Around The World in a Huge Banana.
Around The World in a Huge Banana.
This documentary will chronicle the attempts of two idiot brothers and their quest to be the first to circle the world in a banana.
This documentary will chronicle the attempts of two idiot brothers and their quest to be the first to circle the world in a banana. Read more
About this project
Most of the really great challenges fell at the hands of intrepid explorers in the last two centuries, but there still remains one unclaimed title that has eluded even the most daring of adventurers; One last, great, epic undertaking; A journey of such magnitude and scope that few have even contemplated the task.
It has therefore fallen to two unassuming brothers to be the ones to step forth from among the trembling masses and throw down the gauntlet (and then immediately pick it up) to become...
The first humans to circle the globe in a banana.
Some people are born great, and some, as we know, have greatness thrust upon them. Steve and Spade Braithwaite have seen it from a distance many times, mostly in Bruce Willis movies or something like that.
"If you ask mountaineers why they do it," says Steve, the elder of the two siblings, "they always reply 'because it's there'.
Well that makes it easy in my opinion! When we first embarked upon the Big Banana Car World Trip there was no banana car! It didn't exist. So the first thing we had to do was build one. Of course you can climb a mountain if it's there! It's when it's not there that the difficulty arises."
When asked why he wanted to go on the adventure, Spade Braithwaite replied, "Of all the hundreds of planets in the entire universe, this one is my very fave' and I want to see it while it's still here."
The majority of the Big Banana Car was built in the quiet little hamlet of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, in a workshop owned by Liz O'Neill.
Liz was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania and was often told that being a farmer’s wife was what life had in store for her, but after a fulfilling life as a wife and mother, Liz became somewhat restless. She knew there was a great big world out there, and not yet ready to fade gracefully into retirement, she was eager for a new kind of adventure.
In exchange for using her workshop to build the Big Banana Car, the Braithwaite brothers had a quiet discussion and decided to ask Liz if she would like to come on the trip and see the world. "But there are parts of Coopersburg I haven't even seen yet!" Liz exclaimed. However, after a few seconds of thought, she eagerly accepted the opportunity to live out the adventure that she had been yearning for her entire life.
“I'll have to get a new hat.” she proclaimed.
No Corporate Backers
It should be pointed out that the brothers have no corporate backers with deep pockets, and they are not, by any stretch of the imagination, wealthy themselves. They scraped together the money to build a banana car and have scraped together the money to drive it around the world. To keep their costs down, they will be sleeping in tents and using CouchSurfing.org as much as possible. This means that Kickstarter.com is their only hope of getting the trip filmed.
"To do something like this and not film it would be a crime to humanity" said Steve the more pompous and self aggrandizing of the two brothers. "It would be like spending a leisurely afternoon taking photos of the Loch Ness Monster only to find out later that you had no film in your camera. Or it would be like having dinner with Bigfoot only to ....." (at this point in the interview we turned off our tape recorder and walked away.)
Our proposed route will be somewhere in the red area.
The Film Team.
Vince Clemente and Dan Billups studied film together in college years ago and have worked as a team on numerous projects since. Together they have produced the documentary "The World of Z" (zDocumentary.com) about the troubled Chicago artist Zbigniew Fiks. Their latest film details the world of high stakes Tetris called "Ecstasy of Order - The Tetris Masters" (EcstasyOfOrder.com).
While doing some research on the internet for a film he wanted to make about bananas, Vince stumbled upon the Big Banana Car website and knew instantly that he had to be involved. "For some strange reason, all through my childhood my Mom referred to me as Banana Boy," Vince admitted, "so, it's kind of like destiny that I've crossed paths with Steve. Living my life much like a cavalier, I have no doubt that this journey will be a giant success filled with millions of smiles and cinematic moments. As a filmmaker, how many times do you get the opportunity to follow a banana around the world?"
The Working Title.
Most projects such as this have a "Working Title" and this one is "Around The World in The Big Banana Car." However, during the trip, the team will be seeking out and interviewing those often overlooked, and mostly harmless folk called "Eccentrics."
