Our crazy first year as a production team ended with a wild adventure to document the first ever climbing in the remote Ennedi desert of Chad, Africa. After 4 days following a GPS coordinate for 800km on a roadless wasteland we found ourselves among thousands of beautiful unclimbed towers.
Tim kemplemedia.com/ , Jimmy jimmychin.com and I rockmonkeyart.com all have a lot of experience in expedition storytelling from the high himalaya to the jungles of Borneo but this trip redefined 'remote' for all of us. We were so psyched to collectively push our gear and creativity with our athlete friends at thenorthface.com.
From a production standpoint besides the knife fights with the locals and a few lenses lost to the sand things went pretty smooth. We were able to run our entire work flow without a generator using goalzero.com solar and battery setups. It was also our first time shooting the motion time-lapse setup on the kesslercrane.com pocket dolly which was the secret weapon in so many ways.
A director's cut of the final film "Towers of the Ennedi" will screen at 5pointfilm.org/ at the end of April before the full premier at mountainfilm.org/ at the end of May!
Thanks for checking out this tid-bit. Cheers, ~renan
Lay back and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Scottish Highlands and Outer Hebrides.
21 days, 6 ferry boats, 5300 kilometers on a 50 cc, 4 stroke, 4 hp scooter, from Portugal to the Scottish Highlands, Outer Hebrides (Harris & Lewis), the Isle of Skye and back to my country - these are the numbers and such was the adventure. I have nearly zero experience in videography and film editing (as it can easily be observed). I traveled solo, with no trip or movie planning, with no backup and I camped wild many nights. The average speed was below 40 kph. I purposedly decided to leave the footage untouched; this means that the images you are watching weren't post-processed in any way.
This was my third trip in this 50 cc scooter and it was by far the most expensive, mainly due to the several ferry crossings. I'm a firm believer that one doesn't need a lot of money or expensive heavy machines to enjoy the best life has to offer.
This won't be my only film about the journey; at least one more will come out one day. There are also a lot of unforgettable moments that were left out of this movie. They simply cannot be captured in images. For the most, I'm thinking about the many interesting people I met along my way.
I'm thankful to a bunch of friends who inspired this and other previous adventures. The Nomad's Club of Portugal and the "Sydoníticos" were certainly the most influential, but there are many others. My warmest thanks to Toni Parente and Teófilo, two friends that always toke care of my little Honda Today like a baby. I had zero problems during the journey.
This is the brief story about a trip I toke from Portugal to Asturias, Spain and back, in a 4 cv, 50 cc scooter. 1400 joyful kilometers through the reserve of Ancares and the mountains of Asturias to finally reach the incredible Playa del Silencio. Enjoy...
BTW, since the final text is barely readable, here is the full scrolling message:
One of the purposes of this adventure was, besides all the great fun in it, demonstrating that one can have a good life with little money.
Total distance: 1370 km
Total petrol costs: 35 euro
Average consumption: 2.35 liters/100 kms
Number of days: 6
Maximum distance in a day: 335 kms
Special thanks to my friend Toni Parente for building the luggage rack and to my Spydonite friends for inspiration.