Eyes Open

After hours and hours of training on the camera operations, interview techniques, and theological concepts, the reality and proximity of the Alaska departure date has finally set in. Alaska is no longer a future plan, but part of the present! It is still baffling to me that in just two short days I will be on a plane ready to begin one of the most amazing adventures of my life.

I cannot wait to begin the journey as I head off to Alaska on Sunday. Although this is a domestic trip, the idea of Bethel, Alaska, a town that is showered in sunshine over 20 hours a day, is unreachable by road, and displays a unique culture and way of life, is completely foreign to me. I am going into this trip without any real concept or preconceived idea of who I will encounter or what I will learn. Without having these expectations, I think that my eyes will be open to whatever comes my way and I will be able embrace the wonderful cultural experience with open arms.

I came across a quote by Marcel Proust that reads, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” As I begin my journey I will be referring back to this quote as I try to take every experience in Alaska with an open mind and an open heart. I hope that in constructing this documentary, we are able to be true to the people of Bethel and share their wonderful stories and culture with the world. Though we may have an idea of what our documentary will develop into, it really depends on what we find when we step off of the plane in two days. The story we write needs to be the story that the people of Bethel tell us. If we take on the experience with eyes ready to learn and immerse ourselves into the Bethel culture, this will be the lens in which we film our documentary, and in this way, we will be able to create a documentary we are proud of.

The task of filming a documentary in 2 weeks in a remote town in Alaska, without having had any previous camera experience and without a strongly developed storyline is daunting, but I am confident that we will create an astounding piece and hopefully open people’s eyes to the situation in Alaska. I’ve got my adventure lenses ready and I am prepared for whatever Alaska throws at me!


More Marcel Proust quotes: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/marcel_proust.html

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