The Internet – Picture this: 4 Men, 1 Winnebago and 2,448 miles of seasoned highway. These three together set the stage for a journey of a lifetime on a road filled with history and painted with stories of young and old. There is only one highway that can provide such an adventure and that is â€œthe Mother Roadâ€ herself Route 66. The highway has come be known as â€œthe mother road,â€ which was given that name about 70 years ago by the world renown author John Steinbeck. The road itself gave individuals the opportunity to escape the â€œdust bowlâ€ and travel where there was a greater chance of successful survival. By the early 50â€™s tourist attractions started to take there place along side the road of opportunity. The highway has always been a source of economic growth for all of the 8 states that it crosses through.
Before this national highway was constructed all of the existing paved roads ended at the city line, so it revolutionized the idea of traveling. Which is what we like to acknowledge as the birth of â€œroad trips.â€ The art of road tripping has been lost somewhere in time. Today very few people take the time to get on the road and just drive and see what the nations highways have to offer. It wasnâ€™t always about the destination rather the long rides in the car with the closest of friends. Presently there are only a few daring college students and many bands that dare to explore the open road.
The idea of getting out on the open road and meeting the people who have staked their livelihood on something that may not fit in a nice neat box is exciting. In the 1950â€™s and 1960â€™s, entrepreneurs of all kinds traveled to the first road that connected the country and started businesses all along the road. From greasy spoons to unique motels, they grabbed onto life and molded it to make their greatest dreams come true. The goal is to take 4 individuals with unique personalities and travel from Chicago to L.A. on Route 66 in the summer of 2007. The objective is to film the whole project and share the adventures that are made with the world. To talk with business owners and the individuals who have spent their lives along â€œthe Mother Roadâ€ will prove to be astounding. Buckle up, Enjoy the ride, and keep checking for updates at www.thegreatamericanroadtrip.net.
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I asked the gents in Abandon Films for a synopsis on who they are and what they do. So they gave me this:
Abandon Films began with movie parodies and light sabers, and has since grown into a network of skilled filmmakers with a vision to go far beyond conventional entertainment. The indi-production company was first conceptualized with a page on Blogger in the spring of 2005. Combining viral marketing and interactive media strategies to share dramatic cinema, AF is a forerunner on the battle lines of new media. But at its very core, AFâ€™s passion is story-telling. As the name suggestions, Abandon Filmsâ€™ purpose is to create movies that inspire us to seize every moment; and to tell stories that make us think and challenge us to live.
After reading this… I can’t wait for April.
With a laptop in one hand and a hot drink in the other, Justin Snyder can be found haunting local coffee shops and bookstores persuing the next big idea. Justin holds a degree in advertising with an emphasis in new media. He has experience writing, editing, and producing for documentary, short form, and promotional videos. Justin is also a musician and song writer, but foremost amongst his passions is creative storytelling. As writer and producer for Abandon Films, his goal is to bring to life meaningful and provocative ideas through the medium of film.
When heâ€™s not yielding light sabers and protecting the fate of the galaxy, Won Novalis can be found doing what he loves most: editing. Won has edited promotional videos, commercials, weddings, and short films. He is a skilled technical artist and Avid instructor. Won is also co-founder and technical expert for Abandon Films. Wonâ€™s dream is to one day be involved in the production of a major feature.
The Lone Ranger had Silver and Micheal Knight had K.I.T.T. but when it came to thinking about what we would ride in there was a big debate brewing between me and the fellas.
The first thought was to get a rental car from one of the majors, like a big SUV and travel in style.Â After some thinking we made the move to buying a van, like something vintage and enjoy the road.Â The only trouble with a vintage van is the breakdown factor.Â So we went back to the rental factor but we weren’t thinking big enough.Â So we moved onto the obvious choice when traveling cross country – An RV.
I sent petitions to any and every RV rental dealer in a 250 mile radius to aid us in our quest to document Route 66.Â I was able to find that info from a Go RVing.comÂ I had no idea how big this past years Robin Williams film vehicle (Coincidentally called RV, some are calling it the comedy of the year) would be so crucial for the RV world.Â This movie was being promo’d everywhere, which is great for them. But of course I’m biased to 4 guys hitting the road like Jack Keroac, so we’ll see how the companies respond to the idea.
The ink isn’t yet dry on the treatment but the first major endeavor of Superhero Pictures is The Great American Road Trip.Â Check it out here.Â It’s part documentary, part parody but all conveying the essence of the human spirit.Â Check back for updates.
It Begins today