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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!

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Future News

Although the winter seems to be hanging on here in the Pacific Northwest, spring is right around the corner.

Spirit Vision Films has already started its spring roster of films for our clients, beginning with Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s annual benefit, Taste of the Peninsula at the Sunland convention center here in Sequim, in mid-April.

We will be creating a short video for their benefit highlighting their efforts to help not only those that are under-housed, but also those that cannot afford or for lack of strength, repair their houses when needed (senior and the disabled community especially).

It is Habitat’s new program, along with its partners including the City of Sequim and the Rotarian’s as well, called ‘Love thy Neighborhood,’ …. a neighborhood revitalization project aimed at the folks who just need a new fence, or roof, a little paint, or just a good cleaning up, but are unable to do it themselves.

They also have brought out the community in Sequim with their Rally in the Alley events. They just completed the third event two Saturdays ago with the help of over 100 volunteers that swept through northern Sequim’s alleys and streets, collecting enough trash to fill three very large dumpsters. Their previous event collected over 10 tons of garbage. Very impressive! Port Angeles will be targeted next.

Also, Spirit Vision Films in conjunction with PAPA TV has been awarded a grant from the Clallam County Lodging Tax committee to create three videos targeting the tourism segment of the county and the greater Olympic Peninsula.

Beginning in April, Spirit Vision Films, along with PAPA TV personnel will begin shooting a new series, with a working title called, On the Road. Each of the segments will be 30 minutes long and will focus on destinations around the Olympic Peninsula that would attract tourists considering coming to the peninsula for a visit.

The first video will focus on the New Dungeness Light Station on the Dungeness Spit. We will be following a group or couple that have signed up to become ‘keepers’ on the lighthouse for one week. We will also be relating the history of the lighthouse, as well as the Dungeness Recreational Area that you can take to get to the lighthouse by hiking 7 miles (one way!) on the spit to the lighthouse.

Our second tentative shoot will be highlighting the Olympic Discovery Trail from Blyn to Port Angeles. We will be stopping at points of interest along the way like the Sequim Bay State Park, John Wayne Marina, The Railroad Bridge Park, and the Port Angeles waterfront portion of the trail. We our going to have some fun!

Our third video’s location has not been determined as yet, but we’ll keep you informed as we go forward on this project.

And of course, when the videos are completed, you will find them right here! Stay tuned!

 

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New Dungeness Light Station – Dungeness Spit

Ross Hamilton’s Olympics

The first film of the Ross Hamilton Project has finally been completed. It just finished airing on PAPA TV this past weekend (papaonline.tv) and now is available on Vimeo to general audiences.

This film is truly inspirational. Ross Hamilton has been a fixture on the Olympic Peninsula for almost 50 years. His iconic images of the Olympic National Park, as well as the rest of the peninsula are stunningly beautiful. All shot on his 4×5 large format camera. Many are from his treks deep into the back country of the Olympic mountain range. Others from his many trips to the rugged Washington coastline, as well as the old growth forests of the West End. The Hoh rain forest, Rialto Beach, 2nd Beach, Lake Crescent, Sol Duc Falls, the Bailey range, Mount Olympus, and more grace this film as Hamilton shares his experiences with the audience.

At 74, Ross Hamilton has lost his vision to glaucoma, yet continues to share his adventures, experiences, and stunning imagery with small groups of photographers and outdoor advocates across his beloved Olympic Peninsula.

So enjoy many of his classic images. Hear him talk about his experiences acquiring them and his personal struggle with his vision loss. A very inspiring story.

 

 

Haiku House

I just finished a short video incorporating aerial videography and still photography showcasing a client’s beautiful home located near Freshwater Bay, WA.

My client has a wonderful ‘Haiku’ home located on high bank waterfront property along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, nestled in tall fir trees and natural surroundings.

Haiku is a Japanese poetic term associated with the relationship and interaction between nature and humankind. When form and function become one to bring inherent peace, tranquility, and harmony to your home and property.

This most certainly would describe this magnificent home and property. By using what is known as ‘fusion’ between videography and still images, Spirit Vision Films kept the Japanese theme throughout, including the music.

While my client is not selling his property at this time, if and when he chooses to, this video will be a great asset for that purpose.

Spirit Vision Films is a full service aerial and ground-based videography and photography business, with a eye on providing high quality films, videos, and still images to their clients.

 

Peninsula College 2016 Commencement

It was hard for me to believe as I sat outside in the rain yesterday at Peninsula College’s Commencement for the graduating class of June 18th 2016, it had been two years since I walked across the stage with the graduating class of 2014. At that time my young nieces, Addie and Emily Enges were in the audience watching me. Today, I had the pleasure of being in the audience watching them graduate.

It was the Fifty-Fourth Commencement of Peninsula College here in Port Angeles. It was also the largest class in its history to graduate. 591 folks from all walks of life received their diplomas in many different fields across the spectrum. Because of this fact, there was no room inside and the ceremony had to be held outside.

