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OMG. Geo-Tweens. #YOLO

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It’s all about how you look (on the internet…)

For tweens, the world suddenly opens up on many levels: They can take the bus to their friend’s house by themselves. A group of them can see a movie together without grownups in the next row. They start to discover interests and hobbies through their friends, and not because their parents tell them it’s for their own good. For those who may not know, “tweens” are young men and women between the ages of 10-12 years old. They are in-between being a kid and being a teenager.

So what do you do with a tween who won’t ever put down their smartphone besides take it away from them? How about an activity that gets everyone outside, interacting with the world, and includes a smartphone? Yep, you guessed it: geocaching.

Maxine, Rebecca, Oscar, and Clover search for GCHEGW

Maxine, Rebecca, Oscar, and Clover search for GCHEGW with the Seattle cityscape in the background.

My daughter Maxine, her friends Rebecca and Oscar are all in 7th grade. A few weeks ago on a typical Seattle day – overcast, with intermittent drizzle and sun breaks – we went geocaching. We brought our trusty dog Clover along for the ride.

We started our journey in West Seattle when we found a clever geocache on tree-lined street in an adorable neighborhood. Then we went to a hillside park with an amazing view of the Seattle skyline. That one was tricky and we spent a lot of time looking for it with our dog sniffing everywhere. But finally there was that “A-ha!” moment, and we found it!

Then we decided to hit some of the best caches in Seattle: The HQ GeoTour. We all know how physically challenging Geocaching can be, and certainly I didn’t want these kids to wilt on me, so we hit the Geocaching HQ kitchen first (working at Geocaching HQ certainly has its perks). Their bottomless metabolisms tore through chips, soda, Cup Noodles, candy, more chips, more Cup Noodles and more candy. [Special shout-out to HQ-er Maria for keeping us all carb-ed up and ready to roll.]

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GC2AD97 – HQGt: Chairy Tree

Once we logged the Geocaching Headquarters geocache, we hit the streets hitting all that top spots in Fremont: Within Reach, Chairy Tree, A Bedazzling View, De Libertas Quirkas, Fremont Library, Toll Droppings, Ode to the Golgafrinchan Phone Workers, Beneath Aurora, and finally Geo Post Office.

The Fremont Troll is a beloved Seattle Landmark and part of the Geocaching HQ GeoTour.

The Fremont Troll is a beloved Seattle Landmark and part of the Geocaching HQ GeoTour.

We all had a great time spending time together, but we were hanging out with a purpose. We all learned something, too:

  • Maxine learned she was actually instinctually skilled at geocaching.
  • Oscar learned that he really wanted to work at Geocaching so he could eat Cup Noodles anytime he wanted.
  • Rebecca learned that she actually could be the first to find a geocache if it was a under a really big rock and everyone stayed let her find it.
  • I learned (from Oscar) how to solve for coordinates on a Multi-Cache and add waypoints to my app.
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Clover learned that a fun day of geocaching makes for a very happy evening of napping

It was a good day. No, it was a wonderful day.

What advice do you have for geocaching with your kids, tweens, or teens? Tell us in the comments below! 

And the Winner of the Global GIFF Audience Award Is….

Last week the 16 films that made it to the 2014 Geocaching International Film Festival in Seattle made their online debut.

The stories and moments captured in these videos run the gamut of the geocaching experience. We saw First-to-Find races with unexpected victors, chance meetings that led to love and friendship, tributes paid to those loved and lost, and inside jokes that only you geocachers would understand.

Although all 16 films are winners, one film was to be recognized as above the rest and would receive the Global GIFF Audience Award, a special honor presented to one lucky filmmaker or filmmaking team for the first time.

You voted, we listened. And the winner of the Global GIFF Audience Award Is…

Cacheheart

by MudMen_Ger

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Watch the film here

 Watch all the finalists here: GIFF 2014 Playlist

Our winner will receive a special badge for their profile page, a gift package from Geocaching HQ, and a huge high-five from the international geocaching community. Congratulations on creating something spectacular.

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Interested in being a part of GIFF 2015, whether it’s as a participant or a filmmaker? Find out when GIFF is, how to enter your film, and more info here.

Lass den Nerd in Dir raus mit zwei neuen Souvenirs am Pi-Tag!

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Lass den Nerd in Dir raus mit zwei neuen Souvenirs am Pi-Tag!

