Today we’re going to address an issue none of us really like talking about: money. We’re recieved numerous questions all relating to why we need to raise the seemingly arbitrary $14,500 through kickstarter.
So let’s talk about it.
Some of you have expressed confusion and skepticism as to why we need $14,500 to get down to South America, do our thing and get back. But the opinions have been split; “Well thats a bit much for two people, isn’t it?” say some of you, while others occupy the other end of the spectrum; “How do you expect to travel to and around S.A. for two month with only $14,500??”
And with the addition of our new team member, the financial playing field had to be reconsidered altogether.
So, we want to address these question(s) for you, right now, using a little bit of video and a lot of bit of cheese.
We put together a rather simplistic, 80’s inspired cost breakdown video that incorporates, roughly, all the expenses we will incur (and those unforeseeable expenses that happen because, well, thats life) on our trip.
This budget of $14,500 will be able to support all three member of the Guarani Team – from Annabel’s love of Argentinean red wine, to my (Vasilios) obsession with rainforest coffee, to Mark’s penchant for those thong-sandals you see everywhere now and days…
… All joking aside, we also want to address those now asking the question, “how can you keep the same budget if you now have three team members??“.
The answer to this one is also simple (although we don’t have a video for it!) We’ve been talking with Mark for well over a month now, and after taking stock of what he had to offer both creatively and professionaly, we came to the conclusion that by brining Mark on board, we would be saving money on overall equipment costs (among many, many other benefits!) Mark has quite the arsenal of lenses and gear, which in total will save us over $3000, which keeps us comfortable in our target budget zone.
Again, we want to stress that this is the very minimum we’ll need to accomplish our short and long term goals with The Guarani Project. The more money we can raise through Kickstarter or direct donations, the more we’ll be able to invest in time, energy, equipment, and resources.
Ok … thats enough out of me.