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Posted: Tue, 30th Oct 2007, 9:16pm

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Hi Guys,

Bit of a long-shot as I'm still waiting for signoff, but I just want to test the water a bit...If it all comes off ok we'll be shooting a 9-day road-trip drama from New York to LA with an almost completely British (small, geurilla) crew, but will need lots of help along the way from locals who know the lay of local land - and basically act as local field producers along the route!

People we're looking for would be
* along the route (probably a pretty straight route from NY to LA, if there is such a thing - we're going to have to cover nearly 500 miles/day
* know (or be able to find out) if their state has any hoopy local restrictions/laws that could trip us up
* know decent local (local in the big sense - several hundred miles around) landmarks we should try to get in shot time/mileage permitting
* be organised and/or well-connected with local services (eg if we need a garage/camera fix-it company on the road, have an idea who to call, or at least have a local phone book and be able to find someone)
* know their local culture

The work itself would be
* helping plan the route
* help out with local advice
* help out with local facilities/bookings for motels, etc
* In NY or LA help us find winnebago and car rental companies who will accept one-way journeys (or even ideally an LA company that has a big Winn ebago stuck on the East coast and wants it driving back West for free/price of the fuel!)
* act as our local goodwill ambassador
* making sure we get good/fair prices on any consumables we need along the way - and advising about (rough) local prices for motels, fuel, etc
* nothing too demanding, just really a local backup for the crew as they cross the country!

Is the gig paid? Yep, not much (there isn't massive money to play with, sadly) but there will certainly be reasonable expenses plus something extra, paid in cash.

Does the cast include any 'names'?. I can't name the name, but he's currently playing in cinemas across the UK (and beyond?) and filming 'RocknRolla' with Guy Ritchie at the moment - this is our last chance to get him at favour rates, so if it comes off, then hurrah!

Interested? Well I can't guarantee the gig will happen yet, so I'm testing the water right now, and drawing up a master budget. If it sounds like it may appeal, and you live not too far off of the straight-line route from NY to LA (maybe taking in Las Vegas), or better still, in NY or LA, then let me know wither here or by PM. The only conditions I'd have are that I can't really work with minors, you'll need to be old enough to drive, be taken seriopusly making deals in your community, not at school, etc in your state.

Should be a blast, and if it comes off, I hope I'll get to meet some of you along the way wink

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Posted: Tue, 30th Oct 2007, 9:19pm

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I know it says straight-across, but does that mean you're going through the Appalachian Mountains and through the midwest, or are you going through the southern state-circuit, Texas, New Mexico, and pulling up to California?
Posted: Tue, 30th Oct 2007, 9:26pm

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Excellent question as the route isn't yet decided - I've been brought on-board as a Line Producer earlier today, and to my knowledge the route is still up for discussion (with some local knowledge probably making a big difference!)

So - let me put it this way - which route would you go to shoot a 9-day road-movie with a rising star? wink
Posted: Tue, 30th Oct 2007, 11:20pm

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Without a doubt I'd say going through the southern states will be best. It's pleasant, well-connected by interstates and highways, and ridiculously diverse even within the same mile.

Plus, aside from sidestepping Chicago and St. Louis, you hit more major cities and landmarks. Here are the two basic routes you would probably take, both about the same amount of time driving.



Personally, for the reasons I've just stated, I'd take the red route. You hit the nation's capital, Washington D.C., too.
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 12:57am

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Of course, being from Texas, you'd suggest that.

I, from Pennsylvania would of course choose the blue route on Atom's map. More direct, and you get to avoid all the old fashioned/bible belt states (if that bothers you). Either way you go however, you will certainly run into very long stretches of NOTHING. The saying really is accurate "Everything is bigger in America". You could conceivably be on certain roads for DAYS, without making a turn other than rest stops.

If you end up passing through Pennsylvania, let me know, and I'll try to see what I can do for you.
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 2:01am

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I'd say take the northern equivalent of the red route and arch upwards, falling South through Nevada and California as you approach LA. This is certainly not he most direct route but I'm a Northern state kind of guy. As for your unnamed star, tell him I'm soooooo pumped for Rocknrolla. With some great names attatched (Ludakris, Gerard Butler, Jeremy Piven) it guarentees to revive the classic Guy Ritchie "black farces" of yesteryear. As for your thing, that sounds really cool pdrg. Good luck with it, although you sadly won't pass through CT.
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 2:07am

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If you go the PA route, hit up Philadelphia. Very historical and interesting.
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 3:19am

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Evman wrote:

Of course, being from Texas, you'd suggest that.
Of course, being from Texas, I would, yes. But maybe something you haven't done that I have is actually traveled both paths in-car. You won't really run into big stretches of nothing on the south route, but you definitely will on the midwest route. I believe Kansas is a big testament to that. It'll make you want to shoot yourself there's so much nothingness. "Get to avoid all the old fashioned/bible belt states", get to, huh? smile

Obviously you've never really been to the South. It's hardly how it's represented and the most worthy of paths for 'seeing America'. If you pass up the Southern states, you're passing up a good 60-70% of the 'heart' of America. (The other % being those four-fathering North states)
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 3:25am

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Frosty is actually right, if you have any intention of seeing a great deal of the history of this nation, check out Philly. It was once the capital of the nation, where the constitution was written/signed, home of the liberty bell, and primary residence of Benjamin Franklin and many other famous Americans.

