Nice car stranger, can I interview you about it?
June 16, 2014 1:38 PM Subscribe
I'd like to do a series of documentary vignettes about people with interesting cars. What's the best and least creepy way to get the owner of a car I see on the road or in a parking lot to agree to an interview? Creative suggestions encouraged.
posted by hamsterdam to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My idea is a little more specific than just "interesting cars" but for the sake of not giving it away, trust me when I say that I would not be asking anything more controversial than "Hey, you have this interesting car, I'd like to interview you about it."
I live in Los Angeles and I'll see a few cars that fit my criteria every week. The problem is I'll see these cars either a) on the road while out driving or b) in a parking lot with the owner nowhere to be found. So I'm looking for creative suggestions for both situations.
For cars in parking lots, I've thought of making up some kind of flier to place on the windshield, but I feel like this is likely to be crumpled up and thrown out without being read. The other possibility would be to wait in the parking lot until the owner of the car in question returns. This way I'd be able to have a conversation with the owner, they'd see that I'm not a creep, and I'd have a much higher chance of success. Of course, I'd like to avoid waiting in a parking lot for four hours if at all possible.
For cars I see while driving, I can't think of a safe way to do this. I could follow them until they pulled over or stopped, but I feel like this would creep them out unless I did it in a non-obvious way, and I'm really not interested in becoming an expert in the stealth tailing of automobiles if I don't have to. Is there any way to contact the owner of a car based on their license plate or any other way you can think of to reach out in a safe way?
The third option would be to put out an ad or request somewhere for people whose cars fit my criteria. I'm open to this but I don't know the best venue.
Please help me hive mind!