- 1:11 PM, Tuesday,
October 10th, 2023:
- My goodness is the
video I shot in New Zealand breathtaking. I don't even
know where to start.
- So I'm back,
rendered everything and spent my birthday yesterday
getting to just review the footage. Honestly? Best
birthday present I could've possibly had. That
initial rough cut when you have NEVER seen the
footage? Is absolutely magic. I mean magic. What
I captured is more of the "never been captured by a
VR180 camera" stuff and, just wow...
- ...however? It's
just sports. I was lead to believe this was about
the indigenous people of New Zealand (the Maori) and
of course, Ihi is Maori and is using ancient teachings
to help these athletes. But, at no point (until our
very last zoom a few days before) did I realize
this was just a series of different sports.
I mean - whoopee for me! From baseball to rowing,
to cycling to FOOTBALL I mean goodness am I gonna
have one helluva reel. But, uh, I don't exactly
understand how we're gonna make a reel about the
indigenous people of New Zealand out of any of this.
Not really my concern I guess, I just shot
every possible thing that was put in front of me. The
rest is up to the peeps who brought me in.
- So yeah, the first
entry ended up being the flagpole and riding with Ihi
which is actually the perfect way to start this
journey from my perspective. I knew so little coming
into this and those two scenes ARE ihi. Serious, might
kill you... but actually very funny and jovial. He
just doesn't suffer fools. He doesn't fuck around. He
expects you to be on time (guess who was always early)
and expects you to keep your word. So, yeah, you can
say I love this dude. People THINK they're like this,
but in my 25 years in LA I've never really found
anyone who lives it. This calm, assertive, and FOCUSED
expectation. I love that shit. It's my whole life.
It's the entire foundation of The Journey. It's why
I'm typing entry #2377 and spent my entire birthday
editing: what I produce is what I am. I say I'm going
to do all sorts of shit and I do it. Ihi and I are cut
from the same cloth and I think we immediately
realized that. I think. Still might be a little
scared to ask him though.
- This video covers
the second part of the flagpole day where we he talks
a bit about trees and we visit the great Tane Mahuta!
The biggest and oldest tree I've ever seen. It
kiiiiiiiiinda translates in VR180, but even that
doesn't do it justice. What a tree.
- And of course here
comes Ihi tellin' the story of the GOD DAD
bangin' the GOD MOM and his appendage dripping
out after the money shot.
- These are all
things that will NOT be in a corporate reel. But
they're exactly why I love not only this dude,
but the entrie culture. I may not be of the same
religious mind, but I surely enjoy romanticizing
nature and having the self-awareness that we're all
simply a function of sex. Good shit.
- Alright, I'm
pretty sure I won't pull off #3 by the time I do
the NFL, though I'm gonna try. We're now having
contract and insurance issues so who knows if this
will even happen. Always crazy. But I'll try to have
#3 by the end of the week.