In the continuing search for the elusive Sasquatch, after three years of looking in Oregon, New Mexico, and Florida, we picked up this year in Colorado. Camping and hiking and filming in the Rocky Mountains with my buddy Brandon Ziegenfuss splitting the camera duties. Beautiful vistas with hot days and cold nights. No sign of the big fella, but got to fly the new drone, the Mavic Pro Platinum!
Spent time in Hudson, IA, outside of Waterloo, which is outside of Cedar Rapids. Yeah, not easy to find, but it's the home of the best designer of rebuilt 60 year old pick ups in the country. The young Blake Stoner is gonna get his own show, because what he does is spectacular, and unprecedented. Winner of back to back GM Design Awards and the youngest ever to take the prize. Produced by Watt Pictures!
In Sabangau, Borneo for 2 weeks filming gibbons at dawn, slogging through a peat moss swamp, as a gibbon family brachiate through the canopy, stopping to eat fruit and sing! Amazing experience seeing these primates in their habitat, on their terms. Great to work with the rest of the One Health Productions team: Allison Hanes, Harriet Bailey and Julia Hill!
Finished two weeks work on three different documentaries filming in two states and the District of Columbia with a long term project on Senator Ted Kennedy's efforts to impose sanctions on apartheid South Africa. Overriding President Reagan's veto, we were able to interview former Republican Senator Richard Luger, current Delaware Senator Chris Coons, and former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Herman Cohen in Washington, DC. Had to drive through a heavy snow storm after arriving on the red-eye from Oregon, but we made it down and back safely.
Working on an great documentary about how individuals and a community can fight back against large corporate corruption and government indifference. Though mostly addressing historic crimes, the fight continues and the current political climate makes that fight incredibly relevant. Beautiful setting for some drone flying and the most striking b-roll I've filmed in a while. More details will come once the film is done.
A Native American woman healing through traditional teachings is one of 3 women in western Washington state doing "good on the ground." The Story Exchange continues its mission to connect women entrepreneurs with examples of other successful women to inspire and change their lives and of those they serve.
One of the best jobs to have, travel to beautiful beaches with my friends/crew mates, and our wonderful, kind host, Katie, filming and eating delicious food, and getting paid for it. The Bahamas, Catalina Island, Carmel & Monterey in northern California, South Carolina's barrier islands, Tybee Island outside Savannah, and Biloxi, Mississippi, were fun, mostly warm, and friendly to the New Yorkers. Can't wait to do it all over again.
Quick overnight trip to Mill Run, PA, to film at Falling Waters, Wright's seminal work in the woods of rural Pennsylvania. Shot some drone footage after passing the FAA pilot's certificate test! Great place to fly the little Spark. Great new tool to add to the kit. Profiled a fascinating architect, Peter Bohlin, who built High Meadow educational complex for Fallingwater Institute. Inspirational.
Food centric website, Tastemade, just published 3 tasty dishes that we worked on over the summer.
Little shoot I did for my friend Eric for an augmented reality game for kids. Sheeps on iPads--who'd have thunk it?
Sometimes, documentary shoots are gritty, political and there's not a good meal to be had. This was not one of them. Chefs from all over the south gathered at Border Springs Farms in Patrick Springs, VA, and cooked and ate and drank and danced. It wasn't really work.
Got to hang out with my friends Lucia and Maria Ahn, two thirds of the sister trio (Angella was not in town) and film a little interview of them for their website/EPK. Always great to see these talented musicians, and yes, I can tell them apart...usually.
A network of NGO's got together and helped bring awareness about the dangers of the illegal ivory trade, with the Ivory Crush. Two tons of confiscated ivory was crushed in Central Park on August 3rd. Sad to see how the death of these majestic animals can be reduced to dust in a matter of hours. Support conservation efforts and remember World Elephant Day is August 12th.
Working for my friends Rose and Marion, shot one last interview for their documentary on the case of Bei Bei Shuai vs The State of Indiana. Then helped them make a Kickstarter video. Someone needed a little fortification before appearing on camera!
Got an education in Upper East Side lifestyle with KK from Bravo's comedy series, Odd Mom Out. Who knew that haircuts and beauty treatments could cost so much! This web series is rolling in support of the new season of Odd Mom Out in July.