So after much discussion (and yelling and screaming) with many people I've come up with some more details for the project. First and foremost is that I am NOT leaving my job (yet). This is something that was a major bone of contention with my parents (the Asianness really shows through here) and thus the planning portion will occur while I'm at work. I don't think this will be too much of a hindrance, unless of course if the work project takes a turn for the worst. Next, I will probably do quite a lot of filming in the bay area prior to me leaving. I was actually thinking before of doing all the bay area filming when I got back, but warming up by filming close is probably a good idea.
Now... after having a long discussion with Kyle over the logistics, I have a better idea of what gear will be involved in order to make everything look good. There's gonna be a lot more random bits and pieces than I thought, but nothing thats too expensive or hard to find (except the camera rig...). This is a short list (from memory) of what I need, with whats in bold being what I have bought so far:
A-clamps (small, medium, large)
china balls (not just the pair I have... :P)
Beyond this stuff however I ended picking up on today's craigslist run a few more things which will be helpful:
boom arm (probably will be used for the microphone)
sandbags (hey... it was essentially free)
My only worry is about C-stands at this point, as the set I bought is pretty big, which may become an issue later when I begin to sort out trunk space. The superclamps look pretty sweet though, and with the combination of those and my GoPro (which I also just bought) I'll be able to shoot from almost any position in the car.
More items to come...