The pre-production phase is slowly coming to an end (actually it’s coming to an end fairly fast because I’m planning to film in about a month and a half).

Since production is coming closer and closer, I feel I’ve been sending out more and more emails. At this point it is not as bad as it was when the Element Film Festival was in swing – spending hours and hours sending innumerable emails to places to advertise the festival, to find sponsors, to put out the word that we were accepting films, and so on. Oh well, it at least makes me appreciate the time I spend doing other projects or activities. And in this case, every email brings me one step closer to the film production phase.

Too bad they’re not puppies… Or a million dollars. I could expand my budget significantly.

In particular,  I have been trying to find out information pertaining to permission to film at certain sites. While on my search before, I’ve come across a database provided by the Office of Public Works that is very handy for archaeology enthusiasts who are in Ireland or are visiting. The “Monuments to Visit” portal is an excellent resource, though it doesn’t list all the sites there are (which is understandable for possible ethical issues) the website provides a link to another database with information on more monuments. It’s a really cool site – I wish I had known about it when I was in Galway because I think some of the best sites are the ones that aren’t as well known.

Here’s the link for the “Monuments to Visit” portal again – definitely a resource worth checking out!

Speaking of sites that are either not as well known or visited, I read in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is looking to possibly update the access to the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park.

This is what the Buffalo Jump and the information pavilion looks like. The pavilion sits on top of a hill which is one of the reasons why people are looking into updating the site to help allow access to those who might not be able to walk up the hill.

A brief description of what a buffalo jump is for those who might not – “A buffalo jump is a cliff formation which Native Americans historically used in order to hunt plains bison in mass quantities.”

Bison were driven off the cliff to their demise. The photograph only shows a portion of the Buffalo Jump – this just happens to be the part that the bison were chased off the cliff.

It’s a neat area to explore and every time I’ve visited, there’s been a good amount of wildlife to see. It’s also a great place to see stars.

Elizabeth Wilk

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