Real Estate Aerial Videography

Spirit Vision Films offers many different video products including short documentary films like we produced for the Pacific Northwest Fiber Web. We also do product videography for businesses that want to highlight their merchandise or services through web, blog, and social media sites such as Face Book.

We also support fund raising activities, along with helping highlight non-profit entities contributions to local needs such as the Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County with our video work.

With our FAA Section 333 exemption to fly UAV commercially we also have forayed into the local real estate market. UAVs are ideal for showcasing properties, whether on top of Bell Hill, along a bluff or golf course, or being able to get close up and personal with a large tract of land to show potential buyers some of the features that can only be done from above.

So we are pleased to announce our first endeavor into this field with an aerial highlight of a beautiful home on Bell Hill. 93 Owls Nest to be exact. It is represented by Bob Torres of Torres Real Estate in Sequim. Now the real estate market in Sequim can have another perspective than just ground based photography or videography.

Give us a call and we can create a special aerial video for you as well!

Lifelong Journey Magazine

A couple of months ago I was interviewed by Kari Desser of Peninsula College who was doing an article for their PC magazine. The magazine comes out prior to each quarter with Peninsula College’s upcoming quarter offerings. She wanted to do a story about a successful alumni of the college. In my case, an older veteran who went back to school to change directions in life and take on a new career. That would be me.

As it got closer to the release of the story and the magazine, Laura Loftgren of the Peninsula Daily News in Port Angeles was looking for a older person that went back to school to change directions in their life for their Lifelong Journey Magazine. Kari shared the story she was working on for the PC magazine about my ‘journey.’

Lifelong Journey was inserted in the Wednesday edition of the Sequim Gazette and the Friday edition of the PDN.

I was honored by being featured in both magazines this month. You really can’t buy that kind of advertising for my new business and the new journey that I am on.

I want to take a moment to thank not only Kari Desser and Laura Loftgren, but my good friend, mentor, and video professor Renne Brock-Richmond for how much help she has given me when I was at Peninsula College and now that I am in business. Thank you all!

Here is the article in the Lifelong Journey magazine. The PC magazine has not been released quite yet.

Pacific Northwest Fiber Web

Over the last six weeks, Spirit Vision Films has been engaged in creating a short documentary film for the Pacific Northwest Fiber Web, highlighting the niche wool industry in the Pacific Northwest.

We were commissioned by the Northwest Cooperative Development Center from Olympia, Washington to film and interview various people and businesses engaged in this industry including sheep farmers, wool processors, yarn shop owners, and artisans.

The PNW Fiber Web had been given a grant through the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development fund to pay for the film. Only there was a slight catch; it had to be used by the end of December, 2015!

Spirit Vision Films signed a contract to produce the film on December 10th, 2015. Only two weeks before Christmas! Fortunately for the participants of this endeavor, the grant was extended through January 31st, 2016. But that still left only about six weeks at the beginning of the holiday season and in the middle of very poor winter conditions for shooting outdoor activities to film and edit this 12 minute documentary.

Working with Marcia Adams as a liaison to the businesses and folks associated with the wool industry and co-producer from the PNW Fiber Web and Makayla DeScala my assistant and second camera operator we raced around western Washington doing interviews in Quilcene, Port Gamble, Port Ludlow, Whidbey Island, Carnation, and on the Key Peninsula near Longbranch, Washington. We wrapped up filming in the second week of January and handed the PNW Fiber Web their finished film on January 26th, five days before our deadline! To say they were pleased was an understatement.

Spirit Vision Films would like to thank Diane Gasaway, Executive Director of NW Cooperative Development Center for all her help, as well as Marcia Adams of PNW Fiber Web for working tirelessly to see this film become a reality. We would also like to express our gratitude to all those who took part in this documentary and all their help with its creation.

Here is our production of Pacific Northwest Fiber Web: Enjoy!




Peninsula College Flyover

When you own a UAV for commercial use it’s important that you have the latest firmware and upgrades to your bird, radio controller, even the smart batteries that power the craft. So today I took Spirit One to Port Angeles, WA and the Peninsula College campus to do some testing after the latest firmware upgrade. It was a great place to fly because there was not a soul anywhere on campus.

It was the day after Christmas. The previous night was clear and very cold, a great sign that this day might be clear instead of the continual soggy weather we have been experiencing here in the Pacific Northwest. Which by the way is very normal as anyone who has lived here for any length of time will attest to. But it is nice to have a good day, even if it is a bit cold thrown in there to keep the reflexes sharp.

The dawn was breaking as I got the bird in the air. Unfortunately when I left home in Carlsborg, about 25 minutes east of Port Angeles, the clouds were already starting to drift in from the west. But they made for a glorious sunrise with scorching reds and pinks arriving with the sun coming up in the east to shoot its rising rays under the approaching clouds. The clouds quickly drowned out the cold sun though and an even overcast took its place. Ok for a photographer not shooting the sky, but not so much if you wanted to capture a blue sky contrasted with the Olympic range covered with fresh snow.

