Today marked the first day of filming on Jack's project!!
I woke up at 9am, drove out to the school and filmed the old baseball diamond. My good friend Andy brought his drone and we made a morning of it. We captured the essence of the field and clearly showed its need to be replaced. It was a grey, cold morning and the snow was half melted -- it painted an accurate picture of the school's need.
With the first day of filming underway, I feel alive! The project is officially happening.
But as if this day couldn't get any better: this afternoon I drove to Manlius and met with the Sheridan family. Kim had welcomed me to their home when we had talked on Thursday. I was ecstatic to meet Jack, though a little nervous. I believe a project like this is all about relationships: my relationship to Jack, and his family, is crucial. I wanted to meet with them to explain myself and my goals; and to field any questions.
As soon as I walked in, I felt welcomed! I was bombarded by two of the cutest dogs ever (Brady and Peyton) and then offered food and a drink -- all before I was out of the front hallway. It felt like we were old friends. We sat in their living room for close to an hour talking and getting to know each other. They told me more about Jack's story, and I told them what I was hoping to accomplish through my video.
They thanked me. I was floored when Kim said "Thank you, Luke. You're doing us such a big favor." I realized then what this meant to them! The family is beyond proud of their son and here comes someone wanting to tell, and document, his story....This is what keeps me going. Giving back through creating; I will never forget the fact that Kim thanked me for doing this.
The Sheridan's opened their doors to me, today and in the future, and have given me access to tell Jack's story and inspire others through film. This excitement is hard to put into words....