I’ve been a little bit too busy to write for Outside Hollywood regularly this year, and I’m about to get a whole lot busier. Fortunately, my next project will essentially require me to post regular updates. This project is not a feature, and not a documentary. It’s kind of an experiment.
In two weeks, a four-man video team is heading to Egypt. We will be there for two weeks. During that time, we will post a 24-minute video episode every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We will stream this video live to subscribers on the web and immediately afterwards stream live audio from the team on the ground for 30-minutes of interactive Q&A.
It’s a pretty brutal production schedule, and to make it work we’ll be relying on the blinding speed of Premiere CS5 on two high-powered laptop editing suites, the superior image quality of the Canon 5D, and the extreme flexibility of the GoPro HD Hero. We’re using a mix of shotgun mics and wireless lavs for audio, LED flashlights for lighting, and an assortment of GPS trackers and satellite pagers, not mention a huge stack of redundant eSATA hard drives that we’ll be backpacking around the desert.
It’ll be quite an adventure, but the project is more than a simple travel show. We’re hoping to cover the history and culture of Egypt in a presuppositional way, and look at the consequences of the ideas that have affected it. The four dominant ideologies of the globe – ancient paganism, Greek humanism, Christianity, and Islam – have all owned Egypt at different times. A hike down the Nile will reveal pyramids, Roman temples, New Testament-era churches, and modern mosques, and the effects that these influences have had on the surrounding culture.
We’re calling this the Navigating History project, and we’re hoping that Egypt is just the first of many seasons to come. You can read more about our goals and process on the website, and over the course of our trip, we’ll be posting images and video there at least once a day once we hit the ground in Egypt.
If this production schedule works, and our subscriber model works, we’d like to produce a new season of Navigating History every 4-6 months, each focusing on a different location and culture, and rotate different crew members through the process as well. So, check out this first season. It’ll be interesting, educational, and entertaining, and it’s very possible that readers of this blog will be on the teams working on future expeditions.