There's an idea out there. I don't know what it looks like, but if I get up and work on it for six months, it will be real. Simian fever was one of those ideas made up of ideas that eventually made it onto your screen.
This was a pretty unique project for a few reasons. For starters, I didn't film any of the footage. I started with a bunch of footage that Marcio and Matt dropped in my inbox along with a note, "See what you can come up with." In other words, "You are cordially invited down the rabbit hole."
I loved the energy in these guys. You can feel how pumped they were for the session, and there are so many iconic challenges. So there was an authenticity there. But the material is different from what I'm used to editing, which is my footage with my own theme and style. With everything filmed on Gopro, there was so much empty space in every shot, and I had no idea what to do with it. I almost didn't want to take the project on because of that. I was reading a book called The Gifts of Imperfection at the time, which led to me embracing the space as a blank canvas to fill. That's probably my biggest personal breakthrough from this video and where the madness started.
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