The making of the film
Making a documentary was never part of the plan. But after six months of taking photos and capturing film, inspiration abounded and the idea for Pacífico became the creative outlet for the road trip. As time went by it grew from familiar friend to the driving force behind our ongoing adventure.
Pacífico began to inform what we did each day as we earnestly tried to capture the beauty that greeted us with each new day. We learnt as we went along and captured everything we could. The mundane rolled into the spectacular and our appreciation for nature and passion for conservation deepened as the hours of footage began to stack up.
The end of the trip and start of the journey
Neither Chris nor I had a background in filmmaking, so when the trip came to an end, and it was time to start making Pacífico, we had no idea what to do. We had so much footage, and a story to tell deep within, but didn’t know how to pull it together into a cohesive story. We realized we needed some professional expertise and ran a successful crowd-funding campaign.
We connected with an editor in England and got to work. We worked day and night for two weeks with our new editor. With a looming deadline – we needed something to show our campaign backers – but the direction for the film was off. It wasn’t reflecting our experiences, insights and the spirit of the journey. Stressed, exasperated and searching for direction, we found the answer in Germany. And his name was Andreas.
Andreas Geipel shared a studio with Chris’ brother in Berlin and worked making ads, music videos and films. Without another viable lead, we travelled to Berlin to save the film. Andreas had lived in Argentina, spoke Spanish, and quickly saw a story in the mass of footage. We spent the next couple of months planning the story, crafting the interviews that became the voice over, and started thinking about the soundtrack. Eight new songs were written and recorded to help tell the Pacífico story.
What we naively thought we could edit in two weeks has since taken two years. Andreas and I have worked closely editing, refining and building Pacífico one minute at a time. And now, after a long wait, and lots of patience and understanding from the original crowd-funding supporters, the Pacífico story is ready.