RAAM is 5000km across America in 10 days, we're creating a stop motion video of 1 rider as he attempts this race. 1 picture per minute
This is Chris Hopkinson, most people call him Hoppo
Hoppo (let's call him that now that the introductions are all complete!) is a Music teacher and solo Clarinet player in an Army band, a doting father and in his spare time he likes to ride a bicycle.
Well, when I say spare time what I actually mean is he gets up at 4.45 in the morning, every morning, and rides on his bike in his kitchen for 3 hours - every morning!
'Why would he do that I hear you wonder?'
Chris is entering the Race Across America this year (2013), having completed it in 2005 - and becoming the first guy from Britain to complete the race solo.
Chris will ride a bicycle from San-Diego on the west coast, to Annapolis on the east coast, in approx 8 to 9 days - DAYS!!!
We will be following him in a support vehicle creating 2 pieces of video for publication afterwards.
The first, and the most unique piece, will be a stop motion video of the 3000 miles, with images taken every 60 seconds for the length of the ride.
Taken from a static point in the follow vehicle it will show Chris as he traverses the breadth of the US, covering mountain ranges, the barren mid-west and the heartlands of the States.
Quite possibly it is a world first in its scope, and it offers the viewer the chance to see a side of America unseen by the multitude.
It will comprise several thousand images, taken from the 12MP camera of a GoPro HD3, stitched together to create a film approximately 7 minutes in length - and I am excited just to think about the scope of this.
It's never been done before, and as very few people have managed to ride the race pairing the two projects together will be a truly unique recording!
Complimenting the Stop-motion will be a documentary film to go with the race, again filmed entirely with GoPro cameras this will show the race as it unfolds.
From inside the follow vehicle and the RV (motorhome) that will be home for up to 12 days it will show the crews challenges as they live and breathe to support Chris on his endeavour.
With Helmet and body mounted cameras, including aerial photography, the film will show the beauty and brutality of this feat of human endurance - it really is unlike any other activity on the planet.
Filmed in stunning HD and showing a side of human nature very rarely witnessed the film promises to be a thing of beauty, with stunning back-drops, high emotions and an exploration of what drives man to go forward.
Your money goes towards the following things....
Transportation, so thats flights and fuel and associated rental costs (not to mention food)
Camera hardware - we need cameras, batteries and external power sources, mounts and a plethora of cabling!
Memory cards and storage - lots of memory cards and a few large portable hard-drives for backup.
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Lets be honest here, the biggest risk is Chris not finishing the race!
I can talk about that here because I am not Chris, so it's something I prepare for but something that he doesn't even contemplate.
In 2005 Chris had to change bikes mid way through the race and this caused something called 'Shermas Neck' and he had to wear an inflatable neck brace to support the weight of his own head (yes you did read that right!)
So whilst I can write about Chris not completing the race he is one of the most focussed and determined individuals you will ever meet, so it's unlikely to happen!
If somehow Chris cant go on (and we are talking about death or natural disaster here being the only valid reasons!) then we still have to get across to the other side, so we will still make the video and keep the cameras rolling.
Other issues that can occur include cameras failing to work correctly.
We will be using multiple GoPro HD cameras for this project, and seating them at the front of the follow vehicle, each will have an extra-life battery-pac and all will have a mains connection attached to ensure that power is never an issue.
We will be recording to Sandisk memory cards and swapping them out every 6 hours, copying the contents to 2 spare USB hard drives to be stored in waterproof and shock proof containers.
At the end of RAAM we will all be spending time with our respective families before we get to work on completing the Stop-motion film.
You can expect the film to take approx 2 weeks to complete after arrival back in the UK.
I will be doing the editing and compilation for the stop-motion film myself, however we have secured the services of a professional film production company to edit and stitch together the other film clips to create a documentary of the race.
Filming will start approx 1 week before the race when the crew all meet up, and will finish when the crew dissolves after the event.
Expect the editing process for this film to take approx 1 month.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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As #1 but added.... Postcard sent from the start of RAAM - Oceanside San Diego - signed by ChrisEstimated delivery:
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As #3 but now with extra bonus image..... Postcard of Chris at the finishing line - will be signed with thanks from Chris after he has recovered enough to hold a pen! DOUBLE PRIZES - you also get to have 4 home-made muffins sent to your home or work address (choose from carrot, chocolate or blueberry <UK only>)Estimated delivery:
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EVERYTHING included so far but now with even more! Get a copy of the Worlds First Stop Motion film of a solo cyclist riding across the Continental United States - from California to Washington D.C. The film will be deposited in a Dropbox account and details emailed to you. DOUBLE PRIZES!!! As well as the muffins you ALSO get quite possibly the worlds best Carrot cake - hand made and delivered the next day to your location! (UK only)Estimated delivery:
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3 Postcards, 1 T-shirt, Downloadable film, Physical copy of the film AND an A3 signed poster of Chris with stunning scenery as he competes in RAAM - beautifully photographed and gorgeously printed. AND (yes a double AND) A hand-written (it won't be neat but it WILL be authentic) letter from Chris with his personal thanks!Estimated delivery:
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Everything included so far - now with ADDED bonus of 1hr Skype call with Chris after you have received and watched the film - your time to ask him any questions you might have about completing a 3000 mile bike ride! DOUBLE PRIZES - MUFFINS, CARROT CAKE, AND NOW.......A BATCH OF SUPER-DELICIOUS FLAPJACKY, CAKEY, TREAT BARS - all home made and PACKED with happy calories! (UK only)Estimated delivery:
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Everything included so far, including the skype call. We will also provide a copy of the film on a Sandisk 64GB memory card, lovingly encased inside one of the GoPro HD3 Camera's used for the filming!Estimated delivery:
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And Last but not least - Chris will hand deliver all the goodies himself. spend some time with you either at home or work and then go out for a couple of hours riding with you and up to 5 of your cycling buddies! travel costs are covered by you, happy to travel Uk wide or further afield!Estimated delivery:
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