Während einige Leute den Pi-Tag am 14. März mit einem Stück Pi-Kuchen feiern, machen wir das am diesjährigen Pi-Tag mit zwei neuen Souvenirs. Das erste Souvenir wurde von Menschen mit einer irrationalen Liebe zu irrationalen Zahlen inspiriert. Nimm einfach am Pi-Tag an einem Event teil und Du erhältst dieses Souvenir. Das zweite Souvenir zelebriert das Rätselhafte an Pi – finde am 14. März einen Mystery-Geocache, um es zu erhalten.

A propos Mystery-Geoaches – die sind jetzt für Geocaching-Premium-Mitglieder in der kostenlosen offiziellen App für iPhone und Android verfügbar.

Und zum Schluss: Wenn Du auf der Suche nach noch MEHR Souvenirs bist, solltest Du Dir auf jeden Fall das CITO-Souvenir am 25. und 26. April sowie das spezielle Souvenir am 2. Mai holen.

Interviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 3

We have some good news, and some bad news. The good news: the 16 finalists from the 2014 Geocaching International Film Festival are now available for your viewing. The bad news: there are only 16 (and believe us, you’ll want to see more).

Watch the full films and decide which should receive the Global GIFF Audience Award here: http://bit.ly/1vFapUU.

Wondering what inspired these amazing films? Hear from the filmmakers in their own words in the interviews below.

 

The Lonely Cacher

A film by eldiablo11811 | USA

“Having recently lost his wife our protagonist attempts to lose himself in the one activity that used to bring him and his wife great joy. When a new geocache goes live he is sent out on the hunt…but ends up finding more than an FTF.”

 

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Who or what inspired this film?
My inspiration for this film was to just make a cool little film for an activity I love. When I realized I was going to enter the festival I just kind of let my creative side wander and while actually out caching the idea of doing a silent film style short presented itself. From that moment I was sold.

How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?
My team is comprised of my best friend and fellow geocacher David C. Diaz (Legacy727) who was the cinematographer and camera operator. My leading actor is a great guy Leo Petry who I worked with on a short many years ago called Kharon’s Fare. I chose him because I felt he fit the role and honestly looked the part of a cacher who has retired and remains active through caching. Debbie Klaar (leading actress) fits the same bill as well. I found her through a friend and from the moment she hit the “set” she was just awesome to work with.

Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?
I originally wanted to make this silent film a period piece of sorts. I wanted my actors to dress sort of period (Victorian/Edwardian) and maybe hint at a steampunk style of ascetic but as the deadline drew nearer it just couldn’t have been put together in time. 

If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?
All too often people walk through this world with their heads down or with some form of blinders on. Once they allow themselves to be rid of them or decide to look up they will be pleasantly surprised.

What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?
This advice isn’t just for geocaching film festival filmmakers but for all filmmakers: PRE-PRODUCTION is key.The extra work you put in at the beginning will save your butt later.

What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?
I’m amped for my next entry. As I wrapped the 2014 entry I came up with my 2015 entry so I’ve had a super head start this year.

 

Remember the Fallen

A film by mrbrimm | USA

“A sister honors her brother’s life with a special trip.”

 

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Who or what inspired this film?
I know people who have served our country and others have lost their lives fighting for it. I saw the military geocoins which sparked the story and the rest just fell into place.

How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?
I tapped my local network of actors and friends. The actor that plays the soldier worked on another film I made. He served Iraq. My wife helped with costumes and set dressing. I shot and edited the film myself.

Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?
The most difficult parts to shoot were the kayaking scenes. It’s quite difficult to shoot a scene while paddling a kayak, trying not to drop the camera in the water and not bouncing all over the place making the audience sick in the process.

If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?
You can share your life with family or friends and experience the world through geocaching.

What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?
Make a film about what is important to you and what geocaching means in your life.

What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?
To come up with an even better film for next time.

 

Geocaching Therapy

A film by L’Avanguardia Team | Italy

“A man is on the bed of Dr. Ground Spychiatric, a well known psychiatric. He feels bad, he feels alone. The psychiatric suggests geocaching therapy. The man discovers a new world that will take him into an exciting loving experience!”

 

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 Who or what inspired this film?
The drawings that makes the movie were made while watching the 3 matches of Italy soccer team during World Championship Brazil 2014. Italy was so bad, so not to concentrate too much on the defeat we drew! Italy’s defeat was our best inspiration! Another inspiration is a deep friendship and synergy there is among the 4 members of the team: inside we have the nerd and the creative part and this mix is really working!

How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?
As the single frames are drawings it was quite easy at the end to assemble them in a movie, using a video editor program.

Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?
We had fun when we looked for a name of the psychiatric and suddenly came out “Ground Spychiatric” which is almost a funny anagram of GroundSpeak.