In the Pacific Northwest we are very used to rain at anytime of the year. June is no exception. And it proved to be very wet for the graduates and audience alike. But Rick Ross who has been in charge of getting it all together for many commencements was prepared. As the spectators filed in they were all issued a small bag with a hooded poncho inside. And they were most certainly put to good use!

The Kenmore Pipe Band led the staff and faculty to the stage, followed by the graduating class. My friend, mentor, and videography professor Renne Brock-Richmond was part of the faculty procession. She has been instrumental in inspiring me in the field of videography and getting my business started, as well as many other students. Some of those students were Sierra Horsley and Woody French who were graduating yesterday. I have had the pleasure of working with both. They are talented videographers and I expect to see them flourish in this field here on the Peninsula.

President Dr. Luke Robins introduced the class and the keynote speakers, Rep. Steve Tharinger and student speaker Mia Steben. The theme was from Eleanor Roosevelt, who once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Rep. Tharinger reminded the attendees that Peninsula College was a community college. A community of diverse people whose dreams can be made real by hard work and commitment to those dreams.

Young Mia Steben’s story was incredible. She told the audience that she didn’t know her real birthday and who her biological parents were. She had been abandoned on the streets of Beijing, China as an infant and had found her way to the United States, where she was standing as an honor student to the amazement of many in the audience, me included. She overcame much and dreamed large to be where she was today. Truly an inspiration!

As I read through the commencement program, looking for people I might know, reading the names on the very long list, I came to the last two pages. I was shocked and surprised to see me and my story gracing those last two page! The title was, “Student’s Dream Take Flight.” It was the story Peninsula College ran in their PC Magazine and ran on the their website on how I had changed careers. (It can be found in the archives on this website) And with the help of the VA’s VRAP program, Terry Smith, Peninsula College’s veteran coordinator, the encouragement of faculty members like Renne Brock-Richmond, Marina Shipvoa, my digital editing professor, and my English teacher, Helen Lovejoy who all contributed to give me a ‘dream’ of starting Spirit Vision Films.

I owe so much to Peninsula College. Being around young folks and the constant encouragement of the staff and faculty gave me a vision that transcends my current age. In my mind, I am still forty (that is until I look in the mirror!). Clint Eastwood turned 86 years old this year and he is still making films. So I think that gives me at least twenty more years to accomplish something with the skills I have learned at PC!

Although the rain dampened the atmosphere, it could not dampen the enthusiasm I felt from the graduating class as one by one they ascended the stairs to the stage and received their diplomas. It was a great day to be in the audience!

Finally the tassels changed sides on the graduate’s caps and a shout was heard from the crowd as President Robins congratulated the class and dismissed them. Then the pipers came back and lead the processional away from the stage and the commencement ended. Although the ceremony had ended, it was actually the beginning of new life adventures for those students, including my nieces who I am so proud of! I can’t wait to see what dreams they make into reality.

Here are a few of the images I shot at the ceremony. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peninsula College’s Pirate Zombie Mud Run

The zombies were out in full force at Peninsula College’s 2016 Pirate Zombie Mud Run on Saturday the 7th of May!

I got a call from Emma Janssen, Peninsula College’s Web Manager the day before the zombie run and asked if I could come and shoot some aerial and ground based video for them. She apologized for such short notice, but that wasn’t necessary, as all I had planned was pulling weeds in my garden and mowing the lawn. Ah, not much of a decision really. Besides I like Emma and the folks at Peninsula. They have been very kind to me the past three years. I  actually shot some footage at the first run back in 2014, so I knew what to expect, although they changed it up a bit from the original run.

The first run was students only, but they opened it to the public the following year and event has only gotten larger with more than 300 folks participating this year including little children. Instead of running everyone at the same time like last year, the little ones got to go first at 9:30, followed by the very little ones at 11:30. Then the adult took to 5K course at 1:00. An absolute hoot!

It was a perfect May day! It would get into the 70’s, along with being bright and clear. It was a little breezy, but Spirit Two responded without issue. It was most certainly a glorious day for a zombie mud run!

Helen from the maintenance department was kind enough to tote me and my equipment around the course in their maintenance cart, while I flew Spirit Two and shooting from the ground with my Canon C100 mk II. It kept me moving throughout the day. Rick Ross bought me lunch and was shooting stills throughout the event. Jeremiah Johnson (no he didn’t have a full beard and ride a horse) organized this event for the last three years and has done a great job, only making the event that much better each year.

The kids had smiles from ear to ear as they swam in the mud, ripped through the foam tunnel, and shot down the 65 foot water slide. But those smiles didn’t disappear when the zombies were chasing the adults along the trail behind the college, climbing the 14 foot tall tire wall, or making it through the mud pit to finish at the bottom of that same water slide!

And just like that the Peninsula College 2016 Pirate Zombie Mud Run came to an end! Hope they ask me back to shoot the next one. I’ll forego mowing my lawn anytime for chasing zombies around the campus! Here are some frame captures of event.