101 Days Around America: West Side
101 Days Around America: West Side
A new media road trip, where we will produce a video series as we explore the food, people and culture that make up America.
A new media road trip, where we will produce a video series as we explore the food, people and culture that make up America. Read more
American Odyssey will present 101 Days Around America: West Side. This is a new media road trip project, where we’ll be exploring the western states of the U.S. as we produce a weekly webisode series and post featured videos, photos and blogs along the journey from our rolling RV studio.
The project will begin in San Diego and head north into Montana, through Washington, down the Oregon coast and then back through California, where, after 101 Days, we end on Thanksgiving at Ken’s childhood home in Santa Maria, CA.
We’ll be producing weekly episodes and other featured videos as we interview interesting people, attend exciting events, and visit National Parks, landmarks, beaches, wineries, big cities and small towns.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AMERICAN ODYSSEY TV
A Weekly Webisode from the road, Daily Photos, a Blog with tips, insights and stories of heroic adventures and historic mishaps, and Featured Videos on the people, places and events we encounter.
OUR STORYThe idea for this project came over a decade ago. After finishing college, Ken wanted to take off on a road trip and see our country. Well, as luck would have it, he took off on a road trip, but instead of traveling the USA, he ended up driving through Central America.
He landed in Costa Rica, where he lived and worked for a year before moving off to Japan. There, Julie and Ken met while teaching English in Tokyo. After leaving Tokyo, they traveled for several months through Asia. Now, after years of circling the globe, Julie and Ken are finally ready to see America and share it with all of you.
This is the American Dream.
WHY NOWToday, technology has progressed to the point that we can run a media studio out of an RV. Ten years ago, this wasn't possible. Now, we are connected everywhere, and we have the ability to connect with people no matter where we are. We are going to use these tools to find the best of America.
Where it will lead us, we don't know exactly, and that is the fun of it, right?
WHAT IS THE MONEY FOR?The total budget for this project is $25,000. We have personally saved and are financing the majority of this budget. We are looking to supplement the last part through Kickstarter and your support to make our project a reality.
The $7,000 we are asking for (which will look more like $6,000 once the fees are taken out) will go towards food, rentals, permits and travel-related costs for the duration of the 101-day project.
We hope, with your help, we can put together such a strong product, that future seasons will be able to be sponsored. We are not looking for handouts, just a nice firm kick in the butt, or a Kickstart, if you will.
FUN REWARDS! TAKE THE TRIP WITH USWe have created our rewards and want to get YOU involved. If you are supporting this project, we not only want you to be able to follow the journey as it unfolds, but we also want you there with us!
"You are Here"We'll take you along with us on the journey, and you'll have pictures to prove it. We'll grab a photo of you and take pictures with 'you' as we hit some of the most scenic places in all of America. Show off to your friends with a video of 'you' traveling the country, or surprise that special someone with a photo book of 'them' at Yellowstone, the Oregon Coast, or on a streetcar in San Francisco.
"Travel Partner"Have a favorite trinket from your travels? Stuffed animal? Or just a fun item? Send it to us and we'll bring it along on our journey (think of the gnome in the movie Amelie). We'll take photos and videos of your 'friend' enjoying the sights along the way. At the end of the trip, you'll have photos, videos and your buddy sent back to you! Check out this pledge reward for the $400 level.
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