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One man's dream to build a boat... and sail it home. A documentary & online film project along the lost highways of Britain.
One man's dream to build a boat and sail it home. A feature documentary from AllRitesReversed.
One man's dream to build a boat and sail it home. A feature documentary from AllRitesReversed.
107 backers pledged £6,516 to help bring this project to life.

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The 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.

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Vik's boat... so far!
Vik's boat... so far!

Why Kickstarter?

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.

Shooting Schedule

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

Viks turns the tables on our film crew, Ben & Tom.
Viks turns the tables on our film crew, Ben & Tom.

Budget Breakdown

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.

Many thanks,

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!

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    Cheers! You will get a personal "Thank You!" on our Facebook & Twitter.

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    The personal “Thank You!” above, plus a download of the latest release by Walk (the band featured in our video).

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    You will receive everything above, plus... you will be amongst the first to see the film with a free digital download of the movie once it is completed.

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    You will receive everything above, plus... an exclusive One Long Journey “Vik” button badge to wear with pride! This honour is reserved solely for those who have made a significant contribution to the project, and (if they choose) badge owners will appear in the finished film alongside Vik... That’s not all, we’ll also throw in a special invitation (+1) to a premiere screening of the finished film.

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    Are you a parent or teacher? Would you like your children or class to experience some inspirational insights into modern documentary filmmaking?

    For this special reward you will receive a big OLJ thank you plus:
    • A 1hr visit from our Director/Producers to any school or college in Greater Manchester or Greater London at a mutually convenient time, or if you are further away, a Skype session.
    • This will include feedback to films your students have already made and an inspirational talk about our methods, aims and outputs. We are also happy for this to run as an open Q&A session.
    • A teaching document responding to your curriculum needs with support from our online materials.

    We have experience teaching students at University level and also at primary, secondary and A-Level.

    Perfect for students of arts/humanities especially media studies, film studies and anthropology. This is a fantastic way to support independent British film and inspire some young minds! This reward is not included in the 'everything above' category.

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    You will receive everything above, plus... Experience the journey! We will invite you to come and meet Vik and the crew at a point along the way OR if this is not possible for you, then send us some questions for Vik (via email or Skype) and we will play them to him, record his answers and cut them together, alongside some of our footage, to make your own personalised slice of One Long Journey.
    (Travel costs to location must be covered by you)

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    You will receive everything above, plus... your name on the credits! For this amount you will secure the title of Associate Producer, a valued member of our team. You will gain exclusive insight into the filmmaking process, being personally kept up to speed with developments along the way. You will even have the opportunity to give feedback on early cuts of the film, contributing to how the movie takes shape.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,508

    You will receive everything above, plus... Get to know the filmmakers with a taste of life on the waterways! You will be treated to a cruise and dinner aboard one of our traditional narrowboats with the team, either in Manchester or London. This is your chance to find out anything you wanted to know about the project, the craft of documentary filmmaking and surviving on a houseboat! (Travel costs to location must be covered by you)

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