Tag Archives: Spirit Vision Films

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!

 

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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

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!

 

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!

 

Dungeness River Off-Channel Reservoir Project

Our latest project is creating a 5-7 minute PSA for the new proposed Dungeness River off-channel reservoir project that will be built near Sequim, WA if funded.

The Dungeness River is actually two rivers depending on the season. During the winter months the river is classified as a ‘wild’ river because of its uncontrolled downstream flooding, due to being the second steepest river in the US, dropping 7300 feet in the first third of its 32 mile length.

But during the late summer the river becomes emancipated due to low snow pack in recent years creating problems for both the salmon and irrigators who are dependent on reliable water from the river.

Clallam County, in conjunction with the City of Sequim, Washington Water Trust, the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, the Clallam Conservation District, and the Dungeness Water Users Association has hired Spirit Vision Films to highlight the critical condition of the 4 endangered and threatened salmon and steelhead species of the Dungeness, along with the agriculture industry of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley that is dependent on irrigation water from the river, especially in late summer when the flow drops precariously low due to recent climate change. This project will benefit both and more.

With a land transfer by the DNR, the 320 acres would become one of Clallam County’s largest parks as well as incorporating the 88 acre reservoir within to create walking, hiking and equestrian trails, birding and access to the river. A great resource for the city of Sequim’s residents and the folks who live in Clallam county.

The video will include interviews with the stakeholders, drone footage of the 320 acre site, the benefits of the reservoir, an animation of the twice yearly fill and drain cycles of the reservoir and other pertinent issues facing both the storm water run-off issues in the winter and the lack of water in the Dungeness in the late summer.

Stay tuned! Here are some static shots of the work in progress.

 

 

Bucklin Hill Bridge Project

You would suppose that a videographer’s work load would slow down as he approached the winter months? Not so with this videographer.

November, December, and January have been some of the busiest months I have experienced with Spirit Vision Films.

I was approached by Kitsap County Public Works in Port Orchard, WA to take video clips from two GoPro Hero cameras, video clips from a ribbon cutting ceremony, several drone flights, still images, and others, editing them all into a video highlighting Kitsap County’s largest public works construction project to date …. the Bucklin Hill Bridge project.

Over the course of 13 months the bridge project closed Buckling Hill road, which carried over 20,000 cars a day in the heart of Silverdale, WA. This video highlights the challenges, the pre-construction plans, construction, and final ribbon cutting ceremony opening the new 240 foot, multi-span bridge.

My hat is off to the Kitsap County team that built the new bridge! Check out their new bridge.