Sunday, March 18, 2012
'63 Years Flying, From Glamour to Days of Gray'
So, at the beginning of this month I was contacted by the New York Times to do a video piece for a story about Ron Akana. He "has worked as a flight attendant for 63 years, clocking some 20 million miles along the way, the equivalent of circling the globe about 800 times or flying roughly 40 times to the moon and back. Though no one tracks seniority across all airlines, he is widely believed to hold the title of longest-serving flight attendant in the United States."
I worked along side Michelle Higgins, who wrote the article, on the two day shoot. The first night of the shoot, we were lucky enough to visit mr Akana at his home, film the interviews and some packing footage and enjoy an amazing homecooked meal made by Ron and his wife.
The next day, we rode on the bus to the airport with Ron and filmed all of the aspects of his morning until we were kicked off the plane because unfortunately, we weren't going to Hawaii with him.
To read the full article- CLICK HERE
In addition to the New York Times piece, last week I was lucky enough to be invited to Florida to film Amy and Leif Lynch's wedding in Miami. They contacted me after seeing some of my other videos and knowing they wanted me to be the one to capture their special day. I brought along Mike Peterson (SixEleven Productions) as my second camera to help me with the shoot because filming a wedding with another filmer is a lifesaver.
We went down a few days early, as invited by Amy and Leif, to enjoy the Florida sunshine, the beach, ocean and do a little work capturing all the hand-crafted pieces that the couple was making for the wedding (they did everything themselves for this wedding). By the way, I recently purchased a new camera (Sony NEX FS-100) and a bunch of lenses and other accessories to go along with it, so this was its inaugural shoot!
The wedding itself was at The Old Spanish Monastery in Miami. This place was like something you would see out of 'Lost'. It was built in the Medieval Period in Spain and brought over in the 1900's, stone by stone, by an American newspaper tycoon to Miami. The ceremony was beautiful, we made friends that we will keep in touch with forever and shot some of our most beautiful wedding footage to date.
This is a trailer I cut for their wedding, a sort of introduction to their story as a couple and what is to come. Stay tuned for a highlight reel and full length video!
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