This past month, the Kessler Pocket Dolly was put through the ringer with Co-Directors/DPs Rick Serena and Jason Fitzpatrick on the John Muir Trail and their team of multimedia artists while on the very long and intense John Muir Trail.
This 225 mile trek goes through every landscape that is seemingly imaginable. Starting in Yosemite Valley, the group finds themselves in picturesque meadows, ancient forests, traversing high mountain passes and end at Mount Whitney.
Their mission is this: to capture their experience on the trail and bring it back to the general public in the form of a gallery exhibit including photographs, video installations and hands-on displays that allow visitors to truly get a feeling for the beauty and majesty of the trail without the burning lungs and blisters. Alongside the exhibit will be a feature length documentary chronicling their adventures on the trail. And who was alongside the team to help capture every burning lung and blister? The Kessler Pocket Dolly of course! A match seemingly made in heaven, the Pocket Dolly helped the team to capture many a timelapse that showcases the majestic wonder of the John Muir Trail.
It may be easy to get lost in the beauty and visual buffet. The real story however is how this feast for the eyes works with the tale of the journey itself. “As artists, our professional and personal lives are often intertwined,” says Ric Serena, Co-Director/DP. “It would be hard for us to experience such an epic journey without wanting to somehow document it. The blend of the rugged beauty of the trail and the trials of creating art in the wilderness definitely proved to be a stunning combination. ”
As you can see, the video here is but the tip of the iceberg, as they are still crafting what should become one of the most stunning and eye opening documentaries ever seen.