Against the Wind


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This is a film about passion, dedication and determination. It is a film about following your dreams.


What have we achieved so far? We have filmed all of our main interviews and have collected a large amount of footage for our documentary!

Where to now?
1) Essentially we have one segment left to film; the segment involving an airworthy Douglas DC-3/C-47.  Operating historic aircraft is expensive, so this is our greatest challenge! We believe this footage is important to the film - a film based around the DC-3/C-47 owes it to this beautiful aircraft to show it in its element, flying.

Costs involved (vary b
ased on operator) -
DC-3/C-47 hire - $8000 (2 hours)
Camera aircraft - $4000 (2 hours)
Camera Equipment/cinematographer - $6500 per day

2) Editing! The final step. The edit quote is based on highly experienced po
st production staff and facility hire and includes the final assembly of the film, along with proffesional colour grading and sound editing.

The remaining funds will also be used for insurance costs, travel expenses and other insidentals required for the final shoot day and edit!

My Story
I first met David Kingshott in 2015. I won't lie, I stalked and stalked till I found him. Why? Because he had just acquired a Douglas C-47 restoration project. The aircraft type my Grandfather flew during the Second World War. The aircraft type I had grown up to adore. The aircraft type that has cemented its place not only in world history, but in the much more insignificant history of my family. The aircraft type that could only be described as a member of the family and the aircraft type that I have dreamt of flying, or at least, being involved with.

It was a stinking hot summers day when David first invited those interested volunteers to meet him and the aircraft. David and a fellow volunteer were working on the aircraft's time expired engines. Trying to get them running for a bit of 'smoke and noise' - the initial moral boost the forlorn aircraft needed on its long road to airworthyness.

It didn't take long to see that this aircraft was not only in good hands, but was in the hands of someone who loved it. David's eyes can't help but light up when the subject of the aircraft enters conversation. He can't stop the excitement in his voice when speaking about his project. This is his passion, this is his dream.

The more I helped David, the more I spoke to David and the more I observed him, the more I saw him inspire people - and the more he inspired me. Not only does David want this project to fulfil his dream, he wants to use it to show other people they too should believe in their dream. David hasn't had it easy. He's had dreams fail, yet he is still adamant to prove to the world 'you can do it'.

I am not an aircraft engineer. I can't exactly help getting time expired engines back to life; But this is what I can do. I can tell David's story. I can share David's message and hopefully in doing so, inspire many, many more people than even he thought possible.

In a world where negativity seems to rule I would like to share a small story with the belief that if I can inspire one person telling David's story then I, and David, have contributed something positive to the world and in doing so have succeeded in our dream.

Why is it so expensive? This film is about achieving a dream. I am aiming high. The film aims to shoot using an experienced, professional, crew. We also plan on filming a flying Douglas DC-3 - we believe a film about this aircraft deserves footage of one flying. 

What I need
I am asking for contributions. Whether it be $1, $5 or $10,000. Or even a share on your Facebook page, or telling a friend to look us up. The more people that know about this project the better chance of finishing the film to the standard I dream about.

Every donor  will get a screen credit in the film and on the website 'crew' page as a thank you (unless selected as anonymous).

Please help me share this story and spread a message of inspiration.

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Paul Matraves
Taigum QLD

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