This winter our film making team (Sandy Asher, Kris Browne and myself) has completed the first phase of making our documentary on the story of wildlife passages came to be included in major highway renovations on I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass.
We now have ten new interviews filmed with people from all angles of the story: Brian White and Randy Giles of WSDOT, Patty Garvey Darda and Peter Singleton of the US Forest Service, Washington State Senator Curtis King of Yakima, Representative Judy Clibborn of Mercer Island, conservation leaders Mitch Friedman of Conservation Northwest, Jon Hoekstra of Mountains to Sound Greenway, and Gene Duvernoy of Forterra, and Janet Ray of AAA.
Additionally, I’ve spent many days shooting footage on the ground and in the air, flying with LightHawk pilot Lane Gormley and UAV operator Richard Gillette.
We are excited to begin shaping our story and to continue filming through the coming months. The film is scheduled to be completed later in 2017.
In recent times I took to the air for two projects shooting aerial footage, the first being for Forterra. Forterra is a fantastic conservation organization working to both protect lands and enhance communities living on them. I flew with Charlie Raines, Director of Forest Conservation, and pilot Lane Gormley of LightHawk, up the Great Northern Corridor which runs up from Everett, WA, up to Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains, following US Hwy 2 and the Snohomish and Skykomish Rivers. We documented a number of sites along the way where Forterra is making an impact for Washington State residents and wildlife.
The other flight was to capture footage of I-90 from Seattle up to Snoqualmie Pass for “Cascade Crossroads”, the documentary I’m working on for the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition. While it was a challenge fighting some stubborn clouds, with Lane’s expert piloting I got some gorgeous footage showing why this particular point in the Cascades is so special.
I can't say enough great things about the work and generosity of LightHawk, an organization of pilots who donate flight time and resources for environmental causes. Thank you Christine and Lane!
So cool to have my 3D video, "Eventually They Melt" featuring music and performance by Seattle artist London James, is playing in the LA 3D Movie Festival this weekend. The festival is organized by Eric Kurland, who is also the creative energy behind the 3-D Space as well. Other 3D gems showing this weekend include Nick Cave's new film 'Once More With Feeling', which I hope to see soon as I suspect it's pretty intense...
In June, the one and only Lamborghini opened a new high tech carbon fiber research lab in Seattle. I was excited to cover the ribbon-cutting event for Centigrade Inc. as CEO Stefano Domenicali joined with Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee in announcing the grand opening, and excited again to be asked to edit a sizzle reel for Lamborghini's web site.
It's amazing what they're working on in the lab. You can see in the video a snippet of a new carbon fiber fabric that Lamborghini will actually use in the interior of one of their cars instead of leather.
It was also fun to have my former Microsoft colleague Craig Mathewson join me, since Craig and I are veterans of many years of Detroit Auto Show coverage for MSN Autos from years back.
Many thanks to Perry Stern and the crew of Automotive Content Experience, as well as Kevin Fisher of Centigrade!