Atlanta to Alaska and back, a Vintage Motorcycle Documentary
Atlanta to Alaska and back, a Vintage Motorcycle Documentary
I'm making a film about restoring a vintage motorcycle and riding it from Atlanta to Alaska and back.
I'm making a film about restoring a vintage motorcycle and riding it from Atlanta to Alaska and back. Read more
About this project
I'm the creator behind a feature length documentary film about restoring a 1972 Honda CB 350, and yes; I am also the girl who is doing the restoration (with help), and yes, riding the restored vintage bike from Atlanta to Alaska and back. It's an 11,000 mile round trip.
This campaign is to cover the first 1/3 of production on the film which will encompass the bike's restoration. I will be doing the majority of the work on my bike with the help and guidance of skilled experienced mechanics. I have to be able to hire crew to film the build while it happens, and gear up for the rest of the production. The funds will go towards making this happen and supporting me while I give this film my undivided attention.
I'm doing the work myself because as a rider I feel that it is important to know how your bike works, inside and out. It will also go a long way to put my mind at ease that I can fix my bike if I break down on the road to Alaska. I've been learning how to put the bike together piece by piece as I go along with the help of some very kind and patient mechanics who have taught me how to do it right. I've spent weekends sand blasting old engine parts and breathing new life into a bike that's just been sitting for years. I've had new rails welded onto the frame, cut the brackets off to streamline the silhouette, learned to lace my own wheels and a bunch of other stuff. This is the pathos side of the story, watching some bike parts coming out of a box (literally, I bought this bike as a basket case in a bunch of pieces) and seeing it restored to a fully functioning machine and thing of beauty. I need to be able to hire crew to shoot the paint job, the design and background of the bike, and show it all coming together.
I plan on meeting up with other local indie artists and filmmakers in small towns to collaborate on portions of the film, so if you are an artist, an artist, a bike person, or a filmmaker reach out to me and maybe I can plan a visit. I'm going to take approximately three months and a half months to take back roads, meet people, hear their stories, explore, and experience the world on two wheels and take it slow. I don't want to rush anything. I'll be camping out a lot, and my camera man and his van will going to follow me and help film the trip. If funding is successful I'll be able to contract planes and equipment to get the landscape shots of riding I want throughout the country. When the trip is over I plan on animating vignettes of the trip as interstitials, so production time will be approximately 9 months after kickstarter is funded, wrapping on production in the fall of 2014.
I'm asking for 25,000 for phase 1. It's the bare minimum I can make the film for. Most of the cost of the project will be the film production costs, and the amounts necessary to leave to be on the road for 3 and 1/2 months. Great footage costs money, so that's why I need your help.
The funding will also help me to set up and plan for the second and third parts of the film, the trip and the post production. It's incredibly important phase one is funded to get the film off on the right foot. After phase one kickstarter is funded, I can film the bike assembly, take her on some long distance test rides and start planning my route in more detail and line up crew and equipment for the trip.
My roughly planned out route is almost 11,000 miles, and a minimum of riding 180 hours. If I was only riding 40 hours a week that would take me 4 and a half weeks to make the trip, but I'll be filming, meeting people and finding great road stories to animate as part of the film. The trip will be pretty bare bones and minimal since I'll be camping a lot and cb 350's get great gas milage, but every now and then we might have to stay in a hotel room to de stink ourselves, and get to an internet connection every now and then. Unexpected bike and van repairs on the way are sure to happen, but the bulk of the money will go to film productions costs. I need to be able to pay the right people who help translate the experience of the trip into the cinematic vision I have. The animators,editors,production coordinators, and the compositors who put their time into bringing this to life. At 50,000 I can afford the right camera people to meet me along the route with helicopters to get the best footage possible of the trip from above. Think how beautiful those big panning shots will be. At 100,000 I can afford to license film equipment rentals throughout the country to get the shots I need to get footage necessary to really make an impact on the visual story telling of the trip, and be able to pay the musicians for the score, and animators to help animate parts of the story that might be better told through animation. Anything over the 100,000 will be used to promote the film and raise the profile of the project, and submit to film festivals.
My background is in the animation and film industry. I earned an honors degree in animation production from the Arts University at Bournemouth in the UK, graduating in 2011 and have worked on feature films and animated television series for major networks ever since. Its time for me to make something I believe in. The point of this experience isn't the bike, it isn't a race to Alaska or anything, its about the opening myself to trust the universe to guide me along my own yet unbeaten path to discover new places, new friends and to grow a network of people across the country who are all inspired by art, machines, and the brilliance of adventure. Through my successful completion of the trip, and then the following film I will be able to hire other young artists and film makers to help tell the story, and let them earn their own valuable experiences to help them along their own paths. It's about shaking, and sharing, and recognizing yourself in strangers you've never met yet. I can't tell you exactly what's going to happen along the way yet, but I can tell you, it's gonna be a ride to remember, and I hope you can join me in one way or another.
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Risks and challenges
The risks involved in this project range from everything as minor as a flat tire on the road, to a fatal crash, to the unforeseen. The engine of my bike could blow up. But if it does, I can fix that, and then that's part of the story. When I'm out there on the road on two wheels, I'm exposed to everything. I can't predict what will happen out there. I'm riding a bike that's 41 years old, things can happen even though it's being completely restored. The dangers of riding a motorcycle are real, but thats a personal risk I have decided to take.
From a film maker's stand point there is a possibility that crew (camera men, independent editors, designer, editors) will quit mid project and production will stall based on man power. I however predict smooth sailing with your support and I will do everything in my power to make the film in the true-est vision to what I propose and what I deliver.
There's also a risk that Phases 2 and 3 will not get funded and the project will come to a halt until additional funding is found, in which case this too will become part of the story of the production of the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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