Now that we've got things rolling, it was time to make the snowball bigger. As the sh*t got real, so did our work, and now it was time to firm up the nitty-gritties and come up with a concrete plan.
I tried. But I couldn't do it alone!
Searching online for information was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Which activities should I consider, which should I skip? How far exactly is ZhongXiao Road from ZhongShan Road? Wait a minute, why is there a ZhongXiao Road in nearly every district? I'm CONFUSED. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Although the kind people from Qiito and Taiwan Tourism Bureau gave me some tips on where I could drop by, there was still the logistical aspect of it all.
1. How far away is it from my start point?
2. What is the distance in km? How long will I take?
3. Which route should I take to get there?
4. Is there accomodation in the area?
5. Do we need to get permission to film there?
6. Are there any interesting stop points along the way that could be featured in the programme?
All in all, this was alot of left-brained work, and I was crumbling under pressure. We needed a solid itinerary that was not only was realistically achievable, but also interesting for viewers.
Considering the fact that the scooter couldn't go up the highway, it would take about double the time for me to arrive at the destination than it would take the crew (who were travelling by van).
After about a month of hair-pulling, intensive internet surfing, and researching of other people's itineraries, it was apparent that I needed help. I was asking practically EVERY PERSON I KNEW, and the person you are going to be introduced to in the paragraph was God-sent.
Kaixiang, Creative Director of 8 Pixels Productions, and also a friend of mine, happened to be travelling to Taiwan at about the same time that we were intending to shoot there. On top of that, being half Taiwanese, he was well-equipped with the knowledge of the place and thus, the PERFECT person to help me. After about an hour of begging and idea-sharing, he agreed!
I handed over what I had with my current itinerary, which consisted of pages and pages of things I wanted to do, things I thought the audience wanted to see me do, and popular things that our sponsors suggested I should do.
It was now on to Kaixiang to filter it out, put it on a timeline, and contact the relevant people to let them know we're going to film there. He sure had his work cut out for him, and he set off to Taiwan about two weeks in advance to get started.