WHO WE ARE
Joseph Wennerlund and Matthew McCloskey are longtime friends, Phoenix, Arizona natives, and budding filmmakers with a history and knowledge of constructing short films in their spare time. Their passion for film was always ever-present in their lives, but maybe never fully realized… until now.
Upon completing high school, Joseph attended film school where he acquired the academic basis for film construction; whereas Matthew took an entry-level position in the freelance film production world and gained first hand knowledge of film and television creation. Eventually they both ended up in the “9 to 5” workforce, which always felt slightly unsatisfying and left an unmistakable void- and thus, the idea for Caravan to the Cup was born.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Caravan to the Cup is a documentary film that will follow us on this epic, transcontinental adventure beginning in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and ending in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Harnessing the accessibility of social media, we will rely on the assistance made through these outlets: personal contacts established via Twitter and Instagram, utilizing websites such as Drivetheamericas.com and Couchsurfing.org , as well as various travel forums, Facebook groups, ex-patriots and localized guides along the way.
We intend to show that there is an alternate (and possibly better) way to travel and see the world- not just through the typical, touristy framework.
The documentary will feature no political bias, hidden agenda or ulterior motives. The people we meet and interview will have the ability to speak unfiltered about their lives, viewpoints, ambitions and daily struggles. We intend to capture the world’s vast beauty, its inhabitants, and the generosity and good nature of humans globally. The wanderlust and desire for adventure can be realized through unconventional means. This is a love letter to those with a similar thirst. This is a human interest documentary.
We hit the road on May 10th, 2014. Principal photography for the documentary will begin that same day and will finish upon returning to the States on July 17th, 2014. We plan to enter Brazil on June 11th, just in time for the games to start. Our travel itinerary is setup in such a way that we'll be maximizing driving during the daylight hours and parked (or stationary) at night. We will be parked at the beach, our host's house, within a campsite or at a local hostel. One of the many beautiful things about traveling are the people encountered along the way- be it fellow travelers or locals- we will showcase the caring, compassionate, and cooperative qualities all humans innately have.
WHAT THE BUDGET WILL GO TOWARDS
All of the equipment expenses are covered by us personally, so the purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to help tackle the logistical aspects of our journey. Traveling nearly 10,000 miles and through upwards of seventeen countries will prove challenging, but ultimately fulfilling and rewarding. Our budget breakdown is as follows:
Vehicle: $5,000 initial cost.
Gas: $2,500 for roughly 10,000 miles @ $4.00/gallon @ 16 miles per gallon
Shipping: $1,200 from Panama to Colombia.
Repairs and spares: $1,000 (rough estimate)
Tolls and insurance: $300
Our ideal vehicle to take would be a Volkswagen Westfalia, as there is already a strong Volkswagen presence/ownership throughout Latin & South America. This will help us with any potential repairs or assistance- anything that comes our way.
Risks and challenges
Bringing an idea like Caravan to the Cup to complete fruition will, of course, prove a worthy task, but it's nothing that we cannot handle. We would like as many people as possible to be aware of this project and its intentions. Getting the word out, spreading the idea and creating buzz has been an initial hurdle. But with the help of Kickstarter, we hope to reach the world over.
Currently, our prime focus is reaching principal photography, which commences May 2014 and will end July 2014. Traveling abroad (or anywhere, for that matter) lends itself to potential, unforeseen setbacks. We hope to mitigate such things by utilizing social media and through the assistance of locals. If anything should happen to our equipment whilst on the trip, we have a backup plan in place to keep our documentary on pace- even if it comes down to express shipping replacement equipment to us. We will let nothing slow us down.
Upon returning to the United States, we will immediately begin the post-production process. We plan to have our documentary fully finished by Spring 2015, with potential showcases at various film festivals nationwide, along with the premiere in Phoenix, Arizona.
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