The concept of a documentary on the Appalachian Trail came to me during one of my hikes. The scenery was so beautiful and the people were so interesting, I realized something had to be done on this. I want to go from state to state, Georgia to Maine, and show what I found along the way. I know that other videos have been done on the trail, but nothing in-depth. This project is a must for a number of reasons, including:
-Promoting America's need for exercise with the fantastic hobby of hiking
-Analyzing the rich history of the Appalachian Trail
-Showing the many interesting sites along the way
-Exposure to the interesting wildlife (bears, snakes, etc) on the trail
-Learning more about the people who have hiked the trail and how they did it
-Showing the difference in culture from state to state along the way
This documentary will likely take around a month to shoot and then another month to edit. I have done some preliminary research and the subject matter is enough for at least 90 minutes. It will probably end up being longer.
While I am not planning to get too personal with bears or copperheads, I want to get some footage of the wildlife for this piece. I am also interested in speaking with people who took time off to hike the whole trail. I would love to do it myself for this film, but cannot afford to take the time off. I want to look at the history of this trail and its significance during events such as the Great Depression.
The trail features historical landmarks such as a monument to George Washington that was converted to a sniper tower during the Civil War. There are historic towns and beautiful views along the way. I want to capture this on camera. It should lure a few history nuts out to the trail.
This is a project that I am probably too excited about. I love the trail and want the rest of the world to know about it. It might well get a few more people out on the trails, that's never a bad thing.
Please help me with this. It is a sound investment because a good hike always pays dividends!