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Venice of America is a multimedia app for mobile devices about the history and highlights of Venice, California.

About Venice of America

Venice of America is a multimedia app for mobile devices about the history and highlights of Venice, California.

This dynamic multimedia book, designed for Apple and Android tablets and smartphones using new technology from publisher Sutro Media, combines historical and cultural background and documentary-style videos with on-the-spot reviews, information and recommendations to create an engaging and interactive experience introducing readers to this iconic LA neighborhood. 

Visitors and residents on the streets of Venice will be able to take advantage of the app’s mobile capabilities, for interactive maps with dining, sightseeing and shopping reviews and recommendations, special events listings, and quick links to other local information. And readers around the world will be able to learn about Venice’s fascinating history and its incredible impact on twentieth-century American culture, and view the neighborhood's scenic and historic sights and wealth of public art through high-resolution photos and embedded HD videos.

The app will also include several in-depth multimedia features, including:

  • the incredible story of city founder Abbot Kinney
  • the groundbreaking work of Venice artists in the 1950's and '60s
  • the infamous Z-Boys and the impact of Dogtown on the skateboarding world
  • the neighborhood’s use as a location for dozens of well-known Hollywood movies and TV series
  • and the Venice Beach Boardwalk, famous worldwide for its colorful characters

The professionally produced documentary videos embedded within the pages of the app will add another layer to the reader’s experience, with beautiful HD cinematography of this scenic and historic neighborhood, amazing archival footage and photos from Venice’s past, and interviews with some of the community's most interesting and knowledgeable residents. Venice of America will be the first mobile app about Venice, and a great new option for anyone interested in visiting or learning more about this fascinating and historic California neighborhood.

About the Venice of America Team

Venice of America is the creation of writer and documentary filmmaker Adam Preskill. A Venice resident and a regular contributor to Los Angeles Confidential magazine, Adam has over 10 years of experience as a staff and freelance writer for newspapers and magazines across the country. He’s also the co-director of two feature documentaries, most recently the award-winning 2011 film Surfing With The Enemy, and has served as a director, producer and editor on a wide range of film and video projects. As the app’s author, Adam will be responsible for researching and writing the editorial content; producing, directing and editing the videos; and building the app (which is created using a content management system, similar to building a website). For more information about Adam’s background and work history, go to www.adampreskill.com.

Venice of America will be created using new proprietary software from Sutro Media, and published as a downloadable application for Apple and Android mobile platforms in summer 2012. Sutro Media is a leading publisher of mobile apps by independent authors, including many of the top-selling travel, lifestyle and book apps on the market today. For more information, visit www.sutromedia.com.

The documentary videos embedded within the app will be produced with the help of Venice the Menace (VTM), a film and video production company based in Venice. Founded in 2007, VTM works with clients of all types to create video content for TV, DVD and the Web. VTM will provide the equipment, production crew, insurance, permits and other production essentials necessary to produce the video series. Go to www.venicethemenace.com to see some of the company’s recent productions.

Award-winning travel, music and fashion photographer Bryan Beasley will provide exclusive photographs of Venice for the app. Go to www.bryanbeasley.com to see why he’s known as one of the best in the business.

What is an app?

If you’re not sure, you’re not alone. This is an emerging media format that's still new to a lot of people, but is quickly increasing in popularity for many reasons.

An app, or application, is essentially a software program that you can download and install on your PC, tablet or smartphone. Apps can do any number of things—sync your contacts, manage your appointments, tell you the time in Tokyo—so there are many different categories of apps: travel apps, productivity apps, gaming apps, photo apps, etc... Depending on the mobile device you have, you can download these apps from different sources, like the iTunes store or Android app store.

Venice of America is in the “book” category of apps, because it basically works like a printed book—you sit down, you read it, it tells you a story. But the app format offers a whole host of other advantages that printed books can’t: embedded HD video, integrated web links, beautiful high-resolution photos, GPS mapping and location-based recommendations, the ability to comment and interact with the content...and the list goes on. The end result is part coffee-table book, part documentary film, part tour guide—and it all fits in your pocket. For $4. As more people continue to gravitate toward iPads, e-readers and smartphones, we think this publishing medium could be the wave of the future, which is why we want to act now to create the first mobile app about Venice, California.

Where does my contribution go?

Venice of America is being published by Sutro Media on a royalty-only basis, without any advance payment. And with an estimated retail price of just $3.99 in a fairly small market, this app probably won’t generate enough profit to cover its costs for quite a while. So we’re relying on the generosity of Kickstarter supporters like you to make this project possible.

As a multimedia project, Venice of America combines the cost of producing a video series with the research and writing requirements of a book and the time and expense of building a mobile application. Your Kickstarter contribution will go directly toward the essential costs of creating great video content for the app, such as the licensing of archival photos and footage, compensation for local photographers and video production crews, music licensing fees and shooting costs. You’ll also be helping to cover the technical side, including the construction of the app, testing and quality assurance, and the cost of marketing, advertising and promoting the app once it's released.

For those new to Kickstarter, this is an all-or-nothing funding process— which means if we don't reach our fundraising goal, we don't get any of the funding. And if you back our project, any contribution you make is only charged if we reach our goal. So please— contribute what you can help us make the first mobile app about Venice the very best that it can be!

How do I make a contribution?

You can back Venice of America using your Amazon account, or any major credit card. Regardless of when you make your contribution, your card will not be charged until after the end of our fundraising period on April 30. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding process, so if we do not reach our funding goal, your card will not be charged.

When will it come out?

Venice of America will be available on Apple and Android mobile platforms by summer 2012.

What else can I do to help?

If you’re interested in supporting Venice of America but aren’t able to make a financial contribution right now, you can still help by sharing our Kickstarter entry on your Facebook page or Twitter feed, or emailing a link to any friends or family you think might be interested in backing the project. The more people who see our entry, the better our chances of reaching our funding goal. And if you’ve already backed the project, don’t forget to brag to your friends about your contribution!

How can I find out more?

For more information about the project, email app author Adam Preskill at preskill@hotmail.com.

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