Edge of the Sea: Update!

Working furiously and wanted to update everyone on how our film, At the Edge of the Sea, is coming along. We are now officially the longest six-week project in the history of, um, anything. Ever.

But! we are FINALLY done shooting, thank goodness, and now are deep into the editing process. Which is also much slower than I ever thought.

Since this was my first film I can honestly say I’ve learned a HUGE amount. Some of it I probably should have seen coming (schedule delays, weather) and some things were a huge surprise (pro tip: check the battery on the drone. Often.)

Over the course of filming we dealt with: Savannah’s first snow storm in over a century; a week of constant rain over one of our shooting trips; schedule conflicts; savage insect attacks; a moment when I thought we’d completely lost our way and nearly jumped out the window; and most spectacularly, sinking our drone with camera (and footage) on our last day of shooting into Lazarette Creek, just across from the Old 80 Marina (home of the wonderful folks at North Island Surf & Kayak) In case you’ve ever wondered, drones don’t float. Not at all. A very expensive lesson. Phillip briefly considered jumping in after it, but cooler heads prevailed and we wrote off that footage as a sacrifice to the River God.

Our original budget was approximately $3400 dollars, which was mostly for travel expenses, since everyone on the project was volunteering their time. Our FINAL budget will probably run about $5700 once we finalize the edit. A big part of the extra expense was a lost week due to bad weather – every time we went down to Tybee to shoot we spent about $1,000 on lodging, food and transpo, even with all of us staying in a house rather than hotels – and a few bits of extra equipment. So we ran about 35% over budget. Next time (eek, next time?) I’ll be ready for the extra time, and quicker to pull the plug on days we have bad weather. (And shoot closer to home. Seriously.)

With all of the twists and turns we still managed to make an amazing film (or will; it’s still in pieces now, like a fancy car awaiting a rebuild) and tell a great story. And there is no way we could have told it without the the help of the following people:

North Island Surf & Kayak, renters of kayaks and paddleboards

Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp, purveyors of Tybee’s finest barbeque

Rene & David Heidt at Sundial Charters, who do amazing nature tours all around Tybee and Little Tybee Island

The Tybee Maritime Academy and the Tybee Island Sea Turtle Project, both shown to us by Tammie Smith;

And shrimper JD Riffle, who took us out on his boat Agnes for an up-close look at what goes into putting shrimp on the table. JB doesn’t have a website, but you can see him and the Agnes at the Old 80 Marina, and many of the local restaurants (including Gerald’s) serve his shrimp catch.

We will keep updating here, but we now have a webpage! So feel free to come by there and check our our updates there as well.


More to come soon! And thanks to everyone who helped us, yet again. It’s been amazing. And hopefully only the start of bigger things.

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