AZ MONSOON 2015
Each monsoon season here in Arizona (mid June to mid Sept) I spend many of my off-hours chasing storms and wild weather.
Three months, 4500 miles and almost 50,000 frames captured between 2 cameras. Several stops by police (for trespassing), border patrol (wondering why I was skulking near the Mexican border in the dark at 1am) and the DEA (thinking I was involved in a drug deal that went awry). It was a fun season!
This year I was much more purposeful while chasing and shooting, considering what I was capturing. Trying to be more creative both out in the field and later in post-processing on the computer. I was also a lot more careful in post-processing while cleaning up the myriad bugs and birds that LOVE to flit about in front of the camera (don't even get me started on that issue...)
I spent quite a bit of time searching for the right music. I had captured a few fairly dramatic time-lapse sequences and early on in the season I knew I wanted something dramatic and arresting. The moment I first heard this piece by Richard Canavan (richardcanavan.com) I knew I had found it: His track was in the back of my mind for the next few months as I was shooting. It's as essential to this film as the visual drama is.
I'm really proud of this short film - it turned out better than I had hoped for. Yeah, I'm really happy with it!
Great thanks to my wife Jean who puts up with this crazy need I have to chase weather. She puts up with a lot. She had to wipe away a tear or two when I first showed her my film. I can't get enough of that girl...
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