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…

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,…

ICYMI: Our 96 Hour Tour

There was the gentle knock at the door. Older brother quietly saying “Sis, I don’t want you to freak out but its 1:38AM.” Aaaaaah! In a panic I pack and on the road by 1:45AM. So much for waking up at 1AM to make coffee, quietly pack, and get on the road. Note to self:…

Turning film into an interactive experience

As we started this project, we were looking for answers to questions we did not know how to ask yet. Taking an existing film and turning it into an interactive experience that is both accessible and yet intriguing. Interaction between user and the content is in the foreground of taking film as a medium and…

My Journey

I wanted to make Metal Road to shed light on two related, yet often hidden issues:  manual labor in the US and Native American Histories.  Laborers are often the most economically oppressed people doing infrastructure jobs, but the workers are strong and resilient. My hope is their labors will not go unnoticed any longer.  …