There is a fine line between "eccentric" and "lunatic," and even though both those words end in "ic," it's often a distinction based solely on a person's means. The quirky owner of a stately home who shops the local village in his Pajamas, and has built a bomb shelter made of Legos, is regarded with a wry smile as "a little bit eccentric." Whereas Bob, who works at Walmart and behaves in a similar way, is simply "mad."Often, the only defining difference between the two is a few million dollars.
So, it is the contention of the Dirty Brothers that there are many wonderful eccentrics toiling away in relative obscurity because their annual budget amounts to the pittance that they can hide from their wife. It's quite possible, therefore, that the title of the finished project might become "Eccentricity on a Budget."
It's also been suggested by close friends that we should entitle it "Plonkers On Parade," "The Halfwit Chronicles," and in a nod to those fantastic movies of the 1960s, "Those Farcical Folks in their V8 Banana."
The team is filming this to be a documentary movie but will shoot enough footage that if a TV network becomes interested, they will have the material needed to turn it into a six part, or more, series.
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To pay for the film crew and primarily their chase vehicle.
Fuel for the chase vehicle, the vehicle itself, their flights, tapes, visas, etc. All the costs associated with taking two professional filmmakers around the world and the post production costs of making the film.
What will your chase vehicle be? A pineapple?
Don't be silly. Now you're just being ridiculous!
It'll be something similar to a Land Rover, Chevy Suburban, or a Ford Expedition. Something that can carry a lot of equipment.
Can I increase my pledge or change my reward after it’s been made?
Yes, you can.
Log back into Kickstarter.com and click on the “Manage Your Donation” button.
What happens if you don't reach your goal?We smile a fake smile and pretend we're not heartbroken.
If we don't reach our goal amount we will still drive around the world in the Big Banana Car, we just won't be filming any of it.
Can you exceed your pledge goal?
Yes, and should that happen, it would be wonderful!
If we go above that we will be able to visit more countries and end up with a better movie.
Can you show us a photo of the pledge items?
Yes. Some of them anyway.
What is CouchSurfing.org?
Because we are doing this trip on a budget we will be relying on the good will of others for places to stay and shower. CouchSurfing.org is an online community that connects like-minded people who prefer to see their destination from the eyes of a local. It's a great way to meet people with a similar sense of adventure, forge friendships and save a little cash along the way. You should check it out!
If we invite you to our home will we have to check the silverware after you leave?
No. Not at all.
Quite the opposite in fact. You might want to search your house after we leave the next morning for a hidden special Big Banana Car secret gift.
Why is one crew member Unknown?
The Big Banana Car is a four seater and so when we get to China we have to have room for a Chinese guide who will accompany us at all times while in their country and they will ride in the 4th seat.
If we are able to raise the funds for a film crew and chase vehicle, the Chinese guide will be able to travel with them and so the 4th banana car seat will become available.
However, we won't know if this is the case until we reach our funding goal above.
If we do reach our goal then the plan is to auction the 4th Banana Car seat online.
- 1) Before you pledge on a reward that includes a personal appearance, please check the world map above and make sure that we will be passing through your region. If you are at all uncertain as too whether or not we will travel close enough to you to stop by, please contact us before pledging. (If we are not scheduled to travel through your area and you would like us to visit, all we ask is that our extra costs are covered.)
- 2) We will give you as much prior notice as we can when we will be stopping by, but please understand that it might be somewhat "spur of the moment." Depending upon the Big Banana Car schedule, THE PERSONAL APPEARANCE COULD EITHER BE THIS YEAR OR NEXT YEAR.
- 3) If the personal appearance is late afternoon or evening, we will need somewhere to stay for the night. A free or cheap place to pitch our tents and somewhere to take a morning shower will be fine.
- 4) Make sure to let us know your t-shirt size needs. Kids sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. Adult sizes: Medium, Large, X-Large and 2X-Large.
- 5) The sweatshirt sizes are Adult: Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.
If you have any questions, contact Steve Braithwaite in the USA by phone at (810) 444-2792 or email: email@example.com
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