So here I am completely exhausted but euphoric after nearly 9 hours hiking through the highest mountains of the Amalfi Coast today. I have to say, I have never felt this excited about a series before. Because I’m filming everything myself I’m getting these incredibly intimate moments on camera that you never get with a big film crew in tow. People here get shy in front of big groups of cameramen but in the past week with just me and my tripod and a more spontaneous approach I’ve found myself in certain situations that are so cinematic and so authentic that I ended up in tears of joy to my mother just relaying all that’s transpired via Skype (we’re a pretty emotional family).
I’ve spent a lot of time living on the Amalfi Coast but I am still awed by the kindness of strangers and the warmth of old friends (from the seamstress who sewed a dress for me one summer when I was desperate to impress a local boy to the family who rent the apartment I first stayed in that holiday five years ago that made me decide to run away and live in Italy.)
For the camera geeks who have been asking me, I’m shooting on a pocket Blackmagic cinema camera, a Canon 5D Mark III and a 60D with a zoom lens.
And for the Italians reading this… Per l’ennesima volta rimango stupita dalla gentilezza degli sconosciuti in Italia. Le famiglie che mi abbracciano come se fossi uno di loro. La coppia in macchina oggi che si sono fermati alla fermata dell’autobus dove stavo aspettando per chiedermi se volevo un passaggio. La bellissima coppia anziana nelle foto che mi hanno invitato dentro il loro orto di montagna oggi a mangiare il pane e l’olio fatto in casa. Il loro figlio educatissimo che mi ha trattata come una sorella. La signora che ho aiutato a portare le buste della spesa a casa che poi apre la porta e mi invita a pranzo. Se non lo sapete gia’ questa e’ una regione pieeeeeeeeena di gentilezza.
Here are some behind the scenes pics to give you a sneak peek at what the show will look like. Feel free to let me know what types of things you would like to see in the show in the comments below while your wishlist can actually influence what I go out and film.
Thanks for your support. I cannot wait to publish a trailer for this series. I think anyone who has an aching heart for Italy is going to LOVE it. 🙂