A few minutes to write...
The wind and ice are messing with our minds tonight, the night before our first day of photography. The short version is there is a southwesterly wind in Barrow this evening which isn't a great thing. So far it seems like our lead (open water next to frozen ocean) is still open (kind of) but there is always a concern that it will close. The lead is actually covered with a thin layer of new ice right now, but the hope is that we can break through it with a boat. We were given permission by the whaling captains to film by the lead over the next few days but we are under a lot of pressure to get it done quickly so as not to negatively affect any whaling.
In order to film we need to get an aluminum boat out to our camp near the lead. The aluminum boat will be loaded onto a large wooden sled and hauled out by snowmachine tomorrow morning. However, our trail has suffered a little shifting and late today we realized it needed more work in order for us to get the boat out there safely. So about 2 hours ago, 4 amazing members of our crew joined Andrew's cousin JR back out on the trail. They have been fixing and recutting the trail, so the boat will have safe passage and we can actually make our day tomorrow.
I can't believe we are finally starting tomorrow. This has been five years in the making for us. Please send all your good thoughts our way for tomorrow to happen one way or another!
I will write more when I can, but in the meantime here are a couple pictures of the lead (2 days ago) from our Production Designer Chad Keith.