Film on AT hike will take time

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 10:29 PM


Though their pilgrimage is complete, the real work is just beginning for Jeff Brown and Drew Simms.

The pair will now sort through hours and hours of raw video and begin the painstaking editing process for their Appalachian Trail documentary.

“It’s going to take longer to do that than it did to hike it,” Simms said last month. “I’m saying (it will take) a good year, year-and-a-half, to get something that we’re proud of.

“Especially now that we’re back home and working to start saving back up to really attack the project. And you kind of want a break from it, and then come back at it fresh. You kind of want to take a step back from it and then go at it.”

Trying to maintain a vision of a successful film while completing the most arduous task of their lives proved difficult.

“There were certain moments with the film (that were disappointing),” Brown said. “It was something I had to accept early on. I didn’t have the manpower or the capability to film every single moment.

“I didn’t have a film crew going at all times. There were a lot of little moments where I was like, ‘Oh, I wish I could have caught that on film.’ That was probably the most disappointing thing, but I understood at the beginning that hiking the trail alone is hard enough, trying to document the entire trail at the same time is pretty much impossible. So I had to give and take.”

Also, there were times Brown was simply too tired to bother worrying about making a movie.

“There are times you get beaten down so hard sometimes it’s like, ‘I don’t care about the film right now, I just want to get to where I’m trying to get to,’” he said. “Especially when we doing those big-mile days. Our biggest day was 33 miles, and when you’re trying to cover that kind of miles there’s no time to stop and film all the time. That was one thing that was kind of hard to balance.

“(But) in the end it all worked out the way it was supposed to, I think.”

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