La Filmación

Filmar en Chimborazo en gran altitud fue difícil, no sólo por el aire, sino también debido al terreno montañoso y el hielo. Sólo podíamos llevar lo que el equipo podía cargar a la espalda en la caminata de tres horas hasta las minas de hielo. El tiempo cambia rápidamente en Chimborazo, y cayeron tormentas sobre nosotros más de una vez.

El productor Rodrigo Donoso y yo éramos, en su mayor parte, un equipo de filmación de dos personas. Armamos carpas en el patio de Baltazar y acampamos durante dos semanas en Cuatro Esquinas, así que pudimos sumergirnos en la vida diaria de la familia. Comimos desayunos de horchata – una deliciosa bebida caliente de granos cocidos (avena, arroz, quinua y cebada) con azúcar y canela. Casi todas las mañanas, seguimos a Baltazar o a sus hermanos mientras trabajaban – en la montaña, en Riobamba y en Cuatro Esquinas. También filmamos a los niños en la escuela. Las cenas con frecuencia consistieron en sopa de quinua, junto con arroz, papas y habas. Después de la cena, pudimos pasar un tiempo con la familia y luego retirarnos a nuestras tiendas para preparar el rodaje del siguiente día.

Fue un privilegio poder observar una comunidad desde su interior y luego tener la oportunidad de compartir una parte de ella con una audiencia que de otra manera nunca hubiera conocido de su existencia.

Baltazar prepares ropes from hay

Baltazar prepares ropes from hay

Baltazar chops ice from the mountain

Baltazar cuts the ice into blocks

Baltazar prepares to wrap the ice in hay

Baltazar packs the ice on his donkeys

Footage had to be transferred and reviewed every night

Rodrigo found enough cables to bring electricity to this nearby house

Camping in Baltazar's yard during production

Preparing for a long day of shooting

Shooting on the bus to Riobamba

Shooting on the bus to Riobamba

At a produce market in Riobamba

Shooting as Gregorio buys fruit for his ice cream

Shooting as Gregorio buys fruit for his ice cream

A woman poses for a picture

At the Riobamba ice factory

Ice is made under the floor

Shooting the ice

The shop where Gregorio buys ice cream cones

Gregorio buys supplies for his ice cream

Gregorio prepares his barrel to make some ice cream

Gregorio unpacks the ice he bought from the factory

Gregorio unpacks the ice he bought from the factory

Gregorio's wife and daughter watch as we film

Baltazar has developed a clever method to load his donkey alone

Filming at the local school

Juan's son

Baltazar's granddaughter

At the school cafeteria

At the school cafeteria

A young boy at the school cafeteria

Dinner!

Carmita

Mauricio does his homework

Goofing off before it gets dark

We had a lot of time to play

Playing

Playing

After dinner

Chatting with Lourdes, Baltazar's granddaughter

Maria, Baltazar's daughter, prepares breakfast

Jefferson, Maria's son, likes our headlamps

Jefferson, Maria's son, likes out headlamps

A quick breakfast before school

Puppies crowd where the fire was to stay warm

Carmita gets up slowly

Breakfast!

Baltazar joins us for a meal

With Baltazar and his wife on the way to market

Taking the family clothes shopping in Riobamba

Taking the family clothes shopping in Riobamba

Taking the family clothes shopping in Riobamba

Taking the family clothes shopping in Riobamba

Carmita in her new hoodie

The full crew waiting for the rain to clear

With Juan Carlos and Paulina before a shoot

Juan Carlos gets ready a break in the clouds

Running into place to catch the light

Shooting Baltazar as he makes ropes

Shooting Baltazar as he makes ropes

Stranded on the mountain

Where we stay for the night

The next morning after some snow

Continuing up the mountain

Juan Carlos shooting with his Red One

Shooting with the Red

The full crew...very glad to be done

With Juan Carlos and Paulina