One of the constraints that I have placed on myself for this project is to operate primarily as a one man crew. What does this mean exactly? Well, basically it means that I get to do everything. The means I will be operating the camera, recording the audio, writing the scripts, doing the editing, color grading the final videos, cooking dinner, driving the vehicle, repairing and cleaning gear, hauling the gear into the field, etc, etc, etc. You name it, I’ll be doing it.
Why would I want to take all this on myself? Quite simply, for four reasons.
- I want the experience of doing all of these things and sharing that experience through the Behind the Lens series. Part of the goal of this project is showcase all the different roles that go into making a film.
- I want to operate with a very low footprint on the landscape where I am working. I don’t want to have a large crew with me while working in sensitive environments where we might damage the ecosystem, scare the wildlife, or cause harm to wherever we are filming.
- My third reason is simply practical and logistical. Because of the full time commitment of this project over a minimum of two years, its hard to find someone that is willing to join me for that entire period and that is before I even have to find additional funding to pay someone’s salary full time for multiple years.
- Finally, my fourth reason is simply control. I relish the idea of having full creative control over every aspect of the production and I love learning new skills in order to make my creative ideas a reality.
What about the whole “jack of all trades, master of none” concept? This is something that I have to acknowledge and realize that I will be working within my own limitations. I realize that some aspects of the production might suffer, particularly early, because I am not an expert at all things. That is a reality that I will have to deal with, but it is also part of the journey of Filming Florida. It is the story of my experience, what I learn, where I succeed, and even where I fall short. It’s a tall order but it is all part of the story and I look forward to learning if a single individual can actually pull off all of these roles.
I will also state that I do plan to work with other people in the field. I have already had several individuals offer to help out in various capacities throughout the project. My wife may even be able to join me for some portion of the project and she will take over some of the roles in the project if she is available. However, for the majority of the project, I will be working alone in the field and be performing all of the various tasks as a crew of one. It is a bit overwhelming but I am actively forging ahead and building my skill set so that Filming Florida is the high quality production I have envisioned.