camera crews need route books too.
I'm not sure how it happens, but the days just melt away. It's 1AM Newfoundland time, and I'm still up working. That's been the modus operandi for this trip. We've been getting up at 6AM and getting to bed between 1-2AM. Yes, there's just that much to do. Imagine being a driver or a co-driver, though. They're keeping roughly the same hours, I believe, but during the day they have to be a lot more dialed in than we do.
Sleep has been meted out in too small a measure, night after night, but it's okay. We've been getting great stuff. Lots and lots of great stuff. Jesse, my old friend and fellow filmmaker, and I did the camera count today, and we realized that between our three person crew, we're operating eleven cameras a day. It could (and should) seriously be a full-time job for a fourth crew member to just be in control of charging batteries and copying footage. But we don't have that person, so it falls to Jesse and I every night for 3-4 hours when we get back to the room.
While we're waiting in status bar limbo, we've been planning our route for the next day. At least, since yesterday we have. On Monday, we got to the first stage thinking we'd simply follow the cars from stage to stage and film as we went. We had no idea what we were getting into. We shot the first stage, then missed the second altogether. We hit part of the third, but it had already been closed down to traffic. We shot most of the stages that first day, but we missed a lot too. Worse, we didn't count on the two hour end-of-day transit to Gander for the car show, and we got there very late. The Flyin' Miata boys were all still around, but we kept them and us up late getting our interviews squared away.
Tuesday we swore would be better. We spent a solid 3-hours just looking at route books and pulling GPS coordinates to see what would be a logistically feasible route that hit all the major scenes we were trying to shoot. It went off perfectly today. We are on our A-game now, and things ware really clicking out on the stages today. We didn't see all the stages, but we got some fantastic coverage. We even found a little time after lunch to go film some icebergs! How cool is that?
Okay, it's late, I'm tired, and I'm operating on the absolute certainty that I won't get enough sleep tonight. Time to sign off. One last thought, though: the cars are both doing great. Brandon and Zach in the supercharged 2006 MX-5 are in a five-way tie for first place. Keith and Janel are doing very well, though I haven't seen official results just yet. More on that subject when I hear something...