Stories Lived

The Primitive Fire

The Primitive Fire is a short documentary film that depicts a man and his love of ancient technology.

Norman Cook shares his passion for nature and primitive skills. Norman has spent the last 15 years studying and practicing the skills long lost since primitive man. From creating friction fires by hand, weaving baskets from a single palm frond to creating a wide variety of tools using primitive techniques and materials.

He is a member of the Society for Primitive Technology and a regular at primitive skills events such as Rabbit Stick, where enthusiast gather to instruct others on primitive techniques and share their passions with those who strive to get back to nature and take a break from today’s technology.

A simple man with a simple lifestyle and his thoughts on primitive skills and awareness in nature.

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About the Filmmaker
Submitted by Terry McGleish

Terry McGleish is a documentary filmmaker and visual FX artist from S.W. Florida. He is also an avid Amateur Radio operator specializing in low power communications. His love of the cinema and documentary films has led to a 10 year career in commercial advertising for television broadcast, website profiles and business start up videos. Although he enjoys his work as a commercial editor, he has recently gravitated towards short film storytelling and how to best portray a story using cinematic techniques.