Hi, I hope everybody’s going great. Part 2 of the USA road-trip is approaching quickly. More than 6,000 miles and 24 states await…
Work from the road will include video clips, photos, writing and artwork: the main focus is the film / documentary, asking people: “What’s your philosophy in life?”
This time I’ll be accompanied by a friend and colleague and we’ll be going through the states yet unseen, down the East Coast from New York to Florida, then all the way Northwest to Washington state, and then south again to California. At least that’s the ‘plan’…
So I’d like you to meet and welcome Cedric: he’s a talented writer and creative soul and will bring energy, and perhaps at times a hint of snarkiness, to the project.
We’ve been toying with different ideas about new formats for the upcoming road-trip, and we’d like to hear your feedback!
The basic structure, providing a video clip, a set of photos and diary notes for each chapter will probably remain. In addition to that, we’re thinking of a video diary: short clips with more personal / entertaining features pertaining or not to the making of the documentary.
Also thinking of a ‘column’ or some kind of combined writing format where both of us would share viewpoints on the adventures, and perhaps play upon each other’s opinions (hopefully Cedric’s vibrant style will contrast with my anti-apoplectic formality which can at times dull diamonds).
And we’re hoping this ‘column’ can eventually be interactive; our musings could be based upon your contributions and thoughts.
Some of these formats might be published on new Topic Pages instead of postings: don’t want to spam email subscribers.
We’ll also be posting at least one daily thought / photo exclusively on Facebook and Twitter, just to spice things up.
Thanks for taking a look at the poll and commenting about anything you would like to see (or not see…)
So look forward to some continuously updated multimedia content in the next month, during which we’ll also be seeking support on Kickstarter to help make the movie come true.
Support from the Kickstarter campaign will be used in order to cover professional editing, soundtrack and post-production costs, not the actual road-trip(s) which we’re paying out of our own pocket.
You could really help by taking a look and sharing it. And if you’ve liked some of the pictures or artwork, prints will be available for supporters, including previous works (this is a one time-thing for this Kickstarter project), as well as come cool personalized items, and of course the DVD / movie release.
Thanks again to everybody, it’s really been great to hear your feedback and meet people, and I hope this is just the beginning.
Welcome, or welcome back, to ooamerica!
Share the road!
PS: It appears some readers are experiencing ads on the site – just want to clarify this has nothing to do with me, I’ll look into what can be done to resolve this and sorry for any inconvenience.
I am really enjoying this adventure…I have searched the archives and now I am ready for the new pieces. Best wishes for a safe and exciting journey, I for one am looking forward to the new pieces!
Thanks for the support! Looking forward to part 2, any time now… Best.
Hi, I hope you have a good trip for U.S.
My travels are pretty much over with at this point in life, so I look forward to traveling virtually with you.
Always love to meet new travelers! 🙂 Thanks for partaking, will be sharing more soon.
Have you thought about doing a G+ hangout each week in a new place? set up in a mall/coffee shop etc where ever you happen to be for an hour and talk with locals vis hangout. Make it a weekly, same time and day each week, build an audience..just a thought…royalty checks can be mailed to …. LOL If you come through Gettysburg let me know…
Now THIS is a GREAT Idea!!! Excellent PR!
This is a great idea! I would need to get more familiar with the G+ hangouts but this is something I’ll look into. As well as the royalty checks. 🙂
Don’t think we’ll be going through Gettysburg at this point, but it’s possible! Thanks and I look forward to keeping in touch.
I had always been wanting to travel the states! Have not gotten the chance yet! I look forward to “traveling” with you here in WordPress!
Thanks! Hope you get the chance soon! Will be sharing more travel stories.
If time & routing allows, and you have interest, I’d love to have you’s stop by radio station to discuss your excursion on the program.
I’m in south Jersey, just a few minutes outside of Philadelphia.
The Welding Room broadcasts live locally on an AM signal, in addition to multiple online streams & mobile apps.
Email me if this sounds like something you’d want to explore.
Hi Rik, thanks for your invitation, that sounds great! Wasn’t planning on staying long in Philadelphia but it’s right on the itinerary. Would have to figure out plans in more detail because departure dates remain vague. I look forward to learning more / keeping in touch by email.
Looking forward to viewing your adventures
Thanks for the support! More adventures soon.
Lots of great ideas, I’m looking forward to following your adventures.
Hi and thanks! More adventures very soon…
really interesting stuff! a really cool idea for when your traveling, spotlight some artists. we always have interesting things to say or not say about life.
Hi Michael, will make sure the artists get their voice heard! Thanks!
For some reason when you stop through, and I return, I have this Curtis Mayfield track looping over the pictures and words… KEEP ON TRUKIN’, “BAY-BEEEE” !
I love this blog! Would love to see more photos of the people behind ooamerica in the places they are travelling. I would also love to see something in Louisiana.. always wanted to go but haven’t managed to photograph that state yet.
Thanks for your support! “They” has been just me till now, but I’ll be joined by a friend and colleague for part 2. (there are a few posts from my stay in New Orleans.) Stay tuned!
Excited to see all the updates!! I’m impressed with what you have done thus far on your own 🙂
Hi and thanks! updates soon!
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And they are Offffffff ….and out of the gate comes running rover…followed hot by niftie nellie…. who will take the lead…
make your trip awesome with a complete photo journal… snap a picture – short reference for blog and sharing…then journal the entire thing as you get the chance. lol Wonderful Adventure and opportunity you are taking.
Thanks for the feedback and ideas – will be accompanied this time and am looking forward to share some ‘richer’ multimedia content.
Fabulous, Cant Wait to follow your adventure. The bite size media on your front enables me to share with the rest of my would be chair adventure lovers!!! and on pinterest.. so PICs Galore! and Have a Great Time
Quite the undertaking! Good luck, stick to quality basics and get the best out each part of your vision. As a non-American I would be interested in snippets of local history as you move through the individual states. Not necessarily standard received, can be something quite different.
Hi Kristin, thanks for your support. Will keep in mind your suggestion about snippets of local history (this is something I’m looking at for the photo project more particularly, but will try to surface some stories on the blog). Thanks!
Sounds like an amazing adventure. Trans-continental US road trips will never get old. I could easily just drive back and forth across this country until I got too old to drive.
Hi Ben! All is said… 🙂 thanks
Looking forward to your continuing adventures. Glad to hear you are venturing to sunny Florida—be sure to check out the northern part, not quite as touristy and more southern. Ok , I am slightly biased but then again, it is what it is 🙂
Thanks! Will be sure to check out the less touristy parts! 🙂
Hi there, It looks like your route is going to take you through Iowa and northern Illinois on your way to (or from?) Chicago. You are probably planning to drive through the night and miss the flat, boring farm fields. I would encourage you to shift your route just an hour or two north, and see all that Wisconsin has to offer. Most people have only heard of Wisconsin in the context of cheese or football – but, while it has world-class examples of both, it is full of so much more! Whether you’re looking for art, history, nature, excellent food and beverage, friendly people, or entertainment, Wisconsin will blow your mind. I’m happy to give you more concrete suggestions, or maybe even show you around!
Hi AJ, thanks for sharing your insights. Wisconsin is, unfortunately, one of the few states which I haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet, and don’t know if I’ll get a chance to do so during part 2. An ‘omission’ which bothers me because I’m sure there is, as you say, “so much more”. Hope to fix this at some point, and perhaps you can help out then 🙂 ? Thanks again!