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A group of the world's best kayakers team up to create a film package designed to help you run your dream line.
A group of the world's best kayakers team up to create a film package designed to help you run your dream line.
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The dozens of instructional articles Steve Fisher has written over the years for Kayak Session Magazine are among the best received in the magazine’s history. As a result, Kayak Session and Fisher have decided to partner in producing an instructional film accompanied by a custom 60 page magazine containing the print version of the video’s curriculum along with images and stories from the field.

This will be more than just any instructional film: Along with award winning story telling, cinematography skills and state of the art equipment, Fisher will be bringing together a dream-team of instructors. Eric Jackson, Pat Keller, Dane Jackson, and Ben Marr will assist him in skillfully articulating and demonstrating the style and techniques needed to foster progression. Fisher will approach this video format in his unique way and with a well organized script that will show beginners and advanced paddlers alike that the mastery of fundamental skills will ultimately translate into a safer, more confident and enjoyable paddling experience. Kickstarter will be used to confirm interest, advertise, and fund the production, so shooting can begin in December 2015 in two scenic and inspiring locations: The big water of the Zambezi River and the rocky creeks of the Southeast USA.

We will launch the bluray/DVD/ magazine combo package in spring of 2016. We then intend to build a website, app and social media platform under the ‘Dreamline Ninja’ handle where paddlers can find excerpts, out-takes and additional lessons. This will become an instructional resource that we’ll also share with other instructional platforms.

Our instruction will show that, as kayakers, we’re using a pretty basic quiver of skills and a very understandable method to break down complex rapids into digestible pieces. We can teach almost any pro-kayaker something new on flat-water within five minutes while, simultaneously, teaching that same skill to a beginner, so we’re going to do just that. Each concept will be demonstrated on small, easy whitewater and then scaled up to the big stuff. High-end cinematography and epic whitewater will be used to keep the film entertaining, but we will be hyper aware that the skills first need to be shown on whitewater that a beginner or intermediate paddler can visualize themselves running in the foreseeable future.

Not only is this a band of top professional filmmakers and athletes, but we’re also great friends. We’ve all worked together before and we believe that this productive collaboration will not only make for a good product, but actually advance the technical base of our sport. The film will roll out like a story, so you’ll get to know the characters as they each deliver their unique style and brand of instruction.

“...An altered state of consciousness... The mind and body functions at its peak, time slows, and a sense of poise prevails. Truly alive and absorbed. Performance. This is the Flowstate.”

Formerly known as ‘Fish Munga', our production company, Flowstate Narratives, is based out of Asheville, North Carolina in the USA. Focused on outdoor specialty cinematography and action sports we go harder to get the shot. With our expedition background, we're not afraid. Check Congo - The Grand Inga Project and The Lost Valley of the Merced. If it's imaginable, we tackle the task. "No" means "now", easy is not an option. We find our flow where logic meets adventure and fantasy.

Expedition leader, Steve Fisher, has been a professional kayaker for almost as long as he’s been a cinematographer. He lives life like he paddles and has been recognized for his accomplishments by the likes of Nat Geo, The Explorers Club, Outside, GQ, Emmy, TED, X-Dance and more. Fisher’s continued long-term sponsorships with brands like Jeep, Red Bull and Jackson Kayak are a testament to his ability - turning dreams into true stories. That, combined with his ability to attract the right team for each project, makes us not only highly capable, but also adaptable to any challenge. This project will be challenging, yet rewarding, and that is why we’re here.

We will use our state of the art production equipment to capture high quality footage from ultra close-up super-slomos to awesome onboard angles. In the field we’ll use a teleprompter to keep the instructors concise and on track with the scripted curriculum, which will make the edit more organized. Sometimes a good instructor is not a good filmmaker, but with our film experience and this team we have the best of both worlds.

We’re here to pick up where your last session left off and help turn you into the paddler you’d like to become. We’ll start with basic strokes, concepts and proper scouting—things that apply to both big water and creek boating that even many pro kayakers still struggle with. From there we’ll move into more advanced concepts, like boat control during free fall and some of the latest advanced trickery. We’ll even do a complete lesson on safety equipment and methods and Pat will show you how he prepares for multi-day and major hike-ins.

When we provide big name sponsors with a menu of potential films to sponsor, they don’t all dive for the kayak instructional. That’s because its viewership is endemic to our sport - it will likely not appeal to a broad audience beyond the kayak scene. Indeed, sponsors support the athletes to a degree, but in order to raise the funds for the quality of production that we insist upon we need your help.

We also always pay the athletes for the work they put in. Asking the paddling community to fund our next kayak holiday would be inappropriate, but since we’re working hard to provide something entertaining, useful, and of value to all backers this method makes a lot of sense to us. We hope you feel the same way.

