THE TEARDROP PROJECT: Documenting Life with a Teardrop
by: Bob Phillips
Cameron Smith is an adventurous fellow who has never met a stranger. With a borrowed teardrop camper and a video camera, he put together a series of web documentary videos called The Teardrop Project. Since 2015 he’s done a series of 40 episodes about people he’s met along the way in his journeys. Now, Cameron and his girlfriend, Pixie, have completed a “feature film” that documents their lives as they’ve worked on a teardrop, traveled, made friends and captured the lives of others on video.
Cameron and Pixie started dating in 2016 and she jumped into the project wholeheartedly. She is a professional photographer so the match-up was perfect.
The feature is set for release on the Project’s Facebook page November 2, two days before Cameron’s 30th birthday. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the two as they filmed the Web series, interwoven with the stories of incredible folks they’ve met on the road -- a retired hot rodder; a burly man that wears only skirts; Cameron’s father, a mural artist; a Sicilian rockabilly band; and an amazing musician. And it’s about their personal struggle to survive as self-employed artists and the hardships and triumphs that go along with it.
“I’ve been making films since I was a kid and started doing it professionally after I left college in 2010,” Cameron said. “I mostly do music-related videos and promo videos for bands, but my penchant for travel, meeting new people, and wanting to make as much content as possible, I came up with the idea for The Teardrop Project about seven years ago. I actually started it in 2015 when I found out about teardrops.