In 2012, Wide Eye Productions released a nature and landscape documentary titled "Idaho, the Movie." It featured many of the natural wonders of one of America's most scenic and least known states. The film showcased Idaho with breathtaking cinematography and the unique voice and perspectives of Idaho writer and the movie's narrator, Tim Woodward.
When "Idaho, the Movie" broadcast across the Northwest, we were amazed by the overwhelming response. Viewers shipped copies of the film to every state in America and to more than 60 countries around the world. I think Idahoans were proud to share with friends and family this incredible place we call home. The film went on to win an Emmy Award for outstanding documentary.
Since then, we've received many requests from supporters who ask if we plan to do another film, a sequel, and feature more Idaho places that we missed in the first film. Idaho is just too big. We couldn’t cover it all.
So for the past few years, we’ve been keeping a list of places across Idaho we wanted to feature but that didn’t make it into the first film. Now we're preparing to launch the sequel - "Idaho the Movie 2."
Tim Woodward joins us again to share and showcase fresh air and fresh scenery from across the Gem State. We're visiting all new locations - places like the newly designated Boulder White Cloud Wilderness area; strange and wonderful places like the Shoofly Oolite formations in the Owyhee desert; rugged mountain passages like the Magruder Corridor; and other-worldly landscapes at Hell's Half Acre lava field; we'll dip our toes in geothermal hot springs across the state; and we'll meet Henrietta the long billed curlew and see the lush grassy nesting grounds for the largest shore birds in North America... and the list goes on.
In order to capture Idaho's remote and rugged natural beauty, we hope to shoot aerials using a full-sized helicopter with a gyro-mounted camera. This is where we need your help. Our Kickstarter campaign would fund all new aerial photography, enough to cover dozens of locations bathed in magic light. Our hope is to be able to shoot more than one day with the helicopter, which can range anywhere from $15 to $20 thousand dollars per day. We have set our Kickstarter goal at $40 thousand, so you can see -- we're cutting it close. That's why the more funds we can raise OVER our goal, the more funds we can put right back into the production to bring you another amazing film.
Why not just shoot with a drone? Well, the answer is in some cases we will, but in many cases, we can't. Shooting aerials with a drone requires first driving to the remote location with a vehicle. Drones can only range about a half-mile away from the operator on the ground. Idaho's back country is so remote and so difficult to access, that getting an operator into many of these areas is logistically difficult, at best. Also, regulations against drones prohibit their use in areas such as wilderness.
We’ve put together what we hope will be an enticing package of rewards. There are options to simply pre-purchase a digital download or DVD... to packages that include posters and t-shirts... an anthology of Wide Eye Productions' nature films... to multi-packs of Idaho the Movie 2 DVDs (get all your holiday shopping done now!)... all the way up to joining us on a shoot and finding yourself in a scene of the finished film.
We hope you’ll consider donating to this special project. Our goal is to provide another keepsake film you'll want to watch again and again. Thanks in advance for your support.
Risks and challenges
One of our biggest challenges is weather. We can have the perfect location, the right angle and be up and ready to capture magical morning light— that never comes because clouds shroud the horizon. Or rain, or sleet or high winds, you name it.
To mitigate this challenge, we watch the weather closely, not only for the sake of our footage but for the safety of our crew. We choose a weather window that offers the highest rate of success for shooting.
In our worst case scenario, we might not get aerials of as many locations as we would like, but we will still get something beautiful that adds to the overall footage for our viewers to enjoy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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