What about Montana inspired you to create your short?
Montana is so rich in its diversity of flora and fauna, and since three of Yellowstone’s five entrances are found in Montana, it always seems that more of the park sits within Montana’s boundaries than actually does. Over fifty percent of the wildlife found in A Yellowstone Minute was captured within 25 miles of my home. How can I not be inspired when so much of that diversity is found in my own backyard?
What other videos competing in Real Montana did you enjoy and why?
Do you have a couple of days? There were so many great ones, how do you choose?
A favorite was Susan Marxer’s When Your Soul Needs a Breath of Fresh Air. For me, she captured the true essence of the state. Ranching is such an integral part of our history and still such an important industry in the state today. Plus my roots are in ranching and I miss that lifestyle.
Another one was Freddy Terranova’s Skies of Montana. He captured what Montana is known for– it’s big, beautiful skies!
Also Montana Art Fuel by Mimi Matsuda and Mr. Jere Folgert. Mimi’s art work is amazing and it always brings a smile to my face. You can tell that she’s passionate about what she’s doing by her attention to details.
What is your next project?
Pikas, river otters and the bison rut in Yellowstone later this summer.
What do you plan to do with the prize money if you win?
Go to Disneyland…No.
It would be used to purchase more equipment because a girl can never have enough camera equipment and I would throw a huge party for all those who have supported me not only during this contest, but throughout my life. Actually, the party will happen regardless of whether I win or not because nobody has friends or family like I do and they deserve it.
Check out Becca Wood’s short “A Yellowstone Minute,” competing in the Real Montana final round of competition!
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