It's been a while since the last update, so I just want to let you know what I've been filming recently and what my plans are.
I just finished filming/interviewing folks down at the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City. It was a great experience! One of the participants (Alfred Rordame) practices Yoga, and our interview session explored the necessity of focus as applied to violin building. He spoke very well about the subtleties that demand hours of work in order to refine. I think this film is very much going to be about "work". You could say, how humans benefit from putting work into things ("work" here meaning nothing but concentrated mental effort).
I also just did some filming with a juggler named Mather, who does amazing stuff! I brought my gear down to the farmers market and found him juggling for money. It blew me away what he was able to do (up to 9 balls at once, for example). You could see the concentration very clearly...
There are many insightful people slowly becoming a part of this film. The main challenge for me is to be patient in allowing production to manifest. It can be understandably difficult to convince working adults with kids to be a part of this. I find that the key is gentle persistence, as with learning anything.
Here are some examples of sequences in planning: an avalanche survivor, an OBGYN doctor, a saxophone player, a piano teacher, a Vipassana meditator and a Yoga instructor. Additionally I am filming random people in the streets (mainly when they aren't aware), taking street photos and I'm about to start editing the rough cut as I go along!
I'd like to thank everyone for being patient, especially with these long stretches in between updates. There are some production stills below - enjoy!