Tuesday, June 15, 2010


I remember summer vacation to be...well, a vacation. You had 3 months of freedom: the freedom to do whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted, with nothing to really plan for cept the beginning of school in August. No matter what happened, you knew that by the middle of August you had somewhere to go and something to do. And no matter how much I dreaded the up and coming semester, it was comforting that I was working towards something.

Now that 'something'....well, it's come and gone. The degree is done. I don't go to school this August, and for the first time in my life I have the freedom to do what I want with my life. Anything I want. Want to move somewhere? I can save some money, pack up and leave. It's that easy.

Thing is, I haven't found out yet if it's a comforting feeling or rather scary. Settling down for a bit as I work on these jobs up here has been a little tough. Don't get me wrong, I love my family. It's just very different, not having the friends and family in Arizona so nearby. It'll all work out though. It's all part of the transition process, and things always work out in the end.

Kenya is in full swing and approaching the home-stretch here. Our tickets are booked, and officially we have 24 days left. Between now and then, I have plenty of stuff to work on. I have a full new rig, which I have appropriately named "Dory". Here's Dory's rig:

Canon 7D
Rode VideoMic
RedRock Micro eyeSpy Shouldermount
28mm 1.8
50mm 1.4
70-300mm 1.8
3 16gb, 90mb/s CF cards (very sick cards)
Zacuto Viewfinder

It's enough to get basically any job done, and I'm just about dialed on everything. Shooting some b-roll on that rig was spectacular, especially in 1080, 24fps. DSLR's open up alot of options when approaching a project because you can easily switch glass for the appropriate setting and the camera is built for photography, so adjusting apertures and exposures is second nature. It's definitely a different look than a 3ccd recorder, and the learning curve on them is a bit tough. Keeping it steady is next-to-impossible as well, but like everything really all of it comes with time. I can't wait to shoot a short on it.

Still to work on, I need to get familiar with the Canon XH-A1s and that set up. It should be alot easier considering I've worked with the XH-A1's before and 3ccd recorders are already second nature to me. And honestly, who can be upset about playing with cameras? Seriously?

It's hard to really focus on it all though because I've travelled before, and I know how emotional of an experience it can be. I firmly believe that modern humans are meant to travel. We have the capability to go anywhere in this world, where money is the only obstacle standing in our way. And with a world that is full of many cultures and billions of different people, who wouldn't want to go and see it all?

This Kenya trip, however, is striking me a bit differently because of the significance of our visit. Everyone that went last time didn't leave Kenya without developing a bonding relationship with these kids. It's natural and cannot be avoided, and that's what I look forward to the most. I look forward to seeing Rori and Brian and my dad coming back and being re-united with some of these kids and seeing that purest form of love between two people.

And what's my job in all of this? It's my job to film that story: to capture it and bring it back to all of you. So if I do my job right, and I fully intend to do so with all my heart and soul, then you'll know what I'm talking about. And maybe, just maybe you'll feel what we all are going to feel in a month. You'll feel that love. It's a love that this world desperately needs right now, and it's truly an honor to be able to tell a story like this and share it.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ryan|
    I hope things are going well. I've been thinking about you and what you have been experiencing in Kenya. Will look forward to your next entry. Be Safe.