Thanks

It’s that time of the year. Everyone is traveling, spending time with family, and busy with the holidays. Burning Torch Productions would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season, and say thanks for all of your support. We have been traveling a bit ourselves, about 3000 miles so far. Carrie and I have traveled by train, bus, and car in our most recent adventure to the Pacific Northwest. Everything is finally starting to make sense. Having a large amount of the filming done, I have decided to dedicate a number of blogs to writing about the people who I have met on my travels. The list spans from energy industry workers to drifters on the street. There is an entire story alone about the people I have encountered. Make sure to check back to get a glimpse into the lives of some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met.

In the meantime, enjoy the holidays and stay warm! Here’s a picture that hopefully brings a chuckle to your day. Whoever said making movies couldn’t be fun?

Mark jumps on down to Phoenix with Carrie

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Pondering in the Mist

The trip to the Northwest has been well worth it.  It has been enlightening, humbling, and inspirational.  Between the huge change in scenery, the interviews with Bonneville Power Administration, and stumbling across more power plants than I’ve ever seen, I have finally found some answers. What is the best energy?  Well, I have definitely come a long ways since I first asked this question.  I have traveled coast to coast, through rain forests, deserts, canyons, and mountain passes.  I’ve traveled by foot, bike, train, bus, car, truck, four wheeler, and plane.  Now that I’ve journeyed over 8000 miles, it’s time to make sense of everything.  The next few months are going to be busy editing interviews and piecing together the puzzle with Marty Pool.  As much as I want to tell everyone what I’ve learned, I have to wait until the film is finished.  As the footage unfolds, Marty and I will be blogging to keep the conversation going.  We will also be blogging about whatever we feel is relevant to Energy! O Energy!  I will be on the road for another 2 and a half weeks gathering footage. I’ll leave you witha few photos of the last two days.  If you’re just joining us, check out some video clips from the first bike ride through Wyoming to explore energy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXCjbccG7c8

Happy trails.

You Can be in the Film!

I have received some criticism for riding my bike on my previous journey through Wyoming this past August.  People have accused me of being slanted because I was riding a bike.  Apparently riding a bike is a “green” statement.  My only statement about riding a bike is that it’s the most enjoyable method of transportation that I have come across in my lifetime.  What other type of transportation can you see the world at a reasonable pace and jump of the occasional cliff when you’re bored?

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For the next leg of my journey I will be setting off in my 1990 Oldsmobile 98 Regency.  This certainly should clear my record.  What is the statement that I am trying to make by driving this car?  It’s my only method of transportation other than my bike and a month-long road trip in the winter, covering over 3200 miles is definitely a limiting factor when it comes to selecting transportation. As much as I would like to take my Olds on the entire trip, I’ll be borrowing a car midway to take to Seattle, riding with friends for another leg, taking the Greyhound bus for a section of the trip, riding the Amtrak train, and then finishing the trip by picking up my car where I’m leaving it halfway to get home.  I am estimating about a month on the road.  Here is a map of my tentative route.

 

 

 If any of you are located anywhere on my way, I would love to stop in and meet you.  I am always conducting public opinion interviews from people who use energy.  Do you use energy?  If you answered yes, this is your chance to be a part of something great!  I am also looking for people who work in the energy industry to comment on their perspective.  Comment or send me an email in a reasonable amount of time and I’ll do my best to give you a voice in the film.

Good music? Sure.

The holiday season is here and I have a present for your viewing pleasure.  I have been putting in countless hours editing Energy! O Energy! and didn’t realize that I haven’t uploaded any clips from the film since training!  It has been far too long without at least something to watch.  I decided to edit some of the footage together from the ride to some music by the one and only Johnny Cash.  The song is “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” performed by Johnny Cash.  The original writer of the song is unknown and can be characterized as a folk song.  Out of all of the versions though, Johnny Cash sings the roof off with this one.  The industrial beat really matches the footage well.  It isn’t a trailer but at least it’s something to kill a few minutes at work while your boss steps out.  (You don’t do that, do you?)  As always, I appreciate the messages, “likes”, emails, RTs, and comments.  If you like the clip, post it to your facebook or twitter.  Let’s see how many views we can get.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXCjbccG7c8

I am shooting to have an official trailer by 2012.   Between traveling for interviews and processing the footage, I haven’t had the time to put together something that I like.  Speaking of interviews, I just got back from Casper, Wyoming where I talked to Jeremy Fugleberg at the Casper Star-Tribune.  He is the energy reporter for Wyoming, which means he writes about energy in about every form in Wyoming.  I finally got to ask some of my “big picture” questions.  Just wait until you hear some of the questions that I’ve begin to explore.  The film is taking a whole new turn.  I am working on securing a few more interviews though.  It seems that I just can’t find an answer to my question of what the best type of energy is.  Every time I talk with someone, I uncover something new to explore.  My newest idea deals with distribution.  The energy isn’t being made without reason.  We are the consumers and we need energy.  This is where the grid comes into play.  What’s the grid, you say?  Well, if things go as planned, I’ll be heading to Portland, Oregon to find out.

In the mean time I’ll leave you with some pictures.  This is what happens when I get let out of the editing cage.  I don’t think the human mind or body is designed to roam freely, biking around the country and then just stop and edit video for days at a time.  These aren’t photoshopped and we didn’t use any manipulative angles.  It’s just a very large amount of suppressed “energy” that I needed to get out.