I hate anything amazing that I've shot.
I don't think that I'm alone in dreading the thought that I need to put out a new reel. The reel is my portfolio, a snapshot of the kind of work I've done and a hint to potential clients of the kind of work I like to do.
Here's the problem: I hate pretty much everything I shoot.
Perhaps "hate" is a little extreme, but after a couple days even the best looking footage annoys me. Maybe the framing is a bit pedestrian here or I could have worked the light a bit better there. It gets worse until I wish I could just re-shoot the whole thing. I finally abandon thinking about it and jump onto the next job where I'll use everything the last project has taught me and so on and so on.
Eventually, several years worth of monsters in the closet are unleashed when I look back, trying to pick the best stuff for the reel and then realizing there isn't anything I like. Suddenly I'm struck by an overwhelming urge to build a garden gate or two, organize the family earthquake kit, play around with some weird lenses and work on a secret project (coming soon!). Busywork.
This time, I chastised myself back onto the computer with a new attitude: gratitude. The projects that created these images were incredible experiences and the people suffering with (or because of!) me were all comrades who love the same thing as I do: telling stories with beautiful images. Its those people I thought about while editing and it helped tremendously.
This latest reel is a collection of aerial sequences, mostly shot from helicopter as well as some UAV/Drone work. This type of work (particularly air-to air) always involves a team. and I'd like to thank the people who brought me to very cool places and to those who helped me bring theses images home. They include: Gary Harvey, Merit Jensen Carr, Jean du Toit. Scott Tiffany, Gary Glassman, Noel Dockstader, James Dunnison, Peter Murray, Kelsey Wheeler, Jeff Turner, Simon Doucet, Scot Proudfoot, Didier Allen, John Trapman, Dane Bjerno, Cineflex, Ed Hatton, Aaron Haesler, and finally, Mikey McBryan, his dad, and the folks at Buffalo Air.
While I probably can't bring you to sweat with me as I shoot shots of pyramids in Mexico or freeze with me while filming wildlife in the arctic, I still hope the reel shares a bit of that experience. At the very least it'll show you what I eventually found in that closet.