From the award winning history series, Drive Thru History, and your highly entertaining host, Dave Stotts, comes all new American History series. This twelve part series features the best in cutting-edge video production and animation to communicate history in a fun and informative way to audiences young and old. We will learn about the founding of America and see first-hand some of the places where our founding fathers risked their lives to shape this great nation and learn about the events that unfolded. As Dave can only do he takes us from past to present, enjoying some of today’s more cultural, iconic landmarks experiencing what it’s like to visit these locations in today’s setting. Whether it’s crossing the Delaware in an Amphicar or camping out in Times Square Dave mixes the old and new bring history to life.
Episode 1: Christopher Columbus, the Khan-Polo Connection, Florence, Amerigo Vespucci
Episode 2: The Pilgrims, The Mayflower, Plymouth Rock, The First Thanksgiving
Episode 3: Boston’s Heritage, The Old North Church, Lexington & Concord, Battle of Bunker Hill, Dorchester Heights
Episode 4: George Whitefield, The Freedom Trail, Granary Burial Ground, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, USS Constitution
Episode 5: William Penn, Pennsbury Manor, Henry Muhlenberg, Christ Church, Jacob Duché, Betsy Ross
Episode 6: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Ben Franklin, The Declaration House, Carpenter’s Hall, The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall
Episode 7: Philadelphia, Thaddeus Kosciusko, Germantown, Benjamin Chew House, Fort Mifflin, Valley Forge
Episode 8: The Jamestown Colony, Pocahontas, Peter Mulenberg, Colonial Williamsburg, The Battle of Yorktown
Episode 9: Mount Vernon, Slavery in Colonial America, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, James Madison's Montpelier, Dolly Madison
Episode 10: Battle Hill, The Battle of Long Island, Hessian Huts, Morris Manson, Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, Lombardi's Pizzeria, Fort Washington
Episode 11: Wall Street, Federal Hall, New York Stock Exchange, St. Paul's Chapel, The Battle of Saratoga, Benedict Arnold, West Point
Episode 12: Crossing the Delaware, The Battle of Trenton, John Witherspoon, Princeton, Morristown, Battle of Monmouth
While we were testing out the new 5D Mark II on location in Colorado, we had to find creative ways to keep our audio from distorting with the camera's auto gain feature.
When there is no noise going through the mic the auto gain feature in the camera turns the gain up to compensate for the quietness. The problem comes when you say your first line into the mic and it's highly distorted because the gain was turned all the way up. The temporary work around on the field became making a noise into the mic to 'level off' the gain before starting a line. The result became a hilarious blooper reel. Enjoy! :)
We recently purchased the Beachtek DXA-5D to overcome this auto gain problem.
The resulting footage from this shoot looked beautiful.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
Sennheiser Evolution G2 Wireless Mic
Grandpa Mac is THE all around authority on life, the universe, and everything awesome!
"The Good Life - With Grandpa Mac" is the latest in a series of high school discussion starters, created by VIDANO Films (vidano.com) in partnership with Ed McVaney (co-founder of JD Edwards), to accompany the book "Living The Good Life".
The challenge was to create something memorable…to find a creative and entertaining way to engage young people in a discussion, and keep them coming back. Vidano immediately set out to create a BRAND for "The Good Life" series. And from that... Lights. Camera. Action! Grandpa Mac emerged...accompanied by quirks, humor, attitudes, opinions and all.
With the help of Dave Stotts and Tom Small (design + animation), VIDANO Films emerged with an unconventional, humorous, animation style seen in these productions. Narrated by Grandpa Mac's granddaughter, the topics are values-based. The style is definitely quircky. The humor...random. But the message is spot on.
PRODUCER + DIRECTOR | Stephen Vidano
ANIMATORS | David Stotts + Tom Small
MUSIC | Tune Society - TuneSociety.com