If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?
Geocaching loves you!

What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?
A recommendation is to develop new creative ideas, think to unexplored aspects of geocaching.

What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?
We have some new ideas for our next movie and we would like to participate. On 21st February we will organize an event in a theatre of Milan to present our Geocaching Therapy to the Italian geocaching community and we will invite people to participate, because it’s a wonderful experience.

 

 

The Two Mountains

A film by HurricaneJuan | USA

“Find out what Geocaching means to one of South Florida’s favorite geocaching teams, as they hike their way towards ‘Mud Island’ (GC2CYTQ).”

 

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Who or what inspired this film?
I’ve been on more Geocaching trips than I can remember with Auyantepuy and his son Autanatepuy. On one particular occasion, when Autanatepuy was still too young to go on a swamp hike, Auyantepuy had one of our friends record a very personal message for his son. His view of what Geocaching is all about is refreshing and inspiring, and his interest in passing on that passion to his son is uplifting.

How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?
This was the easy part. I just asked him if he wanted to make a short film. Lucky for me, he said “yes!”.

Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?
Well, as it turns out, Autanatepuy is NOT a morning person. Dad had to struggle to get him out of the car so early in the morning.

If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?
Get out and enjoy our environment through Geocaching. Make the trip the reward!

 

Spend A Little Time With You

A film by HurricaneBrain | USA

“This song and video are for my kids to commemorate all our geocaching adventures. Go Team HurricaneBrain!”

 

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Who or what inspired this film?
My two favorite geocaching partners, Simon and Sawyer.

How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?
I pretty much handled everything. Once I wrote the song everything just sorta fell into place. My kids did a little filming when I mounted the GoPro on their bikes. The biggest outside help I got was with the song. A big thanks to Nat Graves and Sam Pearce who turned my simple little acoustic guitar song into the fully produced version in the video.

Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?
My kids and I really do enjoy geocaching together and we’ve made a couple short videos of actual finds. But all the caches in our video were fake ones I set up for quick filming. It was kinda funny getting my kids to pretend to be excited about finding empty containers.  I also figured out pretty quickly that I wasn’t going to get multiple takes on things…so that kept me hopping with the camera work.

If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?
As satisfying as it is to find a good cache, what I enjoy most about going with my kids is quality time getting outdoors and being active together. I tried to express this in the lyrics: “The best thing I find is this feeling inside…These moments we share making memories here.”

What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?
Just go for it! You’re already out caching…you’ve got your phone…uh it’s a camera too.  Maybe start just by documenting a few good finds (but don’t be a spoiler!) and go from there. Watch all the films from the first two GIFF festivals and look for other caching videos too. This will inspire you but also keep you from repeating similar ideas.

What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?
We really hope to attend this year. We were really bummed to miss the last one…especially since our film screened. It would’ve been great to watch all the films on the big screen with a great crowd in an amazing setting. We hope to enter another film too.

 

Love Geocaching

A film by Chiliconsushi | France

“Two geocachers go on a search for the same cache, and they will find something else…”

 

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Who or what inspired this film?
We are a couple of geocachers se we thought it would be funny to make a movie about love and geocaching.

Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?
Weather was cloudy so sometimes two following scenes that we filmed minutes apart don’t have the same lighting. 

If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?
Sometimes, when you go on a cache hunt you don’t always find what you’d expect…

What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?
Have fun!

What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?
We’re thrilled to see even more movies from around the world! And also, we hope we can attend the 2015’s edition!

Think your geocaching film has what it takes to have geocaching audiences cheering in approval? Visit the GIFF 2015  homepage and find out how to enter!

Happy Pi Day, Earn Two Souvenirs

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Geek Out with Two New Souvenirs for Pi Day

While some folks celebrate Pi Day on March 14 (3.14) with a slice of pi pie, we’re celebrating this year’s Pi Day with two new souvenirs. The first souvenir is inspired by the groups of people who have an irrational love for irrational numbers. Just attend an event, including CITO or a Mega-Event on Pi Day and you’ll earn this souvenir. The second souvenir celebrates the mystery of pi—to earn it, log a “Found It” on a Mystery Cache on March 14.

Speaking of Mystery Caches—they’re now available for Geocaching Premium members in the free official Geocaching app for iPhone and Android.

Finally, if you’re on the lookout for even MORE souvenirs, be sure to earn the CITO souvenir on April 25 and 26, and be on the lookout for a special souvenirs you can earn to celebrate 15 Years of Geocaching beginning on May 2.


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