Friday, January 16, 2009

Count Down Continues

As Wednesday grows near, my heart starts to beat faster at the thought of how much I have left to do in the coming days. There is so much to do before I leave for MN to interview Major John Plaster, one of the leading sniper experts and a supporter of the Montagnard people. To say that I'm looking forward to meeting and interviewing him would be an understatement. I have been enjoying his books so much over the past months, and I can't wait to hear his answers to my questions. An expert's undivided attention, recorded on film, is quite possibly one of the greatest nerve-racking and simultaneously exciting things I have experienced.

In other news, I had lunch with a potential new volunteer. A friend from my hometown connected us because of his interest in screenwriting and the Montagnards. He met one of the guys I interviewed for our film, who is incredibly knowledgeable about the Montagnard history and culture. Our conversation was great, and I am hoping he can help us make this film come together very soon. As I do for all of our volunteers, I asked him what would keep him interested/motivated and what he preferred to work on. I'm looking forward to getting to know him, and seeing what he can contribute!

While waiting for him to walk into our appointed meeting place, I spent a fair amount of time jotting down ideas: my to do list, the process we will follow in the coming months, and a letter to our filmmaking partners. My eye started to twitch as I thought of all that I wanted to do to make this project great. But it was very rewarding to have the few moments of silence to put all of those floating thoughts on paper.

It is also very rewarding to know that you have a team of volunteers available to help you get work done. I am looking forward to once again amping up our efforts over the coming months. But for now, I must focus on preparing for Wednesday's departure because it will be here before I know it!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Back in the Saddle Again

Last weekend I wrote a new post for this blog, but never published it. The entire thing was scattered and lacked focus, which is exactly what the subject matter of the post was, ironically enough. I was coming out of what felt like a coma, having been in bed for over a week.

But, I am happy to report that I have been at work now for two days! I'm not back to 100% just yet, but feel infinitely better than I have in the past week. And tomorrow marks the one-week milestone to when I leave for MN for the final interview of the film. I am so excited to meet this person that I can hardly stand it.

This is a short post tonight, folks. There will be much more to report on this film very soon, I am sure!