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Application Package

We are currently looking for three backpackers from varying backgrounds and experience levels
to star in an upcoming travel documentary. The documentary will follow the adventure of these three
backpackers as they hike over 1500 km into and throughout the Patagonia Region of South America. The
expedition will be roughly four months long, from mid-December 2016 to mid-April 2017, allowing us to
document multiple seasons in the region. We will be basing our expedition along the “Greater Patagonia
Trail” while also following tangents and detours wherever they take us, eventually finishing our journey
in Patagonia National Park. The film will be focused on discovering the beautifully unbridled history,
cultures, and scenery, as we explore one of the largest, and one of the last, truly wild and boundary-free
landscapes in the world.
One of our contacts in the region is the man responsible for heading up the creation and
maintenance of the Greater Patagonia Trail. A relatively new trail that will certainly become one of the
most famous long-distance hiking trails in the world, a through-hike – while completed – has never been
documented before.
If you’d like to know more about the project or the production company, you can find more info
on our website at www.VentureLifeFilms.com, or email us at Patagonia.doc.applications@gmail.com.
Please note that we are a start-up with one low-budget documentary under our belt already, and we are
in the process of launching a whole new social media presence and website for this project with the help
of a professional online marketing consultant.
As of right now, we are in the pre-production stages and are focused on finding a group of three
backpackers from varying backgrounds and with varying levels of experience who will be at the centre of
the documentary as we follow them on this once in a lifetime adventure. Listed below you will find the
criteria with which we will be judging applicants.

All successful applicants must have all of the following desirable qualities….


Unique with lots of character and personality



Good on camera



Strong social skills



Adventurous



In excellent physical condition



Knowledgeable on - or willing to research - Patagonian/South American history and culture



Fluent in English, speaks at least some Spanish



Some experience outdoors; rafting/canoeing/portaging/back-country camping etc.



Works well as a member of a team



Extensive social network



Emergency and wilderness safety/survival preparation and knowledge

And at least two (or more) of the following desirable qualities


Experience in photography



Fluent/native speaker of both Spanish (preferably with experience of the Chilean Dialect) and
English, with the ability to translate on the spot



Extensive outdoors navigation and survival experience



Extensive pack-rafting experience



A total newbie with very little travel experience.

Responsibilities of Travellers


Travel, adventure, have fun, learn, react, create memorable moments and documentary
material during the expedition.



Assist producer/co-producer/director with smaller tasks and some of the logistics of the
expedition.



Help promote and market completed documentary through personal network.

Incentives and Compensation for Travellers


A four-month expenses paid adventure through Patagonia. Adventure and the experience and
opportunity of a lifetime to be in a real documentary.



Opportunity to make a name for themselves, network, and gain extensive experience in a
variety of disciplines on a feature-length documentary.

Application Process Steps and Details

1. Complete application package as detailed below.
2. Send completed applications to Patagonia.doc.applications@gmail.com. MAKE SURE ALL PIECES
ARE SENT AS ATTACHMENTS IN ONE EMAIL. IF YOU MISTAKENLY FORGET A PIECE, SEND THE
WHOLE APPLICATION AGAIN WITH ALL PIECES IN ONE EMAIL.

3. You will receive a response confirming your applications reception within 24 hours. If you are a
strong candidate, you will receive a second email within three business days requesting a date
and time to set up a short skype interview (5-10 minutes).
4. A successful short interview will lead to a longer interview and the green-light to be contacted
by the Director for a more thorough and personal interview process.
Any questions, inquiries, or requests for more information may also be sent to
Patagonia.doc.applications@gmail.com.
Deadline for Applications: August 20th, 2016

Applications will only be considered seriously if complete with:
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A one-page professional resume detailing past travel, volunteer, and work experience as well as
personal skills and achievements, complete with two personal/professional references. Don’t be
afraid to get creative with it.

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A completed questionnaire (found at bottom)

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A short video between one and three minutes long of applicant telling a personal story about an
experience they’ve had.

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Four RECENT and clear photographs of applicant.

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A small portfolio of past creative works, photos from past trips, or anything else you would like
to show off.

Nothing is written in stone about this application process. Above all, we are looking for passionate,
creative, adventurous and UNIQUE personalities. Don’t be afraid to twist or stretch any of these
requirements to better show us who you are and why we should choose you.
Any intriguing and/or promising applicants will be asked to do a short skype interview ensuring they
understand the project correctly and to answer any outstanding questions before being given the goahead to move on to a longer interview with the Director, who will ultimately decide who is chosen to
go along.

Questionnaire
1. What outdoors experience do you have?
2. What travel experience do you have?
3. What languages do you speak?
4. What do you bring to this project?
5. What was your favourite moment while travelling?
6. What was your worst moment while travelling?

7. What are you passionate about?
8. What are you afraid of?
9. Why should we choose you?
10. Tell us more about yourself and anything else you want us to know about you. This is your
opportunity to brag and sell yourself.


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