The end of cheap oil could be told with dozens of graphs and talking heads discussing how many hundreds of thousands of barrels a day are consumed by X or Y or Z. But it's hard for most folks to stay awake and engaged when they watch something like that. The best way to make it local and accessible was to to emulate the local news.
McQuaid wrote the original script in 2001, after reading Ken Deffeyes, Hubbert's Peak. He shelved the project after writing the script and pursued a variety of other short films and videos. But in 2005, as gas prices hit $3 for the first time, colleague Darrell Parker, an actor, filmmaker and Turnip Co-op member, reminded him about the script. It was time to take on the project.
With a background in both high technology and the arts, McQuaid brought a wide ranging set of skills to bear on this project. He's the co-author of RFC 1944 and he also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography. He's run an Oral History program and he's discussed network performance at industry conferences. Starting with 16mm films in high school, he's pursued a love of the moving image ever since.