Recently, our team at Two Stories Media took on an exciting project – a bikepacking documentary featuring Robert Schaefer. In the documentary, Robert, a local Tampa Bay cyclist, embarks on a challenging 516.4-mile journey through the wild terrain of Florida. His challenge? Bikepack The Spanish 520, from Castillo de San Marco in St. Augustine to Fort De Soto in St. Petersburg as fast as he can. The fastest known time anyone has done this race is 2 days, 15 hours and 52 minutes. Watch the documentary below, and then read more about the adventure below!
- Research + Strategy
- Concept Development
- Aerial Video
- YouTube Channel Creation
- YouTube Channel Management
Bikepacking is becoming increasingly popular. According to Bikepacking.com, bikepacking “…is the synthesis of all-terrain cycling and self-supported backpacking. It evokes the freedom of multi-day backcountry hiking and travel off the beaten path, but with the range and thrill of riding a nimble bicycle. It’s about venturing further into places less traveled, both near and far, via singletrack trails, gravel, and forgotten dirt roads, carrying the essential gear, and not much more.”
Robert’s full documentary is featured on Bikepacking.com, and you can see that here.
The documentary, titled “Wild Florida,” follows Robert as he navigates through some of the state’s most rugged and beautiful landscapes. From dense forests to boggy swamps, Robert’s journey showcases the natural diversity of Florida’s wilderness. Karlos Bernart (SingleTrackSamurai) organized and designed the course, among many others. Robert is a long-time follower of Karlos’ trails, and Wild Florida documents his first bikepacking adventure ever.
Robert approached our team at Two Stories Media to produce, film and edit his journey. Additionally, we created his YouTube channel. We will continue documenting the many cycling and running adventures he has on his list, so be sure to subscribe!
This production was different from the others in that our team had to literally “go find Robert,” wherever he was at the time on his course. Using a GPS tracker, our team would find where Robert was on his bikepacking journey and try to get ahead of him to film. When we finally found Robert out there in the wild, his excitement at seeing us was everything!
Our goal was to capture the essence of Robert’s adventure, and create a visually stunning and emotionally engaging story. Over the course of his 4 and a half day journey, we filmed the beauty and danger of the natural world in Florida. The documentary features the personal triumphs and struggles of Robert’s journey.
The documentary showcases Robert’s physical endurance and mental strength. Additionally, it highlights the importance of preserving Florida’s wilderness areas. Two Stories Media incorporates 2 interviews with Robert, before and after his adventure. It explores areas of Florida most people don’t know exist.
Ryan, from our team, edited the documentary. The film evokes a mystical, adventurous vibe. Thoughtfully chosen music compositions perfectly capture the spirit of Robert’s journey. Long moments of music and pause help to bring the viewer deep into the story.
Our team truly feels that this documentary showcases our passion for creative and meaningful visual content. Our commitment to excellence in storytelling shines through in every shot and every frame of the documentary.
Overall, “Wild Florida” is a testament to the power of storytelling through visual media. Our ability to capture the essence of Robert’s journey and the beauty of Florida’s wilderness creates a compelling and inspiring documentary. Watch for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments!
Ready to start an adventure of your own? Contact us today to get started.