I'm writing this in between takes at our main interior location. The house is Andrew's aaka's old house by the beach in Barrow and we have internet here that will allow me to finally upload some images for you all.
Funny coincidence is that the Barrow Sea Ice Webcam is mounted on a building right up the hill from the house so if you want to see what we're doing right now, just check out this link http://www.gi.alaska.edu/snowice/sea-lake-ice/barrow_webcam.html. It's a still image, not live video, but depending on when you look you might see us standing around with our equipment outside the white house with red trim.
If you see a dark line in the clouds on the horizon behind the house that is a reflection of the open lead. That dark line was a very welcome site to us when it reappeared two days ago. It doesn't seem to be too strong in the sky right now, but if it's there you'll definitely notice.
Things have been really stressful and difficult but we are getting great scenes despite the obstacles. The lead closed up just before our first day of filming and it hadn't opened again until 2 days ago. We're in the process of helping Andrew's uncle's crew cut trail again out to the new lead so we'll see what happens. We are extremely conscious of respecting what the whaling crews want so we have to wait and see if tomorrow is the right time.
I don't have time to write much more but here are a few fantastic photos from our multi-talented Production Manager Maura Anderson...
Our friend Joe Sage with another member of the amazing Barrow Dancers who dance in our big opening scene at the roller rink
Barrow Dancers taking a quick break
Our two lead actors Josiah Patkotak and Frank Qutuk Irelan practicing their dance.
Beautiful Denae Brower who is playing Darlene, the little sister of one of our lead characters. Her gorgeous parka was made by her mom Blessing Brower (who we featured in our 2005 documentary When the Season is Good: Artists of Arctic Alaska)
Our writer/director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean at sunset on the day we were filming at scene at the new cemetary site.
The new cemetary site later that same evening