New Addition – DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2.0

Spirit Vision Films welcomes the latest addition to our aerial videography and photography stable – the new DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2.0. – SPIRIT FOUR.

Our latest UAV or drone allows for more time in the air, as well as a quieter presence while flying. It has the ability (like our other Phantom 4 Pro) to film in 4K. This is four times the resolution of full high definition (HD) – 1080p, delivering the highest quality color, sharpness, and clarity to your finished product.

This adds one more tool to our arsenal of professional quality film cameras and flying platforms to give you, our clients, the best quality films and videos, when shopping for aerial or ground-based video production on the North Olympic Peninsula and western Washington.

Christopher Enges, owner and producer of Spirit Vision Films holds a Part 107 FAA commercial UAS remote pilot’s certificate, which is required of all UAV operators who use drones in creating videos and films commercially. Our UAVs and business are fully insured for your protection with a million dollar coverage package.

Some of our recent clients include, the City of Port Angeles, Clallam County DCD, Clallam County Road Dept., the City of Sequim, Peninsula College, Washington Water Trust, Clallam Conservation District, the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, Kitsap County Public Works, PAPA TV in Port Angeles, along with several real estate firms and private individuals that have used our services.

Give us a call today for your free estimate of our services. We guarantee your satisfaction!

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McDonald Creek Bridge Replacement Project

The Old Olympic Highway at the McDonald Creek Bridge was closed on July 10th, 2017 for a complete replacement of the earthquake prone and functionally obsolete bridge built in 1957.

Spirit Vision Films was contracted to document the progress of the bridge deconstruction and the new bridge’s construction by the Orion Marine Group, awarded to them by the Clallam County Road Department.

Whereas, working with the City of Port Angeles, we produced a video for them in 14 days, the Clallam County bridge project lasted nearly 10 month.

The final video is made up of mostly aerial clips that we flew around the project, but we used a time-lapse GoPro, and our Canon cinema camera to capture the progression as well.

But today both the bridge and the video are complete and we at SVF’s could not be happier!

If you have never seen a bridge being constructed, this video is for you! Watch from the very beginning until the bridge’s dedication on April 28th, to the opening three days later on May 1st, 2018.

We hope you enjoy it!

 

Elwha Water Facility Video

I met with Dan McKeen, City Manager of Port Angeles on an urgent request to produce a video highlighting the EWF or Elwha Water Facility that was built to handle the silt that was released by the deconstruction of the Elwha dams. They needed to show the Interior Dept. and National Parks Service visually, how this new 79-million dollar facility would break their budget. As the old water facility only took 60k to maintain. The new one, over 600k …. over ten times the amount! The NPS wanted to turn it over to the city with little financial help on the maintenance side. The city said no.

Time was of the essence. Dan and a delegation from our state were to meet with the players back in Washington DC to try and settle this issue. No one likes lawsuits.

Because of the time issue, Spirit Vision Films contracted with the City of Port Angeles to create a 10-minute video that had to be completed in three weeks time. This was the approximate time that the meeting would take place.

As there was a lot of aerial work to be done in the video, that was one of the first things we did, but the weather was terrible! We even flew in between rain showers and high winds to get our shots. (That DJI Phantom 4 Pro is unbelievable in the wind!)

The city was extremely helpful in getting interviews with the former mayor of Port Angeles, Jim Hallet, who originally negotiated the terms of dam removal with the NPS. We also had to interview Sissy Bruch the current mayor of the city.

Unfortunately, the meeting was pushed up one week in DC. The city knew that three weeks to create a film in the weather conditions we were experiencing, as well as story writing, and all the things that go into a great film was pushing the envelope. So, they did not ask me to complete the work in two weeks. But I volunteered anyway! What was the purpose of the film if it would be too late to view by the folks it was intended for?

Working around the clock, we were able to complete the video and I was able to send the finished work to them at 8 pm the night before the delegation left for DC. Fourteen days flat!

In response to that action, Dan McKeen sent me the nice card below.

As a former US Navy SeaBee, who has worked in harsh environments around the world, our motto (which I shared with Dan) was, “The improbable …. we can do today, the impossible …… takes a little longer!” We take our commitments here at Spirit Visio Films extremely serious. I am glad we were able to help the city with this pressing need!

 

Thank you letter

Best of the Northwest Awards

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the Alliance for Community Media’s, Best of the Northwest Awards in Portland this weekend.

I had entered three of our films in this year’s festival that represents Alaska, Alberta, Canada, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho and of course Washington. I knew that the competition would be great. And it was.

One of the three films made it to the finalist level …. the On the Road episode, the Olympic Discovery Trail. It was the only one I entered twice. Once in the Documentary and once in the Informative Feature category. I actually did not know which one was accepted as a finalist…. until this weekend. The ODT was accepted in BOTH categories as finalist! We only had one other film to compete against in each category. So, I thought our chances were good to nab at least one of these prestigious awards.

Imagine my shock and surprise when I found out that the Olympic Discovery Trial won BOTH categories in this festival. Best documentary and best informative feature.

To say that we at Spirit Vision Films and PAPA TV in Port Angeles are just a little excited would be an understatement! We are thrilled that this film has won, not only for Spirit Vision Films, but the whole of the North Olympic Peninsula. This film will draw attention to us here. We are very thrilled about this! My narrator, Elaine Cochran had a lot to do with these awards. So, thank you so much Elaine. I couldn’t have done it without you!

I hope you can take some time and check the film out yourself …. especially if you are a hike or biker. Enjoy!

Opener

 

 

The Best of the Northwest Award Finalist

Working with PAPA TV for the last two years has given us the opportunity to produce some great video. In this case, the On the Road series. Over the course of the last year we have produced four episodes.

I entered three different films, including one of the episodes of the OTR series that have aired on PAPA TV in the last year to the Best of the Northwest Awards this year. The Alliance for Community Media which represents Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Oregon, Wyoming, and Washington community media and PEG (Public, Education, and Government) television stations hosts the annual event and invites these stations to enter their best productions in various categories.

Spirit Vision Films, along with PAPA TV’s On the Road – Olympic Discovery Trail was picked as a finalist in the Informative Feature category. Very cool!

As such, we will be attending the awards ceremony in Portland, Oregon on April 27th to see where we end up in the competition. We at PAPA TV and Spirit Vision Films are extremely excited to be even considered as a finalist in this very competitive awards ceremony. Stay tuned!

OFFICIAL SELECTION - Best of the Northwest Awards - 2018

 

Here is our entry:

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!