May, 2013

Shooting The NISH AbilityOne Honor Roll for Veterans Award Video

Several months ago I was called by an out of town production company to shoot, what I was told to be, a disabled veteran video for a company out of Washington DC. As per usual with out of town clients I usually never get the full details of what I’m specifically needed for. It’s usually a request for certain equipment, certain types of crew or a certain style they want. As the dates got closer I was fed more information about what we were doing and what we needed to capture. Although the topic and situation we were going to be working on was a heavy one I became excited to hear that we’d be working at Patrick Air Force Base in Satellite Beach, Florida for a few days. Working with companies such as Lockheed Martin and other military simulator design companies  in the past I was hoping I’d get to shoot some aircraft, soldiers or even some cool military vehicles once again. Not the case this time. This shoot wasn’t about the power of military but more about the power of one man. One soldier to be specific. Edward Johnson Jr. was who we were going to be following for two days. Ed is an Iraqi War veteran who was shot in the back of the head by a sniper. I won’t get into the details about his story. I’ll leave that to the wonderful video produced by Richfield Productions. I will say that working in the world of car commercials, local business website videos and corporate promotional productions I rarely get to work on productions where there is such an emotional story behind the work.  We spent two days capturing Ed’s story as well as the stories of Ed’s coworkers and family. We all see the stories of courage and hope of veterans returning home with disabilities on the nightly news but it isn’t until you have the opportunity to work along side one of these brave people that it really impacts you. We shot everything off of a Panasonic HVX-200, HPX-170 and a Panasonic GH2 with audio recorded on a Zoom H4N. In the end, it doesn’t really matter what equipment was used but how and what it was used for. I’m privileged to say that I was apart of this short two day production and proud that I was able to help tell the story of Ed Johnson Jr. and the award he so deserved. Click on the link below to check out Ed’s story.