Sunday, February 17, 2013

PAMD2: Tim's Kit

The Pan American Motorcycle Diaries 

The original google-doc that started it:

...led me to Tim's dream kit:

The helmet?  Nexx MaxiJet X40 Modular Helmet:

Samsung's Galaxy Note,
All the computer I'd
need for the trip
Google Glass before being
integrated into a helmet
...with built in GOOGLE GLASS!  A visor with built in Google Glass that responds to voice commands: "begin hi-def video"  "conclude hi-def video" - feed directly from the helmet cam and built in Mic.  "Take photo" allows for saving of photographs via the visor view.  Integrated navigation, communications and uploading allow for an immediacy in media production that hasn't been available before. GPS and other online tools allow for on-going live connection to the trip by fans.
Also allows for immediate inter-group and all group broadcasts via local wifi and amplified bluetooth.  Media saved to my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in my jacket pocket and uploaded live via 5G wireless to post-production.  Constant, live video and data feeds from members of the trip!

The bike!  A Honda NC700XA:

A world bike with exceptional gas mileage and all around ability. An accessible bike for a (relatively) new rider.  The bike offers a number of carrying options:

And offers a low centre of gravity and great all round ability.

And the body gear:  BILT Jacket, pants and boots, in white, so they'll look REALLY used when I'm at the end.  Offer all round weather protection and good heat management, as well as crash protection.

Other kit:

The Olympus OM-D

Rugged, small and offers advanced photo and video options to supplement what is coming from the smartphones.  Offers immediate bluetooth uploads via smartphone link, allowing for higher quality photography and video into post production immediately.

Large lens and accessories choices - small size means easy to carry on bikes.  Future accessories will allow for professional level high-def sound and video recording in a very small package.

Local Production Vehicle:
VW Westie:
  • Diesel
  • able to seat 6/sleep 4
  • with a light trailer that can carry up to two bikes or equipment
  • Used as a rolling post production platform and extra equipment carrier.
  • Tracks motorcycle pod, moves ahead to arrange lodging
  • offers first aid and emergency support
  • technical support

Pan American Motorcycle Diaries

The Pan American Motorcycle Diaries
St. John’s to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics
The Pitch
We consider the Americas in a very segmented manner.  North America considers itself very distinct from Central America, and South America feels as remote to most Canadians as the Himalayas, yet we are all living on the same connected ground.

The Pan American Motorcycle Diaries would document the trek of Canadian motorcyclists as they cross Canada, travel the west coast of the USA and follow the Panamerican highway through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.  In Panama they would gain passage to Guayaquil, Ecuador and continue on their journey through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia and into Brazil on their way to Rio in time for the 2016 Olympic Games.

This epic journey would take the riders through northern boreal forests, prairies, rain forests of the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, deserts, tropical rain forests, the alto-plano, the Andes, and the Amazon before reaching Rio.  Riders would see the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans while crossing both Tropics, the Equator and two continents coast to coast.

Why motorcycles?  Because they put you in the world.  Riders will feel these places on their faces.  With no climate control they will feel the cold, the heat and interact much more emotionally with their environments.  Motorcycles are a common mode of transport in most of the world because of their cheap operating costs.  Bikes are frugal on gasoline and are environmentally relevant.  North Americans travelling the Pan American highway in SUVs are tucked away in a rolling barrier to communication.  Bikes start conversations and put people together.  You have to stop more often for fuel and breaks, you must take a more personal role in maintaining your vehicle and tend to develop a more personal relationship with it.  Digital recording allows us to collect immersive media that would have been unimaginable on a bike even ten years ago.

The goal of the trip is to connect Canadians to the games in Rio, and the Americas in general, leading up to the world gathering in Rio in August, 2016.  Canadians have a long history of epic marathons for good causes (for Hope, for recognition).  The Pan American Motorcycle Diaries would feature riders who are doing the trip to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes personal to them.  Personally, I’m on a mental health journey following my Mother’s suicide last summer and would be putting my energy into that.

Though a documentary, the media for this trip would stress a near-live feel, with media downloaded for post production at least twice weekly and a strong live social media presence through riders self-producing media throughout the trip.  Current and near future communications and media technology would be pushed to the limit to challenge the static nature of current reality/documentary programming.  Like riding a motorbike, this will feel raw and real, and will allow audiences to interact with the event as it unfolds.

As a lead up to the Olympics in Rio, the trip would also show the Americas as the single piece of ground that we all share, and perhaps dissolve some of the us/them-ness of North American thinking.

The trip operates in 4 stages:

  • stage 1:  NORTH AMERICA:  St John’s NL to Vancouver to LA*
  • stage 2: CENTRAL AMERICA: Mexico, Guatamala, El Salvidor, Nicoragua, Costa Rica, Panama
  • stage 3: Panama City to Guayaquil Ecuador (by ship)
  • stage 4: SOUTH AMERICA: Guayaquil, Ecuador to Lima Peru, through Machu Picchu, La Paz Bolivia, Brasilia Brazil to Rio.
* long way down. A more direct route (Toronto to Panama would be 1/3 the distance)