This was the first documentary in our Creative Native Project series. We had only a few weeks to plan, research and book our locations and interviews because of the grant window and then did ten days of shooting in south Florida. Given the short turn around time we were quite pleased with the results and the response but having several months of research and planning for the Oklahoma project and 21 days of shooting will enable us to produce a really fine documentary.
When Bob first asked me to go out with him as a field producer for some of his clients, I really didn't like it but I did it for him. Then we did "In a Brilliant Light" and "Pentimento" about my art for my traveling museum shows and I got really comfortable being on camera and realized I had a knack for it. Doing the Creative Native Project series is different because I am interviewing other people but I discovered I really enjoy that as well as the opportunity to meet interesting people and go to places that fascinate me. My other love is science and ecology and especially ancient trees and forests so this project is an incredible learning experience as I do the research and a real source of information gathering for my curious mind as I talk with creative individuals.
Next blog I will go to Part Four of the challenges of documentary filmmaking.
I also did an installation that was shown at the Brevard Art Museum in conjunction with our documentary called "Preconceived Notions" because so many people come to Florida with no idea of what the real native flora is and have changed the ecology drastically. The installation was interactive to educate the public about what is native in Florida and to help bring awareness to saving it.