It was the adventure of a lifetime for Nate Brubaker of Rock Shore Media. In the midst of wildfire season, the Maryland-based filmmaker hit the Wyoming wilderness with his brother. The two explored Green River Lakes, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and parts of Montana … clocking a couple hundred miles and only popping one tire.
Apart from the fires limiting visibility at times, the biggest challenge for Nate was with his new DJI Phantom 3. It was his first time owning, never mind flying, a drone, and he hadn’t allowed himself enough time to get used to it. “Let’s just say I had to overnight a few props to Wyoming and leave it at that,” says Nate. Then there was the day it lost signal and crashed into a river. So it’s not surprising that Nate’s most memorable moment was with the drone too: On his way up to Yellowstone, he captured 42 wild mustangs trotting across a field — it was his first successful flight. “I was nervous as hell!”
Nate’s favorite location was Green River Lakes. They drove 20 miles off the main road to reach their location. No one was in sight … until “one random guy” showed up to share the view. Turned out, he worked for a company that manufactures parts for Freefly. “What a small world — you never know who you’ll run into in the middle of Wyoming.”
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Meet Derek Armstrong McNeill
Derek McNeill has been telling visual stories most of his life. The Seattlite first honed his eye working as a photographer in the US Air Force, then worked in advertising art direction and design. He now divides his time shooting his own documentary projects and stock footage. “After carrying around a camera kit for years, telling visual […] Read more