An almost wordless study of social isolation, miscommunication and sexual identity, Field Guide was made as a counter-piece to our previous film, yellow. The film follows a recently separated couple, Matt (Joe Haege) and Natalie (Briana Ledford), as they attempt a reconciliation. When their relationship fails a second time, each begin to explore their identities independently; Natalie through socially radical action and Matt through his sexuality. Filmed entirely by bicycle (all cast, crew and equipment was transported without the aid of cars), filmmakers Nick and Mary toured the film by bike from Vancouver, B.C. to Los Angeles, CA, screening the film in 9 different cities in the Summer of 2010. The tour totaled five weeks and over 1,300 miles.
Scored for piano and violin, the music for this film was inspired by the lyric chromaticism of Bach.