I have a 400+ shot list for this two week Toxic State shoot. Every little detail is worked out. Which cameras for each shot; which angles, what counter-points; how many seconds for each shot, and, therefore how much storage (computer disk space) is required. Scripts for every stand-up and voice-over; Questions for every interview. Even the shot list created in order of geographic location and the order of my itinerary.
So today I scheduled myself a day off. A day to do as I please. I chose to take my camera gear and go and hang out in two of my favorite places; Canyonlands National Park, and Arches National Park. Canyonlands has the wildest elements about it – no services, no gift shops, nothing. And go drive the Shafer Trail for a feeling of what it must have been like to be a uranium miner, carving out a more convenient route from the top of the Canyonland cliffs, to the Colorado Plateau, a ball-tingling, dizzying number of thousands of feet from top to bottom. Narrow, mostly unmaintained roads, risks of flash floods, no barriers next to lethal drops – I love this stuff.
And today, unmeasured and unmanaged, I created the best footage of the shoot so far.
Maybe I should take off next week as well!