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Tech trouble..

6 years, 40+ projects latter, my camera may have bit the dust… So we are now renting a JVC DV tape deck and importing all the video. Still a lot of technical questions to face before the doc is over because of it though. I am glad that the deck at least recognizes my tapes, it is the first thing other than my camera ever to do so!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Canadian thanksgiving, so we are taking a break before we start to work on the doc again.

Des Moines Iowa

We spent the night in the church parking lot of my parent’s good firends (my dad’s best man in our parents wedding), it was nice, we had the big building to our selves, with showers and large kitchen. I have a hunch one of my parents will post more about that latter.


St. Louis

Yesterday we passed through St. Louis and saw the arch. We couldn’t find parking for the trailer so we didn’t stop, so not much to post other than that, as a result we will also post a tank you to our house and cat sitters. 🙂



Our final interviews were with the Rushton family. They were undergoing extensive renovations in their home, so that we could not meet there. Instead we filmed Harold at his business “Playmasters” and Cindy in a local book store that she writes in often. My mom has long followed Cindy’s blogs and things. The Rushtons also took us to see the home of Helen Keller. We had a great time getting to know the Rushtons and I think they will make an exalant contribution to the documentary.



Well, I think we will be up to speed in a post or two. Internet hot spots are fewer and further in-between than expected so far.

We pulled in to the Clemons on Thursday afternoon and were greeted by good old southern hospitality! Our families got along famously right from the start. The Clemons own a guest house that they allowed us to take over; it was nice to take a break and spread out after 2+ weeks in the tent trailer. It even had a washer and dryer! Huzzah for clean clothes! The Clemons called their guest house “little Canada” during our stay.

Sam Clemons is a surveyor. Rather then film B-roll after lunch as usual, we were able to get some hands on experience in surveying in the afternoon as the older children were off doing auditions for their upcoming short film. Each evening we shared a meal and then the games would come out. It is a lot of fun when big families get together!

It really was a joy to get to know the Clemons family and we were truly sad to leave. And Lisa was very sad to have to say goodbye to Princes Pinky (the cat). One more interview to go and then we start heading home!


Mungers – B

Along with Greg Munger we also interviewed his son Paul Munger and his family. We didn’t get to see much of Paul and it was even tricky to coordinate our schedules. Paul is working as the casting director of extras on One Good Man, and as such was very busy. The Munger house was a constant flurry activity as they were hosting many cast and crew, and helping with craft services all wile working around the rain.
When we got there we had only a very short 30 minutes to shoot Paul, and it often takes us 20+ min just to set up our lights! It was good this was not our first time setting up, buy this time had got in to a “groove” of sorts and each knew or jobs. We set up in record time and got a bit of a time extension with Paul. After that we had another crunch time interview with Shela (Paul’s wife), and then got all our B-roll before lunch!
I really wish we had more time to spend with the Munger family, even the short time we had with them we had was really enjoyable!

Mungers – A

We set up our tent trailer in the Munger’s driveway and were able to spill out in their large car port which was nice as it rained the hole time we were there. The Mungers were also hosting another family who was part of the crew (Teacher, craft services and extras) on Advent Film Group’s film One Good Man.

After we had set up we talked with the Mungers in their living room about the next day. The conversation turned to the Munger’s most recently finished film A Blueprint for Language Arts Success Greg was showing us the DVD, how they made their DVDs in house now, how they did this and that… then you can imagine all of our surprise when my name appeared the credits! I had forgotten, and Greg didn’t know, that Paul (Greg’s oldest son) had given me a “special thanks” credit at the end of the film. We all had a good laugh about that.

Greg Munger owns Piedmont Educational Services a and has had several films created including the multi award winning Animals of the Bible, which he made with his son Paul.

Along with us filming our documentary, I felt like I was in the middle of christian film making central. It seemed that everyone was somehow involved in a production of some sort on some level. It was a very busy and very fun place to be.


From Canada to Georgia

We are currently are camping on the east coast, I just wanted to let you all know that all is well. We are taking a short vacation time before we start head north and get interviewing again. It is nice to take a brake from all the driving. This is the warmest natural body of water I have ever touched! Asides from a dugout that is. Some times it has been warmer than out of water, and that is saying something since it has sat around 30c the whole time we have been here.
Look for posts in the next little while about our interviews and visits with the Munger families, our exploration of Savannah, and other adventures on the ocean!


Meet our family

We are a “mid-sized” home school family from Alberta, Canada.

Greg is the Dad. He just retired this spring from teaching in Calgary for the last 30 years.

Shauna was a homeschool graduate before homeschool was “normal,” and now works hard at home to educate her own kids.

Dallas graduated from home school in ’05 and has been busy working to build MovieMakers, the video business that he and Greg started together.

Dustin has also been graduated for several years. Along with attending Bible collage he has been building a local website design business.

Travis is the oldest in school, enjoys science and is looking at learning a trade. He does graphic design work for the family business as well.

Shalayne has just begun high school. She loves to play and sing, and facilitates the shipping and handling for MovieMakers.

Lisa is a very eager grade five student keeping Mom on her toes to have enough learning activities for her to do. She is knitting away the miles when Mom can’t think of anything else for her to do!

Adam is the youngest. He is very excited to start school. We don’t think he quite gets the trip thing yet.