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15 days of daily video projections tell an unfolding narrative, illustrating a westward adventure from Portland to Portland.
15 days of daily video projections tell an unfolding narrative, illustrating a westward adventure from Portland to Portland.
15 days of daily video projections tell an unfolding narrative, illustrating a westward adventure from Portland to Portland.
125 backers pledged $7,038 to help bring this project to life.

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Next month, we're driving across the United States creating episodic light installations on found locations along the way.

As a way to share in this westward journey, for each of our 15 days on the road, we'll create a site-specific projection mapping installation, filmed & edited with the surrounding environment's 3D soundscape, and posted online within the same day they were produced.

Each projection along the way will reflect on our journey, carrying one part of an unfolding narrative which will reveal itself throughout trip. 

The process of content creation will blend mediums between Craig's projection mapping techniques and Mike's illustrative talents.

Excerpt from The Creators Project feature:

“We think this is an important technical challenge because the visual story will be live, unfolding to backers along the way, inspired by our travels and experience traveling west,” Winslow says. “We also want to infuse into the narrative our thoughts around moving west, the feelings of leaving parents, family, and friends behind to pursue bigger opportunities, and all the excitement and pain that comes with such big life changes.”

At the end of the trip, the result of all 15 days will be edited together into a short film.

Locations include Portland (ME), New Hampshire, Buffalo, Chicago, Omaha, the Badlands of South Dakota, Yellowstone, a few locations in Montana, Washington, and our grand conclusion in Portland (OR).

We'll be sharing snippets of the journey on other social outlets, from instagram to the occasional periscope, but you'll need to be a backer to see all the good stuff.

The goal of the project is to rapidly create compelling works, augmenting nature with digital light, while reflecting on themes surrounding adventure, discovery, and friendship. Each day that follows will build on the previous, into an overarching, constantly unfolding narrative, our way to document our path of westward exploration so many before us have made.

THE TEAM

Craig Winslow is an experience designer & 3D artist creating projects that explore and blend the physical & digital in meaningful ways. After optimizing his mobile projection setup, he's excited to take to the road in search of new canvases. He was born in & grew up around Portland, ME and is discovering how confusing it is to move to another Portland.
craigwinslow.com | @craigwinslow

Mike Ackerman is a concept designer & illustrator with an innate ability to draw bigger worlds within his creations. Throughout the trip he’ll be soaking in our surroundings and creating characters and narrative to inhabit our projections. Also he’s an eagle scout, so that doesn’t hurt to have around during adventures.
michaelackermanart.com | @mikeackermanart

15 TOUR DATES

DAY 1 — Portland, Maine    Sponsored by Craig Sr. & Laurie Winslow
DAY 2 — Cornish, New Hampshire
DAY 3 — TBA, Vermont     Sponsored by Champlain College & Local 64
DAY 4 — Buffalo, New York
DAY 5 — Chicago, Illinois
DAY 6 — TBA, Nebraska
DAY 7 — The Badlands, South Dakota
DAY 8 — TBA, Wyoming
DAY 9 — Yellowstone, Wyoming
DAY 10 — Great Falls, Montana
DAY 11 — TBA, Montana
DAY 12 — TBA, Montana
DAY 13 — TBA, Washington
DAY 14 — TBA
DAY 15 — Portland, Oregon

Are we headed through your town? Come hang out while we create!
Want to sponsor an individual day?
Check out the LOCATION SPONSORSHIP reward!

NOTABLE TECH

 MADMAPPER 2.0, PRERELEASE!

We're excited to have the full support of MadMapper, who have given us their soon to be released v2.0 projection mapping software for the journey! The new version has some powerful new features, specifically 3D model imports, which has me super interested.

They also gave us 10 licenses to offer as rewards, so check those out if you'd like to get your hands on MadMapper 2.0 as well!

RECORDING AN IMMERSIVE 'SURROUND-SOUNDTRACK'

Along the way we'll record each location's audio with a Mitra 3D Mic Pro which, as described on their site, "simulates human hearing by capturing the psychoacoustics... When the recorded sound is played back through two closely spaced side by side speakers or headphones, the listener's brain processes the psychoacoustics information in the recorded sound and creates the realistic 3D sound perception."

