JamQwest - to jam where none have dared to jam before
JamQwest - to jam where none have dared to jam before
A young man must cross lakes and rivers, ascend mountains and cliffs, and walk the shadows of caves and caverns, for the perfect jam.
A young man must cross lakes and rivers, ascend mountains and cliffs, and walk the shadows of caves and caverns, for the perfect jam. Read more
About this project
One of the most incredible painters I've ever had the pleasure of meeting once said to me, "I didn't paint this. The universe did."
It's the same thing I experience when hiking to stunning and dangerous locations or playing my music. A universe around me, and a universe inside.
JamQwest emobodies this by joining a physical landscape to a musical one.
The plan is to create a single film that captures a quest to (and through) epic places in nature, places most wouldn't dare to go. Scaling cliffs, descending into caves, and to the peaks of beautiful mountains. All the while, I'll be responsible for carrying a 7 piece drumset, cymbals, recording equipment, and everything I need to capture the creativity that flows while jamming in such remote spots on my back, or up by ropes.
Also accompanying me along for the adventures will be the production team Cascadium Pictures. Cameramen Jerred North and Neil Karstetter will use their eyes, tricks, and toys to cinematically capture the entire experience of jam vs. nature as we battle the elements to reach our perfect jam location in cinematographic reverie.
THE QWESTS -
We have chosen three locations for JamQwest 2013.
1. Castle lake in Shasta, California, with its incredible peaks and crags, sits overlooking the beautiful castle and the neighboring rock giant, Castle Craigs.
We will canoe across this lake, gear in tow, and climb the mountain along with the help of a trusted pack animal. At the top we will find incredible views of Mt. Shasta (which, given enough time, we will also ascend) and Castle Craigs to backdrop our first jam.
2. When I was a child, I was lost nearly a whole day in the Klamath Falls Lava Tubes. I intend to descend deep into the caverns using guide ropes and other safety gear to confront this bad memory with good music. Interesting acoustics to follow.
3. Monkey face is a 350 foot rock spire that jets up high over the beautiful Smith Rock State Park. We will climb the 350 foot spire, set up pullies and lines, and have our crew with all the remaining gear meet us on the cliffs next to it where we will put up a slackline and pully system to hoist the drum set and gear up to the top.
A jam where none have jammed before.
THE GEAR -
Because JamQwest has been manifesting for a long time now, most of the gear necessary to make these ascents (and descents) has already been acquired.
We have already received significant donations including:
- Red Camera Package
- Climbing ropes and harnesses for all crew
- Headlamps and torches
- Taye GoKit drumset
- Production RV
- Professional audio recording equipment.
- Hundreds of volunteer hours
WHERE FUTURE FUNDING WILL GO -
The further incoming funding that makes JamQwest a reality will go to fund rental of camera/lighting equipment, assistants, travel, additional climbing and safety equipment, a pack animal, and distribution of the finished video.
If JamQwest were just an adventure, it would still be a challenge, but nothing compared to the epic dangers of adding a full-scale film production into this already ambitious mix.
After weeks of logistical planning, we have come up with a plan that encompasses unique camera shooting rigs that still keep our crew safe while we shoot and travel.
It's in this arena especially that your pledge will be most essential - to bring the greatest level of production value possible to the Qwest, while ensuring everyone walks away all in one piece (and hopefully with a smile).
The gear used to achieve some of the planned shots, especially our adventures on Monkey Face, are not cheap. The dangers and logistics of shooting professional moving video on a vertical wall are readily apparent, and our solutions already have some of our operators waking from the night in a fresh sweat.
To alleviate some of our concerns, we've enlisted a local RC Drone Operator and his DJI S800 to add to our arsenal of a a full Lossman crane and a Motion Controlled Cineslider, which is propelled by a tiny motor that can replicate camera moves to the n-th degree time after time. We will be rolling on a 2 camera setup minimum, and a 4 camera maximum as we approach some of the hairier and less repeatable setups.
As JamQwest continues to manifest I will continue to update all my backers with photos and videos documenting the remodeling of the JamQwestMobile, and what's really going on behind the scenes, step-by-step. Consider it your own window into the Qwest lifestyle.
The gear, the crew, the journey. This is JamQwest.
Risks and challenges
The production of this film is going to be both risky and challenging. If the qwest wasn't packed full of awesome risks and challenges then it would not be JamQwest. Specifically, the most challenging of our qwests will be to ascend Monkey Face with the full drum kit and filming equipment. The weather will play a part in our abilities to complete this mission although we intend to do this qwest in late august/early september so weather shouldn't be an issue.
Another challenge the JamQwest crew will face is going to be getting these qwests filmed in as short a time as possible once the equipment is rented because the rental of all the filming gear will be costly. Luckily we have foreseen this and are planning accordingly to be at our utmost efficiency as everything falls into place.
While Audie prepares his body for the hard journey ahead, the camera crew prepares its mind.
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