The making of any documentary is a long road, and a lot of work has already been done laying the foundation for this one. A very important step is obviously setting the shooting dates. We will begin principle photography August 2012. We will be hitting the road and traveling around Ontario interviewing a number of people involved in this issue. So the clock is officially ticking.
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So I’m happy to announce an exciting project on the horizon for Red Salt Productions. It is a feature-length documentary that will begin principle summer 2012. Due to the fact that it is project that is in pre-production, I can’t release too many details yet. All I will say for now is the working title is “Nuclear Hope”. This is the single largest film project that I have undertaken. There are a lot of things that are going to need to fall into place before this becomes a reality, but things are moving along well so far.
So I have been slacking off in updating my blog. Happens to the best of us. So here are some more pictures. These are some from my recent vacation.
“I just got back from a couple days at Mole National Park, which is a huge wildlife reserve in Northern Ghana.”
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So I haven’t been keeping up with my blog very well. Isn’t that always the case. I have been quite busy working on projects and such. New content in the form of pictures, videos, and longer blog posts are forthcoming. Meanwhile, I am enjoying the cooler weather of the rainy season, and get to ride through a lot of puddles during my everyday journeys.
So I will have more to post soon, as well as the restarting of my YouTube channel Mr. Bob.
In the meantime, I’m going to go see if my cat Leo is going to act crazy tonight.
So after about 10 hours waiting in airports, 20 hours of flying, and a 13 hour bus ride, I have finally arrived in Tamale Ghana. I use the term “Bus Ride” loosely because the “road” we took was the most interesting road I’ve ever been on. Randomly the pavement would stop, and it would just become a very rough dirt road with huge pot holes. When it did become pavement again, they are worried about you going too fast so they have added speed bumps about every 30 seconds down the highway. (This in addition to the large frequent pot holes). Needless to say, it wasn’t a smooth ride.
I still don’t have any pictures to post yet. I have not had a chance to break out my camera yet, but I will. All of my energy has been spent just getting here. Once I get settled in over the next couple of days I promise to post pictures of where I’m living, and where I will be for the next 8 months of my life.
In terms of culture shock, let me put it this way: getting woken up by roosters, and having to frequently avoid hitting stray goats is only a fraction of how life is already different here.
For those of you new here, my name is Shane Smith and I am a cinematographer, and editor. I do various video productions from small independent films, to television production. If you are interested in that aspect, you can visit my company website at www.redsalt.ca.
I have been contracted to work with Create Change in Ghana Africa for the next 8 months. I will be the full time videographer there shooting and editing videos of the various projects they are invovled with, mostly clean water supply, and education for girls. I am extremely excited for this opportunity, and have set up this personal website to keep track of my adventures.
I am leaving tomorrow. I am very excited and nervous, but to be honest mostly relieved. I only found out that I got this position about 3 weeks ago, so getting ready to go in such a short amount of time has been very hectic. There were the issues of packing up all of my posessions and putting them in storage, getting my travel visa in time, etc. I am pleased to say that I believe I have taken care of everything. Guess I will find out if I’m wrong after it’s too late. 😉
I have done a fair bit of traveling around North America, but have never been overseas. It is going to be some adventure. I will be posting pictures, blog entries, links to the videos I am shooting and editing, as well as any of my comedy YouTube adventures that I still want to produce.