Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Nepal - "make a decision, while still in the moment"

Never thought I would ever make it to Nepal. Not really the hiking/climbing Mount Everest type, but always thought if the right opportunity came around, I would love to experience Nepal through the eye of the lens. Then the earth quake happened. I knew that now I really had to search for a reason to go. It took a mere two phone calls, one e-mail and two months, before boarding the plane. I was commissioned to shoot a documentary film project in Katmandu, the capital of Nepal.

Over the years I realized that upon arrival at your final destination, even if you are completely dead tired, go out and capture as many moments as you can find. You have to force yourself right from the word go, to start filming. Why? Well, one gets used to the new exotic environment so quickly that you start to take details for granted. 

Once you get started, it's exiting. You are fired up and the material is rolling in. Great, that’s what you want. Well, kind of. . . . .  For a start at least, but soon you are confronted with new challenges. Too many stories and you are lost in confusion. The real question is: What is important and story related? Just randomly shooting pretty pictures is by no means the goal here. Somehow there need to be a method in the madness. Make sense out of all the stories and focus on the red line! That common ground that glues all of it together. Although one feels like hiding underneath the covers, by experience you know that the only way out is to punch through all the noise in your head.

Small pieces of the bigger picture happen all the time around you. Sometimes you catch it, but most of the time these moments just fly past you, never to be repeated again. Do you stop? Tell the driver to pull over? "There is nowhere to park, Sir. You are putting all of us in a hazardous situation." Remember that nobody can see what you have in mind for the film. That vision, is only with you and you alone are the only one understanding it. It's hot and it's a mission, and there are the first rain drops now! Do I just shoot from the hip, hand held? Oooo noooo, so you rather just let the moment go and for the rest of your trip, you will have to wonder about it. You have to remember that when you get home and back in the comfort of the edit, nobody cares about why you don't have enough footage. So make a decision, while still in the moment. Stop the driver. Take your tripod, even if the moment isnow gone, don't worry, something else is about to happen. Because if you keep on stopping the driver, sooner or later the one magic moment after the other will present itself. Your imagination will finally no longer be a vision, but the pieces of the puzzle will start falling in place and the reality of a beautiful creation will be yours to share.