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Steven and Ali Hitchhike and Couchsurf for four weeks with the goal of sharing the stories of the people they meet on the way.

Steven here, thanks for checking out our Kickstarter project! Here's the lowdown in case you can't watch the video. I'll also include some other juicy details that weren't included in the video for the sake of time.

The Documentary

I've gone hitchhiking a few times already, and what stuck the most was the eclectic cast of characters who were daring and kind enough to give me a ride.  It's a shame, but most people will never attempt to hitchhike. This August, alongside my friend Ali for four weeks, I want to share that experience with you lot, so you can get a taste of what it's like. We aren't just hitchhiking though. We are also going to utilize Couchsurfing.org (and probably Craigslist) to find people to hang out with, do fun inexpensive stuff in their cities, and crash on their couches (or floors). 

The documentary is going to be released in four parts, one for each week of the trip. The length of each part will be between 20-60 minutes long. It's hard to say how much will need to be condensed each week to keep things interesting. Expect interviews, story telling, and just hanging out with interesting people in their city.

The Equipment

The project is being shot in HD with a Canon 60D DSLR camera, with a Sigma 30mm lens, and a VideoPro Shotgun Mic. A steadicam will also be used, but I'm still in the process of finding one that will suit this project the best. Other notable equipment costs include: 

  • 16GB SD Cards (x6)
  • Canon LP-E6 Batteries (x6)
  • Used Netbook to mount the External Hard Drive
  • ADATA Water & Shock Proof 1TB External Hard Drive
  • 65 Liter Backpacking Pack
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Appropriate Shoes

The Locations

Hitchhiking is a very unreliable means of transportation if you are trying to keep a schedule. Since this is the case, we aren't going to rush towards any of the locations. We will start in Spokane Washington, head to Seattle, then make our way south to whatever cities we can find a host in. For some of the larger cities like Portland or L.A., we may end up staying an extra day so we can do more stuff in the city, and may stay with different hosts in that city as well.

Eventually, we will make our way east through Vegas, and loop around the midwest heading north and eventually back to Spokane. If we have enough funds, we may end up pushing farther east, and just taking the Greyhound home if I need to get back to Washington for school.

If you live on the west side of the US and are interested in letting us crash on your couch, or just want to hang out, please shoot us a message and get in contact.

Money Money Money!

We're asking for $1500. That money goes towards food, activities, city bus fare, hostels if we can't find a couch, and hitchhiking and film equipment. We're not asking for a ton of money, especially considering other projects, but as poor college students, this is the only way we're going to be able to take part in the project this summer. As I mentioned above, Kickstarter is all or nothing. If we don't reach the $1500 minimum, the money goes back to you, and this project doesn't happen. Money raised over the goal will cover costs that already came out of pocket, such as the camera, allow us to do more activities with our hosts, and eat food besides PB&J sandwiches. :)

If you can't spare a buck or two, upvoting the post on reddit, and sharing this project on facebook can be equally helpful in getting to the goal.Thanks for taking the time to check out the project!

Bonus

It actually took us many attempts to finally get usable footage for our Project Video. Sound issues, color saturation, file corruption, camera shakiness and all sorts of things kept slowing down the process. Here's a screencap of our second attempt.

Attempt Two at Kickstarter Video
Attempt Two at Kickstarter Video

Music Credits

Song: Type_your_name_here_short - by Jahzzar

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