The Local Way
We’ve made a series about “where the LOCALS go” in cities around the world, and we need your help to get it finished & distributed by this summer!
We created THE LOCAL WAY out of our love for sharing the stories of local people and supporting small businesses through the documentary form.
For the past two years, we have shot hundreds of hours of HD footage in Dublin, NYC, Paris, and Los Angeles. Each episode, hosted by local experts, features one aspect of a city – from “Best Baguettes in Paris” to “Dublin’s Music Scene,” these videos offer travelers tips and insights of the people and places they will encounter on a visit.
We think traveling “the local way” is important for both the traveler who wants to experience their destination in an authentic way and the small businesses that rely on money from both locals and visitors to survive. It’s this synergy we are trying to support and foster through our video series.
Up until now, this project has been completely self-funded. Every trip, video frame shot, edit, logo, animation, interview has been done by our small team with the help locals, & artists in various fields who believe in this endeavor and provided their services for FREE. We have amassed the best team of colleagues on this project who have worked tirelessly to see this come to fruition.
THE LOCAL WAY is launching the campaign to finish editing our episodes already shot and create a way to let our audience use our information on the go through a mobile application. With a click of a few buttons on their mobile phone or tablet device, a user can select “local” information based on the information provided within the video series customized for the Local Way mobile application and use it to travel “the local way.”
The goal is to raise $30,000 to complete the following projects in 2013:
- Finish editing the series we have already filmed: Los Angeles, Paris, NYC, and Dublin.
- Build a mobile application platform to increase useabilty and access, and distribute the series
- Produce additional two cities: Chicago and London.
A Dream to Build a Travel Start-Up
We’ve been working on The Local Way for over 2 years now. It is crazy to think that it has been that long since we first approached our first hosts to do our first series. Since then, The Local Way, LLC has shot a full series in 4 different cities (New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Dublin) with some of the best local experts out there, and I am so proud of what we have already accomplished.
So far, we have shot hundreds of hours of material, more than 100 local places & interviews with locals who run local small businesses. Each city’s local host team is different. They are authors of travel guides, tour guides, bloggers, etc, and they all bring their own personality to make the series feel authentic. They act as ambassadors to this genuine experience we hope that our audience will eventually experience while traveling. They’re like the friends you want to have in this city but don’t yet who will make you feel comfortable on the spot so that you can be culturally adventurous and explore these places on your own.
Please help us share the word about these great people and places around the world. Every bit will help us go A LONG way, and we will appreciate it immensely.
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Amanda Rogers and Stephen Mann
founders, The Local Way