Does it seem like we’ve been living in the past? Maybe so, given that so much of what we’ve said over the past few months has focused on the summer of 2015. But can you blame us? The three-month hike our crew took a little over a year ago forms the backbone of our movie, and now that we’re in the midst of post-production (i.e. assembling our footage into a real movie) we’re caught up on a bit of nostalgia for days gone by.
Take, for example, this blog written by a producer (ahem, me) after the very first weekend of the hike. It’s one thing to sit and plan a route, examine campsites and water caches on a map, but something else to put your feet to the dirt and do the walking. As you can tell by my week one ruminations, I’d had a positive experience.
Our director, not so much. She, after all, bore the brunt of the journey. While I got to go home to a shower and a real bed after three days on-trail, her only respite was the occasional hotel stay (which happened only once every 3-4 weeks.) Add to that the stress of walking through the desert without any guarantee of where your water will come from, and, well, Sam says it the best in her post-hike guest post.
Frankly, for much of the journey, we didn’t believe we could do it. It sounds like such a cliché to say things like “believe in yourself” or “you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it,” but, well, those ideas would never have become clichés if there weren’t something to them, right?
We hope this post gets you excited to see the finished film, because that is, after all, why we took our hike in the first point. You’ll have to be patient, though, because we won’t be ready for release until early 2017.