A few months ago I had the opportunity to work with the BC Cancer Foundation and create a piece for their ‘Hope Couture’ event. We interviewed Erin and two doctors who are leading the way in cancer research. I didn’t know their story until we sat down with the cameras rolling as our original interviewee had cancelled at the last minute. This left us with little prep time to review/explore Erin's story before we sat down with her.
For some reason I enjoyed the process of being unprepared, not having answers to the questions I was asking. I simply asked her questions and heard her story for the very first time, just like her audience. It brought me back to the childlike wonder I experienced often when I first began making movies with my dad's old Sony Handycam. Her story created authenticity as she shared it. I'm not saying that we should always throw away all our plans and prep for future shoots, however, it was a pleasant reminder to take time to enjoy that childlike wonder and try to represent that in every project.