Through my friend Zach, I knew that Tom was building an airplane, but didn't know much about it. Since I already wanted to learn more, he seemed like the perfect fit for this contest video. Little did I know that he was building not just any airplane, but a Velocity XL 5; an experimental home-built aircraft that looks nothing like your average Cessna. Growing up, I always wanted to be a pilot, so this was a really fun experience for me to geek out over aviation technology. Not only was the plane impressive, but Tom ended up being awesome to interview and film. He has a great sense of humor and I love his passion and his excitement for building his own aircraft. He was a great sport about filming and I had a blast making this video with him.
I heard about Stillmotion's video contest only a few days before the deadline, and during a wedding shoot weekend up in Tahoe no less, but still couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a personal critique from them and have a chance to attend a shoot with some filmmakers I've admired for years. Just 24 hours before the deadline, I started shooting this video, and spent today putting together a cut. It's still a little rough around the edges. :) This was a really fun challenge, especially on such a short deadline. Thanks for hosting this, Stillmotion!