Four hundred and ninety miles. Six crew members. Two cameras. One road.
It has been said that you know a culture by the stories it tells. If the world converges on Santiago de Compostela every year, bringing stories of pain, redemption, transition, truth and the beauty of the human experience… could there be a better place to go and collect stories? To see the heartbeat of a world that’s changing so quickly?
In this film, a team will walk the Camino de Santiago with just their backpacks, basic supplies… and their cameras. Starting in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, they’ll cross over the Pyrenees into Spain, traveling almost 500 miles to Santiago de Compostela.
The goal is to capture stories along the way that are honest, immediate, and personal. Stories united by a common journey - the Camino de Santiago.
As we travel, we'll give disposable cameras to the pilgrims we meet. We want to see how the Camino looks through their eyes. Reconvening in Santiago de Compostela, we'll collect the cameras and develop their photographs to use as prompts in our final interviews with the pilgrims.
With the film, we'll release a book full of pilgrim portraits, individual journeys, vivid photography, and full pilgrim interviews.
Lindsay Thompson - Director/Co-Producer
Lauren Martinez - Still Photographer/Co-Producer
Brittni Moore - DP/Co-Producer
Ron Nelson - Camera Operator
Emily Maysilles - Editor
Gabriela Quiroz - Production Assistant
We're asking Kickstarter for $10,000. That's a lot of money, but in the grand scheme it's only enough to cover the crew's travel fare during principal photography.
That's a lot. Covering international airfare alone is huge. It will get us started. And if we just barely make that amount, you can bet we'll be jumping around shouting with joy. Just making this goal would be bloody fantastic.
But what we're really hoping for (cross-your-fingers, wish on stars, maybe-also-cross-your-toes hoping) is to go above and beyond that.
Our ultimate fundraising goal for Travel Light. is $50,000. You can download a PDF of our complete budget break-down HERE.
With $50,000, or above that, we can cover all travel expenses (airfare, buses, trains), gear rental, travel insurances, production insurances, purchase and processing of our disposable cameras, shipping costs, daily food and hostel costs, editorial costs, and more.
If we raise about $50k, the extra funds will go towards things like making our Kickstarter rewards even better, sending the film to more festivals, and greater publicity. We'd love to have a larger print run of the photography books, create a special edition print run of the books for Kickstarter backers on a higher-quality binding and paper. We'd also love to be able to release the soundtrack in high-quality media forms.
TALK TO US!
Have questions, concerns, or anything at all you'd like to talk to us about? We'd love to talk to you individually. Feel free to email any of us at the addresses below, and we promise to reply as soon as we can.
Lindsay Thompson : firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Martinez : email@example.com
Brittni Moore : firstname.lastname@example.org
(For any questions or concerns regarding technical matters with our website, social media or with Kickstarter, please contact Brittni Moore.)
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What we're going to accomplish is a huge challenge. We're a small team taking on the task of not only walking the Camino de Santiago, but uniquely documenting it. What might seem simple for a large production company is a mountain for us, financially and logistically speaking.
After the Kickstarter fundraising ends, should we (and we sure hope we do) meet our goal, we've still got a lot of money to raise to make the film. And then there's the actual walking of the trail. There's post production. It's a lot.
But one way or another, we're doing this. We're a small team, but we're a small team of very dedicated, highly stubborn people. We're excited to bring this project to you and get the Kickstarter community involved in every step of the way.
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