About this project
Simply put, Sixpenny Globe is a documentary series. One part budget travel show, one part expose on long-term backpacking, and one part whimsical record of two friends’ global circumnavigation, it’s a series that addresses a market that has remained virtually untapped. No show on television has ever shown the real life of a traveler: gritty, reckless, and magical. The show will reveal not only the real adventures of your fearless guides, Kelsey and Kristen, but will expose the secrets and tricks that backpackers use to nickel and dime their way across the planet.
To Anthony Bourdain and Samantha Brown: we love you and if either of you were falling off a cliff, we’d sacrifice ourselves to keep you alive and eating/making puns. But not everyone can fork over the significant chunk of change required to get at those complimentary slippers. Plus there’s more to traveling than the Louvre and a chocolate shea butter seaweed extract massage with hints of arugula. New friends and rainstorms and riding on mopeds, sunrises, food poisoning and secret waterfalls. As we speak, thousands of people are tucked away on that tatty and beautiful backpacker’s trail and it will stay shrouded in shadow no longer. Real adventure is out there for the taking, and guess what – it’s cheap. Dirt cheap. And get this – dirt’s actually free. We’re showing you the world… for as close to free as we can get. We’ll leave no mountain unclimbed, no dance floor unscuffed, and no fellow man trapped alone in late night existential angst. In twelve 30-minute episodes, we will show travel like it is – freeing and flighty and hilarious- and like it’s truly never been shown before – affordable.
The plan: two girls, two round-the-world plane tickets, two backpacks filled with the smallest amount of belongings it will take to still look fabulous, three months or so, and video equipment. As we document all the thrills, flights and frights that a poor man’s penny can buy, we’ll showcase places, ideas, and organizations that are easy on the budget but have yet to burst forth from the confines of word of mouth. These include but are not limited to:
• Farmstays & other working holidays
• Volunteer opportunities
• Street performing (read: tap dancing)
And that’s just the beginning. We’ve got a whole lot of big plans, but we can’t put them into action without a little bit of help. We’re putting every dollar between us into this project, but it’s still not quite enough. That’s where you, you wonderful people, come in. The money we raise through your support will go straight toward the purchase of two RTW plane tickets and the necessary video equipment. (We have a DSLR that shoots excellent video, but we need a few Flip HDs for on-the-go shooting, a handful of Lav mics, a waterproof camera, tripods, etc.)
As expected, all major networks have passed on the project at present. We are recent college graduates with no significant experience in television and no affiliation with a production company, so we wouldn’t have expected anything less. But this will give us the freedom to do what we want, edit our own footage, and avoid The Man and The Law… so all the better. After completing the series, which we will do in the two months following our return, we will pitch to all the major networks. (Note that our little kickstarter promo video was done with questionable cameras, no sound equipment, and a broken version of iMovie... so once we've got our new equipment and Final Cut Pro, things should look a lot less like preschool video vomit.) In the event of a lack of interest, we will release one episode per week on our website and will continue to pick up viral steam until we eventually catch the attention of a producer, network exec, or Ashton Kutcher.
Even if you can’t donate a dime, we would be eternally grateful for well wishes and a smile. And maybe a click or two on our website once we’re up and running. But if you can spare a dollar or 500, we will never forget you and we will shout your name from the rooftops of the world.
All the best,
Kelsey and Kristen
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