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To follow up on the success of Conquering Southern China, SerpentZA and Laowhy86 are getting back on their bikes and riding north!
To follow up on the success of Conquering Southern China, SerpentZA and Laowhy86 are getting back on their bikes and riding north!
2,112 backers pledged £54,953 to help bring this project to life.

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SerpentZA and Laowhy86 in Guangdong in our first series, Conquering Southern China
SerpentZA and Laowhy86 in Guangdong in our first series, Conquering Southern China

 

SPECIAL FEATURES -- £50,000 (roughly $63,000) -- Estimated Delivery: November 2017

We'll film in depth, personal post-trip interviews with SerpentZA and Laowhy86, reflecting on the trip, including behind the scenes footage and outtakes.

[SerpentZA and Laowhy86 will be making their own short behind the scenes episodes for their channels - backers who chose the BEHIND THE SCENES pledge will get early access to these videos. This special feature will be shot and produced by the crew and will be longer and more detailed.]

This will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers, and you'll be able to provide the questions you're dying to have answered. Perhaps, you want to find out what the most disgusting or most delicious food was? What was the most dangerous place that we traveled to? Did SerpentZA and Laowhy86 want to kill each other by the end of the trip? We'll include the best questions that you guys provide. [UNLOCKED!]

SCHEDULED LIVE FEEDS -- £46,000 (roughly $58,000) -- Estimated delivery: June 2017

We'll set up scheduled live feeds, streaming from a dashboard cam in the crew's follow car. You'll be able to see parts of the ride as they're happening! [UNLOCKED!]

4K -- £42,000 (roughly $51,000) -- Estimated delivery: October 2017

We will produce the entire series in 4K. That means you'll get a super crispy, high quality image. [UNLOCKED!]

The story of the "Conquering" series

Conquering Northern China is the second adventure in our "Conquering" series; we'll be riding through seven of China's northern provinces (Shandong, Hebei, Tianjin, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia), experiencing the local customs, weird and wonderful foods, minorities, rural villages, beautiful landscapes and much, much more.

SerpentZA and Laowhy86 will avoid all highways, skip all of the typical tourist traps and go off the beaten track on their custom hand built 125CC motorcycles. You can expect a thoroughly entertaining, epic adventure!

We plan to start the adventure at the end of May 2017.

The poster for the first series, Conquering Southern China
The poster for the first series, Conquering Southern China

Last year we self funded, Conquering Southern China, and released it on Vimeo On Demand; we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from viewers and critics.

Here's a link to an awesome review by Ringier's, Shanghai Expat: http://www.shanghaiexpat.com/blog/shanghai-and-china/about-china/is-this-the-best-travel-series-ever-filmed-in-chin-39866.html

 You can also watch the full trailer here:

 

 

SerpentZA and Laowhy86 gagging on the smell of cow dung hotpot being prepared in Guizhou
SerpentZA and Laowhy86 gagging on the smell of cow dung hotpot being prepared in Guizhou

Who are SerpentZA and Laowhy86?

SerpentZA is Winston Sterzel, the original China vlogger; he's been living in China for over 11 years. He's built his Youtube channel over the past 6 years, amassing 140,000 subscribers. https://www.youtube.com/user/serpentza

Laowhy86 is Matthew Tye who also goes by the nickname, C-Milk; he's been making videos about China for 5 years. His Youtube channel has gained over 77,000 subscribers. https://www.youtube.com/user/laowhy86

They both produce videos about China to show the world what it's like to live here based on their own personal experiences. Through their videos, many foreigners, who would usually only hear about China when it appears on Western news in a negative light, have been introduced to parts of this fascinating country, and its culture, that they otherwise wouldn't have known existed. In fact, many foreigners have actually moved to China because of Winston's videos. You can learn more about SerpentZA by watching this short documentary produced by Chinese state media: 

Both SerpentZA and C-Milk share a passion for motorcycles, adventure and China; this led to the guys coming together and creating their joint Youtube channel, ADVChina, which now has over 75,000 subscribers. This is their adventure talk-show on two wheels: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwNPa8fSXzzAZuT9859GVhg

ADVChina's Youtube Channel
ADVChina's Youtube Channel

They both know the language. They know the culture. They don’t need translators or guides. They are the perfect hosts for these authentic, genuine China adventure series.

 

The crew, and the real hero of Conquering Southern China, our Toyota Yaris rental car, stuck on terrible mountain roads in Guangxi
The crew, and the real hero of Conquering Southern China, our Toyota Yaris rental car, stuck on terrible mountain roads in Guangxi

The team

Candid Pictures is an Independent UK production company that was set up in 2015 to create, Conquering Southern China, the first of our "Conquering" series.

