I have an AMAZING story to tell about DREAMS, RISK and HOPE - just wait and see what happens when you take a chance on a long shot!
Welcome! I’m you’re host Filmmaker-Explorer, Shawna Cox, a.k.a Canadian Film Girl, and you’ve just found your next series of adventures! Born and raised on the Canadian Prairies, and inspired by after-work acting classes in Calgary, I launched not just one, but two dream film projects, my first feature dramatic film, "One Night in Seattle"AND my first documentary project, "Overland and Outposts." Both took me to places beyond my wildest imagination and tested every human limit! ...all while keeping my day job (for the most part....)
A Secret Life. Dream Quest. The Dakar Rally. Solo Travel. DIY Film. A True Story.
A Journey? A Destination? Or a Way of Life? ...You Decide!
7 years in the making, “Overland and Outposts” is a grassroots, self-funded and produced, debut documentary, a real-life adventure! Being an emerging, award winning filmmaker, producers and funding bodies still require a 'rough cut' of the documentary before they can consider backing the project to a 'final cut'... I am seeking help to get into the 6-8 month post-production phase, to log & to edit the director's rough cut of the series. Creating a PRIVATE WEB SERIES gives the freedom to share and explore the process AND is the vehicle to complete the documentary! ...without private backing and support, this documentary may never be completed.
"Canadian Film Girl seeks Patrons! Co-Pilots! Partner’s-in-Crime!"
This is Our Story... There are 6-8 months worth of a series of adventures and exclusive rewards - both on and off the screen!Each episode will be hand crafted, rendered and delivered - designed without the pressures to cater to current broadcast trends. Open, ongoing dialogues and live off-the-grid Adventures Ahead!
- LAUNCH the PRIVATE WEB SERIES - gain private access to an original series delivered directly to you from the filmmaker!
- +UNLOCK exclusive access to private footage that you won't see in the 90 minute film! Think of someone taking your favorite book and cutting it down to fit into a movie - The series gives you access to the FULL STORY before the cut to make a film...
- +JOIN the test audience, creative team and even jump on board as a producer! Q&A's, Outpost visits, Cinema d'essai's, Cafe Screenings, the Grand Finale Screening +more!
- +PRODUCE and take the experience all the way with VIP invites and access to events, producer credits on the series, maybe even a real stamp or two in your passport...
- +PACK YOUR BAGS and venture to the edit OUTPOST!
Now, here's your sneak peek at the series road ahead...
OVERLAND & OUTPOSTS - THE STORY!
Shawna is a prairie-born, 30-something, recently divorced, weekend-warrior, film-girl-wanna-be with a 9-5 drafting job and two home-made screenplays in her hand. When a late night TV show launches her solo, single and self-funded out of Calgary and into both films, she lands inside the most dangerous sporting event in the world - the legendary Paris-Dakar Rally. Terrorists step in, reality collapses, and the roadmap home disappears! She's losing her film back in Vancouver, she's alone in the Sahara desert, and she's just crossed the point of no return - the road home and who she meets along the way changes her life forever...
One woman's harrowing, heartwarming and transformative journey into the unknown and how she found her way back.
The Series Rough-Guide:
1 iDream 2 Lucky Break 3 Desert Slide 4 Moulin Rouge 5 Dakar Dream 6 Tijuana Jail 7 Loft 321 8 Sleeping with Sahara 9 Quantum Leap 10 Midnight in Libya 11 Remote Matters 12 5x10 Shelter 13 Full Circle 14 Stars 15 Achilles 16 SherpaGuru 17 Insanity 18 Deadbones 19Inkling 20 Thunder 21 iDream Too 22 30 Days 23 Kickstart 24 Sundance 25 The End 26 The Beginning
OVERLAND & OUTPOSTS : Behind-the-Series!
The Series Content: 7 years. 15+ countries. 20+ race events. 10+ film events. 200+ hours of footage. 2000+ travel & event journalist photos. 30+ personal journals (+more).
The Series Travel: Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, France, Italy, Spain, London, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Portugal, Cannes, Baja, LA, Joshua Tree, Canada (+more).
Escape: Chase a few dreams through a few countries, hidden villages, historic cities, dirt trails, desert races, the famous Paris-Dakar Rally, international film festivals, day-gig escapes - make a few films, venture into a mid-life coming-of-age and uncover the true nature of the beast that drives us all...and maybe uncover a few things you never knew about yourself...
A Mini Film-Bite: From a series of mini-films uploaded daily via satellite, from the deserts of the Sahara; a 10 day trip in Morocco tracing the steps of past Dakar Rally legends, with Live GPS & Google Earth tracking. Satellite Transmission #4 - "Full Moon" Morocco, Oct 2008 : Day 4: Late Night Desert driving and wide awake on a dune... A life changing night.
