About Venice of America
Venice of America is
a multimedia app for mobile devices about the history and highlights of Venice,
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
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
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,
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
of America will be available on Apple and Android mobile platforms by summer 2012.
What else can I do to
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
How can I find out
For more information about the project, email app author
Adam Preskill at firstname.lastname@example.org.