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Seeking the truth of death valley,a short film of one man's solo journey trekking 228 miles in 10 days across canyons, peaks, and dunes
Seeking the truth of death valley,a short film of one man's solo journey trekking 228 miles in 10 days across canyons, peaks, and dunes
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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! 

The Project

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.  

Intentions 

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. 

The Way

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.

Trek Itinerary: Google Earth

The Team

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.

Prior joint project:

Chase Norton ridge hiking Oahu's Ko'olau Mountains captured by Olivier Renck
Chase Norton ridge hiking Oahu's Ko'olau Mountains captured by Olivier Renck
Olivier Renck's photographic story exploring the beautiful and unspoiled trails of Oahu with Chase Norton.
Olivier Renck's photographic story exploring the beautiful and unspoiled trails of Oahu with Chase Norton.

Complete Transparency 

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.

The Filming Budget and Olivier's Itinerary 

Olivier's Travel Budget: $2,500

Equipment Budget: $2,555

The Trekking Budget and Chase's Itinerary

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

Why Kickstarter?

We choose Kickstarter because it is the best platform to promote this idea along with inspiring others. Grass roots projects are made possible by the spreading of information and support from friends, family and strangers. Your pledge is not just a donation, but a way to become personally involved in this project. We thank you in advance for your support.

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.

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    Receive nightly emails from Chase along the trek detailing the highlights of his daily adventure. (limited to areas of cell phone reception) - also includes all items of a lesser value.

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    Receive a special edition DVD of the finished film with Chase's exclusive and personal video moments from along the trek.  - also includes all items of a lesser value.

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    Receive a personalized and signed bound copy of Chase's trail journal. (approximately 30-50 pages) - also includes all items of a lesser value.

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    Receive a limited edition 8x10 photo book of choice images by National Geographic published photographer Olivier Renck from the Death Valley adventure. (approximately 20-40 pages)

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    Receive a limited edition 16 x 20 triptych photo of the Death Valley project by Oliver Renck. - also includes all items of a lesser value.

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    Endurance athlete and motivational speaker, Chase Norton, will travel and share his inspiring story of the journey with an audience and location of your choice. (includes a limited sneak preview of the short film Death Valley: Chase's Way) - also includes all items of a lesser value.

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Funding period

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