The narrative portion of the video was lightly scripted, but I wanted it to feel as real as possible, so Aaron and I decided to leave it sort of open ended. I had a plan of what I wanted to capture and where I wanted to go, but couldn't really have a timeline for it... Other than knowing we had 3 days to get all of the content we needed. I won't go into detail about all of the locations, etc... my favorite memory (even though at the time it was Hell) was waking up after 2 or 3 hours of sleep to head to the train yard in South Philly to try to catch a train. We got there as the sun came up, and hid out in some bushes at the edge of the yard for an hour or so. Soon enough, a train came through and stopped, and we went for it (according to Aaron, only having to wait for an hour or so is very lucky... sometimes you can end up waiting all day). That whole section of the video is not scripted, we just had to shoot stuff as it happened, without any time to really think about it. Once the train started moving, we were all so excited... it felt so free.
We rode south into Delaware, unsure of how long we'd ride or where we'd end up. We didn't really care. We'd figure it out. After stopping through a few different train yards, and laying low, we got a little bold and weren't really hiding out very well. Climbing around on the stopped train, shooting all the while. Then we were spotted. Moments later there were rail workers on both sides of our train car, motioning for us to get off the train. We silently climbed down and had to walk out to the next road, while they watched to make sure we actually left. A rail cop met us on the road and interrogated us for half an hour or so. We managed to sneak a few quick shots while this happened, which were included in the video. We all left having only got warnings, no tickets or arrests, thankfully. We figured out where we were in Delaware and how to get back to Philly using public transit. We basically shot everything as it went down, which I think adds to the realness of the overall video.