As I am still awaiting Pat’s reply regarding StarKid’s thoughts on their participation in the documentary, in the meantime I have begun to plan the possibilities of me travelling to America, in order to arrange my budgeting. Although I do not know the timeframe in which I will be going there, I have estimated that I would like to fly over in the second week of March, as this leaves me plenty of time to edit and to organise the distribution of my film, as well as any other fundraising that needs to be done.
Something that I was worried about regarding my documentary is travelling on my own and filming on my own, as I felt that this would stress me out and panic me about my production. Due to this, I have enlisted a friend who is also a Media student at another university to join me on the trip, to work on the sound. This gives me a lot less pressure and allows me to focus on other tasks. This is also helpful as it allows me to split hostel costs with my friend and allows me to spend the money that I would have spent myself on distribution, as my friend is willing to pay for their own travel.
Below is the costs that I have worked out for travel and stays in a hostel:
Unfortunately, it is cheaper to stay for a longer amount of time, therefore I will have to pay to stay at the hostel for 10 days. However, this still works out cheaper than flying home earlier. I have also made sure to pick a non-direct flight, as this is cheaper.
I’ve also had to work out to costs to hire a rental car whilst I’m in Chicago. I’m planning to have a central location in the city and using public transport to get to my filming locations, yet I would like to travel to the University of Michigan where StarKid originated from. Therefore I would have to drive from Chicago myself. I originally considered flying to Detroit, however, that would involve having to travel from there to Ann Arbor, which would add up the costs and flying is more expensive anyway. I decided that renting a car and paying for fuel would be a cheaper option.
The journey isn’t that far, which is good for America, yet I have already found a problem with driving, due to the laws of car rental in the country. As I am under 21, I am unable to rent a car from Chicago. Within America, someone aged 18-20 is only allowed to rent a car if they’re military personnel or if they’re renting the car from Michigan or New York, which is frustrating as I want to travel TO Michigan!
Travelling from the UK to Michigan and then driving to Chicago may not be possible as I perhaps wanted a member of Team StarKid to come with us to make filming there more interesting. This depends on their availability so if someone is unable to attend with us, I will investigate into flying directly to Michigan.
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