To travel is to take a journey into yourself. – Danny Kaye
6:30am and I am walking with Marc to an early morning production shoot down near the beach. This morning we are gathering the last two shots for his documentary for Project Filmbox, whose goal is to make a truly international film about the new spirit among young people. Over the past several months Marc has collected footage from various children’s organizations and orphanages from Mexico to Nicaragua, with the end result being Peru, and the subject for his submission deals with his own personal journey and adventures through Central America. I admit to him that it has been nice to reenter my roots from the career that I had for almost 12 years in television production, even in spite of the early morning wake up call. Directing him from behind the camera, I tell him that I cannot promise cinematic genius since we have limited resources to work with, primarily hinting with his overall physical appearance that tends to be a horrific and grotesque sight, but this is what we have to work with and evidently it is not getting any better even with the brown paper bag covering his face. The morning is successful even fighting the strong morning wind as I attempt to block the small microphone on the side of the GoPro, which is what all of the video material must be shot on. I can hear the wails from editors and camera operators back home using such elementary equipment, but I am confident that I can clean up much of the material in post-production, since I took many lessons from the best editors I know, Kelly Porter and Ray Volkema, the veterans of Colorado Studios, HDNet, and are currently now with AXS.tv. I always figured that at some point the skills that I have gained through a very wonderful career in almost every aspect of broadcast production would be utilized, and I am thankful for the opportunities that has even lead me to this morning’s shoot.