Well folks, planning a crusade can be pretty messy. When we decided to do a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the van (crusade-mobile) and get some buzz going about the trip, it was obvious that we had to go big. It is a crusade after all. No simple video would do. Luckily Sara Keith, assistant extraordinaire, just graduated from SCAD with a degree in photography and video. And our intern Beau has boundless enthusiasm for all things. . . well, all things. Production team - check. Our gallery manager, Meghan, is the backbone and organizational mind behind everything we do, so between the four of us, we hammered out a pretty clever idea. Now all we needed was 60+ scenes and accompanying outfits, an extremely complicated projection/lighting set-up using the most barebones equipment, and wine. Lots of wine.
I was also fortunate to have a team at home who was more than happy to help me with costume procurement. It's amazing what a 5 and 7 year old can dig out of their rooms to correspond with an around-the-world journey in photos.
Four suitcases of clothing, six bags of props, a 12 foot sheer screen, and a make-shift lighting situation later, we were ready. Well, sort of. Can you ever really be ready to hold a cardboard cut-out of a van in front of 60 projected images with an outfit change between each? And the hats. Oh, the hats.