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MOTO-ENDURO


six riders.  six segments around the world.  one motorcycle

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MOTO-ENDURO


six riders.  six segments around the world.  one motorcycle

Join the adventure as six elite motorcycle designers perform a gritty 

relay race by circumnavigating the globe on one vintage motorcycle. 

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Intro


MOTO-ENDURO

a documentary series about circumnavigating the globe

Intro


MOTO-ENDURO

a documentary series about circumnavigating the globe

 

Moto-Enduro is designed to be an adventure series based on the trials of the human spirit and man's connection with machine in the modern world.  Part travelogue, part bio-pic, all adrenaline, the series takes six key international figures from the motorcycle world and documents their team effort to circle the globe on one bike.

Inspired by commercial director and surf-filmmaker Jason Baffa's 2003 documentary film, Singlefin: yellow, which follows one surfboard as shared around the world by a group of friends, Moto-Enduro utilizes the same omnibus story structure connecting six great adventures with one bike.  By focusing on one motorcycle, the series utilizes a central character that the audience can follow and become attached to.  The Moto becomes a character and allows the filmmaking team to introduce the audience to the riders, their background stories and the fantastic locations they endure as they attempt to travel around the globe.

Imagine...  

An open desert flat, 110 degree heat, a lone rider makes tracks through the north African terrain, the rider fights fatigue.  He is low on water.  He pushes on.

The same bike traverses a winding mountain road in Nepal, loose dirt and gravel spin over the edge as a different rider looks down at the 1500 foot drop-off.  His heart stirs.  

Late night Russia, a dark and tattered workshop, sparks fly as a Siberian welder helps this rider repair the Moto so that it can push forward at dawn before the next blizzard arrives.  They drink vodka to stay warm and share comedic banter about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Waterfront, a busy South Asian marketplace, this rider argues with locals as he tries to buy a ferry crossing to get the Moto across borders and to the next rider, tensions mount as the surroundings become aggressive.  

These scenes are just a sampling of what this documentary series could be.  Here is a quote from a Spanish motorcycle designer known by his friends as "El Solitario" that embodies the spirit...

People are scared by bikers. Maybe because we don’t respect ques, rules or timetables. But we’re defenseless… If just one element goes wrong it could spark a disaster. If it rains, you get wet, if a driver isn’t looking at his rear view window, you crash. But it’s exactly that vulnerability… that fragility… that attracts a man to get on his bike.
 
 

Moto-Enduro will also embrace the idea that the journey is the destination.  Each character will not only endure physical and mental challenges but they will also be exposed to the beauty of our modern world.  This will be raw, first hand exposure to the people and cultures that make up our planet amazing.  Much like Robert E. Fulton wrote of his 1942 trip around the world in his book, One Man Caravan, our riders will learn that the simple act of heading out into the world atop a motorcycle can open an entirely new perspective to life and the world around us.

Our series will take time to meet these people, learn about their hopes and fears and dig deeper into who they are.  We may be traveling around the world but we are certainly going through it and we plan to do that with open eyes and open ears. 

 
A photo from One Man Caravan, Robert E. Fulton

A photo from One Man Caravan, Robert E. Fulton

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Six Riders


 

 

SIX RIDERSan international collection of motorcycle heroes

 

 

Six Riders


 

 

SIX RIDERSan international collection of motorcycle heroes

 

 

 

Moto-Enduro Season One will cast six unique individuals from the motorcycle community, each representing a different culture of origin and a different perspective on the world.  These figures not only bring their own fan-base to the series, they bring talent and they are going to need every ounce of it to make it around the World.  

The trip will be broken up into six individual stages defined by the best geographic route for that time of year.  A random drawing of straws will define who rides what section.  

All mechanics with expertise in motorcycle design, refurbishment and riding, the group will be tested both physically and mentally on how to complete their leg of the mission.  This is Zen-and-the-art-of-Motorcycle-Riding on high octane. 

