Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Cut

In early Autumn 2016 Conor MacDonald, Peter Wentz and I sat down, ate sushi and pledged our loose allegiance to film together and make a monthly series. Five months later we all live under the same roof and have released our second episode.

I didn't imagine that this whole series was going to be a breeze but the difficulties of editing between three different people surprised me. We all have expectations and sometimes those expectations clash. We are still getting to know each other so communication is a work in progress.

I wasn't too involved in the January episode. The intro was my responsibility and I'm quite content with the results. We did a lot of brainstorming for the introduction and the title. The Cut came out a last minute decision. We named the series after a local slackcountry run and in the midst of a heavy brainstorm we settled on it. It may be a little plain but it encompasses aspects of our crew, largely Whistlerblackcomb but also the cut blocks which roads we use for sled access.

I wrote the two paragraphs above about a month ago and now we're about to put out our third episode. I was the editor for the second episode. I'm happy with the end product but frankly expected it to pick up a bit more momentum. Anyways, without further ado - the second episode of The Cut. 

Lately: Just enough progress

There's a pattern in coping with this injury. The pattern is this: I have some progress which slowly decreases and as it decreases I briefly lose faith. Somehow after each of these brief periods of hopelessness signs of improvement spring up and the cycle starts it self all over again.

I've been aware of this cycle since December, but each time my ankle gets sore it still gets to me. One of the things I've been working on the last 6 months is a general control of my own mind. The ability to focus, enforce self control, and be present are my main priorities. There's that, and having control of my own life, which should lead towards happiness.

-Jacob Boyd, Early March 2017