Wow, things have been busy here–and it’s kept me from blogging. Lots of traveling at the moment. Just returned from Minnesota and now I’m in Nashville presenting at the Christian Scholars Conference. I’m here until Saturday, then return to California to re-pack and leave for Uganda. When I’m this busy, it’s hard to pause, reflect, and write. And, with no time to reflect, it’s hard to feel inspired. Thankfully, I’ll have some things to write about next week from Africa!
Go and Do is getting out there It takes a while, but we’ve been doing regular media and radio spots. I’m beginning to get emails from readers, so it’s exciting to see it taking shape and hear that the message is resonating with people.
One thing that I am proud of in the making of the book, but I haven’t promoted much, is the book “trailer.” Yes, even books these days have trailers these days! I like looking at book trailers and music videos because they give me a better idea of what the artist was thinking. I always want to know the story behind everything–songs, music videos, books. I want to know the “Why?” Sometimes, I see a video on YouTube and I no longer like the song because I get an image in my head that I never connected to the song. Other times, I will watch a music video or book trailer and it sparks an interest in me that I never knew I had.
With my video background, I wanted to do a trailer well. And, from the very beginning–even early on when I started writing the book–I had an idea for what that trailer would look like. When I was writing Go and Do, I had a mental image of what my experience that fit into a minute. In involved showing the inner struggle and coming to decision point–standing on a ledge. It involved a leap of faith, followed by a burst of vivid “go and do” experiences before resurfacing to the starting point.
When I though it through, it seemed impossible to pull off. I tried to scrap the concept and come up with something else, but no other idea seemed sufficient. Its interesting how we can know with so much certainly what something should like that it becomes the only way–it would be filmed as I envisioned it or not at all.
For the most part, it would not be hard to film, except for one scene: a cliff jump. The cliff jump sequence would be the secret ingredient and I could not come up with a better analogy or concept–and, unfortunately, I didn’t have footage lying around of a jump sequence. This meant, I had to film a cliff jump sequence myself.
I knew of one spot close to my house–in Malibu Creek State Park. It had been particularly cold out the weeks I was planning the shoot, then one Saturday morning in October, the sun was shining. Lisa and I hiked in to Malibu Creek State Park early in the morning and set up the shot. The water was cold and murky–i couldn’t see what was below the surface. Some kids told me that you had to jump way out because there were rocks under the water that you couldn’t see.
I stood on the edge for a while trying to decide if I really wanted to leap into frigid water. We could hear a large group of people coming up the trail–if I was going to jump, it had to do it before the crowd would invade the shot. I jumped twice. We would have like 5-8 sequences, but with the crowds and water temps, I figured I would take whatever I had. Luckily, we got the shot.
During midterms, we ran into the Pepperdine library to film the library sequence in only a matter of minutes (Thanks Tim Jones for the help!). Thankfully, the trailer not only turned out as I envisioned it, but it exceeded my expectations.