About this project
The Motherland Expedition is living proof that life isn't about the destination but the journey we experience along the way. Five college students traveling through the most beautiful parts of the USA truly experiencing what the road has to offer. The goal of this documentary is to inspire those who are stuck at work or bored in a dorm to never be afraid to break free from the norm once in awhile. In a society that is constantly preparing us for tomorrow, we want to enjoy the lives we are living in the present as well. This journey is an adventurer's dream and the ultimate tale of wanderlust.
The documentary will not only consist of the story of the travelers but a series of time lapses and stunning landscape sequences depicting the epic features that reside in our very own backyard. Our triumphs and epiphanies as well as some of the struggles and dilemmas we face along the way will be put on display as well. Nothing will be scripted, as the entire journey will be unfolding right on camera. We want our audience to be riding shotgun the whole way.
The Expedition was originally set for the summer of 2012. The plan originated between Evan and Zoë in late 2011 but between improper funding, an unsteady crew and an overwhelming planning schedule, delaying the project was necessary. In early 2012 Deanna came on board with David soon to follow, and just recently our final member Jeremy signed on for the journey. We all have earned approximately $2000 in order to pay for food, gas, backpacking equipment, national park passes etc. Each one of us is expecting something a little bit different out of the trip, but as a collective we all see this as one of the most important things we will ever do in our lives.
All rewards are cumulative. Those who pledge $10 and more will receive the listed perks as well as the $1 rewards. Those who pledge $25 and more will receive the listed perks as well as the $10 and $1 rewards, so on and so forth. Keep in mind the delivery date is only an estimation, to stay updated Click Here!
Reaching Our Goal:
If we don't reach our goal of $3,600 we will fund ourselves and shoot with the best possible equipment for the amount we do take in. All rewards remain unchanged.
Age: 20 --- School: University of Rhode Island (Jr.) --- Major: Film
Evan is the primary cinematographer for the trip, but certainly will be aided greatly by the rest of the crew who will be starring in the film. He will also handle all of the post production work and distribution. Evan has made multiple trips to the West Coast, including but not limited to Yosemite, Moab, RMNP, Death Valley NP, Grand Canyon NP and Monument Valley. He just returned to the USA from filming a documentary on environmental/economic sustainability in Belize. To see a full bio click the link on the right.
Age: 19 --- School: Ithaca College (Fr.) --- Major: Env. Studies --- Minor: Art
Being a co-founder of the project, Zoë played a vital role in the planning stages of this project. She is quite the outdoors-woman and her steadfast knowledge of the environment around us will play a key role in how successful this trip is. Zoë has an immense passion for traveling as she has made her way to Lake Tahoe, British Columbia and Alaska. She has also traveled to India on two separate occasions. Zoë and Evan have collaborated on previous projects as she works independently as an artist with a focus on painting. While she draws inspiration from the natural world, she enjoys exploring any and all mediums. Work shown here!
Age: 20 --- School: University of Maryland (Jr.) --- Double Major: Spanish & Linguistics.
David is the most experienced in the outdoors out of all the members. While he participated in Outward Bound throughout high school, he has also made quite a few trips to the West Coast including but not limited to RMNP, Grand Teton NP, Olympic NP, Yellowstone NP, Mt Rainier NP, Moab and Yosemite. and takes on any and all backpacking trips like it's his job. David is currently studying abroad in Santiago, Chile for the semester and it can be assured that he will be venturing into Patagonia during his stay there. An essential component to our planning team, he has locked down any and all loose ends that this project had while developing.
Age: 20 --- School: Tunxis CC (So.) --- Major: Criminal Justice --- Minor: Business
Jeremy is quite the adventurous soul who sees this trip as a way to advance his life to the next level. While he hasn't ventured out west yet he has traveled all around the East Coast and is greatly looking forward to expanding his traveling horizons. Jeremy maintains an unquestioned level of perseverance and will be key to the group when facing potential obstacles we may encounter. Keeping the crew level-headed with comic relief is an undervalued trait that will certainly play a large role in the success of this trip.
Age: 20 --- Hamilton College (So.) --- Major: Geology
Deanna is the source of our adventurous spirits on this journey. In fact she very well may be accompanying us for some or all of this trip in spirit. She is an avid traveler as she has just returned from Antarctica to analyze ocean floor sediment core samples from the western drainage of the Bruce Plateau Ice Dome. Deanna will be working with Adirondack Adventures this summer which is why her status on the trip remains uncertain but she would surely make for a lovely addition.
What are we doing with the funding?
All of the funding we receive from this project will be going towards camera equipment and camera equipment only. None of it will go towards personal expenses such as food, gas, passes etc. If we exceed our goal the extras will go towards distribution and film festival fees. A breakdown of our equipment is listed below:
- Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera
- Redrock Matte Box Kit
- Kessler KC-Lite Crane
- Canon EOS Rebel T3i
- Redrock Shoulder Mount
- Rokinon FE8M-C 8mm F3.5
- Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
- Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX
- Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6
- Batteries and SD Cards
- USA LCD Timer Intervalometer
- Monster MCL MSTFST MINI 1/8 Stereo Female to 1/4 Stereo Male Cable Adapter
- Rode Shotgun VideoMic
- Rocketfish RF-TRP65C 65" Tripod
- Denver, CO
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Golden, CO
- Red Rocks Amphitheater
- Arches National Park
- Moab, UT
- Canyonlands National Park
- Monument Valley
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Coyote Buttes North
- Zion National Park
- Death Valley National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- San Francisco, CA
- Point Reyes National Seashore
- Redwood National Park
- Eugene, OR
- Coos Bay, OR
- Olympic National Park
- Vancouver, BC
- North Cascades National Park
- Glacier National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- Badlands National Park
- Acadia National Park
Risks and challenges
Like all projects, ours comes with a set of risks and challenges that we look forward to overcoming. As you can see from our packed itinerary this is no vacation. As we have many destinations that we intend to visit, we have a schedule loose enough so we can make changes on the fly. We have compiled a booklet of camping, back-country, climate and other useful information that we will be taking with us in order to be prepared for whatever may come our way. We may run into problems with the weather, lugging the equipment, sleep deprivation, bears, or simply too much time in the car with each other.
We will proudly admit that we aren't quite sure what we are in stored for, but isn't that the point? Like life, we will be faced with many obstacles along the way, some being much greater then others, but it is how we overcome them that will make the trip worthwhile and we look forward to documenting each and every bit of it along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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