 MIRRORLESS TECH FOR LOW-LIGHT FILMING

We're using the Sony a7S which is mirrorless, full-frame sensor notably excels in low-light due to a "unique on-chip gapless lens design, which incorporates small lenses between neighboring pixels in order to increase light-gathering efficiency and promote greater image quality across the entirety of the sensor plane."

A NOTE ON STRETCH GOALS:

If we succeed our $6,000 goal, we have some exciting tiered stretch goals in our back pockets, from recording 360º video at each location, to producing a full downloadable VR experience, to throwing a killer launch party and inviting every backer along to an exhibition, rich with process, the journey, and the unfolded narrative complete with VR experiences for each location. But, we'll reach those bridges if & when we come to them!

-Craig & Mike

Risks and challenges

With any long drive we could come across some turbulence. Unexpected car trouble, traffic, significant weather, or other strange events out of our control could delay or alter our route.

That said, we've planned this whole project around the flexibility, with power backups in place, to ensure even if we get stuck in a different location, the show will go on.

This doesn't scare us, it actually makes us excited that this spontaneity may even contribute to influence an unexpected narrative to unfold.

Another important thing to note:
Our process of creating each episode doesn't rely on internet, but sharing them with the world certainly does. We anticipate finding access to internet every day, but if we can't find a location strong enough, we'll post videos as soon as it becomes available.

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    GALLON OF GAS.
    You've sponsored one gallon of gas to help us in our journey. Every drip helps. We'll fill our tank and think of you!

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    WELCOME ABOARD.
    Access to our series of daily video projections. You'll follow along with a 15-day, unfolding narrative, as it happens, and see the final short film before anyone else.

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    SURROUND-SOUNDTRACK.
    Along the way we've got an incredible microphone to record high quality, immersive 3D audio of each location's environment. We'll bundle these all into an extended ambient soundscape for digital download so you can hear across the country.

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    FOR THE ARCHIVES.
    Digital download bundle of all 15 day videos + final short film weaving all days into completed narrative. BONUS behind the scenes feature.

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    SEND ME A PRINT.
    High quality print made from photography of one of the installations, location of your choice, or ours.

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    SEND ME POSTCARDS.
    We'll send you (or someone else!), kindly hand-written postcards we find along the way, complete with compliments & doodles expressing our gratitude.

    Plus, you'll get SEND ME A PRINT + FOR THE ARCHIVE + SURROUND-SOUNDTRACK + WELCOME ABOARD.

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    ORIGINAL POSTCARD ART. (1 of 15)
    Along the way Mike's creating one illustration per day. You'll get an original, signed, location illustration from one of the 15 days.

    Plus, you'll get SEND ME A PRINT + FOR THE ARCHIVE + SURROUND-SOUNDTRACK + WELCOME ABOARD.

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    AUGMENTED SIGNED PRINT.
    Mike will augment a limited series of high quality prints by drawing original illustrations over them using metallic drawing materials. Limited edition, signed by both Craig & Mike with immensive gratitude.

    You'll also receive SEND ME A POSTCARDS + FOR THE ARCHIVE + SURROUND-SOUNDTRACK + WELCOME ABOARD.

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    ROUTE INFLUENCE.
    Are we heading near* your town? Influence our travel, point us toward a cool spot you know which you'd love to see mapped. If you're close, we'll meet up for lunch, coffee, or invite you hang out while we film that evening!
    *Limited to one per location, detour distances within reason of our planned direction.

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    LOCATION SPONSORSHIP.
    Feeling strongly about Chicago? Are you keen to Nebraska? Choose a day, 1-15, and you (or your organization) will become the exclusive sponsor for that day, which we'll feature brightly in each video, and give special thanks on our site.

    *Limited to one sponsor per day. Day selection is limited, so please contact as soon as possible after backing to lock in your preference.

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    MADMAPPER ALL FOR YOURSELF.
    Recieve your very own license, for use on two computers, of the new MadMapper 2.0! Huge thanks to MadMapper for making this special reward possible!

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    THE WHOLE DAMN THING.
    You are the supreme supporter, the ultimate adventure & experiential media supporter.

    Seriously, look at you. You're a boss.

    Throughout the entire trip we'll send you personal updates to really make you feel as if you're also along for the ride.

    After the trip, we'll come to you, give a presentation to you or your organization with details about our journey, share a screening of the final short film, and give you more prints and postcards than you know what to do with.

    Oh, and we'll credit you as Executive Producer for every project video & resulting short film.

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