Please view the video below for a more in-depth and personal description about the film and reward packages.
Filming will begin immediately after the end of this kickstarter campaign in Chandigarh at Rider Mania -- a major gathering of Royal Enfield Enthusiasts and will continue for up to six months during which I will be covering India Bike Week and the beginning of the riding season to Ladakh where Enfield riders ride to the highest roads in the world. Beyond that, I will be covering a majority of the northwest of India, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Chennai and possibly more as I cross the nation, meeting contacts and characters capturing the oral and visual story of the Royal Enfield. Filming will conclude in July and post-production will begin.
Chasing the Bullet is going to be roughly 60 minutes long and will be a "people's history" of the the Royal Enfield. I have amassed a long list of contacts and various characters who will drive the narrative of this film. There will be anecdotes, historical contexts, personal stories and more. These stories of the Royal Enfield will be juxtaposed to modern day in which these themes, motifs and circumstances continue to exist. Overall, the film will show why the Royal Enfield was so relevant when it arrived in the mid-20th century from England, it's widespread use and survival in India against the backdrop of a developing world and most importantly, why it is still so relevant today. Additionally, this film will explore the future of the Royal Enfield in the context of a changing motorcycle scene and why its roots and characteristics are still incredibly relevant.
I have working storyboards and a general script, but this is going to be much more of a candid interview process, which means, I'll be at the mercy of what I capture over 6 months. The stories and personal accounts will be stitched together (think: VH1 Behind the Music and the Enfield is the rock star with the stories told by his manager, groupies, friends, historians, etc.) in conjunction with a beautiful visual narrative.
Film projects on Kickstarter have to get a bit creative in terms of the tangibles that can be delivered to backers. The reward packages offered allow you to really follow along and be a part of the project. Backers of my last project were surprised to to find how quickly I was able to deliver my product and you shouldn't expect anything less from this project.
I also wanted to have a very low barrier of participation -- just $25 to get a copy of the film when it's finished as well as your name in the credits, permanently attached to this film. Although you'll have to wait until the film is completely shot, edited and produced, there are several other packages that will arrive much more quickly.
The "editing room" and the "diary" will allow you to follow along in relative real time with the project as it unfolds. The "diary" is essentially a video log that will give you a look at what it's like to travel across India and produce this film. The editing room is a much more stylized and visual piece of media that will focus on various topics ranging from motorcycle related, region, culture, food, music, and more. Both of the "diary" and the "editing room" will come out ever two weeks in a staggered format so if you get both, you'll be getting material every week! All backers of these two packages will receive exclusive, password protected access only available to these backers during the entire project.
Here are some [very short] examples that are similar to what you can expect...
Who's behind this and where does my money go?
The film's conceptualization, filming, editing and overall production is taken care of by only by me which is nothing new for me. I'm a one man band when it comes to all of my productions from conceptualization, production, shooting and editing. I have a long history of long-term solo, frugal and extreme budget travel. However, six months in India to produce a proper documentary is going to have some costs.
The funding goal of $10,000 barely covers the basic costs of production and daily expenditure of connecting the dots between stories across a vast nation. This includes transportation costs, compensation for help along the way, food, accommodation, etc. -- only what is required to support a one-man crew during the entire production. Furthermore, just as there were several people involved in the formation of the teaser and preparation for this film, the same will apply to the full-length film. There are numerous people from interviewees, characters, helpers, fixers, autorickshaw drivers, translators, guides, and many many friends who have supported the development of this project.
If this project raises more funding than the $10,000 goal, there are several ways that this film can become even better. I have a long list of help who will become paid collaborators such as a sound guy, various helpers, an editor and more.
(Funding dollars do NOT go towards, airfare to and from India, equipment, travels already made to India, etc. for which thousands of dollars have already been personally allocated by me.)
Why make this film?
The more people ask me why i'm doing this, the more I struggle to come up with an answer. I'm not making this film for anyone but the Royal Enfield itself -- Just a great story about a great motorcycle that people will enjoy watching.
It's an incredible piece of history that has touched countless lives and it deserves to be remembered, documented and retold. This isn't for any audience in particular, but for everyone -- motorcyclists, history buffs, travel nuts, general audiences, everyone.
Thanks for your consideration,
Risks and challenges
The actual movement throughout the country with my camera gear poses the biggest threat and I have to constantly protect my gear and the material I capture. Luckily, I have an extensive friend-base and technical network which will almost always be present, ensuring that I and my gear will remain safe at all times.
Additionally, I have back up gear that will being staying at a safe location in India in case theft or damage to my normal gear does occur. I consider the loss or corruption of captured material to be the biggest threat to delays in schedule. This happened once a long time ago and I always keep material backed up in three different places.
In terms, of producing the film and the reward packages, I am the only person required to produce these deliverables which requires zero reliance on anyone else to make deadlines. I have spent a considerable time contemplating the reward packages and their deadlines and I am confident that I can deliver within those time frames. I hold myself to high levels of accountability and delivering a superb product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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