Walkie-talkies . . . check . . . C300 . . . check . . . Teradek and client monitor . . . check . . . microphones . . . check . . . hiring the crew . . . check . . . bed, pajamas, slippers, model releases . . . check . . . 4AM wakeup call . . . check . . . These were the things going through my head as I tried to get some much needed shuteye before my role as producer on the shoot the following morning. Before I made the jump from photography to video production I didn't really understand what a producer was, and why they always seemed so stressed out.
Every now and then you have the opportunity to work on a project that makes you a better filmmaker. A project where everything you do is half a step beyond what you thought you were capable of. This magical place is something we are constantly reaching for at New Sky. Flying a drone 3 feet off the ground at 30 mph, check. Chasing a Porsche GT3 RS down an unpopulated desert highway while riding in the passenger seat, check. Sometimes we are asked to work longer, dig deeper, fly faster, get closer and that's where the fun begins.
Details matter. The difference between chartreuse and lime makes little difference in our everyday lives. But in filmmaking, there are incredible subtleties that mostly go consciously unnoticed, but subconsciously affect how we see a film or commercial dramatically.
What makes us passionate about what we do and how do we keep that energy going? It's a question I've been asked ever since starting my photography career nearly 8 years ago. It would be easy to say that it's never been a problem. “The inspiration just flows through my veins man!” But for most of us, and especially me, that's not always true. It takes a bit of nurturing, turning the camera towards things that truly inspire you. Sometimes that means turning the camera inward or maybe just setting the camera down for a bit and finding a little adventure in the mountains while the clouds whip by or pausing for reflection in the serenity of an alpine lake. For me, these experiences nurture my creative passion and excitement for what we do and usually involves working on personal projects and spending time in nature with and without a camera.