Ever since I got the equipment necessary to film, I’ve been playing pretty fast and loose with scheduling interviews, putting together trips, and so on, preferring instead to revel in the incredible footage my camera produces.
For example, here are some great shots from interviews I’ve conducted between January and March, for all three productions:
As I have to keep telling people, these are not photographs taken during filming; these are actual screenshots from the video files I shot during the interviews. One of the most satisfying and time-saving aspects of the new camera is that taking additional production photos becomes the exception, because you can see everything so clearly in the video.
These interviews took place in Finland, California, Maryland—a wide variety of locations and a lot of fun to do.
But now playtime is over.
Now begins the hard part of the production: moving away from randomly grabbing interviews based on where I happen to be heading, and actually calling, arranging, and planning whole trips where I do nothing but interviews. Typically I shoot 2-3 a day, but with the new camera and the new advantages, it could be as many as 6-7.
This year I have a swath of trips to do, and the trips fall into two categories: those where I have speaking engagements scheduled and those where my presence is needed for these films. In both cases, interviews will be happening.
There are trips ahead to locations all over the US—Portland, San Francisco, LA, Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C. and Kentucky—not to mention the world: London, Brighton and South Africa. All are potential places to do lots of sit-down interviews with all sorts of people.
But only if I plan.
So the planning begins: the letters, the phone calls, the inquiries that turn into interest and then grow into firm times and places, and the lugging of equipment all over creation to tell all these tales.
It’s going to be rough. But look at those shots!