After doing extensive research and talking to a lot of individuals about Oklahoma we spent the weekend scheduling all the locations and individuals we will be visiting. Getting all of this scheduled is more of a challenge than anyone who has not done this could possibly imagine. We are trying to make a loop throughout the state and also work with the schedules of the people we are interviewing. Right now it looks like we will be leaving New Mexico May 4th and shooting all over Oklahoma until around May 24. We can always count on some shooting taking longer or shorter than expected and always need to be alert for the many curve balls that this kind of work sends our way. We need to be ready for anything and flexible enough to work with whatever we may encounter. It certainly is enlivening surmounting the challenges. We are often exhausted but exhilarated at the end of the day. I just love getting to visit all these exciting locations. Interviewing is such a kick and educational for me too.
For more on the history of documentary filmmaking go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Documentary_film
Documentary film is a broad category of motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality. A "documentary film" was originally a movie shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now includes video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video or made for a television program. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.