When the phone rang and I heard my packages had arrived I think I jumped about 4 ft in the air and probably squealed like a little girl. Opening up the packages was literally like Christmas morning, even though I already knew what was inside. A couple weeks ago I had a meeting with the Bashaw Historical Society to see if they’d be interested in my documentary project, since it will be focused on capturing the history of Ed and Mary’s lives in Bashaw and their incredible stories. The board was almost as excited as I was, and totally on board with the idea of partnering. We have now sent off a funding application to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and also accessed some funds to purchase some essential audio and video equipment so that I can start filming with the new DSLR.
Out of all the new toys that arrived today, I honestly can’t decide what I’m the most excited about using, but lucky for me I have a couple shoots scheduled already so I can break it all in. On Friday I’ll be filming at a dairy farm near Big Valley, but I didn’t want to wait even until then. So I got on the phone right away with Ed McFadden to see if he’d be up for a visit tomorrow! I’ll be spending the morning unboxing and figuring out how the audio recorder works, setting up the shoulder rig, hooking the Z Finder onto the camera’s LCD screen, and maybe giving the 24″ slider a couple trials. Then after lunch I’ll head over to Ed’s house and set up for our first interview together. I am honestly SO excited to get this passion project really started, and with all the right gear to really capture it in the quality Ed’s story deserves.
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