Spirit One made three trips into the air to test out the GPS waypoint mode which allows me to set way points and speed manually and then starting at the first waypoint let the bird do its thing as I work the camera controls.

That feature worked flawlessly. The bird flew itself with me working the camera controls. I normally use a HD 1080p 60fps setting with the camera. With the new firmware upgrade I was given another option …. 2.5K but only at a 30fps setting. It maybe that I need more practice with that setting, but I wasn’t happy with the results. It’s ok, but not what I like to see in post. I probably will still use HD because of results I have been getting.

All told, I am more than happy with the results of the first test flights using the waypoints mode. Very cool! It will help me with the current film I am working on. Until next time ……


2014 Madeleine Angevine Crush

Today Spirit Vision Films was finally able to finish the Olympic Cellars Winery’s 2014 Madeleine Angevine Crush video for them.

Although shot last year, Olympic Cellars Winery changed hands and the project was put on the shelf for a while. Lisa Martin, OCW’s new owner had her hands full getting up to speed into the realm of new ownership. After the Fall wine harvest and bottling she found time to move forward on the project and now the video is complete!

The 2014 Madeleine Angevine Crush is about the process from the Dungeness Valley Vineyard’s Madeleine Angevine grape harvest, how the grapes are turned into wine at Olympic Cellars Winery, and the finished award winning Madeleine Angevine wine. Hope you enjoy the ride! Check out all the great wines and events at Olympic Cellars Winery:

FAA Section 333 Exemption Granted!

Today is a great day for Spirit Vision Films!

I received word from the FAA today they have granted Spirit Vision Films an exemption to fly UAVs commercially through their Section 333 exemption process. It now gives us the ability to fly our DJI Phantom UAV for hire and in full compliance with the FAA regulations governing the use of UAVs in  US airspace.

Many people do not realize how difficult it is to acquire an exemption. It took four months to receive. There are many rules and restrictions in flying them in US airspace. Because many UAV owners flaunt these rules and restrictions, it has given a bad name to all UAV owners. That is a shame. For us who have put in the time to comply with the FAA and fly in a responsible manner it is imperative that we educate the public on the importance of not hiring a non-exempt UAV pilot to do commercial work.

Let me elaborate. Does your pilot obey the height restrictions of flying no higher than 200 feet when filming? Do they hold back 500 feet from any people below while filming? Does the UAV have a serial number and registered with the FAA and have an ID number (N-Number)? And probably one of the most important features when considering hiring a UAV to film: Is the UAV insured? Liability insurance to fly commercially is next to impossible to acquire if you do not have an exemption number. Yet, if that pilot is flying irresponsibly and causes property damage or worse; personal injury, not only will the pilot be held responsible – you will too. Having liability insurance is essential. These are only a few of the things to consider when hiring a UAV to film from the air.

If you have questions concerning the legal use of UAVs for your commercial needs, please give us a call or email us by using our contact information. We love talking UAVs!

Here is a portion of Spirit Vision Films exemption sent to us today by the FAA:

October 16, 2015

Exemption No. 13215

Regulatory Docket No. FAA–2015–3200

Mr. Christopher Enges

Spirit Vision Films LLC

302 East Runnion Road

Sequim, WA 98382

Dear Mr. Enges:

This letter is to inform you that we have granted your request for exemption.  It transmits our decision, explains its basis, and gives you the conditions and limitations of the exemption, including the date it ends.

By letter dated June 17, 2015, you petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on behalf of Spirit Vision Films LLC (hereinafter petitioner or operator) for an exemption.  The petitioner requested to operate an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to conduct aerial videography and photography.

See the docket, at, for the petition submitted to the FAA describing the proposed operations and the regulations that the petitioner seeks an exemption.

The FAA has determined that good cause exists for not publishing a summary of the petition in the Federal Register because the requested exemption would not set a precedent, and any delay in acting on this petition would be detrimental to the petitioner.

Airworthiness Certification

The UAS proposed by the petitioner are the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, DJI Phantom 3 Pro, and DJI Inspire 1.

First Flight

Working as a crew member and videographer for Captain-Crystal Stout’s Morning Star Balloon Company has given me a lot of photo and video opportunities since signing on.

The latest was filming a wedding proposal. But I didn’t know that I would be doing it at 2500 feet! Crystal let me know the night before to be ready to fly and film this wedding proposal by a young man in the Coast Guard assigned to the Port Angeles base and his soon to be fiancé. Very cool!

So I decided to make a short film, not only highlighting the proposal, but what it takes from start to finish to fly the balloon, chase it across country, land it and pack it away. Of course being my first flight as well, I couldn’t resist including a few images of myself!

So enjoy my first trip aloft and also the wedding proposal which is what the whole balloon ride was about.