Jeff here. 2012 has arrived. Generally when the new year comes around I'm just grateful that I've managed to go another twelve months without being mauled by a mule deer.
This new year is different. I (and Drew and Stacy and a bunch of Bolivian kids) get to look back at 2011 with fond memories and a big smile. We did something very cool and very special and assuming we can get past the pesky hurdles of creativity and logistics, we'll even be able to prove it when we manage to get our production out from the editing bay.
The project succeeded beyond what we'd hoped and the experience can hardly be described without resorting to hyperbole and overwrought exclamation marks. So I'll leave it at this:
Thank you. Thank you for giving us something to be proud of and Happy New Year.
A few days after we got back from Bolivia I (hi, this is Jeff...) spoke at TEDx Brisbane about the project as a whole and specifically the past month spent in Bolivia thanks to you kind folks.
Hey friends -
As I sit and wait for all these video files to render out (for those not accustomed to editing lingo, rendering is an endless process of watching a little blue bar slowly tick so the video is usable) I decided to post a quick update.
First off, we have some incredible footage. I don't know what Stacy was doing with that camera while we were running around hanging swings, but she did it well. There are some shots/places in this footage that definitely were not that pretty when we were there. In fact, you all should probably go to her website and tell her how good of a job she did, she's sick of hearing it from us.
Second, I'm still in the phase of just watching all the footage (and trust me, there is a ton of it) to see what we have. Once I start pulling out some choice scenes and moments maybe we'll put up another little sneak peak for you guys... beware though, your cute-o-meter is going to go bounce off the charts so be prepared.
What else? Jeff loved Bolivia so much he's considering moving back there. I'm not even kidding. If it weren't for getting this movie edited I would be right there with him.
Bolivia's Day of Skulls just passed as well, which if you haven't heard about it you should check it out, http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/day-skulls-bolivians-skulls-cemetery-14910164#.TsGQUoBCtmA - it's like if Tim Burton got to run Halloween, and there was a prop department.
Back to editing. Go outside and randomly do something nice for a stranger, I promise it will make you feel good.
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