Now, I'll first say that I forgive you all for not understanding money... it's not your fault, you're all scumbag boaters and have probably never held more than a few bucks in your wallet
I want to follow that up with "You are not paying boaters to live the rockstar lifestyle". I'm sorry if some of the videos last year made some of you believe this. There was partying, but that was not funded by the WWGP. That came out of each paddler's desire to enjoy their time with good friends.
I'm not sure how familiar any of you are with video needs... but video is expensive. The WWGP had a very small media team. I think it was something like 6 Videographers. Yep, 6 Videographers worked 15+ hour days (Some of us worked more like 19+ hour days if we were editing the pieces) for two weeks without pay. It was extremely grass roots. I for one took, and will have to take 3 weeks off of work to help bring this content to you. It would be great if the media team could make a little money for such hard work.
Sure, we'll be in Chile. And most of us would love for the opportunity. But please don't insult us by saying that we are not slaving our asses off to bring you this content.
Anyway... "paying the media team" aside....
"Is that a 7D?" So many boaters own DSLRs. So you should know what it costs to equip 5 videographers with a camera, enough CF Cards to last the day, batteries to do the same, and enough variation in lenses to keep it interesting.
It's something like 26K.
And we'd like to bring some new technologies to the table. I for one, am gonna flip a shit if I see any more crappy twixtor files in a kayak video. We'd love to see some Sony FS700 footage in the next event's coverage.
The FS700 is the cheapest camera out there capable of shooting great quality, 1080 footage at 240fps. If you haven't seen footage, go check it out.
Anyway, two of these cameras would be nice. It's not over the top.. I promise. But with a price tag of nearly $8k not even including the accessories to keep the camera running... well... we're getting up there...
obviously, this kind of coverage can't be put together when the media team is sleeping in tents. It is important to manage all of this media, and keep things dry and charged. So accommodations are necessary. Typically, its not much, we sleep on the floors when there is time to sleep, but there needs to be a base camp where we can manage the media.
Anyway, with just the equipment, (not including any pay to the media team, or even being able to pay for their plane tickets down there) we are talking around $50K.
And this pricetag only included one lens per camera, no gopros, and no audio equipment or computer to edit any of this on.
I'm sure you will be able to punch holes in this pricetag, but it was only generated to give you all an idea of where some of the money needs come from.