"Swimming in a Dream" Video

North Bay Aquatics masters swimmer streaks down the pool doing the butterfly.

This film tells the story of how and why a group of otherwise perfectly normal people do a hard swim workout at 5:30 AM five days a week. Members of the North Bay Aquatics Masters Swimmers in Corte Madera, California go through a profound physical and mental change while swimming more than 3000 yards for each workout. Swimmers explain how they are addicted to, and changed by, the swimmer's high.

This positive addiction to their health and fitness keeps them returning day after day. The filmmakers used a Nikon D3s camera both on land and underwater. Edited in Final Cut Pro on a 27" iMac computer and Seagate storage devices. Jim Sugar-Director, Bill Holshevnikoff--DP, Mike Russell-Editor & Sound Design, Kim Komenich-Audio

Swimmers wait at the wall for the next workout set from swim coaches Ken DeMont or Don Swartz.

The Swimming in a Dream video resulted from three seemingly disconnected events. One, I began swimming with North Bay Aquatics @ 5:45 A.M. in September, 2009. Second, Nikon loaned me an incredible Nikon D3s camera that can shoot almost in the dark at ISO settings of 16,000 & higher. Third, three great colleagues and I all agreed that we wanted to make a short film for ourselves with no constraints from a client in order to test both our abilities and our gear.

Bill Holshevnikoff, Kim Komenich, and Mike Russell, and I shot seven mornings on the film. The film required more than 100 man-hours to edit on Final Cut Pro. The film wasn’t just Low Budget. It was No Budget. The direct costs were $65.—$50 for an extra camera battery and $15. for chips and salsa @ Moylan’s Restaurant in Novato where Bill & I transcribed the A-roll video.

To date (November, 2010), the film has been screened at the L.A. 10 Squared Film Festival, where it won second place, and the Sacramento Documentary Shorts Film Festival, where it was selected as the featured film. We hope to exhibit “Dream” at other film festivals. I have posted the film to YouTube and Vimeo.com. Here is one link to this film: http://vimeo.com/12799238

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