A satellite moment in the Sahara, not so long ago, that changed my life forever...
EXPLORE THE WORLDS : On & Off the Screen!
- Dream Questing - chase your dreams - follow the signs, trust your heart and find out what happens next...
- Dakar Rally - only one third of those who start cross the finish line 15 days, 8000 km's later - the ultimate test of endurance, navigation and survival where most never even make it to the start line...
- Solo Travel - no maps, no GPS, no itinerary, no notice, no one else to back out of the plan - can you really ever can go back....
- DIY Film - dream up a few stories, buy a camera, make a few films - a true test of imagination, reality and sanity...
I am projecting an 6-8 month edit for the series, and delivering 1-3 original episodes each month directly to you and the rest of our private team, as they are completed.
KICKSTART the EDIT : How To!
Join our Kickstarter Team & get this documentary to a Rough Cut in 3 quick steps!
|| STEP 1 || PICK Your REWARDS! ...from the PASSES listed BELOW & to the RIGHT of this page (they are the same list, just without images)! STARTING at just $1!
|| STEP 3 || SHARE the LOVE! ...with your LOVED ONES & social network!
Optional - || Step 4 || PACK Your Bags! ...and prepare to Overland and Outpost!
THE REWARDS & PASSES : Choose Yours!
#1. DREAMER Pass! $1 || DREAM with me! Send me your personal dream (114 characters) & let's put it out there on Twitter AND join the other dreamers & open the Screening Nights! #iDream
#2. 26 POSTCARDS! $5 || +ALL of the above! || Each one delivered from me to your inbox throughout the series! ...and receive and INVITE to join the private Facebook group to keep up with all the Adventures AHEAD!
For Pledges $25 and more... WATCH THE SERIES! GET THE PASSPORT!
#3. ONLINE PRIVATE SCREENING Pass! $25 ||+ALL of the above! || Watch "Overland & Outposts", the series, unfold online as a private viewer, starting this November! +Get a THANK YOU CREDIT on the Series!
#4. YOUR SERIES PASSPORT Pass! $30 ||+ALL of the above! || Each episode will have it's own unique stamp. Collect the stamps, show your digital passport at any or all of the online/live events & see what it unlocks! At the end of the series, trade your digital passport in for your final, printed version! +Get a THANK YOU CREDIT on the Series!
#5. CREATIVE TEAM Pass! $40 ||+ALL of the above! || Watch the episodes BEFORE the final render then JOIN me on the online Q&A and share thoughts & feedback and get behind-the-scenes! An open dialogue on creative direction & final edits! LET'S CRAFT A SERIES! +Get a FILM TEAM CREDIT on the Series!
#6. SHARE YOUR SONG in the SERIES Pass! $45 ||+ALL of the above! || I'm seeking original Music to feature in each of the episodes and you have something recorded! Your song will be featured on the website & will face the creative team's final selection competition during the series edit! See if you make the cut! +Get a SPECIAL MUSIC CREDIT in the Series! (Contact me for more info!)
For Pledges $50 and more... HIT THE SCREENINGS, GET THE T-SHIRT, BE A VIP!
#7. BEACH SCREENING Pass! $50 || +ALL of the above! || Rogue, guerrilla and a few above board screenings on the beaches of Vancouver! Play some beach volleyball, heat up the BBQs & end summer nights with a private, double header episode screening! When the rains stop, we start playing & celebrating!
#8. POP-UP SCREENINGS Pass! $60 || +ALL of the above! || Under the Stars, in the Cafe, on a Hidden Patio... Uncover the ongoing, private, 'pop-up' screenings of the episodes starting in November! Bring your series passport & CELEBRATE in Calgary, Vancouver & maybe even World-Wide! Know an awesome space where you live? Drop me a line, let's make it happen! (Contact me for more info!) +Get a FILM TEAM CREDIT on the Series!
#9. SERIES MISTAKES T-SHIRT Pass! $85 ||+ALL of the above! || You've seen it cause I can't live without mine! Women's & Men's! Awesome for going out about town, trekking deserts or for late nights on the beach! SPREAD THE T-SHIRT LOVE! +Get a FILM TEAM CREDIT on the Series!
#10. GRAND FINALE SCREENING NIGHT UNDER THE STARS Pass! $100 || +ALL of the above! || A double header of the final 2 episodes with live Q&A in Calgary, Vancouver & Online World-Wide! Dress up, cozy up & CELEBRATE at the outdoor screening! Don't forget your Series Passport! (Backup indoor venue pending weather)! +Get a FILM TEAM CREDIT on the Series!
