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A Tale Of Two Rivers (Kickstarter Campaign)

Diary Of An Adventure Filmmaker: A Tale Of Two Rivers First Ever Private Screening – The Debrief

Last weekend saw the first ever private screening of The Last Explorers and Karun. A theatreful of Kickstarter backers joined us for the evening to enjoy the fruits of our labours, and to offer feedback and suggestions for improvements before the films are finalised. The event was a resounding success, and Leon and I would like […]

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Fluent In Spanish, French, German, Italian? Want To Help Show The World The Real Iran?

UPDATE: We’ve had an utterly amazing response to this call for translations. Nearly 100 people have volunteered their time in less than 24 hours! Thank you, thank you, thank you – it’s fantastic to see and hear how many of you are on board with what we’re trying to do. The result is that we […]

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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, […]

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A Tale Of Two Rivers (Kickstarter Campaign) Crowdfunding

We Did It! (Community Action 1, Mass Media 0!)

I’m up early this morning to begin working in earnest on two new film projects… which have just been successfully funded on Kickstarter! At the close of play last night, we’d raised the astonishing total of £26,329 – over 110% of our goal – to do this project properly. And that’s all thanks to the community […]