Cast is key, this is undeniable.  Jason Baffa Film's is currently researching potential cast members for the series.  With a focus on expert motorcycle riders our vetting process will also embrace high-profile celebrities who love to ride.  The filmmaking team sees great value in a cast of unique characters, each brining their own backstory, sensibilities and experiences to the over-all story arc.

Potentially candidates could include, Roland Sans, Shinya Kimura, Vincent Lasserre, Thor Drake, Shannon Sweeney and El Solitario.

 
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The Moto


 

 

THE MOTO
the bike is a character

 

 

The Moto


 

 

THE MOTO
the bike is a character

 

 

 

The Hero Moto will be a vehicle capable of making this journey but will certainly also have enough personality to challenge the riders and push their patience and temperaments to the limit.  

We will cast a vintage bike.  A bike that is respected by the group and the industry.  A bike that our team could repair on the road if needed and a bike that will, with some effort, make this trip.  The drama is inherent and as content creators, we believe that a vintage bike will make this journey more special.  The stakes are raised just enough that upon completion of the passage, these six riders will be able to celebrate their efforts and wear success as a badge-of-honor.

Furthermore, this bike does represent potential for a Brand partner on Moto-Enduro, truly the featured motorcycle is our show's Hero.  But we want to stress that this series is a show about the human spirit and how this machine connects our team to the magic of the world around them, it is not a commercial. 

 
 
 

Production will not be easy but we know our team of globe-trotting adventure filmmakers is up to the challenge. Utilizing modern technology like gyrostabilizers, drones and light weight ultra-high resolution cameras, Moto-Enduro promises to re-define what a travel-adventure-series looks like.  Our vision is to produce the shoot with a small, elite filmmaking team, minimizing budget expense and putting our resources on-the-screen.  Each segment could consist of 30-40 days on the road and a stable of our A-List documentary director friends may be needed to platoon the circumnavigation.  Jason Baffa will direct several episodes and over-see the entire production.

Cinema verite' moments of our riders on the road, mixed with personal and introspective interviews about their experiences will drive the series.  But we will also take time to give the audience back-story about each rider, using profile footage shot of them at home and with their family, friends and co-workers before the trip begins.

Lastly and perhaps most importantly, we will certainly meet new and interesting locals along the way and it is the interaction with our riders that will truly paint a global picture of what the world is today.

Post Production will carry the heavy load of "finding the story" in the edit.  Our goal is to create a fresh genre bending feeling to the series, part Adventure, part Anthony Bourdain, part Chef's Table, all within the Jason Baffa Films brand ethos of soulful and inspiring content.  

Music promises to be a key part of the series.  Taking from our experience of making independent films, we hope to source unique indy artists to feature tracks in each episode giving an additional layer to what we envision as a Blue-Chip documentary series.

Episodes could potentially be structured in an adjustable 1 hour format.  Here is a possible structure:

Episode 1 & 2 would setup the adventure, introduction of the riders and an introduction to the "Expert" who has completed this trip before.  This Expert will be our mission leader.  He will help the team analyze the weather, socio-political environments and timeline to map out the best routes.  

Episode 3 introduces the team to their Hero Bike and they collectively discuss gear, repair, travel and survival training.  The team will then draw straws to determine who rides which segment of the trip. The Episode ends with our first rider starting the voyage, problems arise quickly and we end with a cliff-hanger.

Episodes 4-12 would document the trip, weaving in each rider's back-ground story  (we want to know and love these people so that we really care about them).  Each rider's segment will span several episodes (if not an entire Season), ideally ending on a cliff-hanger with the "hand-off" to the next rider falling on the 1/2 Episode mark.  Specifics are certainly open for discussion and let's be fair, real life can be stranger than fiction.  We will embrace what is thrown at us.

It is also worth noting that the creative team sees this property as a scalable idea.  Meaning that the right partner, in line with the right vision, could scale the adventure to something bigger.  As mentioned above, perhaps each segment is an entire season, dedicated to taking time to tell great stories about culture, people and the state of our world from the road.

We look forward to collaborating with like minded individuals willing to push the project to it's full potential.

Will you ride with us?