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Karun Source To Sea (2014) Spirit Of Adventure

On The Art Of Lowering Your Expectations & Thus Having A Better Time

There’s a fantastic deconstruction on WaitButWhy.com of why Generation Y yuppies are permanently dissatisfied. It’s a long piece, and after you’ve finished this, I suggest you give it a read. (Especially if you are a Generation Y yuppie.) In the middle of the article is the following equation: Happiness = Reality − Expectations This three-word […]

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Adventure Filmmaking Karun (2015)

Banff & Kendal Aren’t The Only Adventure Film Festivals Worth Going To. Here’s Why

Last weekend, on the way back to Armenia from a final film editing stint in London, I stopped over in Bucharest, Romania, for a long weekend at the Hip Trip Travel Film Festival. The festival was organised by a small team of Romanian travellers and film lovers. In 2014 – their first year – they’d […]

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Story Of My Life Travel Blogging

Why, After 9 Years Running TomsBikeTrip.com, I Started This New Blog Today

On my first night back in Yerevan after several years living in England, I noticed a book on the bedside table – a book I hadn’t seen for a very long time. It was a copy of my first travel memoir, Janapar. This one belonged to my wife, Tenny. It had a bookmark in it. English is her third […]

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A Tale Of Two Rivers (Kickstarter Campaign) Adventure Filmmaking

Diary Of An Adventure Filmmaker: What Happens When You Finish The Edit?

After several iterations of increasingly detailed tweaking of the edited form of the footage, there must come a point (else the film would never be finished) where you say, “OK – this is it”. From this point forth, the visual and audio clips are set in stone on the timeline, never again to be tampered […]

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A Tale Of Two Rivers (Kickstarter Campaign) Adventure Filmmaking

Diary Of An Adventure Filmmaker: How To Overcome Creative Block

Sometimes, when you’re working on a creative project, the way forward is not at all clear. And sometimes it’s impossible to see it at all. As you may remember from the last update, this is where we found ourselves with the still-untitled Patagonia film project. What do you do in this situation? Go for a […]

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A Tale Of Two Rivers (Kickstarter Campaign) Adventure Filmmaking

Diary Of An Adventure Filmmaker: Reaching The Rough Cut, And What To Do When It Sucks

There comes a point in any major artistic endeavour when you have to stop what you’re doing, take a few steps back, and take a dispassionate look at what you’ve got. After 4 weeks (already!) of full-time editing work on the Patagonia film, this is where we’re at. Scott, Leon and I went through the process […]

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A Tale Of Two Rivers (Kickstarter Campaign) Adventure Filmmaking

Diary Of An Adventure Filmmaker: How To Choose Between The Infinite Ways To Tell Your Story

Leon and I have rarely argued on our expeditions and film projects together. Last week, however, we ran into a bit of a disagreement. Specifically, we disagreed on how the Patagonia film should end. With a week to kill before flying home, after completing the horseback journey up the Rio Santa Cruz we had embarked […]

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A Tale Of Two Rivers (Kickstarter Campaign) Adventure Filmmaking

Diary Of An Adventure Filmmaker: Two Ways To Build A Story When Editing Your Footage

In my previous adventure filmmaking update, I ran through the process of whittling down the raw footage from an expedition to a manageable amount with which we could begin crafting the story. This specifically referred to the film we shot in Patagonia, journeying along the Rio Santa Cruz on horseback; the film for which we’re taking the […]

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A Tale Of Two Rivers (Kickstarter Campaign) Adventure Filmmaking

Diary Of An Adventure Filmmaker: How To Cut Your Raw Footage Down To Something Workable

It’s a deceptive beast, making a film. Because if you do it well, the result is an effortless and immersive experience. It totally engrosses the viewer. And it belies the amount of time and work that goes into its creation. The viewing experience can also somehow give the impression that a film emerges fully-formed from […]

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A Tale Of Two Rivers (Kickstarter Campaign) Crowdfunding

Anatomy Of A Successfully Crowdfunded Documentary Film’s Kickstarter Campaign

This in-depth article is a post-mortem of 2015’s successful Kickstarter campaign for the A Tale Of Two Rivers film project. I’ll be looking at every element of the campaign – financial details included – and sharing some of the insights we learned along the way about running successful crowdfunding campaigns. The campaign aimed to raise post-production funds for two feature-length adventure films, […]