DakarREEL – Really want to know about Dakar 2009? | Magic 8 Ball

25 Sep

Filming Dakar 2009 in January?? Magic 8 Ball says: ‘reply hazy, try again’

You REALLY want to know what’s going on for Dakar 2009 right now? One film girl from Vancouver / Calgary and her one last shot… at The Dakar Rally. South America. January 2009.

Here you go – an email to a long time supporter (since this whole Dakar Documentary started way back in the summer of 2007). Geesh – I just wanted to finish my feature dramatic script on the thing – never dreamed I would be in the middle of it, about to jump off a cliff – again!
This is what’s on my mind, in my sights…

Start email here:

I really have no money to spare – I haven’t even looked at if I have enough for a place to stay! ha!

Give me some numbers, I am looking into everything this weekend. I need help for sure – if you know people I can stay with or travel with.
I am in Marrakesh and then hope to travel to a few points that Mark Miller mentioned and where Mitsubishi maybe training.

Most is the 2008 dakar route up till the Mauritanian border. Where we were supposed to go.

I would like to camp in the desert if it is safe. I was thinking of a camel trek? No idea prices. 4×4 would be super cool. I can’t guarantee anything will make broadcast. I have ideas, but without financial support or funding / financing – it’s over my head.

I am currently in negotiations with the ex-field producer for Versus from 2006, 2007 for a potential co-production.

There is a company here in Vancouver as well that I am meeting with next week.

MIPCOM is not far away and $$ need to be in. People (competitors and assistance) are dropping like flies. It’s not a good scene for all from last year’s project.

Morocco could be the end. I will get as far as I can, both with the film and Dakar, but we are all on our last legs.

Thanks for offering help.

Morocco from October 14th (late flight into marrakech) then latest to October 22nd – 23rd.

The rights fees for the show are high – just got them today – must negotiate with ASO or find sponsors or both. $60,000 Euro – ridiculous and higher than last year. What are they thinking? I might try Daniel Ferguson on that one.

End email there…

there you all have it. Right in the middle of it all and no more money to spare. I guess THIS is where it gets REALLY interesting… We are looking into sponsorship and funding and selling my Dakar undies to Japan to fund it. Seriously. Would be sad to stop now and I am not that attached to my cool Canadian Flag Briefs. Seriously – make me an offer… 😉

Ha! I should be careful – I might get a bid. 😉 

I will keep you posted over the next few weeks with the co-production offers and what teams are still in. I have some catching up to do with you all, but I was waiting till I had a different story to tell than… “soon!” Well, ‘soon’ enough, the project fate will be decided. I have no way of getting to Dakar 2009 on my own funds this year, so it is definately a different story at this point.

We are now writing the end of a long journey and time will tell where the grand finale will play out. 

Thanks to everyone for your lasting support. I wouldn’t be this far without it.

…not giving up.
– Shawna

Posted by on September 25, 2008 in DakarLOG, FilmLOG, WOOT


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5 responses to “DakarREEL – Really want to know about Dakar 2009? | Magic 8 Ball

  1. Shawna Cox

    September 25, 2008 at 5:17 am

    Chris Rundle, Ottawa says:

    “Don’t give up.Like I really need to tell you that,right?….This is really something,to get to know someone like you that has been there. Thankyou for being you,Lady..I’ve wanted to go into the Dakar for a long time,but the TV coverage that we had on SPEED with Toby Moodys’ commentary kept me (and the rest of us in the house) glued to the set.And the music that they used,Sama Amie by Wock always ran chills up me. I have it on my mp3 at work hooked up to a transmitter so that the hicks that I work with can have a little bit of culture in their hockey-and-Nascar lives, but I don’t let them see me cry when it comes on ) ;

  2. Shawna Cox

    September 25, 2008 at 5:18 am

    Patrick Trahn says:

    Today at 10:23pm
    Ok, you dont know me yet.. I am the kind as you are…. So if I putting all my effort, We are going to Morroco.. I know the director of Club Med there.. I will call him tommorow and see what I can come up with.
    We stay in touch.. You got me all excited now..
    I just bought a brand new GPS too.
    Let’s do it adventure racer girl!

  3. Shawna Cox

    September 25, 2008 at 5:22 am

    Lee Grannon, Vancouver Island say:

    “I admire your stamina and determination!”

  4. Shawna Cox

    September 25, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Tibor from Hungary says: (yes, he’s from the Dakar Series and in the series footage!)

    “Hi Shawna

    I’m little bit disappointed about the news :-(.
    I was sure you and Darren’s team are going.

    Thamk you for your help.
    We w’ll see.

    If I stay home and you too we must drink a beer somewhere. 🙂
    I guess meet on half way somewhere in England. No sorry that’s not good, couse they
    have only dark and warm beer.

    Maybe I must go to Canada and visit in Toronto the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME!!
    I was there many years ago.
    And of course a game of NHL!
    I newer been a NHL game.

    So,sorry for the short dreaming.
    Ok we keep in touch”

  5. Shawna Cox

    September 27, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Steve Thackray, Vancouver says:

    ” Shawna…

    I’ve followed your exciting exploits in the Dakar Rally and other things from time to time and we have never really spoke. I think you are one brave gal who does things most women would panic and run away from. Good for you. ;o) I can see the determination of your spirit. What a wonderful quality.



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