It’s wedding season in India, and it’s impossible to avoid the ceremonial excitement. It’s an auspicious time of year, when the stars are aligned. Weddings are extremely important in India. Their presence is ubiquitous. The Engagement Ceremony is one in a series of festivities to formalize a union. This is when the couple formally announces that they are to be married. It is a jovial artifact from a time when boyfriend/girlfriend relationships were unheard of. At that time, after the engagement, it was acceptable to see the couple-to-be together. It is a sacred ceremony, reserved for family and close friends. We felt honored—and a bit surprised— that we were invited to attend. At the party, we were lead around the reception hall, being introduced to the fiancés and their families. We were given copious amounts of delicious foods. More than we could eat. So much food was offered, in fact, that the only way we could stop more from being put on our plates was by outstretching our hands, blocking access to them. “No, thank you” didn’t work. Everyone greeted us with smiles, and it seemed as though they were willing to do anything to make us feel more comfortable. We had an absolutely delightful time. All of us felt like we couldn’t provide enough thanks to justify their unyielding kindness.
Music performed by team member Vishal Shah.
Ben Gottfried explains how he became the editor of the Paddle to Seattle. He describes his admiration of the editing process, and what it means to create a film. Watch on YouTube HD!
The Dudes explain how they used the LaCie Ruggeds to store HD video and stills during the Paddle to Seattle. Visit LaCieWatch on YouTube HD!
We are honored to begin the edit on our kayaking expedition from Alaska to Seattle. We are also proud of our first film: Pedal to the Midnight Sun. A portion of our freshman adventure film just aired nation wide on PBS through National Geographic’s Wild Chronicles! Visit Wild ChroniclesWatch on YouTube HD!
J.J. and Josh attempt to recondition a kayak in a race against the clock attempt to FLIP THIS BOAT.
J.J. answers a question from the mailbag: how do you come up with the ideas for their adventures? Coffee for the Paddle to Seattle provided by Caffe Vita. Thanks Caffe Vita.
Josh and J.J. are guests on NG Weekend. They share the story of how they met and became adventure filmmakers. During their upcoming adventure, The Paddle to Seattle, they will check in with the weekly radio program to update the progress of their adventure.
A hilarious scene from “Pedal to the Midnight Sun.”