Tell the Story

Filming and editing in December and January revealed more elements of the film’s story and the delicate seamlessness of life, community,  paddling and spiritual connectedness. During last weekend’s shoot, Bonnie A. Perry talked about how she started kayaking, paddling goals, and coaching. She also discussed how the physical and kinesthetic experience of paddling relates to…

A Story about Believing and Digging in on the Creative Drive

For a variety of reasons, Fulbright grants, study abroad, volunteer service gigs, traveling, I stopped making art for ten years. I took up kayaking after learning that a lump I had removed was benign. Six months later, I was kayaking every weekend, I got a grant to study in Japan, and stayed in hostels in Alaska.  As…

On the Water

Less than a month ago, I had the chance to film Bonnie Perry in Maine and Wisconsin and Andrea Knepper with the Gitchee Gummee participants. While filming and collecting still photos is a part of filmmaking, it is also important to observe, record, and take in all the surroundings and not just the moving image….

Summer Filming

I have been filming almost every weekend for the last 6 weeks. My subjects have been very busy with their paddling schedules. Since Bonnie Perry, Andrea Knepper, and Sarah Hartman, are all involved in different opportunities this week, I used various strategies to collect footage of these happenings. I met up with Bonnie for a…

Sarah Hartman: Great Slave Lake Expedition

  Over a week ago, I spent a Sunday morning with Sarah Hartman at the Geneva Kayak Center. We drank coffee while she ruminated about the preproduction questions I had sent her. Sarah mentioned the moments when she realized that she needed push herself more and the folks around her who served as important mentors….

Packing for Filming on the Water

I am packing for filming at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium and Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium. Silicone gel packs must go in every dry bag and waterproof camera bag to prevent moisture buildup and damage. Extra batteries and SD cards will also be packed. In order to capture Bonnie Perry’s awesome on-the-water dialogue/coaching,…