We filmed Woodtick Camp on a chilly winter day. Every winter day was chilly. This one was above zero so I could operate a camera without gloves on. Justin assisted as pack mule. Dad and I rode on his snowmobile as Justin rode in the sled behind, pulling another sled with all my equipment. We stopped along the trail a few times so I could film my dad riding by. Stepping off the trail to get the shot I wanted proved to be a little difficult as I sank to my waist in snow! There was a lot of packing and unpacking of the camera equipment between shots so the equipment wouldn’t get wet. I got multiple angles of Dad hiking down the hill and back up the hill at the end of the day.
It took about 9 hours with a couple short breaks to film everything I wanted. I don’t believe all camp/interview shoots will take this long but I will make sure all my interview subjects know it may take up to 4-5 hours. 2 hours of the shoot was just getting in and out of camp! After editing the 9 hours of shooting down, I hope to have about 10 minutes of Woodtick Camp and Dad’s story. The preview I edited together is 4 minutes so it’s going to be tough to edit the whole interview down to only 10 minutes! I do plan to also get footage of the camp in the summer and follow my Dad out hunting this fall.
I believe the interview went well. I don’t have a lot of experience with interviewing people so my dad was a good first subject and easily re-filmable if needed! This gave me a chance to work out my own kinks and learn some interviewing techniques.
Check out a short video of Woodtick Camp and my first interview on the homepage of upariver.net. I plan to upload another one soon of him talking about some folks in canoes he rescued off the river.