Not to take a page out of @realjohngreen ’s book here but I am now, in a stunning turn of events… on a train! More specifically I’m on my fifth cross country train in seven days and train number six will be tonight. Bring it on.
A lot of people comment that it seems silly to travel so much to collect interviews, and at times the hassle of travel combined with the hassle of the English weather makes me question the practicality of the project at times. After all, everyone comes to London sooner or later. Why move? Why not wait for them to come to me?
One of Newton’s laws states that an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted on by another force. This morning the force of the rain outside was certainly enough force to make me want to stay in bed. But when I am onset with out of the interviewees there is almost always something, be it getting to see people work in their labs, or getting a glimpse at how people kindly mentor their students, which reminds me why I’m so lucky to get to develop Day of Small Things.
We often forget that we are all subjected to the same laws of humanity. Nobody can jump out of bed when their exhausted and the rain patters down outside. There are days that we all question what the heck we are doing with our lives. And every single one of us feels like there’s never enough time.
This is the value of getting interviews outside of London. Yes getting B roll footage of people in their natural environment is great, but it’s nothing compared to getting to know people as they are, in their homes and offices, to see their lives and achievements. It’s seeing the full human not the studio one. And the full human is who this project is about.
Because it’s a Brave New World out there. Every Day.