One Precious Life is an environmental documentary-style film inspired by Jenny Smith, president and founder of Community Carbon Trees.
Drawing on themes of childlike wisdom and motherly care, One Precious Life, is a series of diary entires in a dream journal. The narrative follows Jenny's discovery of her life’s calling. After an inspiring experience planting a tree, she feels a profound unity with the natural world. We walk beside Jenny on her path to service and witness the application of the lessons she has learned from listening to nature. She recalls asking her mother who taught the trees to grow? And wonders, who taught me how to love?
Realized by Treyden (Director/Writer/Cinematographer/Editor)
Hive Creates - Nathan Hirschaut
1080p video, 24 fps
Black Magic Pocket Cinema 6k
Rokinon Cine DS Lenses 24mm, 50mm, 85mm
Tokina 11-16mm Lens
Premiere Pro CC 2020
Having never met Jenny Smith (lead actor), nor been to Costa Rica before this project, I was prepared for a challenge. The film was shot in 8 days and I didn't have the luxury to reshoot any scenes or locations. Therefore, I was forced to take an improvisatory approach as a director, cinematographer, and writer. Working with a child actor for the first time in this project taught me greatly. Watching Memphis always brought me to the present moment, as did the breathtaking locations I was lucky to be immersed in. The images I captured with the untrained actors performed the narrative organically. After crafting the frame, or bones of the picture, I allowed the project to grow and decompress in each moment. Then my main focus was listening to the hand of nature.