Camera

So if you are wondering who is filming this project that’s a good question. We had two cameras going. For the R&D we hired Paper Rocket Productions cinematographers Jake and Deidra, part of the team who created a short to screen at Sundance a few years back. Paper Rocket helped us to create real interest…

Frozen Machines

On this occasion, when the crew arrived in Colorado to unload equipment, none of their machines will start. Dozens of specialized machines are not winterized for the high plains and this stalls production. The winter weather has frozen the machine fuel lines and prevents many of the track from being unloaded from the train. A…

Safety Meeting

Every morning before the work day, the crew gathers for an important safety meeting to breakdown the job detail. It lays out the train traffic, possible hazards, and communication channels for the railroad industry. On this day, the job briefing starts at 4am and the temperature is freezing. We capture the crew getting ready for…

Gas Station

It’s 3am in Sterling, CO and the Eagle Travel Stop gas station is packed. Outside temperature is hovering around zero, maybe just under it. Windshields are frozen. The cars sit idling outside while the workers are inside filling up their thermos and grabbing gut bomb burritos. Like other wage laborers doing infrastructure everywhere across the…

Carpool to Colorado

The big trip to Colorado was the start of a four day journey following the Long brothers in mid-November. Why are they replacing rails in the winter season in Northern Colorado? I guess we will find out. A two camera shoot started at Lupton, AZ at 7am. Clifford was packed awaiting his brothers arrival to…

Curve Gang

You see the tracks, ties and gravel. Every five years all of it has to be replaced depending on the train traffic. Curves wear out the most. This was fascinating. From that 3am morning Village Inn breakfast in Santa Teresa with the RRers, we were pointed in a new direction: we have to find Tahy,…

Way Down in Santa Teresa

Trip to Santa Teresa to film a tie gang working new the New Construction site was impressive. Jumped on a local flight from Flagstaff to Phoenix to El Paso. I travel alone to southern NM because the Paper Rocket team is busy and we hadn’t booked Kahlil yet. He enters the picture later on in…

Union Pacific & Burlington Northern Santa Fe

We needed to do more research. What other railroads did Navajos work for? Each RR company has its rail corridors and BNSF runs closest to the Navajo Nation. Section gangs and Regional gangs were just one of many things that we will learn from our production. Like the church denominations that partitioned our reservation, each…