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http://www.indiegogo.com/LaAventuraProject

We finally have our fundraising page live!  Please support our documentary!  Click the link to help fund us and get some amazing perks!  Thank you all so much!!!!

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The not-so-planned plan

Honestly, planning a trip like this is not easy.  Split with also trying to make a film at the same time, learning a new language, and preparing to to leave all of our things being for an entire year, it is overwhelming.  The next question is WHERE ARE WE GONNA GO?

“Not where that one guy is…” my Dad hopes, meaning Hugo Chavez.  I reply, “Of course where ‘that one guy’ is, they are suppose to have the nicest people and the most beautiful beaches!”

We will arrive in Medellin, Colombia with a previously-contacted Couchsurfing host ready to meet us and help us get acclimated.  After we are feeling comfortable with our environment, we will set out to our first farm in the WWOOFing organization and volunteer/relax in the high jungle countryside.  After around 1 month in Colombia, we will enter Ecuador and experience the beaches of the equator.  Then southward through the land of the Incas, through the Bolivian Salt Flats, down through the Andes, and hopefully we will arrive in Patagonia before winter sets in.  After putting our tent into good use in the southern wilderness, we will take the only bus northward, overnight to Buenos Aires, Argentina!  And so on and so forth until we wind up back where we started, in Colombia.

I’m sure everyone gets the point.  We are going counter-clockwise from north to south.  We will travel on a boat, upstream on the Amazon.  We will travel socialist nations and not be afraid, because, frankly, we don’t buy this “All socialists are bad people” BS.

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You’re Bummin’ Me Out, Kickstarter

I want this blog to not only be about our adventure but also about the process of creating a documentary.  Not just the fun parts, but the trials and tribulations too.  So in the interest of full disclosure, here’s the latest hitch in our plan.

Kickstarter rejected us.

Why?  I have no idea.  It’s not a huge deal because we can just use Indiegogo to fundraise instead.  But I still really want to know why!  Anyone have any insight into how kickstarter accepts and rejects projects?

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Drumroll please……THE TRAILER!

Here it is, in all it’s low-resolution glory!  I have been sitting in a coffee shop for hours trying to upload the HD version, but the internet always poops out midway through!  So, I guess I will have to wait until our house internet gets fixed to upload the full-quality video, but here is a compressed version for your viewing pleasure!

Photo Credits:  Jeff Ratcliff, Arvind Balaraman, Bill Longshaw, africa, Evgeni Dinev, nuchylee, Luigi Diamanti, Simon Howden, Dino De Luca from www.freedigitalphotos.net   Galyna Andrushko, Achilles Moreaux, Rewat Wannasuk, Misha Shiyanov, Dario Diament, Pcphotos, Grigory Kubatyan, Piccaya, Cosmopol, Svx94, Mark Breck, Antonio De Azevedo, Celso Pupo rodrigues from www.dreamstime.com

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Progress!

Guess what?  I’m calling Editfest 2011 a success!  I didn’t FINISH the trailer but I did GET SO MUCH DONE!!!  I now have a solid layout and vision for the finished product and it is going to be awesome.  I worked really hard all through the past weekend and am thankfully feeling some renewed vigor and inspiration for the project.  I definitely think it’s possible to have it (if not completely then close-enough-to-post) finished by the end of the month.  I hope it will serve as a good little video pitch for our project and help us raise some funds!

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Editfest 2011

Okay.  I’ve got the tech problems figured out (*knock on wood*).  Enough time has passed since I really sat down and worked for several hours that I am ready and willing to do it again.  For real this time, for the win!  And I’ve got a whole boyfriend-less Saturday to sit down, distraction-free, and edit my little heart out.  I’m pumped.  Major trailer progress report coming Monday!!!!!!

P.S.  Does anyone know any great websites where I can get royalty-free photos?  We need some for the trailer and we’re poor but we want to be legal.  Specifically photos of South America…people, places, travel, landscape, etc.  Comment at me if you do!

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Technical Difficulties…ugh

—UPDATE 3/11/11:  I found the solution!  Of couse it involved converting my video to every possible codec until something magically worked!  Now I just have to find time to sit down and actually edit the thing!  Soon, soon, I promise!!—

Yes, I realize it’s the last day of February.  The trailer is supposed to be done.  Is it?  No.  I think “technical difficulties” is the worst phrase in the world for a video editor.  But alas, those are what I am dealing with.  I should have known that some problems would occur since I’m using my brand new equipment for the first time and working out the kinks.  Guess it’s best to get these problems out of the way before we shoot the actual film, right?  Also, we decided to move the launch of our kickstarter campaign back to April, so it’s not actually critical to have the trailer done right now.  But, rest assured, I will not be defeated by a software program!  I am riding bravely into the tech support battlefield and will have the trailer finished ASAP!!!!

As for the other goals for February, I did study my Spanish quite a bit!  Hooray for that!

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