Thursday, July 30, 2009

Continue. Tomorrow.

It's 9:29 PM in Washington D.C. I'm sitting in the air conditioned, One Washington Circle Hotel, burning a backup DVD for tomorrow's presentation. Shirt and slacks are draped neatly over the furniture and I'm sipping Diet Mountain Dew in an attempt to stay awake and still maintain a slender figure. Jeff is taking a quick nap on the designer sofa. Both of us are digesting Thai and fighting off the effects caused by pre-celebration spirits.

It's strange, but somehow it's hard to really believe that our film is (for the most part) done. Jeff and I would certainly like to color correct a couple of shots before the official release. We also have to make sure that we aren't leaving anyone out of the credits. That said, tomorrow's cut is 99.5% the real deal. We've locked down the finished edit, which means... no uncorked edition. Other than the color and title corrected final version.

Jeff and I are nervous about tomorrow. We've come so far to have anything go wrong. Jeff is mostly worried about equipment malfunction. I'm concerned about the possibility that the project won't be well received. I say that knowing that what we have is really special.

No one has ever taken the time to film 28 activities that are accessible to individuals with spinal cord injury and disease; and then put that footage together in a comprehensive film that will showcase the opportunities available. There have been several well-produced, single activity productions. There have also been several "all types of disabilities" videos. But until now, there is no definitive sampling for newly-injured, spinal cord injury/disease specific patients. Even if the film bombs, we are still providing something that has never been been done.

I'm fearful, but I'm optimistic. Optimistic because this production contains a lot of heart. None of us are making any money on this production. None of us are planning on selling the video for profit. We simply want the production to be readily available to those who are curious about the next step in their recovery.

And so, tomorrow we publicly screen "Continue" for the first time ever. Following the screening, Jeff and I will discuss the film with members of the PVA. I'm looking forward to putting it out there. I'm looking forward to getting some sleep. I'm looking forward to the possibility of other adaptive-related productions. But mostly, I'm looking forward to offering this film as a resource to those who have experienced a life-changing injury.

"But enough of words. Actions speak louder than. Action now. Observe all."

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