Joe’s Journal: Day 41 – Behind the Scenes

By: Joe Cross

One thing I’ve learned on this journey is making movies is a lot harder than I thought. There are so many variables, from the unpredictability of the weather, to the reliance of the functioning equipment, to whether or not your crew agrees on the vision or gets along with one another. And those are just the basics.

Fortunately, I had a great team working with me, but still, here are jut a few of the daily obstacles/challenges/considerations we faced: getting permission to film in all the places we stopped, batteries dying, noisy cars ruining our audio, where and when to feed the crew, parking, malfunctioning microphones, the endless loading and reloading of gear and finally, personality conflicts and creative differences, such as those that arose when trying to decide where to film and why. We were acutely aware of the fact that our subject matter wasn’t inherently suspenseful or dramatic. What we had was an unhealthy, fat bloke on a Reboot, confessing his past sins to others who were mostly in the same boat. No Shakespearean conflict there. Really what we were doing was conducting one big science experiment using me as the guinea pig.

At the end of the process, would the film come alive? I hoped it would, but we didn’t know for sure.

Have you been following my past journal entries? Make sure you catch up here.  I’m sharing these thoughts with you as part of the 2nd Anniversary celebration of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead so I hope you are either able to relate or be inspired by my journal entries. Don’t miss out on the other pieces to this celebration:
Win a Breville Juicer
Be Someone’s Joe and nominate your loved one to attend Camp Reboot. 

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Joe Cross

More than 20 million people around the world watched Joe Cross juice his way across America, losing 100 pounds and getting off medication in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. The film ignited a juicing movement. Viewers around the world have been inspired to start juicing, lose weight and get healthy - and as a result of the film over 370 million glasses of fresh juice have been consumed, 370,000 tons of fruit and vegetables consumed, more than 24.8 million pounds of weight lost, and over 220,000 people are now medication free. Joe's second film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 was released in November 2014. Through his journey and the lives of the people he meets throughout the film Joe shares all that he's learned about how to stay healthy in an unhealthy world, revealing that most of us really do have more control over of our health than we think - and that none of us are perfect, especially Joe himself! His book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, hit the New York Times' best seller list in March 2014, and the companion guide The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook launched that summer.

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