To date, Alaska is one of the most uncharted biking zones in North America. Offering High alpine trails with views of the ocean, volcanoe's, Mt. McKinley and the midnight sun, Alaska is a prime location in which to this project.
Below is the trailer for the Alaska Downhill Brigade. Thus far, this project has been 100% self funded.
In recent years, many extreme sport athletes have spent a lot of time in Alaska searching out the next big line to ride and film. However, the free ride mountain bike community has yet to discover Alaska. As local guides, production crew and riders we have spent the past 10 years searching out areas for this project. We are quite literally pioneering Alaskan free ride mountain biking.
Alaska Downhill Brigade (ADB) started in the fall of 2012 with a small, self-funded budget, a few cameras, some local riders and one day of filming at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood Alaska. After a 16-hr day (and many more hours of editing) we submitted our first edit to the 2012 Adventure Film Festival in Alaska. Out of 15 films, JGS Concepts took home first place. At this point, we decided to take ADB to the next level. Since the first video release we have also won other awards including the Avid Chasing Trail contest on pinkbike.com and bravest award from VitalMTB.com
Over the 2013/14 winter we will be releasing an episode series introducing the ADB crew and athletes. "Brigade" will be a short video series about each person involved in this project.
Below is a small demo of what is to come with the "Brigade" series.
After the release of the Brigade crew series and first episode, we will be traveling around Alaska to film for the full project. We recently purchased a Polaris RZR and installed a custom bike rack to hold up to four bikes. This will serve as our backcountry chairlift during the 2013 summer. With this system we are able to access remote locations on small roads and cross-country trail systems for vehicles. Location is everything and with this vehicle we can access many places previously considered inaccessible.
Starting in May 2014 we will start producing a new episode each month about the stories and areas we are filming. In September 2014 we will have a full movie produced, and will be ready to take it to international film festivals around the world. With special rewards on this Kickstarter project you have the opportunity to be one of a few who will receive an early edition copy of this film before full release.
We have spent years creating the layout for this project. Now with your support we can push forward and turn this concept into a reality. This is not something we just thought up over night. We have built an amazing crew and dedicated hundreds of hours over the past few years to make this happen.
The money we raise with this Kickstarter project will be used to fund editors, filmers, motion graphics, music rights, web development and marketing. We have made it this far on our own, but kickstarter has the potential to help us move forward more quickly with this series and movie.
Please feel free to share this project on your social networks or by email to help us spread the word.
We have many locations that we have been filming at, and with your support will continue to make this project happen. Below is an outline of three of these locations. Click the links to read more about each.
McCarthy is where the road ends and a massive remote wilderness begins. JGS flew and set up GPS coordinates back in 2010 to find some of the most amazing territory to date for this project. To get to McCarthy we have to drive one of the roughest roads in Alaska. Once we arrive in this small town, we then have to charter a plane to get to these areas we have located.
Click here to read more about the McCarthy location.
Alyeska resort in Girdwood, Alaska has been called one of the top 10 resorts worldwide for downhill mountain biking. With three lifts to over 15 trails and 2,500 vertical feet of trail, this is a prime location for filming ADB. The JGS crew has been working with the resort for two years, and plan to produce part of this project here.
Click here to read more about the Alyeska location.
Alaska Downhill Brigade | Athletes
We have an amazing line up of local Alaskan athletes as well as some professional riders who are going to be joining us in filming this project. We have created full athlete profiles for each rider. Some of our athletes have worked with sponsors such as GoPro, Giant, Specialized, Kona, Monster, Spy Optics, TLD and many more. If you would like to read about and check out the athletes involved in this project click the link below to be directed to our athlete profiles.
Our team of filmers, artists, photographers, directors and production crew will blow your minds. Each person involved in this project has a passion to push forward with ADB. The ADB crew is a team of professionals and has worked on projects with companies such as The Travel Channel, Red Bull, MSP, Outside Television, World Heli Challenge, Roxy, National Geographic and many more. Click the link below to be directed to our full crew layout.
Timeframes will vary with some of our reward packages. We will be sending out all of the branding and sticker packages in January 2014. The other packages they will be delivered as the project progresses over the 2013/14 winter. Below you can find more information about these packages.
Pledge | Branding and Sticker packages
We have already started printing limited edition hats, shirts, hoodies, stickers and patches. If you have chosen a reward with the branding package, please pick a number and size for the hats, shirts or hoodies to let us know which of each you would like to have as a reward. We will start sending out these packages in January 2014.
NOTE: ONLY PACKAGES OF $250 OR UP RECEIVE THE HOODIE BRANDING.
Sticker packages are the same for all packages. Stickers sizes range between three and five inches.
Pledge | Become part of the Brigade ($25 and up)
With the $25 and up pledge we will officially make you part of the Brigade. Over the course of the project we will offer many different opportunities to work up the ranks. At the end of the project we will have an amazing package for the five people who have the highest ranks (including a trip out with the ADB crew and much more).
Below are a few of the buttons and patches we are working on. As you work up the ranks there will be many other patches and buttons to receive. You may also have the chance to be featured on all of the ADB social networks.
Pledge | First to view the episodes
For the rewards that include viewing the episodes: Our first episode will be completely finished by December 2013, but we will not be launching it to the public until April of 2014. We will send you the uploaded version with a special password to view the first of the series once we have it finished. You will also will receive an email with links two weeks before the public release of each of our episodes and behind the scenes access to view with you and your friends.
Pledge | Name on final episode, DVD and Blu-ray
This reward will be given when we complete the final episode and DVD in the fall of 2014. With the final episode we will be releasing premiere dates and locations for the full movie release as well. With this reward we will list your name in the final credits as a larger backer that helped fund this project from the start. This reward also includes your name in the final credits and on the inside cover of the DVD/Blu-ray.
