The End of the Journey or the Beginning?  

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It's starting off to be a very big week. I finished filming the Uncovering America by Horseback adventure when Bill reached his intended final destination of Hendersonville, NC on Sunday. I say "finished", but I am still hanging around documenting a little of the media hysteria and their reactions to the frenzy.

We've had calls from Oprah's show, Fox News drove us 3 hours in a car to have Bill on the air today, BBC, Paul Harvey and now television production companies are starting to get in touch with Bill and Brenda regarding possible development opportunities.

I am facing a pile of tapes big enough to feed a.... well, to feed Blackie. I talked to my cousin today who is writing and directing in San Francisco and he thinks I should be talking to editors. The thing is...I like to edit myself... but I am not a whiz kid at it. So it's probably not the best use of my time. I know what I like and the style I enjoy. I guess what I'm saying is that I do hope to meet an editor with whom I feel an affinity. Someone who "gets" the way I think and work. I'd like to collaborate on this and future projects. We'll see what happens.

Meanwhile, there is talk of continuing the Uncovering America by Horseback journey in a variety of different flavors. I don't know what to make of it all. I'm open to whatever ideas may flow, but I also have many other projects I'd be interested in pursuing.

We've all bonded in some fairly fascinating and certainly complex ways along the trail. Sort of a like a big happy dysfunctional family. And I mean that in a good way... you know? With Love. However, just like family in real life...sometimes you need a break. And I think we could all use a nice break to clear ourselves before jumping back on the road again.

I'd sure like to start looking at my footage to see if I can make my first film out of it. That takes time... and quite a bit of it. I need to figure out where to park the truck for a longer spell. That may necessitate rent and that means a job or some money appearing somehow. Let's hope for the latter, but I can handle the former.

Maybe somebody will want to option the 80 hours of film, while still allowing me the final edit control. Or perhaps there will be someone who would like me to help produce for them. I'd even just run a camera on a cool adventurous show. I think I'd be a great producer/director of this kind of genre... docureality. I tend to meet the most fascinating people and they usually take a liking to me fairly quickly.

I didn't do any of this work this year for money, to be honest. I did it as a passionate play towards fulfilling a dream of making a movie. So, when I talk about wanting money for my work, it's just based on the desire to allow me to live to make more... rather than slave away at some other job I don't like.

Anyway...

For now, I enjoy the delicious meatloaf served by Brenda's mom while Bill and Brenda head off to some sort of "cowboy church". I hate missing a scene, but I just don't have the energy to document that tonight. Maybe next week. Plus, I don't even know if I need film much more since the cross country trip I set out to film is completed.

When will the story I set out to tell become finished?

What next?

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1 comments: to “ The End of the Journey or the Beginning?


  • 1/16/08, 12:38 AM  

    You should really check out Blue Ridge Motion pictures here in Asheville. They might have a job you would enjoy and you might be able to use their editing equipment. Plus you could hang around Asheville a little longer. It's a nice place to take a breather.