Adventure: VanLife Episode Four

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We were on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. Just kidding. That’s a line from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by the one-and-only Hunter S. Thompson. A literary hero. But I like to channel his energy when I’m out on the road. Unpredictable.

What is remarkable about a film like this is the amount of time required to capture the content. Putting it together, with my bush-league post-production doesn’t take that much time but the fieldwork sure does. It’s always a balance of experience vs capture. I have other interests. If given a chance to fly fish or cycle or shoot motion I will fish or ride. But duty calls so I try to find a balance.

The script here was from a journal session somewhere near the Taos Plateau. Windswept and cold. Just the right ingredients for staying inside and getting it done. I make VanLife films that don’t talk about the van. I know. Remember, the van isn’t the thing. The van is the thing that gets you to the thing. But, if you want to know the particulars. Dodge Promaster 1500. The inside was built by Wayfarer.

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  1. Yea, that was really good. Have said it before, you’re a really good writer. Interesting to watch the 360 – not sure it will ever quite work for my brain wiring, but it’s pretty darn cool.

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  2. I watched and listened the first time and found myself occasionally closing my eyes to just listen. After walking away for a while I replayed the video but allowed my eyes to stay closed. Without the visual stimulus your words and voice took on a deeper meaning and any images that popped up were memories of my own adventures.

    I agree entirely with Scott. Writing in such a way as to allow the reader to step into the prose makes the experience so much more personal. You’re a better writer than you take credit for.

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      Thank you. Very kind. I think that still images and sound are actually better and stronger than motion. I have always felt this way.

  3. “As me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies” ~ Glenn Frey in the “Smuggler’s Blues” Miami Vice episode. Just sayin’.

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      One of my fav episodes. That’s it, taking the rest of the day off. Vice binge.

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