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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!

 

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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.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UAV Aerial Bluff Inspection and Survey

Spirit Two has been getting quite a work out lately and hasn’t let me down yet. We entered the bluff inspection and survey field with a recent job inspecting a high bluff waterfront property along the Strait. We were amazed at what we found.

We have been doing aerial real estate listing work, photographing utilities from the air, and using the UAV in documentary film making. All in a day’s work for Spirit Two.

Today I created a short film highlighting the uses of our UAV to inspect and survey high bank waterfront properties along the Strait and the Puget Sound areas. Using a UAV is an economical decision to record previously inaccessible property’s erosion problems, especially those of man-made kind. The property owner can then take a course of action that will limit further erosion and have a video record and date of that survey.

So if you are a high bank bluff owner that has never seen close up the condition of your bluff, please contact us for an estimate for our services. We service all of Northwestern Washington.

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: http://www.olympiccellars.com