Pledge | Signed movie poster & photographs
In the summer of 2014 you will receive a package with 3 professional photographs taken during the filming of ADB and signed by the entire crew. We will also have the full movie poster finalized for you. The photographs will be of professional quality in print and sized around 8" X 12". The movie poster will be sized around 11" X 17".
Pledge | Personalized thank you video
We will produce and personalize a video for you to use as you wish. This package can be for personal or commercial/marketing use. We will add into the video a special thank you from the athletes and crew, product placement of your choice (if you choose), and some killer shots not included in the main video production. This video will also be printed in the behind-the-scenes section of the DVD/Blu-ray that you will receive 10 copies of when completed.
Pledge | Join the us on a film shoot in Alaska ($3,000 and up)
Join us on a film shoot in Healy, Alaska. We will cover the travel cost (USA travel only) to Alaska and your lodging while you are here. Enjoy the drive to Healy, right outside of one of the biggest national parks in the world, Denali National Park. Follow us around in the custom RZR and Toyota FJ while we film for one of the series episodes. Keep in mind that we will not be staying in five-star hotels! We camp and live the Alaska Life so we smell like campfire and sometimes dont shower for days at a time. If you'd prefer, we can put you up in a lodge in Healy, where you can take in the sites of Denali and enjoy some guided mountain biking from our professional guide Carlos and Downhilll Addictions.
You will also receive the personal video, which you can take part in creating while here.
NOTE: If you purchase this Reward and live outside of the United States, you will have to cover the cost of your flight to the USA. We will then cover the rest. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Pledge | Title sponsorship & marketing ($6,500-10,000)
With this package you or your company of choice will get prime product and brand placement on every episode, as well as front titles on the main DVD/Blu-ray. We will also will use all of our social networks with JGS, ADB and MTF to market for you each month until the end of the project. You will get prime brand placement on our Polaris RZR (which will be showcased in each series), as well as one month of brand placement on our Toyota FJ while filming and traveling around Alaska during the summer of 2014. Your name will be added into our many partner websites and magazines with special press releases we have already arranged with for the next year of this project.
This package is much more detailed, so if you would like to see the full layout of this package before you make your decision, please email email@example.com
If you have any questions about the reward/pledge packages please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Risks and challenges
One risk that is always a challenge in any outdoor sports film is the weather. The way we plan to work around the this is by chasing good weather. We will be staying up to date on daily on weather patterns around the locations. The weather in Alaska is always changing so this will be one of our greatest challenges. However, each person involved on this project has experience with this challenge and knows that sometimes we may have to fly or drive many hours just to get the shots we need for this project.
Another potential risk is injured athletes. In this sport, injury is inevitable. However, we have so many amazing athletes coming on board that this really should not be an issue.
The last challenge for this project is our budget. Thus far we have funded everything ourselves-we have sacrificed to make this dream a reality. To take our project to the next level, we need the support of backers and sponsors to push this project forward. Alaska is such an amazing uncharted place and nobody has tried to do anything even remotely close to what we have planned. We appreciate each and every backer we receive. When this project is funded we promise you will not be disappointed.
Regardless of funding our crew will be out doing what we love int he backcountry of Alaska. Whether or not we will have a production crew along is up to you.
DOWNHILL BRIGADE PATCH, STICKERS AND FINAL COPY OF DVD/BLUERAY IN 2014. We will send you the official Downhill Brigade Patch. With this patch you will be able to work up the ranks with ADB. When we finish the DVD in 2014 we will mail you the full DVD/Blueray to your door. You will also receive the ADB die cut sticker package all mailed to your door.
BE THE FIRST TO SEE THE EPISODES! We will send out an email with a online digital copy of each episode before we upload. You will also receive a full digital copy of movie when completed in 2014. Above pledges included.
"Alaska Downhill Brigade" LIMITED EDITION HOODY & THANK YOU SHOUT OUT! We will send a personal thank you from the team on all our social networks and also add a limited edition hoody to the branded package.
Above pledges included except #4 (you receive #5 instead)
GET YOUR NAME ON FINAL EPISODE AND DVD/BLU-RAY. In recognition of your generous donation we will list your name in the end credits of the film and acknowledge your help in making this project happen. You will also receive two personal signed copies of the DVD/BLU-RAY
Also includes: All above pledges.
SIGNED POSTER & PHOTOGRAPHS FROM FILMING ALASKA DOWNHILL BRIGADE !
Included in the gear package we will mail you will be 3 professional photographs and the ADB movie poster signed by the the entire crew. Photos will be around 8" X 12" in size and the movie poster 11" X 17".
PERSONALIZED THANK YOU VIDEO FROM THE ADB CREW! We will produce and personalize a thank you video for you and send it to you online. When the project is finished your thank you video will be in the behind-the-scenes feature on the main DVD/Blu-ray as well. Above pledges included.
TITLE SPONSORSHIP Be one of the title sponsors for this project. Your name/logo will be added to every episode and the DVD cover, and we will link to your social networks from all of our websites and social networks. Branding on Polaris RZR (Backcountry Chairlift) and Toyota FJ, as well as monthly placement on all of our social networks. We will also produce special marketing videos with your company and athletes from the movie. For more info about this pledge, message us or send us an email to email@example.com
TITLE SPONSORSHIP | BRANDED ON 2013 TOYOTA FJ AND POLARIS RZR FOR ENTIRE PROJECT. All the above pledges included and we will add your custom brand to the main vehicles used for filming ADB. Traveling all over Alaska for up to six months.