About this project
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Death Valley: Chase's Way is in the last stages of preparation before we begin the trek and filming. Your support and encouragement has made this all a reality and our team could not thank you all enough!
This short film integrates the art of seeing with the art of ultra trekking telling a story that is inspirational both visually and philosophically. Death Valley: Chase’s Way explores one man’s journey traveling solo for ten days across 228 miles seeking to reveal the hidden voice contained within the surrounding landscape.
National Geographic published photographer, Olivier Renck, captures the route over snow covered mountains, through sand dunes and salt flats, to springs, ghost towns and mines. Along the way I, Chase Norton, hope to share the hidden secrets discovered off the beaten path. The story of this short film is ultimately two fold; unveiling the rarely seen physical beauty of Death Valley while enduring an incredible physical undertaking.
While I will carry a camera to capture personal moments along the trek, Olivier will meet me at the finish on the last day and together we will retroactively shoot the significant locations that comprise the journey. This method allows for more thorough and meticulous images as well as helping to reduce the estimated budget amount needed from our supporters.
Death Valley’s topography alone provides a stunning backdrop of interesting cultural and ecological sites for this short film. Add in the powerful images of a man ultra running through the landscape for what we hope will result in a strong and powerful story. Renck’s cinematography will focus on the especially unique attributes of this vast wilderness and the inspirational message of the physical challenge. The goal is to spread this message to as large an audience as possible hopefully through film festivals by promoting an athletes accomplishments within the framework of Death Valley. In addition, I hope to share it throughout schools and with businesses where I will be incorporating this film as a center piece of my motivational speeches.
This journey was designed through extensive research and first hand experience of hiking Death Valley National Park. It incorporates historical landmarks, ecological highlights and physical challenges. I will travel light and go far while being completely self-sufficient, relying on replenishing my water at a variety of sites along the way. Thus going where few have gone and doing what none have done before, highlighting adventure running. Below you will find a map of the planned route for the entire ten day adventure with a link to a more extensive itinerary within a Google earth file.
Chase Norton: An endurance athlete who discovered his hiking feet in Hawaii. Norton recently became the first person in the world to traverse the entire summit of the Ko’olau Mountain Range in an eight day trek on Oahu. He continues to use the skills he learned to push his body to take on new challenges and adventures. He shares the lessons he has learned along the way giving motivational speeches, being a private gear consultant, and inspiring others to get up and get active!
Olivier Renck: A French commercial and editorial photographer based in New York and the French Alps working for national and international clients in the areas of fashion, travel, outdoor adventure and outdoor lifestyle. Renck’s photographs have been featured in various international publications including LIFE, National Geograpic, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal and L’Equipe Magazine among others.
We believe that it is important to share the entirety of our planning and preparation for this project. Our supporters can find a summary of the budget as well as a link to a complete detailed PDF report below. The majority of the trekking gear has already been purchased out of pocket by Chase. Olivier is contributing his work and efforts at no fee and will provide some of his own equipment at no additional cost. Feel free to email us with any questions regarding the budget.
Olivier's Travel Budget: $2,500
Equipment Budget: $2,555
Chase's Travel Budget: $765
Trekking Gear Budget: $150
Kickstarter %5 fee = $325
Amazon's %3 fee = $185.25
Total Budget (including fees) = $6480.25
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Risks and challenges
Making a film in this environment involves many risks and challenges. The danger level of the actual trek is very high given the terrain, location and time of year (i.e. injury, weather, timing). Along with the physical dangers, there are technical challenges as well. However, with our extensive planning, knowledge and expertise of the region, we feel confident that we will be able to shoot and produce this film within our allotted time frame. Lastly, while shooting it retroactively is the best approach, it could lead to the possibility of missing crucial footage. We plan to handle this by supplementing the film with Chase's own personal camera equipment he will carry the entire journey.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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