Joe and I had a very nice meeting last week where we discussed things further. We discussed the entire route for the hand cycle ride through Glacier National Park. He also has interviews and meetings he wants to conduct with the nurses and doctors who stabilized him back at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula. We also discussed me going out to Missoula and Glacier with them next month. I would be going out there August 9th or 10th through the 17th or 18th. I am about 90% sure I will be going. I am still seeking out a second driver/assistant for my trip and the funding needed to make the trip. The main cost will be food, $450 for driving round trip, and then lodging will be cheap because we will be camping at various campsites along the way! It is going to take me away from school for about a week and I am going to have to raise money to do so, but I definitely think it will be worth it! I will be able to get footage of the hand cycle ride, b-roll footage for flashbacks, hopefully some speed flying rides performed by one of his friends and then the interview he wants for his own personal project. :)
I sent in a project proposal to Kickstarter last night. Kickstarter will allow me to receive funding from the general public for my senior film. I am only going to pledge a small amount since I only have two weeks before Montana. Crossing my fingers that they accept my proposal.
Today Joe and I are getting together to talk more and shoot a promo video for the potential Kickstarter project. He just received his new bike for the trip so we are going to film him on that!
To help aid in my research for this short film, I have watched two EXCELLENT films to understand my subject matter. One was "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" which was recommended by my instructor. It is about the editor of Elle magazine and his recovery following a stroke. He was diagnosed with "locked in syndrome" which is paralysis from head to toe. With no ability to speak, it showed him learning how to communicate through blinking. First with one blink for "yes" and two blinks for "no" and then eventually he learned to spell things through blinking. Despite this very difficult process, he was able to write, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by blinking when the correct letter was reached by another person slowly reciting the alphabet to him over and over again. Its an incredible story and it is shot very similarly to how I have envisioned my senior film! A lot of it is from the patient's perspective, which is what I am hoping to do as well. The other film I watched was "Murderball." It is a documentary about quadriplegics who play wheelchair rugby. This was a film that Joe recommended because it was a film that motivated him in his own recovery process. I can very easily see why it was so motivating for Joe. I learned a great deal about my subject matter through the interviews with each rugby player.
Along with watching the films I have been reading through his Caring Bridge journal from when he was in each hospitals. I copied it to a word document and I have been reading through 64 pages of his recovery process. I am highlighting different parts of it so that I will be able to accurately portray how he looked, acted and felt during each day. I am reading parts of it aloud to my mother, grandfather and brother who are all medical professionals. They have been explaining things to me very well and told me that his family did a great job regurgitating the medical jargon in the journal.
I am going to get back to reading the journal and will update this more after my meeting with Joe this evening. Cheers!