#11. SHARE YOUR STORY in the SERIES Pass! Special Invite! $150 || +ALL of the above! || We've crossed paths - you've been there - you know what it's all about. DAKAR RALLY, DIY FILM, SOLO TRAVEL, DREAM QUEST: Privateer, Factory Racer, Support Team, Rally Chaser, Filmmaker, Journalist, Media Guru, DIY Survivor, Dream Chaser, Weekend Warrior, Nomadic Tribesman... Your Story, featured in the Series, to complete the series! We meet again...(Contact me for more info!) +Get a FILM TALENT CREDIT on the Series!
#12. SERIES WANDERLUST LEATHER Pass! $200 || +EVERYTHING in the GRAND FINALE SCREENING NIGHT UNDER THE STARS PASS above! || Handcrafted by me, your very own "Overland & Outposts" stamped leather luggage tag (or key tag with leather OR wire loop) that bears your Name, Address & GPS co-ordinates (or your own customized order) AND the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, "NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST." +Get a FILM TEAM CREDIT on the Series!
#13. VIP FOOD TRUCK & FINALE UNDER THE STARS NIGHT Pass for 2! $250 ||+EVERYTHING in the SERIES WANDERLUST LUGGAGE TAG PASS above! || You & your +1 enjoy Priority Seating for the screening +Access to casual tapas & talks with VIP Guests the hour before the show! (Calgary, Vancouver & Online World-Wide!) +Get a FILM TEAM CREDIT on the Series!
Explore just how far would you go for a dream. I'm going rural for the next 6-8 months to make this series happen & I want you to JOIN ME! For the duration of the edit I will be relocating to rural Canada & Mexico, both which have a MUCH lower cost of living than the urban centres. This will allow the funds raised to go as far as possible & give us more time & focused attention to make the BEST SERIES possible ...AND give you a chance to come visit me at the Outpost!
For Pledges $275 and more... PACK YOUR BAGS, CHASE YOUR DREAM, FIND THE OUTPOST!
#14. SERIES TRAVELER BAG FOUND Pass! $275 ||+ALL of the above! || You've seen it because I can't live without mine! Fits scripts, iPads, blackbooks, iPhones, Passports, Wallets, Memory Cards! New York, France, Mexico - anywhere in the world you want to go... I have 2 that I've been keeping & if they help get the series finished, then I'm ready to share the LOVE! One of two, ready for you when we reach our goal! +Get an OVERLAND TEAM CREDIT on the Series!
#15. MENTORSHIP Pass! $300 || +EVERYTHING in the VIP FOOD TRUCK & FINALE UNDER THE STARS NIGHT! || Ready for some DIY FILM? SOLO TRAVEL? DREAM QUESTING? SHARE YOUR STORY? Not sure what your first or next step is? Welcome to a 6 month mentorship with me, via Google Hangouts! I will be your guide as we launch with a week of one-on-one discovery meetings, followed by weekly checkins & monthly milestone sessions! Welcome to the Unknown! LET'S GET YOU STARTED! (Contact me for more info!) +Get an OVERLAND TEAM CREDIT on the Series!
#16. OUTPOST WEEK Pass! $500 || +EVERYTHING in the MENTORSHIP PASS! above! || Join me at the edit Outpost (Canada or Mexico)! Paddleboard, surf, hike, write, draw, build, start or finish your 1st book - stay the week, test drive your own 'Overland & Outposts' life & maybe even be in the SERIES! (Contact me for more info!) +Get an OUTPOST TEAM CREDIT on the Series!
For Pledges $1000 and more...INSPIRE A YOUTH, BECOME A PRODUCER, LOUNGE IN STYLE!
#17. EPISODE CO-PRODUCER & POPCORN SCREENING Pass! $1000 || +EVERYTHING in the OUTPOST WEEK PASS above! || Calgary & Vancouver Nights! Co-Produce an Episode & Join me & a small private group for an intimate outdoor, tapas evening at a secret outdoor venue while we screen the 'outtakes & highlights' of the whole series the night before the official screening of the grand finale! ...stay apres for conversations into the night! +GET a PRODUCER CREDIT on the series!
#18. YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP PATRON & PRODUCER Pass! $1250 ||+EVERYTHING in the POPCORN SCREENING & PRODUCER PASS above! || By entering the Producer Level on the Series, you give someone you know an Overland & Outposts Youth Mentorship. We also are able to match you with a Youth from one of the Outposts in rural Canada or Mexico, during the editing of the Series. Give someone who might be considered a long shot, a shot! +GET a PRODUCER CREDIT on the series!
#19. SERIES PHOTOGRAPHY PRINT Pass! $1500 ||+EVERYTHING in the POPCORN SCREENING & PRODUCER PASS above! || Choose your limited edition print from the series photography collection at the Grande Finale Screening Night, signed by me! If you can't make the screening, you can select yours from the online gallery & I will sign & send it your way!
