Before the Memories Fade….And The Hard Work Begins

by Gail Mooney
October 2 2010

The tiger striped tan on my feet, from my well-worn sandals is fading, along with the familiar feeling of being “on the road”. As I ease back into my real life, and face the tough task of editing the 145 hours of footage that I shot, I want to take a breath, pause and just say thanks to all of you who have followed our journey these past months. Your support and encouragement helped us stay connected and focused on our purpose – shooting our documentary about remarkable people who are making a positive change in the world.

Kopila Valley Chilcren's Home, Surkhet, Nepal

Thank you all for being there throughout our journey.

There’s nothing worse than going to a huge effort, only to keep it a secret. Thanks to my good friend and colleague, Ethan G. Salwen who interviewed Erin and I while we were in Buenos Aires, during the last days of our journey, we were able to capture on camera, our thoughts about this experience before they faded away. I have used some of this interview footage in sneak previews and recent blog posts, to keep people engaged as I delve into the post-production aspects of this film. I will try to keep you all up to date on my progress. and I urge you all to keep following along and to share this project link with others. Our motivation for this film was to create awareness of what people are doing to make a difference in the world – the power of the individual, with the hopes that it will inspire others as to what they can do. Ultimately, we can only do that if the film gets seen.

My plan right now is to look at all the footage and then put together a rough cut of the story as I see it. I would love to bring a professional editor in on the project. Their expertise will only make the film stronger and tell the story better. My goal is to make independent videos of each of my subjects’ stories and then combine them in a feature length documentary. I have already connected with a couple of editors who expressed interest in this project through this blog and the power of networking. So, please keep passing along this link.

Of course once the film is made, I will need to publicize and distribute it, in order for people to become aware of it. I have some thoughts on how to do this, but once again it’s impossible for me to do everything myself so I will look to collaborate with others who have talents in PR. Anyone know any publicists with a good social conscience?

I know that collaboration is key to the success of any endeavors like this. From the start of the project’s inception, I have collaborated with friends and colleagues –who led me to people they knew who would make good subjects for the film – who helped me write press releases – who made donations – who helped me with on camera interviews – who, just by being there, supported us with their kind words and enthusiasm. So please stay tuned in, even if more time seems to lapse between posts, because we’ll be working away behind the scenes to finish what we set out to do.

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0 Responses

  1. You’re welcome, Gail. The interviewing was a heck of a lot of fun, and maybe someday you’ll be able to share outtakes/bloopers with all your supportive fans. I’m sure they’d get a kick out of seeing you and Erin cracking each other — big time. I sure loved seeing it, and wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it for myself: mother and daughter, worn out and exhausted, sick and rundown, satisfied but burnt out, having traveled together around the world for three months, stuck together 24/7 — snapping at each other one second like an old married couple, the next second practically rolling off your chairs in laughter at an inside joke, unable to control yourselves, lost in memories that were still very fresh, and then, suddenly, responding on-camera to a question with insight and grace that gave dignity to your project’s subjects, made the depth of your experiences hit home to me even more, and were so much more interesting to hear on the tails of the hearty, uncontrollable laughter.

  2. Tom Kelly

    Ethan,

    Thanks for your encouragement and support of this project as well. You were truly fortunate to have “been there” with them on the road in B.A. (your road) and to help them capture those all important interviews as the experiences were yet fresh in their minds. I know that this will be a life-long experience together that mother and daughter will never forget.

    Tom

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