About this project
One man's dream to build a boat and sail it home. All Rites Reversed presents One Long Journey - a documentary and online film project with a difference. Watch our teaser trailer below to meet our hero, Vik...
Following his 70th birthday party, Vik travels North to finish making the little boat that will carry him home along the canals and waterways of England. This is a story of defiance against old age; a story of lost highways and a boating nation. Vik throws caution to the wind and takes us on the adventure of his lifetime, relying on friends along the way to help him reach his goal, sailing under London’s Tower Bridge in a boat built from scrap.
This voyage will also unfold online, fully utilising social media not just as a publicity aid but as a crucial element of the storytelling process. We will be bringing the adventure from the old waterways to the digital arteries that now connect us. We will provide updates, pictures and videos at every step plus secret events and special opportunities for our backers to have memorable online and real-world interactions with our project.
Working independently gives us a freedom to make this film in the way that will best represent Vik and his pace on this long journey. It is hard to fund such an adventure, especially one as daunting as Vik’s, there can be no guarantees except for the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone involved. This is why we feel this project is ideal for Kickstarter - we will make it happen and we will bring this story to you in an exciting and innovative way, but we do need your help to do this.
Just take a look at the story so far on our Facebook Page, watch our videos and see the work we have already put into this. We want you to enjoy and engage with every step of this experience, but in order to get it off the ground (and onto the water) the crucial part is your support at this first stage.
End of March: Vik's 70th Birthday
Early April: Our film crew travel with Vik up to boatyard near Manchester and spend 6 weeks with him as he fixes the boat
Mid May: Boat is lowered into water
Mid May-Mid June: Journey from Manchester to Windsor via London
We have taken great care to make sure our budget is adequate to cover everything we need, take a look:
Location shooting costs (Keeping our film crew fed, sheltered and warm for at least 6wks in the boatyard) Total for 2 Months = £1370
Equipment costs 3x12v batteries, 100watt Solar panel and charging unit + other equipment & supplies (including hard drives for footage, lightweight notebook computer for back-ups/file transfer, speciality batteries etc.) Total = £1209.95
Journey costs To sustain our crew along the route for at least 6wks and to keep everything running smoothly, including fuel and technical considerations. Total = £980
Other production/promotional costs Producers' travel & support of film crew for duration of shoot, promotional material and events during shoot, pitching and promotion of finished film. Total = £1900
10% contingency (because you never know what might happen £546.50
Grand Total: £6006.45
Thanks for checking out our project, we really hope you've enjoyed what you've seen so far, but we'd like you see so much more, so please get onboard and help make this happen!
Please share this with anyone else you think will be inspired.
Andy, Kieran, Tom, Ben & Vik
The One Long Journey Team
Risks and challenges
This is a film which at it’s very core is about a struggle, so even if things do go “wrong” that means more things for us to film! It will all add to the drama, whatever Vik suffers we suffer along with him. Our approach to filmmaking means that we will be following his pace not ours.
Our director Andy has more than 10 years experience as a professional documentary filmmaker and he has tackled many challenges in many parts of the world, from inner-city Manchester to rail journeys across India.
We also have in place innovative techniques to meet the challenges of battery powering, file transfers, and even keeping our equipment dry! Remember, Ben & Andy are experienced boaters, plus Kieran recently shot a film travelling 140 miles down an African river in a wooden canoe!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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