in June 2006, long before I ever hit the road...]
I decided to
undertake an epic adventure in filmmaking.
Inspired partly by road movies such as
Easy Rider and Rain Man, as
well as the works of Morgan Spurlock
Ehrenreich, I plan to
hit the road and document the interesting people and places I encounter
throughout the United States of America. But unlike the movies that
helped inspire me, I intend to highlight real people and places, both
on and off the beaten path, without using Hollywood tricks to make
things appear different than they really are. Just unadulterated
America as seen through my eyes and the camera’s lens.
Aimless Different From Other Travel films?
First of all, I will be leaving everything behind. Everything! I'll
have no car, one hundred dollars in my pocket, and only the bare
necessities for survival. Beginning my journey alone on foot in rural
Ohio with the camera rolling and automobiles passing me by, I cannot
solicit passing motorists for a ride; I can only accept rides from
drivers who voluntarily stop to ask me if I need a ride. And once I
find a temporary travel partner, I’ll be going wherever they’re going.
I’ll have no choice once I’ve accepted the ride.
After I get
out on the road, I will have to figure out how to convince people to
share their food with me and welcome me into their homes. I will have
to find new and interesting ways to earn a little cash here and there
because I will not have access to a bank account. Some nights I’ll be
forced to sleep outside and some nights I will get
no sleep at all. Some days I will eat like a king, while other days I
will be shit-outta-luck starved. I may find myself alone in
the middle of the desert one week, only to be immersed among the giants
of New York City the next. This whole project is driven by uncertainty,
as uncertainty is dramatic.
Aimless will not only document
the people and places I see; it will also document my ordeal, making
the film infinitely more compelling than if I had simply left home in
my car, driving wherever I wanted to go with an adequate budget
supporting me. It will document the human spirit, showing us all that
it is possible for an individual to go somewhere in life by utilizing
creativity, unconventional wisdom, and a primitive kind of innovation.
It will be humorous, yet it will be extremely educational, especially
for future generations. Ultimately it will be both enriching and
marketable, and it will make an impact on the American people.
Approach To Funding Aimless
Before I can begin my aimless journey, I must convince some generous
to donate equipment, lend equipment, provide funding for equipment, or
provide opportunities for me to raise funds.
Not because I don’t want to buy the equipment myself but because one of
the main premises of this project is that I am starting from scratch,
with nothing. Part of my quest involves learning to communicate better,
and this premise forces me to either communicate well or otherwise face
failure. This premise dictates that I cannot take my 2005 Honda Accord
with me, nor can I go out and buy my own equipment, because doing so
would damage the foundation of the film, making it less real and less
To illustrate why I need to do things this way, I'll pose a question:
Which film would you rather see?
- A scripted Hollywood
feature about some guy who
goes out and makes something out of nothing
by being a resourceful bum, or
- A documentary in which the
actually begins with nothing and ends up creating a fabulous work of
art that reveals a nation’s heart and soul.
Before I Can Begin This Journey
The main items I need are:
Aside from the equipment listed above, I need
very little additional assistance. Due to the unique nature of this
project, there will be absolutely no transportation expenses or lodging
expenses. No catering, cast, or crew expenses. No prop expenses or
location expenses. Nothing!
- A decent quality digital camcorder;
- A supply of at least 100 hours’
- Video accessories such as
- A laptop computer to allow for
updating the web site, storing release information, etc., while I'm on
- Army boots and an Army bag.
My estimate is that the
total start-up cost will be $3,000.
If you supply any or all of
the major equipment for Aimless, I most definitely will feature you and
your organization in the film, in a segment that will function as both
an advertisement and an endorsement for your products or services. I
mention you whenever I may be interviewed about the film. Additionally,
I will place your logo in very visible areas of this web site, thanking
you for your support and linking to all applicable web sites.
In other words, the donation of equipment will equate to a priceless
public relations campaign with a small price tag, making the potential
for reward exponentially greater than the risk of realizing no return.
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If you would like to help in ways other than by providing major
equipment, there are certainly ways you can
help. And it may not require any kind of
donation. One easy (but huge) way you can help is by directing your
friends and family to this web site. Another way is by linking to
Aimless from your web site. Even if you don't realize it yet, you may
know someone who has been dying for the opportunity to be a part of
something like Aimless.
If there is some other way you might be able to help, just contact me. Maybe we can be
creative and figure something out.
Aimless is a travel documentary.
Aimless is a human behavior
documentary. Aimless is a study in economics. Aimless is an
of American life in the early 21st century. In time Aimless will be
a historical documentary.
Aimless is a story that has
not been written yet. Aimless aims to be a
success story. But most of all, Aimless is an epic adventure.
My adventure began the moment I
started thinking about Aimless, and I
would really like for the adventure to continue to the end. I
appreciate every tiny gesture of kindness that may come my way, just as
I appreciate the bigger gestures. I want to thank you for reading this
page, and I hope you’ve taken an interest in my vision.
needs your help!
you like what you've seen here, I humbly request that you send an
e-mail to a friend, inviting him or her to Aimless. That's all I ask of
you. You may not believe such a
small favor can make much of a difference, but I know your cooperation
could spark an intense snowball effect. I sincerely appreciate your
assistance. Thank you.
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