Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Could You Live Out of Your Car For Two Years? This Filmmaker Did.

Tom mounting a camera on the hood of his Tundra.

The internet has been buzzing lately over the story of Tom Lowe, a filmmaker who gained attention after he posted several shorts videos to Vimeo.com depicting time elapsed footage of landscapes, vegetation, and wildlife.

His films became so popular that a filmmaker in New Zealand noticed, and offered to help fund Tom in shooting a full length feature film. Equipped with top of the line camera gear and $100,000, Tom recruited some interns and began filming. 250 days later, he compiled enough footage to create his documentary, TimeScapes, a breathtaking look at areas most of us would typically refer to as the American Wild West. As Tom himself puts it, "I spent a year and a half of my life basically driving around the Southwest looking for the most beautiful and inspiring places I could find."

What interested me about this story is that Mr. Lowe shot the entire film from his Toyota Tundra pickup truck. I'm sure he never expected to be living out of his truck for such a lengthy amount of time, but it's good to know he picked a reliable vehicle to carry out his task! The Tundra's been awarded the title of "Most Dependable Large Pickup" for seven years in a row by J.D. Power and Associates. After all, the last thing you want is to have your truck break down in the middle of Yosemite Park. I'm guessing there's probably not too many gas stations or body shops out that way. I reached out to Tom via Twitter (@DreamCorePics) and asked him how his Tundra held up during the filming process. He responded to me, saying it was "100% reliable". Nice!

You can see the trailer for TimeScapes below.

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