This is a film following a handful of friends traversing the country on an off-road adventure from coast to coast. The team consists of me... and the friendly walkers. Each individual is engaging and outgoing. Headed up by a seasoned walker, my friend Munich has walked across Ireland twice before and can show the rest of us the ropes. A vibrant character with a thirst for all things social and historical.
We begin our journey at the mouth of the Boyne in Mornington on Ireland's Ancient East, and follow the river for fours days nearly to its source before meeting the Grand canal at Edenderry. We continue on to cross the Shannon at Portumna before entering the West. Travelling through southern Galway we'll take in Gort and Lough Graney (Clare) before we've to negotiate the Burren. The big reveal and what we'll be gearing up for will be catching sight of the Atlantic ocean and nearing our destination at the magical Cliffs of Moher.
I love working with others in bringing a project to fruition but this time I've decided to work solo shouldering all of the responsibility. I need equipment to film and edit the piece plus funds to pay for fuel, insurance and accommodation. I've chosen crowdfunding as a means to raise capital as I think it's an excellent opportunity for me to give something back to those who are kind enough to get involved and support the project.
The film will screen in the Lighthouse Cinema in September before a festival run so the possibilities are endless as to where this might lead.
Implementing the 'two car trick', I will need fuel for up to four journeys a day during the 12 day shoot. Accommodation, insurance, filming fees, food, emergency transport (just in case) and equipment repair plus camera, lightweight stabaliser, GoPro, weather resistant equipment cover and radio mics.
I'm apprehensive about off-road walking (negotiating hedges and ditches), filming and recording sound solely. I'm fit but this is a huge challenge. I'm currently recceing routes testing my limitations.
I'm also aware that shooting hours of footage of people walking may be of interest to me but may not be of interest to everyone. Being selective in what I'm capturing will be a constant concern.
Thank you kindly for taking the time and showing an interest in my endeavour.