Aerial Bluff Survey

I love using our UAV for filming documentaries. It adds an element that can’t be had with ground based videography.

But UAVs have many different applications other than just film making. For instance, using the UAV to survey bluff erosion is so helpful when looking back at your bluff to see what you can’t see in many cases of high bluff waterfront property.

Such is the case with this canyon and bluff near Port Angeles, Washington. There is obvious erosion happening all over this canyon. You could not see the bottom of the canyon while standing on the edge or the undercut working it’s way back toward the road. There is no access from the beach, other than by boat, either. That is why using a UAV to look back at the bluff is so beneficial and much, much safer!

Call us for a free estimate if you are curious about the face of your high bank waterfront.


February Update Video for the McDonald Creek Bridge Project

Orion Marine Group continues to move along on the McDonald Creek Bridge replacement project with the pouring of the concrete bridge deck. Check out the progress that has occurred since the last update.

Completion of the project is projected to be around mid-March, weather depending.


On the Road – Olympic National Park Fall Trailer

Now that the 30-minute On the Road – Olympic National Park Fall episode has aired on PAPA TV, we are turning our attention to a 5-minute ‘trailer’ of this film.

It is a condensed video that points to the original version in links to Vimeo and YouTube at the end of the film. We are going to use this one, as well as the other three On the Road episodes in shortened versions of the originals to market our series off the peninsula.

Here is the 5-minute version of the Olympic National Park Fall Trailer:


On the Road – Olympic National Park Fall

We finally got the finishing touches on the latest PAPA TV, On the Road episode – Olympic National Park Fall.

We had a lot of fun putting this one together. We spent the night at the Lake Crescent Lodge and really enjoyed our stay there. The fall foliage was excellent in the Sol Duc River Valley, we got to see a bobcat hunting salmon at the Salmon Cascades. Hung out at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and finished our trip at the Sol Duc Falls.

Ross Hamilton was great, giving us tips on photographing the fall season in these amazing areas. This man really loves the peninsula. After photographing this area with a large format camera for nearly 50 years, Ross unfortunately lost his eyesight to glaucoma. With help from his friends he gives talks around the peninsula on his photographic work in the park and around the Olympic Peninsula. He is truly inspiring. It was great working with him, as well as Elaine Cochran my narrator.

Hope you enjoy this adventure into the Olympic National Park …. we did!

2017 In Retrospect

We would like to thank the Lord for opening so many doors that provided so many blessings to Spirit Vision Films this last year.

We would also like to thank our many clients for the opportunity to serve them with our videography products. Thank you so much!

Last winter we worked with multiple agencies to create the Off-Channel Reservoir Project, a compelling video highlighting the need for an off-channel reservoir next to the Dungeness River to help the City of Sequim with storm run-off, the farmers using the river to irrigate summer crops, and the returning late summer salmon that depend on the river to spawn. These agencies include:

  • Clallam County
  • City of Sequim
  • Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
  • Washington Water Trust
  • Dungeness Water User’s Association
  • Clallam Conservation District

We helped with the Taste of the Peninsula for the third year in a row, creating a video focusing on what the Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County had done throughout the year.

Then working in association with Peninsula Area Public Access TV (PAPA TV) of Port Angeles, we created the first episode of the On the Road series … the New Dungeness Light Station. 

We then followed that episode with one created by PAPA TV’s Patric Mcinnes and his Skill Center’s videography class, named the Port Angeles Underground.

Our third episode in the series was completed in late August by Spirit Vision Films and highlighted the Olympic Discovery Trail from the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe to the Port Angeles Waterfront trail.

Spirit Vision Films is currently working on the fourth episode, Olympic National Park, Lake Crescent and the Sol Duc River Valley. It is near complete and should be aired this month.

Along the way we also created four videos featuring high-end real estate land, homes, and rentals here on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Also, working for the City of Port Angeles who contracted with PAPA to create eight videos showing the residents of Port Angeles how the city is working for them. Spirit Vision Films created two of the eight:

  • Public Works Winter Readiness
  • Port Angeles Fire Department and Operation Candy Cane

We also contributed aerial footage to several organizations including:

  • Peninsula College’s Pirates Soccer video.
  • Quileute Tribe’s Move to Higher Ground film.
  • We edited Kitsap County’s the Bucklin Hill Bridge Project, which received an award for their work on that project.

