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A visual montage documenting the endeavor of sailing across the Pacific Ocean, revealing truths about the human sprit.

"OpenSea: Journey Across the Pacific" began in the hopes of finding footage about sailing the South Pacific Ocean. We didn't find much, so we decided to make our own film. We spent 28 days at sea, sailing from Hawaii to French Polynesia in our 35 foot sail boat. Along the way, the project developed into something we felt we had to share with the entire world. We learned things about the way other people lived, which changed the way we ourselves live. We saw the majesty and diversity of the Pacific islands, which taught us about the raw and enduring strength of nature. We braved the ocean, endless blue water for weeks on end, which taught us about ourselves.

We have already sailed over 7,000 nautical miles.
We have documented places such as:
The Marquesas,
The Tuamotus,
The Society Islands,
Niue,
and now we are in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf.

Most people haven't heard of these places, a lot will never see these places. What we want is to take our filming to the next level. We want to make a superb documentary showing the experience of traveling by sail boat across the ocean and the things a person learns along the way.

Our goal is to post this documentary for free, online by September, 2014. This project is non-profit, as we believe everyone should be able to share with us what we have seen and where we have been on our amazing journey across the Pacific.

The thing is, we have already kickstarted the project. We've been working on it for two years. 

We need your help to finish it.

The salt water and the salt filled air has taken a toll on a lot of our equipment. Through out the past two years, we have repaired lenses, camera bodies, underwater housings, computers, and even the zippers on our jeans. Life aboard is very different. Salt water affects everything.

Your support will help us cover...

Travel expenses:
*visa and customs fees for entry and exit of countries on filming locations,
*diesel for the engine,
*and propane for hot water,

New filming equipment:
*telephoto lens for great distance shots, 
*underwater housing for taking this documentary under the waves,
*tripod head with video capabilities for better swivel and panning,
*water proof pelican case for protecting camera gear,
*steadicam for more interactive motion footage with image stabilization,
*photo printer and paper for printing images of film locations

Editing gear: 
*i7 processor and external hard drives, for editing hours of footage in less time and more precisely

Upcoming filming locations plotted on the sailing chart for 2013-2014
Vanuatu,
The Solomon Islands,
Fiji,
New Zealand South Island.

Sailing takes time. We have had some very nice weather and also some pretty rough weather to get this far. We've learned to go with what nature throws our way. We would like to wrap up filming in July next year and complete editing of this documentary by September 2014.

In exchange for your generosity and help in creating this film, we want to share some of our best work with you! When you donate to "OpenSea: Journey Across the Pacific" you will have the opportunity to receive one or more of our rewards, all of which are LIMITED to Kickstarter patrons ONLY. They include:

With Aluminized prints, the image is infused right into the surface of a specially treated, lightweight sheet of high gloss aluminum, full of vibrant colors. If have never seen what aluminized prints are, please watch this youtube link.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEfxeX4auOs

And, for those of you feeling especially generous, we'd love to have you aboard for two weeks and take you along with us on our adventure, where ever we happen to be in the Pacific Ocean at the time. 

Nia filming tides in Ua-Huka, Marquesas
Nia filming tides in Ua-Huka, Marquesas
Jon filming waterfall in Taipivai, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
Jon filming waterfall in Taipivai, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
Nia filming dolphins in Coromandel, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
Nia filming dolphins in Coromandel, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
Jon on location Coromandel, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
Jon on location Coromandel, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
Nia plotting our latitude and longitude on the sail to The Tuamotus
Nia plotting our latitude and longitude on the sail to The Tuamotus
Jon at the helm during sunset
Jon at the helm during sunset

OTHER LINKS

http://openseaphotography.com/

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So far we have risked everything, even our safety at times is compromised by weather conditions. However, we haven't let anything deter us over the last 7,000 miles. Through sunshine, storms, whales, 30 foot waves and hurricane force winds, we have continued with our dream to capture the Pacific Ocean. We know we can do this, we've already made it more than half way.
We depart New Zealand in July 2013, to head north for the islands we intend on filming next. After which, we intend on coming back in 2014 to finalize our edit and make this film by September 2014!

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