Following on from the success of the 'Waiau-toa Odyssey' which won the Best NZ Made Film at the 2017 NZ Mountain Film Festival, 'Team Odyssey' wants to build on the profile from this project with a more challenging 'bikerafting' expedition
To plan a route by packraft and mountain bike to showcase the recreational opportunities and spectacular natural environment of the Buller and Tasman Districts.
To document the boom and bust of various industries through history in the district, gold, coal, native timber, river tourism and the latest industry with a more sustainable future, trail development.
To highlight individuals and businesses that are flourishing from the economic growth of trail development.
To film the journey and produce a similar quality production as 'Waiau-toa Odyssey' to enter for selection at the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival, release online and for the sponsors to use as a promotional tool.
To write editorial with accompanying high quality images to market to adventure publications for publishing.
Kahurangi National Park is the 2nd largest national park in NZ with some of the most diverse and spectacular landscapes in the country. Free flowing pristine rivers tumble out of alpine tussock lands and temperate rainforest. Untouched wilderness is intersected by one of NZ's Great Walks, The Heaphy Track and the recently completed Old Ghost Road, at 85km the longest single track in the nation. Bordered on the south by one of the biggest volume rivers, The Buller. Running through the heart of Kahurangi is the Mokihinui, a swift flowing torrent hemmed in by a stunning granite canyon. The Aorere tumbles out of the mountains in the North through bands of limestone, emptying into the tocean at Golden Bay the start and finish point of this epic journey. The planned duration is 8-10 days.
March 2018- bikerafting training Magdalen Valley/ Waiau Uwha River
April 2018- complete promotional package and begin distribution
May 2018- complete film proposal in conjunction with VisionCo begin applying for funding and a media channel
September 2018- complete negotiations with sponsors and media channel.
Late October 2018- Bikerafting training 2/3 days
Mid-Late November 2018- Undertake the expedition and filming
Approx February/March 2019- premiere film.
Sam 'Muel' Jones
Mountain man, wether it's ski patrol, steep scree lines on the bike or heli rafting grade 5 rivers, Muel has been out there doing it for over 20 years. A member of the award winning Waiau-toa Odyssey, film team
Mountain biking fuels Rose and her lifestyle. Rose and her husband Jackson make a formidable team on their homemade tandem in some of the most challenging downhill races in the South Island. Together they are part of the Torpedo7 team
Other team members
We are hoping to be a 4-5 member team. We are approaching other suitable characters that have complimentary hard and soft skills.
Dave Kwant- VisionCo
Dave is one of the most accomplished film makers on the west coast of Aotearoa. A highly skilled and experienced drone pilot with a catalogue of professional camera equipment. Dave has a vast knowledge of the Buller and West Coast regions and VisionCo's involvement in the project is extremely valuable.
Cooker fuel $xxxx
Graphic design $xxx
Post production $xxxx
Covers all budgeted costs
Will receive highest profile and logo at start of film and leading credits
$5000 in cash towards the budget
Logo will lead the film,credits and promotional material
Elite equipment sponsors
Provides team equipment or individual equipment above the value of $5000
Will receive logo on credits and promotional material
Basic equipment sponsors
Provides team equipment or individual equipment below the value of $5000
Will receive name on credits and promotional material
All sponsors will gain additional profile through the expedition website e.g.
https://www.waiautoaodyssey.nz/sponsors, through mainstream media releases and social media feeds