For those who don’t know, in June of 2014 the Webb family will hit the road for a full year to meet and tell the stories of kids across America who are changing the world through the multi-media film project, One Year Road Trip. It’s an exciting project, an amazing journey, and you can learn more by downloading our information packet here.
After spending 2012 downsizing and refining what the One Year Road Trip should be, our family began 2013 with the exciting process of building the team and project! From meetings with friends and city groups, to hunting down and finding our RV school bus, to interviewing our first 2 amazing kids, One Year Road Trip has come to life. Enjoy the pictures below and click like the dickens to explore our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel!
And if you are able, support One Year Road Trip by making a tax-deductible donation. With your support, OneYearRoadTrip will find, celebrate and elevate amazing kids across the US who are changing the world.
In January we had our first of a series of “Conversations” with friends, filmmakers and community members, and we received invaluable feedback. Though we had mixed feelings about the “professionalism” of our kids during the meeting, we watched the footage later and realized that they were fully engaged, offered thoughtful feedback, and were, at times, really witty! We walked away with some wonderful new ideas and it was a great start to our year.
Snowtone Limited & Underskor Creative teamed up to design a beautiful new site that we hope to launch this January. The new site incorporates a series of backgrounds featuring a road heading off into the distance, each with a different US setting made entirely of fabrics, papers and other textured materials. The whole site will look as though you the viewer will be driving our bus into the great unknown! We’ve already incorporated some of the artwork into this blog, and we cannot wait to launch the new site in all its glory!
We got an AMAZING deal from our pal Patrick on a Sony FS100 that included extra batteries, lights, filters, adapters a case and tons of bits and pieces. Matt and Eva have been practicing on it already and the footage is great! Our kids will be shooting on iPad minis, and so the incredible folks at iOgrapher DONATED 3 cases for our kids to shoot on! We are definitely putting the gear to good use and all our new videos (new stuff every week!) is available at YouTube.com/oneyearroadtrip.
The Roy G. & Naomi Harmon Johnston Family Foundation graciously gave us our first grant for $5,000! We are blown away by this huge act of generosity and it was the most amazing way to begin our One Year Road Trip fundraising. Since that first donation we’ve turned the $5,000 into $35,000! Enough to buy our bus, make some initial updates and repairs, buy our camera gear, start paying our producers, and get us off to a great start!
Max Igoe is a 15 year-old in Southern California who’s been changing the world one glass of lemonade at a time for more than 10 years. When his mom’s best friend died of breast cancer Max asked to have a lemonade stand to raise money to fight breast cancer. We joined him for his 10TH ANNUAL lemonade stand and to date he’s raised over $100,000–like a BOSS! Visit maxslemonadestand.com to learn more and help him reach his $1 Million goal.
Anna is an amazing young change-maker who just happens to be our next door neighbor! At the age of 9 Anna started to become aware of homeless families in her community and decided to do something about it. With a number of hurdles to jump, she rallied her community together with a yard sale that, in one day, raised over $1,000 to help homeless families through Union Station Family Center. Read the whole story of our interview with Anna on our blog.
We welcomed 2 new producers to the One Year Road Trip team, Dawn LaMattina Asher, and Dave Torstenson! Dawn brings a wealth of experience from the world of docs and web series, and she ALWAYS pushes us forward. Not only does Dave work in web TV, but he also has completed his OWN roadtrip movie, Circle the Wagen. We cannot say how grateful we are to these two! Love. That’s all we have for them.
An accomplished group of editors, producers, camera operators and directors met with us to offer advice on the technical and equipment needs for One Year Road Trip. This was a hugely valuable night because we not only put together a list of the gear we needed (cameras, lights, microphones, tripods and other stands, etc), but we also got valuable feedback on what kinds of gear would work best for our project, for the look we want to achieve, and for we as a family who will be behind the camera for the first time. Thank you Patrick, Matt, Ron and Greg for your great help and support!
Hands down, the most encouraging process we’ve gone through on this project has been determining our transportation options. It’s been a long journey, but after wrestling with either a tiny house on wheels, a traditional RV or a converted school bus, we all felt that the bus would be the best fit for a project about kids. And within 1 WEEK we found one we loved on Craigslist. A few weeks later we bought our new RV School Bus. Check out a tour of our new home on the road!
This fall we started down the road of homeschooling in preparation for our year of Roadschooling. It’s been AWESOME and we’ve definitley learned that on the road, homeschooling will be perfect for learning in every environment. This year we’ve had the opportunity to not only learn better how our kids learn and study and thrive, but we’ve also been able to incorporate a LOT of One Year Road Trip preparations into the learning in organic, fun and very educational ways. We’re so grateful for this great transition period.
We are so privileged that our producer, Dawn, introduced us to Sarah Magidoff, an accomplished graphic designer, branding entrepreneur, and wandering locavore scout! Sarah created professional and playful logos that beautifully reflect our project, our hopes, and our family. She’s an amazing woman and we can’t wait to see her business boom! (So go hire her already!!)
It’s been an incredible 2013, and we can’t WAIT to see how 2014 blows our socks clean off with the official launch of ONE YEAR ROAD TRIP in just a few months. Thank you! and join the crew!!
** We’ve raised over $35,000 in tax-deductible gifts through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas! Help us meet our $200.000 project goal by making a tax-deductible donation at: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=7895
Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of One Year Road Trip are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.