TrailTales.TV is a project that would set out to ten destinations around WI sharing the exciting tales of riding ATV's & UTV's.
For those of us who ride ATV's and UTV's on the trail, we all have memories of great adventures. Those adventures include breathtaking scenery, break downs, getting lost, meeting the locals (friendly or not) and overall sharing your time with your closest friends and family.
TrailTales.TV is a project that would set out to capture those memories at ten destinations around Wisconsin. Adam Harden, host of the Wisconsin ATV Association's talk show Idle Chat, and one regional coordinator from Wisconsin will find different groups to ride and share the adventure with.
The crew will spend a day of travel to the destination, a maximum of two days filming and one day of return. The show will be published on YouTube, which makes it really easy to watch!
We will film our trail ride using helmet cameras, vehicle cameras and hand held cameras. We want to showcase and film the unique locations of the trail. This would include large obstacles, breathtaking scenery and anything that happens to us or our machines (getting lost, breakdowns, etc). Basically, the memorable times that we all encounter on any ATV or UTV adventure is what we want to capture and publish!
Along with filming shots from our ride, we will be interviewing supporting businesses and key players for that area. Most likely we will stop by the local Chamber of Commerce, or grab a bite to eat at a restaurant located right on the trail. All the things you look for while riding is what want to capture in one episode.
At the end of the episode, we always want our viewers to feel as if they were there with us. Sharing the journey there, the sights and sounds while riding and the people and businesses that make our sport what it is: a family friendly, adventure packed sport. Hopefully our viewers can watch our show and make their own decision if they would like to ride there or not. Wisconsin has a lot of places to ride, and we want to help our viewers find them!
During the filming, WATVA Idle Chats will be broadcasted (where available) about the current shoot. Filming will be interviews of leadership, interviews of riders, riding experiences along a trail and promotional video shoots for certain sponsors.
Locations will be highlighted using VVMapping’s data set. These maps will also be available to download with each episode.
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Knowing where to find these adventures is key. Wisconsin holds many miles of trails, but knowing what to capture and how to lead viewers there is key. Adam Harden and the regional coordinators are always working with people around Wisconsin on various ATV and UTV related projects, that makes us ideal candidates to produce this series.
After we raise our funds, the hardest part becomes the logistics of travel and meeting up with the people we want to ride with. We have a vast tool set at National Motorsports to make those connections without too many chances of delay.
However, like any adventure, things can happen. Delays might be possible. But that just gives us more excuses to blog and vlog about them! If something comes up, you can bet the cameras will roll. And those that contribute the right amounts will get first hand access to any content we produce. However, let's talk about some of the specific things that might come up:
What happens if we have a mechanical break down while riding?
Well, for one filming won't stop. WATVA and National Motorsports knows that the first major step to reducing risk is never ride alone. We will always have spare seats on our support vehicles to ensure the project moves forward. Getting the machine back to the trail head can be taken care of with our statewide volunteer base.
What if it's raining?
Well, for starts, most of our helmet and vehicle cameras are water resistant. Who hasn't encountered rain or snow while riding? We have been through some crazy weather riding before, so that won't stop us. We might have to re-arrange some interview locations, but that's not hard.
What if your tow vehicle breaks down?
That would be a little harder to overcome, but fear not! The WATVA and National Motorsports home office has multiple tow vehicles at our disposal. We also have some great volunteers that could help us if we get stuck. Because we all live in Wisconsin, we are never far from home!
What if your cameras fail?
We have been filming for over ten years with basic equipment. We also have been filming with professional equipment for five years. By knowing the limits of our equipment we can reduce the risk associated with being outdoors. We also do a lot of research in selecting our cameras. Everything from video recording details to battery life and specific filters, we have it covered. We also have multiple cameras on hand. We never get rid of our older cameras, just in case a new one has an issue. That's the part of adapting that we can take on.
If push comes to shove and we have to delay a filming, it won't take us long to figure out how to overcome it. We have a lot of resources to pull from in Wisconsin, so it shouldn't be too challenging.
If we have to reschedule or move a shooting location, we have the contacts and resources to do this quickly and efficiently.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.