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64 Days, a Making of - Part 5/5

This marks the last part to the film’s Making-of series, it is a look back on the film overall, and what I’ve learned after years and years of fighting to finish FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES.

Sixty-four was the exact number of days spent on the road during principal photography; there was a time when that number, 64, dominated the life of this project, filming a nearly 5,000 mile bicycle journey was a massive undertaking, but when compared to the struggles of post-production that soon followed the road, it was a breeze. 

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I love my autographed #thedamkeeper poster :) Decided to hang it up in the office…
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I love my autographed #thedamkeeper poster :) Decided to hang it up in the office…

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I love my autographed #thedamkeeper poster :) Decided to hang it up in the office…
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We now own a dremel and a ceramic drill-bit… look out.
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We now own a dremel and a ceramic drill-bit… look out.

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We now own a dremel and a ceramic drill-bit… look out.
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It’s been far, far too long since @mel_iss_awesome and I have seen each other :) So glad that @erica_hampton , Mel , Ryan and I got to spend some time together before we head back to L.A.!
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It’s been far, far too long since @mel_iss_awesome and I have seen each other :) So glad that @erica_hampton , Mel , Ryan and I got to spend some time together before we head back to L.A.!

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It’s been far, far too long since @mel_iss_awesome and I have seen each other :) So glad that @erica_hampton , Mel , Ryan and I got to spend some time together before we head back to L.A.!
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Today’s sunset was something else… Thank you @courtycakes102 for showing @erica_hampton and I your favorite spots along the coast :)
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Today’s sunset was something else… Thank you @courtycakes102 for showing @erica_hampton and I your favorite spots along the coast :)

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Today’s sunset was something else… Thank you @courtycakes102 for showing @erica_hampton and I your favorite spots along the coast :)
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I remember you, Oregon coast…
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I remember you, Oregon coast…

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I remember you, Oregon coast…
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Somewhere between Portland and the ocean…
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Somewhere between Portland and the ocean…

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Somewhere between Portland and the ocean…
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I want to watch more films… That’s where the idea for 52 Films really started - there has been a growing list of overlooked films that, year after year, I neglect to chip away at; like a New Years resolution that falls apart after a month. 
I’m guilty of getting too wrapped up in my own work - feeling too busy to sit down and watch this film or that film - even though I know better; even though stepping away from my own work, which I am at times struggling with, and watching someone else’s work often jars something loose, often helps get past a problem I’ve been running circles with. 
So, 52 Films is a few things -
It’s a way of staying motivated to watch more films; it’s a way to be inspired on a regular basis, and it’s a way to kickstart an open conversation around cinema and visual literacy. 
I won’t be reviewing films, there’s people out there that do a far better job of that than I could ever do, and thats something I have little interest in. What I will be doing is sharing what stood out to me - I hope to simply put into words what I took away from these films, what I learned, what could be applied to today’s films regarding structure, technology, risk-taking, failure. 
I’d love it if YOU were a part of this also. 
I’ll publish a calendar of films, 1 film for each week of the year. 
Films are watched on Wednesdays. 
I’ll have a post that goes up on Thursday that opens up the conversation around that film. 
That’s it.
Join in if you have something, small or large, to say. Or just follow along for the motivation of watching more films! 
I want to watch more films… That’s where the idea for 52 Films really started - there has been a growing list of overlooked films that, year after year, I neglect to chip away at; like a New Years resolution that falls apart after a month. 
I’m guilty of getting too wrapped up in my own work - feeling too busy to sit down and watch this film or that film - even though I know better; even though stepping away from my own work, which I am at times struggling with, and watching someone else’s work often jars something loose, often helps get past a problem I’ve been running circles with. 
So, 52 Films is a few things -
It’s a way of staying motivated to watch more films; it’s a way to be inspired on a regular basis, and it’s a way to kickstart an open conversation around cinema and visual literacy. 
I won’t be reviewing films, there’s people out there that do a far better job of that than I could ever do, and thats something I have little interest in. What I will be doing is sharing what stood out to me - I hope to simply put into words what I took away from these films, what I learned, what could be applied to today’s films regarding structure, technology, risk-taking, failure. 
I’d love it if YOU were a part of this also. 
I’ll publish a calendar of films, 1 film for each week of the year. 
Films are watched on Wednesdays. 
I’ll have a post that goes up on Thursday that opens up the conversation around that film. 
That’s it.
Join in if you have something, small or large, to say. Or just follow along for the motivation of watching more films! 

I want to watch more films… That’s where the idea for 52 Films really started - there has been a growing list of overlooked films that, year after year, I neglect to chip away at; like a New Years resolution that falls apart after a month. 

I’m guilty of getting too wrapped up in my own work - feeling too busy to sit down and watch this film or that film - even though I know better; even though stepping away from my own work, which I am at times struggling with, and watching someone else’s work often jars something loose, often helps get past a problem I’ve been running circles with. 

So, 52 Films is a few things -

It’s a way of staying motivated to watch more films; it’s a way to be inspired on a regular basis, and it’s a way to kickstart an open conversation around cinema and visual literacy. 

I won’t be reviewing films, there’s people out there that do a far better job of that than I could ever do, and thats something I have little interest in. What I will be doing is sharing what stood out to me - I hope to simply put into words what I took away from these films, what I learned, what could be applied to today’s films regarding structure, technology, risk-taking, failure. 

I’d love it if YOU were a part of this also. 

  • I’ll publish a calendar of films, 1 film for each week of the year. 
  • Films are watched on Wednesdays. 
  • I’ll have a post that goes up on Thursday that opens up the conversation around that film. 
  • That’s it.

Join in if you have something, small or large, to say. Or just follow along for the motivation of watching more films! 

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Frame # 0318 of There Will Be Blood. Filed under IMG Seq.
Frame # 0318 of There Will Be Blood. Filed under IMG Seq.

Frame # 0318 of There Will Be Blood. Filed under IMG Seq.

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Uh oh… Erica dropped her phone and it exploded :( Luckily she’s eligible for an upgrade…
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Uh oh… Erica dropped her phone and it exploded :( Luckily she’s eligible for an upgrade…

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Uh oh… Erica dropped her phone and it exploded :( Luckily she’s eligible for an upgrade…
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View more #7x7s at http://mikeambs.com/7x7 1) Maeby getting all her pent-up crazy out. 2) Ender (the bunny) hiding under the couch after stealing some of Erica’s apple. 3) We had an annoying ant problem during the summer, and Erica was convinced she had an ant in her hair… hence… whatever is happening in this clip. 4) Scanning negatives and sharing stories about the zoo. 5) Xander telling us about an awesome tree fort. 6) I’m pretty sure we’re both laughing here because Erica accidently farted on my leg. 7) Writing the last part to 64 Days.

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Exploring in the woods with Erica and Gino :) photo by @ginoroy
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Exploring in the woods with Erica and Gino :) photo by @ginoroy

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Exploring in the woods with Erica and Gino :) photo by @ginoroy
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We are going to sleep like babies tonight after a full day of photo-taking :)
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We are going to sleep like babies tonight after a full day of photo-taking :)

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We are going to sleep like babies tonight after a full day of photo-taking :)
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Room within a cow head…
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Room within a cow head…

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Room within a cow head…
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