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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!

 

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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.

On the Road – the Olympic Discovery Trail

Our PAPA TV series On the Road, now has another episode. It is the Olympic Discovery Trail that highlights the hiker biker trail from Blyn, Washington, the home of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and the start of the North Olympic Marathon to the Port Angeles Waterfront Trail the finish of the marathon.

We have multiple stops along the way including, the Jimmy Come Lately restored estuary, Sequim Bay State Park, the Johnson Creek trestle, the John Wayne Marina, City of Sequim, Railroad Bridge Park and the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Robin Hill Park, the hilly section of the Bagley Creek ravine, the beautiful Morse Creek trestle, as the well as the incredible Port Angeles Waterfront Trail.

So enjoy a 30-minute trip along the trail and make your own plans to ‘discover’ the North Olympic Peninsula’s Olympic Discovery Trail!

 

Busy Summer

Spirit Vision Films has been busy this summer.

Not only are we producing the third episode of our PAPA TV, On the Road series, highlighting the Olympic Discovery Trail, but we picked up a contract from the Clallam County Road Department documenting the deconstruction and rebuilding of the MacDonald Creek Bridge on the Old Olympic Highway between Sequim and Port Angeles. We will go into more detail on that project in future posts.

Real estate sales on the North Olympic Peninsula are in full summer swing. SVF has received many calls about using our UAV to film both land and homes.

One such call was from Amy Williams of Avenue Properties in Bellevue, Washington. She hired us to not only fly the property located in the Elwha River estuary, but to also do some interior shots for her company last weekend. With the help of Trisa and Christine, who specialize in staging homes for photo shoots, we went room to room staging and photographing this beautiful property situated in the very heart of the Elwha River estuary, right on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

I also went to the property the evening before the shoot to capture a beautiful sunset with our UAV. I flew the following day as well. We wanted to really deliver a quality product to our new clients and I believe we accomplished our goal! You be the judge.

Here is the video that was created to highlight that listing, as well as a few of the interior shots of this amazing Nantucket style home.

 

 

 

Lyre River Hideaway

Lyle Lape, from Brigadoon Vacation Rentals, had me fly a beautiful property located on the Lyre River, west of Port Angeles, Washington. The day couldn’t have been nicer!

I created a short one and half minute highlight film of the 2 bedroom 1 bath upstairs apartment on this unique property. It has private beach access to the mouth of the Lyre River, as well as views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

It abuts the 280 acre Lyre Conservation Area and has seasonal fishing for steelhead and cutthroat trout.

If you want to get away from the urban rat race for few days, this would make a great place to go.

Brigadoon Vacation Rentals phone number is 360-683-2255. Ask for Lyle! Here is the property from the air:

On the Road – The New Dungeness Light Station

Spirit Vision Films in association with PAPA TV (Peninsula Area Public Access TV) of Port Angeles, Washington, has created a series called On the Road, highlighting unique destinations around the North Olympic Peninsula.

The pilot episode is called the New Dungeness Light Station. We focus our attention on the Dungeness lighthouse, as well as the New Dungeness Light Station Association. This organization maintains and gives tours of the 160 year old lighthouse on the Dungeness Spit with their volunteers, board members, and lighthouse keeper program. All are located within the 775 acre Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, next to the Clallam County Dungeness Recreation Area campground, near Sequim, Washington.

Elaine Cochran, Joseph Bennett, Emily Enges my niece, and myself spent two days at the lighthouse interviewing the keepers, exploring and filming the lighthouse, and the many natural sights of the wildlife refuge. This is our efforts.

This film was grant-funded through the Clallam County Lodging Tax fund to promote tourism on the North Olympic Peninsula.