When we first started making preparations for the 2016 Who Do You Love Tour, it was all about possibilities. Rolling the idea around in our head, we begin to imagine what we could do in a short film to shed some light on the current presidential campaign.
Like many people, we are confused and confounded at the situation in which we find ourselves. As Paul Turley, a retired Corning employee put it this evening here in Muskogee, Oklahoma, This country "is in deep doo-doo."
So we brainstormed about what we could do to with a short film like this. And we decided to interview people around the South. That, mixed with the narrative of the story of the journey, appealed to us as something that might be more interesting than one interview after another.
Then, we began to think about the process of creating such a film. We muddled the amount and type of equipment that it would take and how to minimize that as much as possible, yet still have something that looked onscreen to have some measure of quality to it. We assessed our skills and decided that since we have acquired over the years most all the skills necessary to produce a short documentary, we would just go for it and damn the torpedoes. The budget was a consideration. Because the number of resources available to us on short notice was somewhat lacking (it's only us, folks!) we chose simply to self-fund the film. That may change.
Once the reality of doing all this alone sank in, FUD set in — Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. As soon as the dreaming was over, the nightmare began. How to do this, that, and the other thing all alone. 'What if' scenarios kept creeping into our head. We started making mistakes we don't normally make. You may have even read about our panic at not being able to find a cat sitter. We forgot things. We felt overwhelmed. . . and afraid to begin the journey.
We've now taken that first step of a 4200 mile journey and it occurs to us that things are, indeed, going to be alright. What we didn't realize was that this will be not just a journey to discover what's on the minds of the electorate this year. . . it will also be a journey of self-discovery. It's time we got to work.