Clever Editing

Mirra Fine - Blog

I love the power of editing. It’s amazing how you can create an episode about hiking into the Cascade mountains with an athletic forager and make it seem like we were a solid group of three strong individuals traipsing through the woods together on a beautiful sunny day in Washington State. When in reality, I was 15 minutes behind Daniel and Langdon: sweating through my shirt, carrying a 20 lb backpack strapped to my upper torso, hallucinating from lack of oxygen, and grasping at any sort of plant growth I could find to pull my body up that seemingly endless mountain of torture that hated me. It was very kind of Daniel to edit me into certain frames after I had stopped crying and fixed my hair.

And then I fell down the mountain. And not just once either. Humans arent supposed to walk at a vertical slant directly up a slippery land mass covered with ash and loose, dry pine needles, while trying to film and protect two cameras. And apparently they arent supposed to stabilize themselves (ie. not fall to their death) by grabbing hold of black, burnt trees and then slap at their face repeatedly to fend off the hordes of mosquitoes creating a halo around their head. With each smack I added more and more ash to my face before I was completely covered. It was like God was playing a mean joke. Very mean, though I can appreciate the humor.

Then there was Daniel. Daniel was the happiest Ive ever seen him… frolicking in the outdoors amidst a mountain of morels. While I was like a monkey trying to figure out how to use a computer. And not one of those really smart monkeys who wears clothes.

To recap the trip so far: Ive gotten seasick on a row boat, shrimp boat, sea urchin boat, and driving in the car reading directions; I am a picky eater and vegetarian; I cry when I see animals die, or animals waiting to die, and now apparently I suck at hiking up mountains. Im not saying that Im the worst person to bring on a 6 month documentary adventure, but the only way I could be less fit for the job would be if I were, say, blind.

But here’s what I have got: I keep trying. I still muscle my way onto boats, I still try to read directions in the car, and yesterday I filmed while a gentleman dissected a 2 inch, jet black, disgusting waterbug and ate the meat… and I tried that too. I  may not be the most athletic, or the most non-emotional… but Im giving it a fair shot. The day after our hike into the Cascades, everything hurt. Except for my pride. Because I made it up and down that mountain…and didnt die or get lost.

22 responses to “Clever Editing”

  1. Looking good and doing great as always, Mirra. Keep on keeping Daniel honest. 🙂

  2. Frank says:

    I don’t think we can ever fully appreciate what you’re (and Daniel) doing with The Perennial Plate but thank you Mirra, very much. And keep up the great work.

  3. One of the really fun things about reading your blogs is the level of honesty you convey.  We already know you two do not have a “glamorous” exhistance.  But you do have a human one.  And we do love all of the human moments you have and tell us about.  Keep up the great work!  We love you, Mirra! You are really our favorite.  Shhhhhh…..don’t tell Daniel.

  4. Annie Hoy says:

    Oh Mirra! You are a trooper! Not only didn’t you die or get lost….you kept your sense of humor to share with the rest of us. 

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  6. Craig McHenry says:

    Hey Mirra…. There’s a book in there for you somewhere. Savor all the experiences! (I know… that’s easy for me to say…)  Thanks for sharing your adventure.

  7. Jim says:

    Mirra, If you haven’t heard or tried them you need to get the seasick patch.  I get seasick in the passenger seat of most cars. When I go fishing I ask my doctor to prescribe some to me before the trip and it works like a charm. They look like little band aids that go behind your ear. 

    This is my favorite site! Keep up the good work!

  8. marissa says:

    You’re doing awesome! Better than I ever could! So proud of you! 🙂

  9. Robin says:

    You go girl.  Love your tenacity.

  10. Jenny Blase says:

    Mirra, you rule!  You keep tucking your pants into your socks and doin tha dang thang!!  Ms. Dance loves ya and your hilarious writing

  11. Eugenio Monasterio says:

    painfully funny in a slapstick way.  Thanks for sticking with it!

  12. Guy P. Murdock says:

    Girl! You’re an inspiration! An amazing woman and great sport. You remind me much of one of my life’s loves. She was from the Skaget Valley in Washington.., just below a tremendous view of the North Cascades. The girl was an incredible adventurer (hard to find in younger women) and would follow me anywhere. Through a New England swamp in the dark to get to a ledge that ran up to an open peak where I promised her we would see shooting stars. She did that without a whimper. On
    one of our first nights out together. Never get down on yourself for your drawbacks.., your success
    is in the trying and pulling through. Keep up this thing you guys are on to.., I hope it’s as good for  you as it is for me. I’m really enjoying it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>

  13. maggie klein galland says:

    Ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaa ~ Mirra, you are such a great sport!  and wonderful writer and might I suggest a pair of dark socks for your next hike although the white ones will help the search and rescue team should you get separated from your cameras or your crew… ya!  xxo maggie

  14. Nileswine says:

    You are a trooper and a very funny one at that! XXOO

  15. Steve says:

    Daniel’s desire to present as many truly unique experiences for his followers is beautifully counterbalanced by those same followers desire for the extreme. Your vivacity is the engine to Daniel’s drive, you keep on ticking over and are there when he needs to accelerate. so avoiding all my bad analogies I love your blogs and think all you do allows Daniel to do what he does so well so keep it up and remember if it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger (yeah right).

  16. Foody2 and Oliver says:

    What do you eat for breakfast???!!! This is so fun! I can’t wait till your book comes out!

  17. Raina Lee says:

    omg mirra hilarious! it’s terrible i am laughing at your expense but happy you share your sordid tales! xoxo

  18. You are a good sport Mirra.

  19. Tbedell says:

    Go Mirra Go!  For what it is worth your shots always look polished and always entertain my family and I. 

  20. Imperfection and the stumbling is all part of the adventure right? Thanks for sharing your stumbles and struggles!

  21. Scott says:

    Hey Mirra, what software/programs do you guys use to put your movies together?

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