BTS of our shooting @ Mount Batur
Working film title: "Alex from Sochi"
This week we decided that Wednesday fit best into both of our schedules to shoot some scenes for the film. The biggest shooting day was going to the volcano and the Kintamani temple scenes, so we decided this day was the best and in true Bali style finalized our full day of plans only hours before leaving. I told my Indonesian language teacher about my interest to climb and shoot Batur and he connected me with a friend of his son, Bege, who is a trekking guide for the volcano.
We left south Bali by scooter with all of our gear at 11:30pm, after a quick nap, and had intentions to get to Batur by 1:30am. Upon arriving (after encountering a bit of cold rain during the ride up) we met with out guide Bege.
We started our ascent at 2am, and I shot a few scenes on the way up, albeit fumbling around with my gear here and there, but achieved the best I could with what I have for shooting something run and gun in the dark. The Sony a7s2 preformed beautifully.
Turns out Bege is an amazing guide and is astoundingly charismatic and intelligent. (If you would like a great guide for Batur let me know he would be elated, literally jump with joy, to take you up)
Once we reached the top, half of our party decided to nap while Bege and I, high on the energy that the top of the mountain gave us, went to find some tea for everyone. We entered a hut with this woman and she made us some black tea with condensed milk. It was glorious...
Following the ridge back we returned to our hiking party where we listened to music, sang songs and at the curiosity of Bege, discussed the meaning of life, death, marriage and the concept of time. He is an invariably curious guy.
The sun rose and everyone was happy. We ate bananas, saw the ocean in the distance over the whole of bali, and took in the unquestionable view that surrounded us.
At this time I shot some drone footage, and Bege freaked out, overwhelmed with excitement about having the drone in his hiking party. Eventually after hours of enjoying the summit, we began the decent on the opposite side of the mountain.
The ridge was breathtaking. The steam was gloriously warm on our cold skin.
We were in the clouds.
On the decent down I shot a few more scenes and we discussed the history of Batur and the surrounding location with Bege.
He invited us to his house for lunch, where we met his beautiful family and enjoyed an amazing feast of nasi campur (mixed rice).
Following lunch we travelled to the middle of the lava flow fields, which is basically a lava rock desert. In the center of this sits the remains of a temple that had survived the eruption in 2000 which is surrounded by a small patch of jungle growth, they call this space "green island". We shot some great footage, and returned to his house as the sun was setting.