In March 2012, 3 friends set forth on a 3 month adventure to learn about this country, themselves, and God. They took a GoPro and an iPhone 4S, and documented the journey as they rode bulls, split wood, hiked mountains, met a ton of people, and took in the sights of this beautiful country.
To Cameron, this was an adventure of self discovery. Finding out who he is, what kind of man he wants to be, and what his calling is.
To Tyler, it was a journey of discovering God. He was raised in a Christian home and his view and image of God was greatly influenced by his family. So for him it was an exploration to discover the nature of God beyond his bubble.
For Josh, it was a step away from a destructive lifestyle. He found himself in a dark place and needed to leave the situation to clean himself up and rediscover the path that God wanted him on.
They each had a different reason for traveling, so we we put together this little video for you, to help you understand why they chose to go on this trip, and put that video above, as well right here: (sorry for the poor audio on some of it, again, we really need a better mic)
For all of them, it was an adventure of epic proportions. And now they want to share their adventure across the country with you.
Why the fundraiser?
We have gotten to a point in the filming/editing process where we need more equipment. The hard drive we have with the footage from the trip is full. And we only have one of them, so if it dies, we would lose all the work we've done so far.
The mic we have is not good, it leaves a hiss in the background, which can be removed, but it takes a lot of work, and will leave voices sounding a bit weird.
So we are trying to raise money for 2 new hard drives (one as a primary, and one as a backup), as well as 2 professional quality microphones so when we do the interviews, the voices will sound natural and clear.
We need to raise about $3,000 to cover the cost of the equipment, Kickstarter & Amazon's fees, and the cost of rewards for the backers. If you want some of the more technical details of what we are looking for, you can check out this blog post I did over on my website!
So how can you help?
The biggest way to help is to make a donation. You can pick the size of your donation, any amount will help, whether it's $5 or $500, it makes a huge difference.
The second way, even if you can't make a donation, is to help share the fundraiser. The more people we can reach the more money we can raise. And one of the coolest things is seeing people get involved, and seeing people who don't know us well get excited about what we are doing.
We only have 30 days, so every little bit helps.
Our Kickstarter goal is the bare minimum we need to pull it off, but any extra will help us tell the story even better! Help them share their story with the world. Thanks for taking the time to read and for considering a donation.
Also, be sure to "Like" Further Along The Road: The Documentary on Facebook! And be sure to check out the website/blog!
Some misc items!
If you want to hear a small sampling of Cameron's music, check out his bandcamp page here!
Photos of some of Josh's artwork is coming!
Risks and challenges
This is by no means the end. What we are trying to raise money for here is the equipment to actually film and edit the documentary. Once it's filmed and edited, we have to figure out distribution, soundtrack and music licensing, film festivals entry fees if we decide to enter into film festivals, not to mention we are facing a time crunch.
Distribution: we will be looking primarily for online distribution. We are researching file server hosts and distribution companies for independent films. Once we've decided on a company, there will be fees associated with that, that we will continue to fundraise for once we know what those fees will be.
Film Festival submissions will be determined by timing and what we can fundraise to cover fees at that time.
Music. The plan at this point is to have the guys and some friends of ours to write the soundtrack for the whole documentary, but there is some music that was playing in the background of the clips from the trip that we will have to pay licensing for, and some songs might fit the mood perfectly, so we might want to use that, but will have to get rights and licensing for it.
Time. Another issue we are facing is time. There is potential (nothing confirmed) that Cameron might be leaving on another crazy adventure in the beginning of September, so have to get all the interviews filmed before he leaves. The biggest solution to this is to get all the group interviews and his individual interview finished first, but that means time is of the essence!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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