Each level of donation offers unique and exciting rewards that we feel provide value to you, our project backer. Check ‘em out and find an item that appeals to you and fits your wallet - We appreciate all the help we can get!

 

This is our first Kickstarter campaign, but it’s not our first rodeo. Using our experience in proposing, planning and implementing dozens of expeditions and film shoots we have mindfully crafted a frugal, but precise, budget required to pull this off. Quality film production does have a price and so does good teaching—In addition to high end shooting, we’re compensating our team of paddlers as they deserve to be and footing the bill for their travel, accommodations and food. Still, our goal may seem high to some, so we’ve laid out how these funds will be spent. Each line item is a vital part of completing production. We’ve also omitted any profit margin for ourselves in the initial campaign because if the project funds successfully we have faith that we will earn our margin through additional film pack sales on the back-end once the project is complete.

 Whooo! We have reached and exceeded our goal! We are so thankful for the support but also have some big plans for overfunding! Plain and simple, the more money we raise, the more impressive this product will be in the end! Each Stretch Goal tier also covers the additional Kickstarter fees and reward fulfillment costs.

                     
                    

A recent clip produced, directed and edited by Steve Fisher:

Risks and challenges

While this project is a work in progress, we feel confident that we can follow through even if faced with challenges. Making expedition documentaries like ‘Halo Effect’, ‘Congo’ and ‘The Lost valley of the Merced’ is our specialty, plus we have experience shooting with these team members, in the locations that we intend to work (Our most recent shoot on the Zambezi was less than a year ago.)

We’ve been very thorough in our research and budgeting, but going over budget is a legit concern, especially with this minimalist goal. We have anticipated many of the possible curveballs through our experience, but if unforeseen overages occur in the shooting phase, which comes first, we can trim back in post production phases by removing subcontracted categories and handling more workload ourselves.

We’ve admittedly not given ourselves much time before the first shoot on the Zambezi, but the team is ready to act fast upon reaching our funding goal in order to take advantage of ideal water levels. Our delivery date may seem a long way from now, but we’ve intentionally given ourselves ample time for release as the spring paddling season kicks into full swing. Since this is not our only film project over the next few months we’ve hired help in the post production phase to ensure that we deliver on time.

Safety is at the front of our minds every time we kayak. Our experienced team is well trained and brings all the necessary equipment to the party every time we paddle. Indeed kayaking can be dangerous and that is exactly why we’re making this film, so of course we’ll be on best behaviour.

Our equipment is obviously vital to the completion of this project. That is why we always take the utmost care to ensure that it doesn’t get damaged, lost, or stolen. A part of that care is to have some backup equipment so that the shoot can continue if, for example, a camera breaks down. We also have on-location help for customs and permits and our equipment is all insured under the conditions in which we work.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding this project and thanks in advance for your support!

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    CHEERS!

    Every little bit helps! This covers a beer or two during production- a very important tool for making great kayaking content! If we ever bump into ya, we'll return the favor!

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    SOCIAL SHOUTOUT

    We'll be posting updates as we move through production, so back us here and we'll include you in a proper shout out on facebook! We wil also email you a hi-res photo from our Zambezi trip to say, "Thanks and Howzit!"

    And a hug.

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    THE DREAMLINE PACK

    You'll get this DVD/BluRay/Custom Magazine package hot off the press when we send out the first batch to our Kickstarter supporters! Buying it here will save you a few bucks too!

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    FRESH TEE PACK

    We've teamed up with artSector Seventeen to design the FLOW tee. We know you need a new (clean) one! You'll be able to choose your size and style, but either way you'll be the coolest dude/chick at the take out!

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    CONGO PACK

    Here's a great way to donate to the cause and get your hands on the last two feature films we made: 'Congo - The Grand Inga Project' & 'Halo Effect' combo signed by Mr. Steve Fisher himself! Keep the stoke high!

    You'll also get the Dreamline pack.

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    FLOW HAT PACK

    Go straight from your helmet to one of these steezy trucker hats. Thanks again to Boise locals, Sector Seventeen for the artwork.

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    FLOW TANK FOR GIRLS

    Same FLOW graphic on a cute, comfy racer back tank top. If you already chose the tee as your reward, you can upgrade here. Ps. cheers to all the lady paddlers of the world! Whoop!

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    FAN PACK

    Your Dreamline Ninja pack will come with a little sharpie love from Steve, EJ, Dane, Benny and Pat!

    You willl also get your name in the credits of our film. Yes, you will be able to pause the credits at the end of the DVD and see your name! Take a pic and send it to your mom!

    You also get a fresh FLOW tee here.

