After many, many months of hunting, researching, listening, reading, following clever recommendations and sneaking around small venues, I compiled a list of over 100 extraordinary musicians from all over the country. Seven of those artists crept to the top of the list as the best fit for Fool’s Road. As I finalize travel arrangements and coordinate schedules with each of them, I will be updating this line-up. In the meantime, here is the tentative schedule:
August 24th—31st | New York City, Pearl & The Beard
If you happen to be familiar with any of these cities and can recommend great shooting locations, gear rental connections or just good places to sit and relax after 8 intensive days of production, let us know. Any advice is welcome.
Between the production cities, I’ll be stopping in various spots across the country to edit, rest, plan & write. Most of these places will creep onto the list along the way.
Production: August 24th—31st, 2012 Released: November 16th, 2012 Premiered by: WNYC Soundcheck, read the article here.
The video for Pearl and the Beard’s 40K was edited on the road with my MacBook Pro, Adobe After Effects & Premiere (my first excursion away from FCP since the arrival of X). The initial draft was completed in San Francisco before beginning Hahn’s production—the final edit was completed immediately after Shakey Graves’ production in Austin.
Production: September 4th—11th, 2012 Released: January 24th, 2013
The video for My My My’s Starting to Change was primarily edited during a project-pause in Florida, also with the MacBook Pro, Adobe After Effects & Premiere.
The band has a Kickstarter campaign of their own which ends Wednesday, February 6th. In order to raise funds for the completion of the album (which includes this track), they are pledging 1 hour of community service for every $100 they raise. If they meet their $8,000 goal, that means 80hrs of goodness you can help them put into the world. Read more about their campaign here.
It was a remarkably good day when this square wonder came into my life—now it’s been modified to tote a hefty pile of gear around the country as my caddy and temporary home. You can see the full equipment list here.
After many weeks of considering the space and accessibility in relation to each piece of gear, drawing up plans, picking materials, testing weight and supports, custom fitting the bedding, making curtains and compartmentalizing the equipment, the mod was built. The end result is a tightly packed but optimized ‘living and working space’ that has been doing the trick pretty nicely.
So far, camping out in this tiny pod has been quite cozy & I rest easy knowing my gear is (extremely) close by.
Along the way I had the help and support of some very good humans. The House of Foam handled all my odd requests, the cool kids at The Dark Side tinted the windows to keep the contents a bit more secret and most importantly—I had a machinist/carpenter by my side every day to help complete and install the unit. Thanks, Dad.
On July 14th, the Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for Fool’s Road began. After only 9 days we reached 100% funding! As the bands are finalized, route is planned, gear is packed, car is modified and finances are settled, I’ll be posting teeny updates and photos of the more interesting odds and ends.
It’s not too late to support the project, become a Digital Roadie, get the T-shirts, hoodies, postcards, stickers, downloads, vinyl, cameo appearances and a music videos of your very own—when the campaign ends at midnight on Wednesday, August 8th, so will the chances to get your hands on all the exclusive rewards.
In your own way, I hope you’ll be joining me on the road!
Every supporter of Fool’s Road on Kickstarter becomes a Digital Roadie.
Donating to the project also comes with tangible perks: I’ve designed the logo and screenprinted them locally at Expression on top-notch Tri-blend fashion-fit tees, the special edition zip-up Road-Guru hoodies are almost ready, the ”highest quality stickers on earth” are being printed by the very fine StickerRobot, the postcards are back from the printers (featuring a design you’ll just have to get in the mail to see) and the custom vinyl is slated to be pressed in November.
With only hours left in the campaign, the window is closing to grab these charming bits of Fool’s Road for yourself. Want ‘em? Go get ‘em! I’m stoked to be sharing this project with all of you—help me get these musicians seen and heard by a whole new set of souls.
And all the usual CF/SDHC Cards, Cases, UV filters, Sunshades, Stingers, C47s, Clamps, Gaff-tape, Sandbags, WB Cards, Batteries, Chargers, Step-up Rings, Accessory Arms, Adapters, Quick Releases and Replacement Bulbs.
For obvious reasons, I chose gear that falls on the portable side of the spectrum. Though I anxiously await the day I can upgrade this collection, the DSLR ‘revolution’ has allowed me (as it has so many others) the opportunity to invest in quality glass, better rigs and more equipment to tackle loftier projects. The arguments are endless—but in the end, you must find a way—and the vehicles that get you there will earn your respect.
The Kickstarter campaign was lucky enough to become fully funded, and then some—a feat that only took 9 days, thanks to these extraordinary folks. The following individuals are as much a part of this project as they are the reason these musicians will be seen and heard by a whole new batch of humans.
Thank you for believing in the idea, in my abilities, in the talent of these musicians and in their potential. Each supporter is listed alphabetically. Some have asked to remain anonymous and will not be listed.
Bria & Dan Aulisio
Anthony Franklin & Kelly Hagen
Darren Phillip Jones
James & Khirsten Swann
Ann & Brian Arena
Gail A. Southern