Telling a Story With a Drone
drones are great. I mean, a lot of the same creative considerations exist with them as they do with anything in photography thing. Really cool part is, instead of being down here, you're up there and you're getting to see really great stuff. So symmetry shape, line, rule of thirds. All of those things play a role in it, looking for those really great details. So one thing I want to share with you is a story breakdown. This is another short films a couple minutes long. It's called Chasing the Distance. This was done already several years ago. Different rules in different time. Back then, this was about ultra marathon runner Rob Krar. Really cool guy. Uh, you know, he had a really incredible story, and this was, you know, one of the first time that I really started employed drones and story telling their use very, very sparingly. Um and so I think it was strong. It really emphasized his place in the landscape, and it was the only way to really punctuate the story element about the long, ...
long distances this guy runs. It's incredible. He's one of the best long distance runners in the world. Super fast time. At the time, he had had the fastest known time from running across the Grand Canyon, from rim to rim to rim all in one shot without stopping So really cool story. Play the video for you. Now it's about four minutes long, and we'll come back and talk about a little bit more. There's no easy way to describe the last quarter of an ultra when your body does just want to stop in your mind, wants to stop. That's when I go to that dark place that I can only experience late in 100 mile race. And it's something that I both yearn for fear of. The same time I recognized chasing that distance, fooling completely minutes. It's been life changing, but ultra marathoner is seeking to find peace within themselves. Running seems to be the one thing that's provided me enough piece toe to keep going. I ran the fastest no. One time ever across the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim, and it was a huge struggle in discomfort. But I thought about Kristina, and that's what kept me in that crossing way, fell in love, camping here, a piece of my heart is in this place. You can just feel so connected to something but so small at the same time. It's this place where you can feel free every time we get out brings us together. It's the simplest way to put it. There was a time early in our relationship when I saw her using the boat that it kind of solidified my desire to want to be with this incredible woman. I struggled with depression for a long time, and I never even remotely had a grasp on before I met Christina. We've had some dark times, kind of know that dark side of life a little bit and can kind of relate on that note as well. Running is definitely his major coping mechanism at this point running alone on the trails. It's what I need to keep myself together as a human and find peace with the Grand Canyon. This is what I wrote while Rob is was running mentor, injury, peace, peace among people and cars and a giant canyon battle rages below that I know not a husband. River rock all battle to become one. Somehow this great place consumes me, consumes them, consumes time. So I wait. I wait to the patient wife, a supportive partner, and let the grandeur of the place wash over me and swallow all things. This place is a place of balance, place to respect and honor, give and take. Forming an intimate relationship takes time a lifetime. And beyond canyon, beautiful canyon unfold your secrets for me. So that was produced for the Sierra Club at the time for part of ah campaign. And none of it was actually in the National Park was proposed extension of the park as a national monument. And ultimately, uh, it was not successful in its effort, but the film was very successful nonetheless. And, um, you know, conveying a lot of different important messages. And you can see where the little moments of the story are punctuated by the use of having aerials, getting a sense of the scale, the vast distances he goes and this distance that they they manage in their lives. So it's really, really powerful way of telling a story