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    SKYPE SESH

    Skype session with one of the boyz! Need kayaking pointers? Wanna geek out on gear? Facetime us into your next house party? Up to you! We'll set up a time for some face to face!

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    CUSTOM WATERSHED DRYBAG PACK

    We've teamed up with Watershed to make a limited edition Ocoee / Dreamline drybag. We don't get in our boats without one of these! Its airtight seal keeps everything from camera gear to your footlong subs (Pat!) safe and dry!

    You'll also get the Dreamline Pack

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    CUSTOM WATERSHED SUPERPACK

    Holy smokes, our custom Dreamline drybags went fast, but the Sirs and Mams at Watershed Drybags have stepped in to save the day! The new Superpack includes a padded liner for your Custom Dreamline Drybag to keep cameras and valuables safe and dry.

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    PHOTOGRAPHY PACK

    These trips always produce stunning photographs! We'll put one of our favorites from the Zambezi trip onto 16 x 24 canvas for you to hang on your wall next to your Bob Marley poster and prayer flags!

    Plus, we will email you 5 hi-res photos to use as inspiration for your next kayaking mission!

    And, of course, you get the Dreamline Pack.

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    DATE NIGHT

    SWOON! That's right, ladies, a whole evening with one of these boys to yourself...or heck, chip in with your friends if you want. Choose from Benny Marr, Pat Keller, or Dane Jackson to take you out for some fun! All of these handsome, charming studs are keen for an adventure. You guys can brainstorm when the time comes. Travel cost not included, but dinner is :)

    We're also adding the FLOW tank, FLOW hat, and Dreamline Pack! Get on it!

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    PADDLE WITH A PRO

    Choose from Steve, EJ, Pat, Benny, or Dane to take you out for a one on one paddling session within your comfort level. You'll even get a GoPro selfie together and a PB&J at the takeout on us. Some of us are gypsies so we'll have to find the best time/place to meet for a lap! Travel not included.

    Plus, Dreamline Pack.

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    US PADDLING MISSION

    Join us for a weekend of guided kayaking instruction on one, or some, of our favorite local runs! We will collaborate with you to fine tune an ideal workshop style adventure that will not only be fun, but help hone in your ability and confidence. Travel and accommodations not included and instructors will depend on schedules and locations. We'll keep in touch to sort the details!

    Plus the Dreamline pack!

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    THE GREAT ZAMBEZI ADVENTURE

    Time to be spontaneous! You'll fly into Livingstone, Zambia at the end of our shoot and join us for a week long guided instructional multi-day on the Zambezi River!!! Instructors will depend on group size, but for a small group Steve and Benny will be your guides. We will cover your in-country lodging, meals, and wheels, but personals and travel to-and-from Livingstone are your responsibility. If you aren't camera shy, we will include some kayaking footage of you in the film...even if it's "what not to do" ;) Trip is planned for the 14th through the 19th of December, but stay on longer if you like.

    Plus two Dreamline Packs, so you can send one to your mom.

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    CLASS III SPONSOR

    Support the cause! Your brand receives 1/2 page ad in the Kayak Session custom Dreamline Magazine, logo at the end of the film, logo printed on back of DVD case and included on all marketing material.

    *Requires our approval.

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    2016 GREAT ZAMBEZI ADVENTURE

    We made a delivery date typo when adding our 2015 Zambezi Adventure and created confusion as to whether the trip was offered for Dec. 2015 or 2016... so we're doing BOTH! We'd love for you to join us next month but if next year suits you better, pledge here for the 2016 trip of a lifetime! Please email any questions.

    Join us for a week long guided instructional multi-day on the Zambezi River, December 2016!!! We will cover your in-country lodging, meals, and wheels, but personals and travel to-and-from Livingstone are your responsibility. This trip (for both years) is suitable for ANY skill level, have no fear!

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    CLASS IV SPONSOR

    Send one person from your crew on the great Zambezi Adventure! Full page ad in the Kayak Session custom Dreamline Magazine. logo in opening of the film and on the front of the DVD case and on all marketing material. Product representation in the film.

    7 tees (one for each day of the week)

    Dreamline Watershed Drybag.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!

    If you are down for the cause and just want to help keep the dream alive, donate here and take the title of Executive Producer! We'll make sure you are hooked up with the movie, our tee, our bag, a canvas print and a huge hug from each of us! You are awesome!

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    CLASS V SPONSOR

    Send two from your crew to join us on the Great Zambezi Adventure! You and your bud can enjoy the 22 hour flight to Livingstone together where you will meet with the crew just in time for our wrap party! You get the back page or inside cover ad in our Kayak Session custom Dreamline Magazine, presenting sponsor title, major logo at start of film, lots of hashtags, and product representation in the film.

    2 Watershed Drybags, and much love.

    And our souls. And Ej's first born.

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