Finally, contracted by Clallam County Road Department, we started the long term McDonald Creek Bridge Project in July of last year, documenting the de-construction and re-construction of this long-awaited and needed bridge project on the Old Olympic Highway. The finished video and bridge should be completed by March of this year.

Without the Lord’s help, none of this would have been possible. Thank you so much!

And again, to all our clients who trusted Spirit Vision Film with their video needs, thank you! It was a very good year!

We are looking forward to what will come our way this year and to continue to serve our clients with support, creative abilities, and integrity for their video and photographic needs!


Fire – Medic One and Operation Candy Cane

We just finished the last of two videos that Spirit Vision Films, in association with PAPA TV of Port Angeles, created for the City of Port Angeles. The eight-episode ‘The City of Port Angeles is Working for You!’ series highlights how the City is working for its citizens.

In this episode we focus on how the Port Angeles Fire Department is working for its residents. Fire Chief Ken Dubuc tells us how that is accomplished.

Fire Captain Jamie Mason describes how the fire department hosts Operation Candy Cane, collecting food and donations for the food bank and Salvation army in a vintage Seagrave fire truck decorated with holiday lights and Santa aboard, passing out candy canes to one and all! A fun holiday time!

The paid staff and volunteers of the Port Angeles Fire Department are a close-knit, professional, and most of all, compassionate group of dedicated men and women. It was a pleasure working with them. Hope you enjoy the video!


On the Road – Olympic National Park

We are currently filming our next episode of the On the Road series, in association with PAPA TV of Port Angeles, Washington. This next film highlights the shoulder or Fall season of the North Olympic Peninsula, specifically the Olympic National Park.

We will be encouraging folks to come to the peninsula during the fall after all the crowds have left for the summer to explore the beauty of the fall season.

Our focus in the park will be Lake Crescent, Storm King, the Lake Crescent Lodge, and Marymere falls. We will then travel to the Sol Duc River valley. There we will stop at the Salmon Cascades to watch the Coho salmon return to spawn, with a bobcat thrown in! We will highlight the beauty of the fall foliage, stop at the Sol Duc Hot Springs resort, and finally end up at the trailhead to the Sol Duc Falls.

Along with Elaine Cochran, Ross Hamilton whose large-format landscape photography has been appreciated on the peninsula for almost 50 years, will give tips and insights to photographers coming to the peninsula.

Here are some frame captures we have already filmed. This episode should be released right after Christmas or New Years. Stay tuned!


Port Angeles is Working for You! – Public Works Winter Readiness

Spirit Vision Films, in association with PAPA TV, just completed one of two video for the City of Port Angeles highlighting how the city is working for its residents.

This film focuses on their public works winter readiness. Craig Fulton, public works director guides us through the different programs and equipment that the public works uses to maintain city streets throughout the winter.

You will find this video and four others that have been created by PAPA TV on the city’s website. Our next project will be looking at the Port Angeles Fire department, Medic One, and Operation Candy Cane. Stay tuned!

McDonald Creek Bridge Project Update

I was on hand for the installation of the girders over the McDonald Creek by the Orion Marine Group, who are contracted by the Clallam County Public Works department to replace and rebuild the old, narrow, and unsafe bridge with a wider, higher, and safer bridge.

This is a two-minute video highlighting the work leading up to that installation. Enjoy!

Move to Higher Ground

Last May I took a couple days off and headed to La Push, Washington, home of the Quileute Nation. I spent the night in one of their very cool cabins on First Beach.

After working with Jackie Jacobs, the tribe’s media consultant to get permission to fly  Spirit 3 around the beautiful coastal area  of the reservation for an upcoming episode of On the Road, I was granted that permission. The tribe’s media policy is very strict and I was appreciative of being granted that privilege.

For that permission, Jackie asked if I would share some clips for the Quileute’s compelling film, Move to Higher Ground, a look at what would happen to their children’s school if a tsunami hit the reservation. Because the tribe is at sea level, the destruction would be catastrophic and a generation of Quileute’s would be lost if the only road in and out of the reservation would get cut-off by an earthquake.

Although Spirit Vision Films contributed to the aerial views of the reservation, it is my intent to make the viewer aware of their dire situation and hopefully, a solution can be found to alleviate this threat to the children of the tribe.

Please enjoy this very compelling film and maybe you will be the one to help them move these children to higher ground. Thank you.