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- Author: Billie Bloom
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The helicopter sets us down in a clearing and we offload heavy boxes
of camera equipment, securing our backpack straps firmly across our chests.
The icy wind reminds me that winter is approaching quickly in Alaska, even
if it’s technically still fall. We say thank you and share a hug with Dale and
Kate Westover, the husband-and-wife pilot crew who saw us through this
last, six bumpy hours, leg of our journey.
After a quick wave, our ride is
gone, making their way back to civilization. Or rather, Juneau with its
population around thirty thousand or so. The five of us form a unicorn… an
all-female film production crew. In my years of filming around L.A., it’s
never been all women. It’s a cool feeling. And in this moment, we are
officially on the job in Port Providence, Alaska. A huge smile overtakes my
face. I love the start of a new adventure.
It’s mid-October and we only have a few weeks of reliable weather to
shoot. This is the perfect escape at the perfect time, since my ex-fiancé is
back in L.A., currently moving out of our apartment, and in with his new
model girlfriend. Not that I’ll let myself cry anymore over it. He wasn’t
worth my time. I’ll just have to keep telling myself that.
We all stare a beat at our stunning surroundings. As the helicopter
sound fades in the distance, the light breeze, birds chirping, and water lapping
at the edge of the cliff line all register. It’s one of those ethereal moments in a
documentary where we’d pump some loud inhale-exhale sound effects,
panning the camera in slow motion to emphasize the shocking beauty of this
place. Rugged and unfriendly as hell, with a variety of ways to kill you, but
“It’s colder than a witch’s titty out here,” Chloe says in her loud,
throaty voice, and we all laugh. She’s our creative director and we can always
count on her to say something brassy.
“Friend, you are not wrong,” my little sister Evie agrees as she zips her
waterproof coat up to her chin. It’s so cool having her here with me. She’s
been around L.A. a few weeks now and has taken to professional filming like
a duck to water.
“Move out,” Chloe shouts. Just like that, our spell is broken, and we’re
on the move.
“Should we be filming this part?” Naomi asks. Ever practical Naomi.
Never good for a laugh, but always good for getting the job done efficiently.
Beth, resident-in-chief of us-not-getting-our-asses-handed-to-us when
we do remote nature documentaries like this one, has the final say in our
planning. “No time. We need to get to our spot by dark and it’s still a long
It doesn’t matter that this is my fourth time filming somewhere
inhospitable, I never quite get used to hiking—Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death
Valley, Big Sur—they have been experiences of a lifetime. And I love nature,
don’t get me wrong. I even run somewhat regularly. Heck, I can go five miles
on a good day. But hiking out in nature… it’s just a definite no for me. Even
more so when I’m carrying thirty pounds of gear and don’t really know
where I’m going.
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