November 11th marked a few excited things: a 28th birthday, the 100th week of post production, and the day FToM on Kickstarter reached 100% of it's funding goal!
Since then pledges have slowly kept coming in - and we want to make the best of this momentum and the remaining days (campaign doesn't end until Thanksgiving).
We'd love to see if we can hit an even higher goal - Kickstarter is such a powerful and unique outreach tool and we want to raise the bar as high as possible.
We've designed FToM tshirts that we're really happy with (Alternative Apparel 100 percent organic cotton unisex) and want to give as many as we possibly can to the amazing people who helped us reach this goal.
If we can hit our new goal, we'll be able to include a tshirt for every single person who pledged above $20.
Also - with 10 days left - I have a bit of a birthday wish: to get Livestrong / Lance Armstrong to pledge a $1 to the film. If you click this link *******tr.im/F7pG - it will pop open twitter, with a pre-written tweet all ready to send.
I know we can do this :) I know if we just give one last hard push - we'll see some "serious shit"... to quote one of my favorite films.
33 days ago, Amanda and I launched a brand new Kickstarter campaign to help fund the last stages of post-production: *******ksr.projectpedal****
Since then we've been backed by over 40 people, with pledges ranging from $1 to over $500! We have raised $1,638 towards our goal of $8,300!
This is an all or nothing campaign. Meaning if we don't hit $8.3k, then no one's pledges go through.
Help support 'For Thousands of Miles', plus get awesome stuff like Pedal buttons, posters, autographed scripts, a 64 Days DVD with audio commentary and even my personal typewriter.
If you're new to this project, take a quick moment to check out our "hi, hello" intro page *******hi.projectpedal**** :) it's a very informal, brief recap of the last 6 years.
Please consider backing our film with a $1 donation, or help spread the word by liking this video, sharing our KSR project with your followers on Twitter or your friends on Facebook. We are really excited about the next stages in post - and we are very, very grateful for all of your support!
Up past my bed-time getting some writing done - wanted to check in to update people on how writing has been going, and also to say thank you for all the amazing support we've been seeing through Kickstarter.
ksr.projectpedal**** (this will redirect)
So, people have been asking me to post a FToM teaser that had a little bit of dialog in it for a while now :)
And I don't really have an excuse as to what took me so long to actually picking one out.
This group was one of the first people Larry ran into after having to say goodbye to his best-friend Jay earlier this morning. I know it must have been hard on Larry to carry on as if nothing was wrong or out-of-place.
Sorry this took so long to upload - I recorded this friday afternoon, and wasn't able to edit it while in Kentucky like I'd hoped :P
But here it is - just an update on how I've been combing through the footage for the trip and making sense of it. It's a basic approach, but the baby-step process seems to be helping.
FToM focuses strongly on the idea of being connected by the places we've traveled.
Rooted in the maze of back-roads stretching from small-town to small-town... all of us who've traveled by bike share in a personal experience that is difficult to put into words.
Stockpile is a element of our feature film, an out-reach campaign to collect a pool of raw media from other travelers and with it, help visually express that our experiences on the road are intertwined in ways we often over-look.
We can't tell this side of our film's story without your help - submitting is fast and easy to do, go to *******stockpile.projectpedal**** to learn more.
This was taken in Glacier Park Montana - it poured there for about two days.
At this point in the trip Larry didn't even own a tent, I'm not quite sure how he managed to sleep and stay dry. He used a tarp and a picnic table to create a kind of make-shift tent.
It's a strange thing to be so cold and so wet in weather like this - and not have a real roof over your head. Not only for just a few hours, but for days. When the sun finally comes out and hits your skin - it's an amazing feeling to be back on your bike.
This is a very big announcement... and it was a decision that was more than difficult for me to make. I don't know what else to say... :) except that I'm prepared to work harder than I've ever worked to make it all come together as planned.
Larry shared a pretty personal and emotional letter recently - and I asked if he would mind my sharing it on the site.
I realize that many people might find his words in the letter a bit strange - but that was half the point of me reading it... I'm curious how these feelings come across to other people.
For me, the letter makes perfect sense, all the emotions seems right in line with what I went through... with what I'm still going through - but I know that won't be the case for everyone.
This was taken around out 9th morning of our trip - we're either on the far end of Washington or just getting into Idaho.
In the background you can half see a group of female bicyclists that we ran into several times up until Montana. They had a pretty inspiring mindset about traveling - and one of the women would later email me on the memories from her ride, saying: "...It haunts me now like a dream that only exists in my head, separate from everything in my day to day 'real' life."
I thought that was one of the most perfect and beautiful ways I'd ever heard a person describe the after effects of their trip.
On a tech note - this shot was taken with the Fx1 and the SGPro adapter :)
We're down to the last 24 hours of the Babelgum contest - we really have no idea where we stand at the moment, since the relaunch of their site it's been impossible to even do a rough count of our position. So it will be as much of a surprise to us as anyone when the release their shortlist on the 3rd.
So keep your fingers crossed for us - if you can cast one last vote tr.im/gbpu and tell everyone you think might take a moment to vote. Remember, now there's no signing up for an account or downloading software. Voting could literally take as little as 5 seconds and two clicks.
Big announcement for us in this update - we launched our brand spanking new film site :) It was a total re-design from the original page and I spent weeks coding it and hope that people like it.
You can check out the new FToM site at ForThousandsofMiles****
And as of today we have 19 days left on t.minus! You're allowed to vote for 64 Days on Babelgum once a day which could help us fund the remainder of post-production! :) tminus.projectpedal****
A quick update on what I've been keeping myself extremely busy with the last week - keep checking back at forthousandsofmiles**** :) it won't be long before we launch the new site.
And don't forget there's still a month left of voting for 64 Days in the Babelgum film fest! Winning would give us all the money needed for post-production! tminus.projectpedal****
This is the first teaser from the 16mm footage we took during the trip. This is probably my favorite shot out of all four reels... the speed and feel to it is very beautiful.
All the 16 was shot with the intention of acting as a "memory" for Larry. I just wish I had more than the 15 minutes I have - it intercuts very powerfully next to the HD footage.
This was one of the rare days that the wind was to Larry's back - which also meant that I didn't have to fight the wind when working the crane.
Most days it felt like trying to steady a massive sail with a camera on the end of it - but this day, the wind kept perfect pace with us, and I could move the camera almost anywhere without any real resistance.
This shot is a snippet from the middle of a longer 360Ë? that follows Larry. But if I posted the whole rotation, it would be about 2 min... and that's not much of a teaser.
Just a video of Amanda and I hanging out working on Pedal stuff... another late night. Trying to get organized :)
It's been another busy week - I just finished getting the Netflix Competition and the Rooftop Films DVDs all sealed and ready to go for tomorrow! And I was about to export a new teaser, then sit down and get a few more thoughts down on paper for the film.
I have to say the Netflix Competition is a long shot - more accurately; it's a really, really, really crazy long shot - but it feels good to enter and at least give it a shot. You never know unless you try. But I'm pretty excited and anxious about the Rooftop Film Fest. I don't know if it's possible, but I've wanted to attend for the last several years. And being accepted would be a great excuse to buy a ticket to NY!
Amanda and Mike drive to Santa Barbara to speak at a film class...