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‘Legacy’ has travelled an unusual road to date. It hasn’t had the development cycle that most feature films usually would. At the time the project was presented to Tony Prescott, the project was quite far from being a feature film. His intuition when reading Ian Davis’ email, and the corresponding article Ian had written in the ‘The Age’, made Tony realise that there was a much larger story at play. One that transcends the original, somewhat simple brief Ian gave to simply follow his and Scott’s 1000km ride from Brisbane to Sydney and to document their time on the road.
Given that there was less than three months to the “Million Metres Ride” at the time I came onboard, we had to improvise to a degree to make sure we were production-ready when the time came to embark on the journey with Scott and Ian. In addition to conceptualising the story, we had to raise funds, and raise them quickly. Traditional funding avenues weren’t available to us given the limited time to develop and at the time of confirming the project, upcoming Screen Australia and Screen NSW funding deadlines weren’t within reach. So we turned to Pozible, which is an Australian Crowdfunding website. It’s a postmodern notion- presenting a proposal or idea to the greater web community in the hopes that it will spark people’s interest and spur them to donate to a project that they think worthwhile. In the case of ‘Legacy’ it certainly did – the Pozible fundraising campaign was a great success. In 21 days, our ‘Legacy’ fundraiser raised almost $67,000.