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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

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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:

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:

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.