And yes, Atom, you're right, you'll definitely "see America" if you take the southern route, but I'm sure it'd be drastically different from anything pdrg or any non-american might be comfortable/familiar with (for better or worse).
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 4:18am

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Evman wrote:

And yes, Atom, you're right, you'll definitely "see America" if you take the southern route, but I'm sure it'd be drastically different from anything pdrg or any non-american might be comfortable/familiar with (for better or worse).
I laughed out loud knowingly at this statement.

Hopefully they'll take this route, and end up going through deep Houston.

Now THAT would make great film. "British people in Houston"

(Make sure you bring body armor)

While they're at it, maybe they should go through East St. Louis. (Fun for the whole family!)
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 1:42pm

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Houston & East St Louis - is that the equivelent of 'go and play on the train tracks'?

Oh it's so tough deciding - I'll take your thoughts back to the boss lady, see what she thinks!

In the meantime, anyone got any top tips on things like motel prices/etc? Or hire companies? We're lucky right now that the $ is so screwed up and the £ is strong, we get almost 33% extra everything free compared with 6-7 years ago!
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 2:15pm

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If your filming this and its getting released in the UK, you might want to consider calling up a motel/hotel chain and striking some kind of deal. They might discount you a price if you go to their motel/hotel chain during your trip and mention them prominently throughout your film, or maybe get them to be a sponsor. It sounds crazy, but companies are known to sponsor things like that.
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 2:37pm

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Frosty G wrote:

If your filming this and its getting released in the UK, you might want to consider calling up a motel/hotel chain and striking some kind of deal. They might discount you a price if you go to their motel/hotel chain during your trip and mention them prominently throughout your film, or maybe get them to be a sponsor. It sounds crazy, but companies are known to sponsor things like that.
Great idea - but over here, of course, I've no idea what the motel chains are in the US. We don't have motels really in the UK, so I can't just guess as I would with international hotel chains wink I can and will google, but if there are any that come to your mind, I'm all ears!

Many thanks
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 3:48pm

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Well off the top of my head

Best Western

Motel 6

Holiday Inn (more of a hotel, but maybe more prone to these kinds of discounts)

Choice Hotels

Red Roof Inns

Super 8
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 3:58pm

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That's super, thank you!
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 4:54pm

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pdrg wrote:

Houston & East St Louis - is that the equivelent of 'go and play on the train tracks'?
From what I understand about the U.K, those places are the equivalent of Nottinghamshire and the London Boroughs rolled into one.
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 5:01pm

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Ha - well neither of those is that bad really, I've shot (film! not weaponry) in both of those wink

OK, but those are places to, if given a straight choice, choose the other option? wink
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 7:12pm

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Either path you go, I think you'll find plenty of enjoyable things. Pennsylvania is beautiful to drive through, very scenic. While the midwest can be pretty bare, I don't think its any less as beautiful. But saying that, the South is just the same way.
Posted: Wed, 31st Oct 2007, 7:22pm

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Quite true, Frosty.

I would also recommend the southern route, but only if you're looking for abit rowdier trip. (As in, a bit more crazier then the other options, more Americana, etc..)


(And yes, I live in Tempe, Arizona.)
Posted: Thu, 1st Nov 2007, 4:49am

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Oh, Bryce, I think I remember you saying you were going to move to AZ?

How do you like it so far?
Posted: Thu, 1st Nov 2007, 10:08am

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Sleep in a sleeping bag or in the car smile
Good old Aussie ways smile
Posted: Thu, 1st Nov 2007, 1:26pm

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Oh, Evman.

Your haughty and negative views of the South amuse me. I don't know if you've ever actually been down, but I haven't ragged on the North and I laugh and how you can get away with saying that stuff about the south. Really.

People do live there, and I'm one of them.
Posted: Thu, 1st Nov 2007, 5:59pm

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Thanks fellows, I'll take your top tips to the planning table smile

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Posted: Thu, 1st Nov 2007, 7:11pm

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Atom wrote:



People do live there, and I'm one of them.
No, you live in TEXAS, that's TOTALLY different. You've been part of Mexico, America, and actually your own country for a while... Aren't Texans the ones who are supposed to incessantly point that out... not me? razz
Posted: Thu, 1st Nov 2007, 8:30pm

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If you have the money choose the Holiday Inn or Marriot Courtyard. They are decent hotels (and include free breakfast) for a good price. Red Roofs and Motel 6's can sometimes be a little "gross", for a lack of a better term.

As far as the route, both have their strong and weak points. I've lived in the northern state of Ohio for most of my life, but I am southern by birth and have traveled most of the eastern seaboard from NY to Miami, Florida. I think the Southern route will be most interesting. I would make a slight adjustment to this route though:

Go south through Baltimore and DC to North Carolina. Go south to Raleigh and then cut northwest to Kentucky and then South to Tennessee. Stay in Nashville (Country Music Hall of Fame,even if you hate country like I do it is still worth it) and make the trip to Texas the next day. The rest should remain the same.