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TheSweatLodge

This is Drew again, and it’s going to be somewhat nerdy filmmaker journaling going forward. You’ve been warned! The irony that I am working harder than I ever have on a film that is essentially a manifesto for work/life balance is not lost on me. Quite simply, I have no life. My life is my work right now, and it’s pretty bananas. But then, this is how good work gets done, right? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, RIGHT? I wake up every morning later than I hope I will, and drag myself into the bedroom, my new office. After about…

Eight weeks until Sundance. Drew is humming along.  Based on the script, he’s put together the main structure of the movie — meaning the interview footage is cut and edited together so that if you just listen to it, the film makes sense. Next, we take the “camera b” footage which is all the secondary cuts (we used two cameras for the interviews) so we can cut back and forth from different angles.  Plus there’s the secondary footage – us following them around doing ‘things’ so we’re not just looking at talking heads.  We see them in action. Essentially, we’re…

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Eight weeks until Sundance. Drew is humming along.  Based on the script, he’s put together the main structure of the movie — meaning the interview footage is cut and edited together so that if you just listen to it, the film makes sense. Next, we take the “camera b” footage which is all the secondary cuts (we used two cameras for the interviews) so we can cut back and forth from different angles.  Plus there’s the secondary footage – us following them around doing ‘things’ so we’re not just looking at talking heads.  We see them in action. Essentially, we’re…

kylelantern

This is week nine on our quest to finish this documentary in time to meet the Sundance deadline. First an update on last week’s post. WOAH. You guys are amazing. Seriously. Your support — I mean come on, people — you just rock. Thank you. I did a quick tally and there are five places that were really big winners in the voting: Austin, San Fran, Seattle, LA & Colorado. So those are a lock. I don’t know dates or where or when or how, but we’ll get there. (There will be other cities, too.  East coast had some close…

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So this is week 10 before we submit our film to Sundance, which is really only the beginning.  I’ve been sifting through information on how to “plan your festival year” and getting ready for the slew of applications that will happen after we submit to Sundance.  We filmed this movie with theatre screenings in mind — it’s shot in HD with high quality audio — so we want to show it as much as possible in a real theatres in 2013. Plus, I think it will be really cool to meet you guys!  It’ll be the first time we’ll be…

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We have 11 weeks until we submit our documentary to Sundance. Holy crap. Where are we? Well, I’m writing this on my son’s laptop, our two macs are now completely out of battery due to the unscheduled power outage — again! — here in Beirut. Every day there’s a scheduled three-hour downtime, and we’ve been happily working around it. No complaints. It’s part of life in Beirut. But now that summer is officially here, it’s been happening more and more. Unscheduled. No idea when it will come back. Sometimes it’s an hour, sometimes THE BETTER PART OF THE DAY. These…

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When we started this film project, Drew and I were completely unaware of how massive this project would be.  It was really easy to sit in Oregon with our newborn baby and dream up a film covering the lives of a dozen travelers who work online, across five continents.  The fact that we raised the $10,000 to buy camera and audio equipment to film it, and no one, not one single person said, “You are going to film a documentary across five continents with limited knowledge of filming, audio, editing and documentary story telling AND you’re going to do it…

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Last year, right after Cole was born, my husband and I had a long talk about priorities. You see he went to art school for animation like a million years ago, and that landed him some nice jobs, but never doing the kind of work he got into the biz to create. He was a commercial artist, making animated banner ads for diaper companies and heartburn medication. It paid the bills, but to say he was creatively fulfilled, um, not so much. So we made a pact. We would only work on creative projects that we liked and we’d make…

yeeping

It’s very rare that I post a single video, but today I am making an exception. This weekend I was at a Yee Peng ceremony in northern Thailand. Without knowing the name of it, you may have seen photos of the event (it’s the cover of the Lonely Planet Thailand) where white lanterns made of bamboo and covered with thin paper are set adrift into the night sky by the heat of a single flame. At Mae Jo, just north of Chiang Mai, they light hundreds of lanterns as the Buddhist monks chant and then release them in unison. At…