Notes From The Road #6

Charleston, West Virginia was an unexpected surprise — a left-leaning set of interviewees in a right-leaning state. Everyone I interviewed was "feeling the Bern." On top of that, we were nearly suppressed by a restaurant owner who didn't agree with us about a certain issue. It's all in NFTR #6. Take a listen.

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Louisville Slugs One Outta the Park

What a couple of days! Played catch-up with our old friend, Gary, yesterday and today. It's been nearly 40 years since we saw each other last. Great to reminisce and talk about what we've been doing over the past few decades.

And he helped us out this afternoon with shooting interviews at Cumberland Brews, a small bar on Bardstown Road in Louisville. He made the remark, as we left with all the gear in tow, that "this video stuff makes radio look easy!" He's right. I'm finding this film project — and, particularly, doing it alone — to be the some of the most challenging work I've done.

Tomorrow, after we offload all — or, at least, most — of the equipment in the truck and repack it, we'll tool around Louisville for a while and shoot some B-roll of the city. We haven't really seen a lot of it but what we have has been quite impressive. Louisville is an old city and has some interesting characteristics that give it a unique feel. A couple things that I like a lot are the twisty, windy roads, and the businesses and houses in the area I've stayed (the Highlands) are not square to the street. And most all are zero-lot-line. It's much more interesting than everything built square on.

It's on to Charleston, West Virginia tomorrow afternoon. We need to bone up on the city to learn a bit about it. Maybe we can find some subjects there who are as well-spoken and informed as those in Louisville.

Thanks, Gary, for a wonderful time. You're a wonderful host and an even better friend. I'm really grateful for your help and for giving me space to be a little cranky, a little manic, and a little disorganized. Speaking for myself and not the team, I look forward to the next time we get together.  Hope that's not 40 years away! See you soon, buddy.

Rerouting. . . :p

After some serious calculations concerning our itinerary, we're making a command decision: We're going to say goodbye to Nashville and go directly to Louisville. We've gotten behind, at this point, about three days on our schedule, so something has to give and it looks like it's going to be one of the cities on our original itinerary.

I’m sad to do that, really, but it had to be done. Nashville — and, by the way, it's the first time I've ever been here — is a beautiful city with a heck of a lot going on downtown. However, time constraints being what they are I need to pick up the slack and head on down the road. So that's what I'm gonna do. Nashville will. . .

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"We" Are In This Together

Several people have commented on my use of the editorial "we" as I write about this trip and the film.

In all honesty, this trip and this film could not have happened without the help of a good number of people. I've had people help write the questions that I'm asking the subjects I’m interviewing. I have friends. . .

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Days End at Graceland

Long day. Even with a late start.

Shot some B-roll on Beale St. in Memphis. What an electric downtown. Talked to a couple of cops on duty and though we didn’t record them, they had some interesting things to say about the city government. More on that when we’re not so tired.

Then, on to Days Inn at Graceland. It has not been our best hotel experience ever. . .

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Running Late

Okay, so our itinerary is a tad ambitious. We haven’t quite figured this out yet — the how of doing all this — and it’s taking us longer than we expected. 

That’s normal, we suppose. Nonetheless, it’s frustrating. Combine that with forgetting to pack one of our meds and having to go through a process to get it replaced on the road and I’ve ended up with a bit of a. . . 

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Thar Be Dragons!

We may be out on the edge with this latest addition to our workload but today debuts the new audio update to the 2016 Who Do You Love Tour (WDYL), Notes From The Road.

It's self-explanatory and is less than a minute long. Give it a listen.

FUD — Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

When we first started making preparations for the 2016 Who Do You Love Tour, it was all about possibilities. Rolling the idea around in our head, we begin to imagine what we could do in a short film to shed some light on the current presidential campaign. 

Like many people, we are confused and confounded at the situation in which we find ourselves. As Paul Turley, a retired Corning employee put it this evening here in Muskogee, Oklahoma, This country "is in deep doo-doo."

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Can't Come With? Send Your Questions!

While we make final preparations to leave the comfort of home and hit the asphalt for the 2016 Who Do You Love Tour, we're also finalizing the questions that we want to ask each interviewee.

To that end, we'd like to enlist your help in making this film. It takes a village, right? What would you like to know from as many as a few hundred people (hey, it could happen!) regarding this presidential election, the candidates, the process, and the issues. We may be talking to kids, too. You never

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MPF: Multiple Points of Failure

The stress has been building for a week. Our road trip to film people across the South giving their opinions on the 2016 has any number of elements, and the failure of just one can stop everything in its tracks.

We were hoping to be able to leave bright and early Monday morning, April 4th. That's part of the stress. With so much going into making this trip successful, there was bound to. . . 

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Details, details. . .

The devil is in the details, they say. But so is God.

For this road trip and the film I'm shooting while traveling, I've faced a number of challenges in finding some of the things I need — batteries, lights, equipment of various types and rarity. But none have compared to the difficulty of finding someone to watch after my cat, SoongiddyDoongiddy Doo. (And, yes, that is his real name. For some reason it never fails to. . .

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The Toys! The Toys!

This is the only time I'm going to post about "toys."

One of the things I love most about working in digital art, photography, audio production, and video is all the toys. Boys and their toys, right?

In the end, however, they're all just tools. And I'm noticing some distinct differences between the "toys" for photography and those used for shooting video.

When I shoot photographs, my kit can be as small or as large as I want, depending on the job at hand. Shooting video is a bit different. Like many photographers who are making or have made the leap to shooting DSLR video, I'm finding. . .

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