Lessons from the road pt. 1

Lessons from the road pt. 1

My team was recently hired to produce a series of emotive, cinematic short videos about the state of Michigan. This meant a lot of road tripping and non-stop working for days on end, which can be a blast and very productive if handled correctly.

A couple lessons for success: 

  • Keep snacks in the car. I recommend Clif Bar (Cheap, Tasty, Caloric) & bottles of water. 
  • Pack as efficiently as possible. You don't need all them clothes. 
  • Pack as much battery life as you can. We needed to charge Anton Bauer's, LPE6's, iPhones, Mophies, etc.... Be diligent about charging them over night. You don't want to run out of battery when the moment of glory arrives. 
  • Find the line between fashion and utility that works for you. You know we're going to be instagramming this stuff, so make sure you don't hate your style, but wear some comfy shoes and undies that won't chaff. 
  • If you see something cool, stop the fricking car. You won't regret it. 
  • Eat local food. You know what's incredible to eat at 7:30am in the U.P.? A gravy covered breakfast pasty. yeah, I did it. And it was awesome. You know what else is awesome? Mercury Burgers in Detroit. Oh yeah, and Johnny Dog's in Munising. Holy crap, those were some tasty hot dogs.
  • Share the DJ privileges. I'm a "radio" hog, I know it. Most road trips, I just want to jam Avett Brothers for 10 hours, but most others have about a 1.5 hour Avett tolerance. So I let Tyler run the Spotify from time to time to keep us from getting in a knife fight at the next rest stop. 
  • Facetime with your fam as much as you can! I love my wife and my girls, and I missed them dearly, so I did my best to see them every day, although the Upper Peninsula doesn't afford too many lovely phone service/wifi accommodations. 
  • Ask a lot of questions of the people you run in to. We're all here to learn, right? 
  • Find the right balance between taking iPhone pics and enjoying the view with your God given eyes. 
  • Lastly, and this is huge, if you're in Detroit, and some fools want to go to White Castle at the end of a long night of filming..... you. do. not. go. 

Anyone else out there have some road trip/work trip tips? Thanks for reading my thoughts. 

 

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