#20. PRODUCERS VIP PASS to the GRAND FINALE SCREENING NIGHT UNDER THE STARS! $2000 || +EVERYTHING in the SERIES PHOTOGRAPHY PRINT SWAG above! || You & your +1 will receive a RED CARPET entrance, sit in my row at the screening night of your choice AND sit at my table at the celebrations after! Don't forget your SERIES PASSPORT! ...who knows where the night will lead us!
#22. BAJA DESERT DAKAR TEST Pass! $4500 || +EVERYTHING in the WHEN BUDDHAS FLY - THE MISSING PAGES PASS above! || 3 day off-road Baja Adventure! Ride Co-Pilot with a Dakar Pro AND maybe hit 111 miles/hour off-road in the Baja Desert in a Dakar Rally Race Car! Stay at the Private Racing Ranch or let's BIVOUAC it in true rally-style! Close enough to sneak out for evening entertainment for the best of both Baja worlds! (Contact me for more info!)
For a Pledge of $6000 and more... BE MY CO-PILOT!
#23. CO-PILOT & SERIES CO-PRODUCER Pass! $6000 || +EVERYTHING in the THE DESERT DAKAR TEST PASS above! || You just got us half way to our GOAL! You are now my co-pilot to all the adventures ahead both on & off the screen! Jump in as much or as little as you choose! RECEIVE the one-of-a-kind, 'CO-PILOT EDITION' of the SERIES ROADBOOKS (signed by me at the Grand Finale Screening Under the Stars)! EVOKE a stamp or two on your series passport or your real passport while EXPLORING the Outposts! Muse though the worlds of Dream Quests, Desert Racing, DIY FIlm, Solo Travel AND maybe we can even launch your own Overland & Outpost adventure! +Get a CO-PRODUCER CREDIT on the Series! LIMIT : ONE seat up for grabs!
*Contact me here on Kickstarter for PayPal or other Pledging Options
LOOKING for INSPIRING LIVE EVENTS?
Upcoming Live Events this September:
--> SOLD OUT!! September 28, 2013, Calgary: Pecha Kucha #17, Theme "Rock!" - I will be presenting at the 17th Pecha Kucha Event in Calgary. Learn more at Calgary Culture - get on my guest list & apres with me! Seating is limited! RSVP!
--> September 29, 2013, Calgary:How to put the FUN in CrowdFUNding - I will be hosting a free Crowdfunding and DIY Film Q&A, based on her successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign for her 1st feature, "One Night in Seattle" - seating is limited! RSVP HERE.
Our First Kickstarter Team Finishes a Film Dream & Celebrates! My first feature film, “One Night in Seattle” (self-produced on a shoe-string budget) was at the same stage just last year. With finishing funds and the support of our Team of Kickstarters, we got the film to the directors cut - we just premiered our film in New York!
Special Thank You's & the Beginning of Our Kickstarter Team!!
For making the Overland and Outposts Kickstarter Campaign possible, I would love to thank a few new and old friends and my family for making this an amazing start to the adventures ahead! The 2013 Launch Team:
- Honey Mae Caffin - Kickstarter Campaign Partner-in-Crime
- Judith Cox (mom) - Kickstarter Partner-in-Crime
- Greg Cox (dad) - Kickstarter Partner-in-Crime, Camera Op, Intro Video
- William Jordan - Kickstarter Partner-in-Crime, Copy Consultant
- Scott Lang - Kickstarter Partner-in-Crime, Film Intern, Assistant
- Moby - Kickstarter Music, MobyGratis, Music for Emerging Filmmakers
- Doug Pinton - Kickstarter Partner-in-Crime, Copy Consultant
- Eric Warren - Kickstarter Partner-in-Crime, Copy Consultant
*Contact me here on Kickstarter for PAYPAL or other Pledging Options
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges are the sheer nature of Dream Questing, the Dakar Rally, Solo Travel and film - especially DIY documentary filmmaking. With the most difficult, unpredictable and risky phase of the documentary behind us (the actual filming of the story), we enter into a phase of that is mostly driven by creative editing and time to log and organize the captured raw content for the edit.
Having just recently completed my first feature dramatic film and completed the directors cut edit, and also having edited in the field while participating in the off-road rallies, I know my biggest challenges will be the time to work through the material and the edit and also the managing of my core resources which are hard drives, a MacBook Pro Laptop, raw tapes, hard copies of content, digital back ups, internet connection.
I have estimated the amount of time to complete the series and allowed for flexibility for the completion date. I felt that providing each episode on an ongoing basis would take the pressures off of one final delivery date for the full series.
I have been making plans to relocate to an outpost in a different region of Canada or a country with a lower cost of living. This will allow the funds raised to go as far as possible. Time to complete the edit is the most important variable and I am making the necessary changes in the short term to make sure that both time and the funds raised are maximized.
I hope you're excited! See you in the edit room and maybe even at the Outpost? I'll be keeping my eye out for ya!
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