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Sunday, June 2, 2013

My Own, Personal [come to] Jesus

I keep imagining my abdomen on the other end of that hind leg kick...(shudder)

Well, here it first-ever YouTube posting of some of the first footage (by means of the extremely versatile GoPro Hero 3) of my video documentation of the gentling of Takoda, the mustang who will represent Colorado's Western Slope region in the Mustang Million competition in Fort Worth this September.  Here Takoda takes his first steps on his way to becoming the ambassador for wild horses across the country and for Steadfast Steeds, the non-profit hoping to improve the plight of the nearly 50,000 horses and burros confined to BLM holding facilities.

It will be a looong haul for everyone involved... perhaps even more so for me, due to my mentally tortuous quest for perfection.  (Alas, elusive Perfection - you shall find no home here.) Navigating the ins and outs of video production has already proven a challenge in filming environments that are technically extremely unfriendly.  As if the blinding, penetrating sun at 7,000 ft isn't ENOUGH, the meteorological gods have seemed fit to beset the region with sweeping winds, as well.  Good times!

Only a few shoots in and the process has already produced untold amounts of stress, confusion and - perhaps most importantly - untold exhilaration!  Yet amid all the technical challenges, perhaps the most interesting has been feeling out my own role(s) as cameraman, sound engineer, gaffer and director while at the same time recognizing my place within the team that is pulling this together.

At any given point in time I am f(l)ailing in at least one of these.

But with every shooting hour I log I gain some new insight into the process.  Failure is, indeed, the finest educator.  Unfortunately (cue sigh).

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  1. Growth is usually stressful and uncomfortable but the struggle makes the completed task worth every frustration encountered. Victory in the final product!

  2. So true! Comfort has taken refuge on a shore very distant from me, but I have learned an intense amount...with still so much more on the horizon. Thanks so much for your words of encouragement - they are greatly appreciated!

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