November 11, 2010

What are you waiting for?

23 Feet’s First Official Trailer.

Last week I spent my last two dimes attending the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s Adventure Filmmakers Workshop.  Today, still miles away from “home” in Salt Lake City, I sit in a coffee shop unconcerned about how to pay for a 200 dollar ticket back to Portland or this months bills.

Before Banff, I probably would have been selling my camera on the streets of Salt Lake City just to make it by this next month. But something has disappeared this last month in my heart and mind.  Yes, the do-anything-to-make-this-work, bull fighting determination was still there, but something was missing.  In the midst of bills piling up, and unable to even afford a “2 buck chuck” for a dinner party, I was sidetracked.  It became more about being able to function normally in society.

Going to Banff may have broke the bank, but it mended my spirt back to its rightful place.

I thought I would have shared this trailer back in September.  Holding me back was my fear that I wouldn’t be able to cover my costs in post production without more sponsorship.  So  I waited… half patiently.  I waited for the moment to be finiancially stable enough to share it.  Much as the weekend warrior waits to be financially stable enough to head out on that big adventure.  We wait for money to do what we love? I sure as hell wasn’t waiting back in June to hit the road.  Things work out, and like Nellyda said in the trailer – If you do what you love, the rest comes.

Film festivals remind me that its not always going to be seamless.  Hearing the stories of experienced filmmakers just “making it work” on the set and in their lives reminded me that sometimes you have to drop the idea of everything working out the way its “supposed to” and embrace why you do what you love.

Thanks for all your support during the adventure Elephant Journal.  You were there with us the whole time.

Capturing footage from the day before in the back of the truck

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