Life is so amazing sometimes, isn't it?
Out of all the episodes that I had planned, this one was supposed to be the easiest. I was filming a group of people that I knew, the location was familiar to me, and we were mostly going to be inside (so many problems are solved by being inside, you guys, seriously, it's so much easier) so it was totally going to be a piece of cake.
10 months later, I'm on the tail end of a 100% genuine, bonafide, real-life character building experience. I started filming this piece in November of 2013, when mixed martial arts fighter Ariel Sepulveda started getting ready for his first professional title fight, with the help of his coaches at Next Evolution MMA. Between that time and the fight at The Ring of Combat in Atlantic City on January 24th, 2014, I acquired eight interviews, a lot of bruises, and 18 total hours of footage. EIGHTEEN. HOURS. I've never had to deal with that kind of volume before, and to make matters worse, I'm attached to these people, so it was really challenging to decide what to keep and what to leave out when it all affected me so much. In the end, I think I managed to strike a balance between telling their stories completely and respecting my audience, but it was a long process, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't glad that it's over.
I know that it's all about the journey and whatever, but sometimes reaching the summit feels DAMN GOOD.
Most of the amazing music in this episode was found on the Free Music Archive at www.FreeMusicArchive.org. Below are the individual artists' websites--please go download their music because they are all awesome!
Broke For Free: www.brokeforfree.com
Chris Zabriske: www.chriszabriskie.com
Dexter Britain: http://dexterbritain.co.uk/
Diablo Swing Orchestra: http://www.diabloswing.com/
Monk Turner: http://monkturner.bandcamp.com/
Passion HI-Fi: https://soundcloud.com/thepassionhifi
The Underscore Orkestra: http://www.theunderscoreorkestra.com/