Gnarly Bay Films – The Time TravelersDear internet, I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. Sometimes, you just get too busy actually working to write about the work later on – but you didn’t come hear to read my excuses… FLAGSTAFF, AZ – It’s 0300, 21 degrees out, and stupidly windy – another wonderful day in Flagstaff. Yet thankfully the coffee is hot and the warm smiles of friends meeting up quickly puts the weather from our minds. We’re all meeting up at zero dark thirty so that we can pile into a haul truck that rides about as well as a 2×4 and bounce down diamond creek road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. There, we’ll hop on the Colorado River with a bunch of guys from the US Mens Rowing Team who are fixing to take their shot at history. SUNRISE…
Can you Spy On Someone With a Drone?FLAGSTAFF, AZ – In light of the recent efforts of several municipalities to create some rather obtuse and misguided legislation relating to the use of drones, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on the matter.  The municipalities in question are quite concerned that folks are going to start spying on them with drones.  Despite the fact that traditional cameras are a much more powerful tool for spying on someone, these municipalities seem hell-bent on keeping drones out of their local airspace (which also happens to be the FAA’s jurisdiction, not theirs.).  So I wanted to put it out there just how ineffective the average drone is for spying on someone. There’s a great video (there’s probably a lot more than one) on YouTube that quite effectively explains just how bad even a several thousand dollar drone (a DJI Inspire…
Epic Grand Canyon Hike: A 650-Mile Challenge Videos Posted!Did you read the article in National Geographic Magazine about the Grand Canyon and the threats it is currently facing?  Do you want more Epic Grand Canyon Epicness?  Do you want to see more of Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko’s adventure?  Then you probably should watch all three parts here: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/magazine/160812-ngm-grand-canyon-part-1?source=relatedvideo http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/magazine/160812-ngm-grand-canyon-part-2?source=relatedvideo http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/magazine/161102-ngm-grand-canyon-part-3?source=relatedvideo I feel really honored and thankful to have been a small part of Pete and Kevin’s adventure, and that some of my shots are used in these videos.…
Lightforce Media Assisted Nat Geo Expedition of the Grand Canyon Goes to PrintFLAGSTAFF, AZ – Today, National Geographic published online and in National Geographic Magazine the story of Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko’s epic 650+ mile through hike of the Grand Canyon.  Pete and Kevin took on this 70+ day expedition to better understand this wonder of the world and the threats that are facing the Grand Canyon.  Lightforce Media, is honored to have played a very small part in helping Kevin and Pete tell this story. Please read the full article here: Are We Losing The Grand Canyon? To see what we did to help Pete and Kevin out, please check out our other blog posts.  …
Commercials for Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra Home TourFLAGSTAFF, AZ – Lightforce Media, LLC is pleased to share two new commercials that were made to promote the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s 12th annual home tour.  The two commercials, a 30-second, and a minute and thirty second commercial can be viewed below.  The goal with these commercials was to take a different approach to advertising – instead of the flashy, fast paced adverts that we’re accustomed to, the idea was to be slow and elegant, and really show the beauty and unique design of some of these houses.  Using as much aerial footage as possible was a must.  We’ve all seen houses from ground level, but how often have a you seen a house from the air?…
FAA Announces Part 107 Rules and Stops Accepting 333 Exemption ApplicationsWASHINGTON – Today, the leadership off the Federal Aircraft Administration (FAA) announced their long anticipated Part 107 rules for the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS).  At the same time they announced Part 107, the FAA removed the webpages from their websites that related to the 333 Exemption process, indicating that they are no longer accepting exemption applications.  Part 107 rules will cover the vast majority UAS operations when they become codified law in sixty days.  Below is a list Summarizing what types of UAS Part 107 affects, and what the new remote pilot in command certificate will look like. Stay tuned for more information on the integration of Part 107.  Source.   Unmanned aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs. (25 kg). Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) only; the unmanned aircraft must remain within VLOS of the remote…
Confluence Project: Lil’cleo Solar Production BoatFLAGSTAFF, AZ – How do you power a film production in the Grand Canyon, where there aren’t any power outlets?  The conventional answer may be to use a generator, but generators are loud and require fuel and other care to keep them happy.  So instead of dealing with all of that noise, we opted to make a smaller version of the ‘Cleopatra,’ the solar production boat that was used on the 21-day BBC operation Grand Canyon project.  For this trip, I designed and built a frame that would mount on the back of a J rig and hold a bunch of Goal Zero Rigid Solar Panels.  After determining what our power needs would be, Harlan and I decided on a frame that would hold six solar Goal Zero Boulder 90-watt panels.  I hopped into Solidworks and came up with this:…
National Geographic Expedition Support: Toroweap PickupFLAGSTAFF, AZ – Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko’s through-hike of the Grand Canyon is complete.  On their their third-from-final leg, 4 Corner Film Logistics extracted Pete and Kevin from the Toroweap Overlook on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  With the Help of Steve Hatch and John Dillon, Chad, Harlan, and Nat Geo editor Sadie Quarrier were flown from Flagstaff, to the Bar-10 ranch on the North Rim.  Had Chad, Harlan, and Sadie driven from Flagstaff, to the Bar-10 ranch, the drive would have taken nearly eight hours, yet the flight was little over an hour and fifteen minutes. Upon landing at Bar-10, Chad, Harlan, and Sadie hopped in a SUV that had been driven into the Bar-10 from St. George, Utah by one of the ranch hands and set off over the mount Trumbull wilderness to find Kevin and…
Confluence Project: Confluence PointNORTHERN ARIZONA – 4 Corner Film Logistics is spearheading an effort to document and make available in an open-source format archival footage of the confluence of the Colorado River and the Little Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.  This iconic and majestic part of the Grand Canyon is currently under threat of development, so at a bare minimum, our goal is to document this place for future generations.  And yes, I did say threat of development.  While you may be wondering how the heck someone is going to develop something in a National Park, it turns out that the Eastern rim of the Grand Canyon is on the Navajo Nation.  This means that it is NOT inside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park, and developers have learned of this detail.  These developers are currently working to court the Navajo…
National Geographic Expedition Support: South Bass Trail HeadTusayan, AZ – 4 Corner Film Logistics (4CFL) recently completed an extraction and insertion of a National Geographic team that is through-hiking the Grand Canyon.  The team’s journey will require them to hike more than 650 miles through the length of the Grand Canyon.  For this particular leg, the team had requested a pickup and dropoff at the South Bass trailhead.  Getting to the South Bass trailhead requires driving more than 30 miles of dirt road, including a few miles on the Havasupai Indian reservation, and navigating the pasture wash.  Under ideal (dry) conditions, a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle is required to get down the wash.  When you’re travelling out there in the middle of winter, after the region has received several feet of snow, all bets are off. Hours of research ensued.  Countless phone calls were made, and…