Frequently Asked Questions
You’ll like these films if:
- You enjoyed either Janapar or Into The Empty Quarter (my and Leon’s last two films)
- You were pleasantly surprised at how much fun the short version of Karun was (watch it here)
- You enjoy hearing tales of adventure in far-flung lands as much as the next person…
- …but you’re wise enough to know there’s more to adventure than people doing cool stuff in epic landscapes
- You suspect that there’s more to Iran than its media-fuelled representation and wouldn’t mind seeing it, actually
- You like the idea of being instrumental in bringing to the world’s attention an environmental scandal in the Patagonian wilderness that nobody else is talking about (quite a big deal, right?)
- You’d like to see a couple of quality adventure films get made that don’t have Red Bull plastered all over them (high five if this is you!)
- You think that either Leon or I (or both) are moderately handsome and would perhaps like to see more of us.Last updated:
Sure we could! We could take one film each and sit in our bedrooms/tents with our laptops for a few months and do everything ourselves, like real filmmaking professionals do.
Only joking. Trust me, there’s a good reason why you’ll never see the credits “Written, Directed, Produced & Edited by (& Starring) Joe Bloggs” at the end of any professionally-made and recognisably good film.
Editing in particular takes real skill, and a talented editor brings much needed objectivity to the footage. Particularly when you’re on screen as well as behind the camera, having someone else’s perspective is absolutely critical.
You don’t want to watch a sub-standard film, do you? And we don’t want to make a sub-standard film.
So the simplest answer is that yes, we could, but the films we ended up with wouldn’t actually have been worth making. (And we’d have to sit in our bedrooms/tents with our laptops for a few months. Not fun.)
While the budget might sound high, it’s really rather minimal for a film project, relatively speaking. (Tom's last film, Janapar, cost more to make than we’re asking for BOTH of these together.)
The bulk of it is simply so we can pay a fair wage to the talented folk who are going to help us tell these two stories effectively. And that’ll mean that the films we deliver to you this summer will be as entertaining, enlightening and inspiring as possible.Last updated:
Fair enough question. Precisely £1,000 will go towards each of our living costs. That’s basically a salary of £500 a month while working and living full-time in central London. We’ll be lucky if that even covers food, drink and transport (let alone rent)!
Why not write in a bit more? Well, consider it a show of faith that we’re putting everything we can into these films, including money out of our own pockets.
(And let’s not mention the cost of the trips and filming them in the first place, which we’ve written off completely.)
We want to keep the goal as low as possible so we’re in with a realistic chance of meeting it – but we do need to be able to make the films the way they deserve to be made. You’ll thank us when you get your copy. I promise.Last updated:
Firstly, nobody who backs the project now pays a penny until the campaign ends at 11:59pm on Monday 6th April.
At that point, IF we’ve reached the goal, everyone’s credit/debit card gets charged. We get to make these films, and you get to watch it happen (and delight in being the first recipients of the end result!).
If we DON’T reach the goal? Nothing happens, and nobody pays anything. The project quietly fails, and we get the luxury of two unexpectedly empty months in our calendars. We won’t even have jobs to distract us from the fact that we now have absolutely nothing to do for several weeks. It’ll be awesome.
There’s no Plan B here. Without wanting to play the sympathy card too early, these films won’t happen at all without the support of the adventure community.
So if you care about the causes we talk about in the 4-minute campaign video, please pledge now and help us make this project happen!Last updated:
We all contribute in our own way to society. This is our way.
We’re ‘adventurers’, apparently. But we’re also idealists. We want to make the world a better place. Just a tiny bit.
I know it’s a bit whimsical. And I’m fully aware that a lot of adventure is self-indulgent (even though there’s nothing particularly wrong with that).
But sharing these broader stories beyond the adventures, and doing so through film, arguably the most powerful medium of all, has become our justification for even going on these journeys at all.Last updated:
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