Instead of just another HD video project clogging up his Mac, filmmaker Mike Ruocco set out to capture his cross-country road trip with something just a bit more retro: a 45-year-old Canon Auto Zoom 814 with a broken light meter and two cans of Super 8 film.
Ruocco, his wife, her sister and their dog Riley traveled across 20 states, spent time at nine national parks and then spent a week in the Adirondack Mountains, filming it all along the way.
What results is a video so warm and nostalgic that we just had to share. Check out this amazing blast of Americana below.
The video reminds me of home movies from back in the early days of my life. There’s a patina of glowing happiness over everything. From candid shots of the two sisters on the side of the road with their dog, to fishing trips in a canoe, to seeing buffalo along the highway, this film captures everything great about a truly American road trip.
“The outcome of a road trip is entirely dependent on your traveling partners,” writes Ruocco. “Routes change, cars break down, campsites fill up, but if you’re with the right people, you always manage to have a good time.”
If you’re feeling the end of summer in your bones, this film should help set you a’right.