We are a small, experienced team based in Beijing. Rik Afonso (producer/director) and Mark Masterton (director) have worked with, and had their work shown worldwide on, the likes of CNN, Bloomberg, Sky, Amazon, Eurosport, CCTV, Beijing TV and many more.

 

The team shooting on the beautiful Qianxinan mountain tops
The team shooting on the beautiful Qianxinan mountain tops

Where the money goes

This kind of series is very expensive to produce for a variety of reasons: we're going to be on the road for a month, which means accommodation for the the cast and crew for an entire month, petrol (gas) for the bikes and the follow car for those long 12 hour slogs on treacherous mountain roads. There's also the cost of the rental follow car and its driver, shipping the bikes to Qingdao, getting the cast, crew and gear to Qingdao and back.

We have much of our own equipment but there are still key bits of necessary gear that we need to rent to ensure the series is produced in the highest quality possible.

This list is endless, and we are asking for the bare minimum we need to pull this off.

 

SerpentZA and Laowhy86 with their subscribers in Kunming
SerpentZA and Laowhy86 with their subscribers in Kunming

Thank you! 谢谢大家

Without your help this series won't be possible, so we really appreciate your support. We're excited to get back on the road and can't wait to find out what rural northern China has to offer.

If you have any suggestions for interesting things that we can do or see in northern China, or if you have any questions about the production, please contact the team here: candidpicturesfilm(at)gmail.com

And we must stress that while all suggestions are welcome, we do not want to see touristy things and we won't be going to many major cities. So please, no suggestions to go to Beijing and visit the summer palace, or to go to Harbin to eat ice cream. We're interested in local minority culture, weird and wonderful local cuisines, fascinating people and beautiful scenery. We also want SerpentZA and Laowhy86 to get their hands dirty!

Once again, thank you so much for your support, and we'll see you in the north.

STAY AWESOME!

Risks and challenges

We’ll be riding through rural China for a month, and we are fully aware of the dangers that we may encounter. People often drive erratically and carelessly, without any consideration for others on the road, especially motorbikes. To combat this, we have set up an intercom system that allows SerpentZA and Laowhy86 to be in constant communication with each other, also with the crew in the follow car. We will use this system to look out for one another and forewarn of any upcoming possible danger. This was incredibly effective on Conquering Southern China and kept the whole team safe.

There is always a slight chance of us being told to stop filming in sensitive areas or worse, having our footage and/or equipment confiscated. This, however, is fairly unlikely as we have tons of experience filming in China. We can speak Chinese and know the culture. We are very respectful towards the local people and their customs, and we will be well prepared for this exciting adventure. We also know how to get ourselves out of sticky situations. ;)

We aim to have the edit completed by the end of October 2017, which we think is very achievable, and only serious, unexpected hurdles will slow us down. We’ll be working on this full time and don’t need to rely on external entities.

Documentary filmmaking is always very challenging, but we won’t let anything get in the way of creating an incredible series for all of you to enjoy.

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    - We will also embroider your name on the riding vests the guys will be wearing throughout the show, so you'll be able to see yourself in every episode.

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    - You'll get an official Conquering Northern China denim riding vest, just like the ones SerpentZA and Laowhy86 will be wearing in the show.

    - You will receive a t-shirt bundle, including Conquering Southern China, Conquering Northern China and ADVChina merch.

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    - You'll be added into our team Wechat (it's like Whatsapp but better) account, and we'll keep you regularly updated through every stage of the production. If you have any ideas or suggestions, we'd love to hear them.

    - You will also receive tickets to the show's premiere in China (travel and accommodation not included).

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    FLY TO CHINA FOR THE PREMIERE

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    - We'll buy your round trip flight ticket to China to see the premiere of the show and put you up for 7 nights.

    You will also be provided with several really awesome, experienced tour guides, us!

    You'll get to hang out with the whole team; we'll take you to the best local restaurants that foreigners wouldn't usually be able to find, introduce you to some of China's infamous alcohol (or tea if you're not a drinker) and take you to some of the best tourist hot spots.

    You'll also get to see how SerpentZA and Laowhy86 make their Youtube talk show on two wheels, ADVChina.

    Go on your own China adventure!

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    Be an official corporate sponsor of Conquering Northern China and gain worldwide exposure.

    Have your companies' logo appear in the credits, on all of the press kits and see it as a permanent feature on the bikes (the supporting cast) throughout the show.

    Perhaps you have a product that you'd like SerpentZA and Laowhy86 to review and share with their 300,000 strong Youtube subscriber base?

    We have teamed up with online distributor, kinonation, so you can expect the show to be featured on top VOD platforms such as Vimeo On Demand, Amazon Prime, iTunes and Hulu.

    You will also receive tickets to the show's premiere in China (travel and accommodation not included).

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