Just a few days before I hit the road, once again, for a 6000 trip visiting Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada. This will be the second shoot in the south-west region and hopefully the final one for this project.
Additional trips are being considered – Hanford, in Washington State; Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, where there are nuclear facilities and victims of radioactive fallout; Kansas, where there were fallout hotspots actually more dangerous than those in Nye County, Nevada, right next to the test site; and possibly upstate New York where Geiger counters went off the scale a few days after certain atmospheric weapons tests in Nevada.
The shot list is up to 368 and I can easily see 400 being quite reasonable when this shoot is done. The planning is very detailed. Consider 30 seconds per clip for many shots, and multiply that by the memory required to shoot 30 seconds of 1080p 30fps on ProRes422 and you start to be able to figure out what portable mass storage requirements will be needed. I just added a Glyph 4Tb RAID 1 portable hard drive to the equipment stack. That, together with other high performance RAID drives already packed up in their Pelican cases, should, I hope, be sufficient to capture everything required.
Spent quite a bit of time today, wiring and testing a new camera rig with Sound Devices mixer and Roland recorder bolted to the side. Getting the tone setting just right on both channels took a little while, and will have to be repeated with every shot – but I am a lot closer than I was a week ago.
Still continuing to finalize scripts for many of the shots – re-writing many of them to lighten them up. This really needs to be enlightening but also entertaining. I am leaning towards irony and satire but it might not all work out that way.
Looking forward to sending my new DJI Phantom with GoPro Hero3 on 4K over the side of a canyon at sunrise. Should be pretty dramatic, and the light should be amazing.
The detailed planning, extreme focus, and late nights/early mornings, together with the obsessiveness to create a complete and compelling story, has its impacts. People get ignored or marginalized. For that, I am truly sorry. But the creative process is all consuming, and the end result will be something worth fighting for. I hope you stay with me.