Seattle/King County Free Health Clinic

This past weekend we worked with our colleagues at Pacific Public Affairs to produce a short doc shot at the Seattle/King County Free Health Clinic.

The four day volunteer-driven clinic provides a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to under-served and vulnerable populations. Last year the clinic served over 3,400 people and provided over $2.3 million in services.

This film will be an accompanying part of a series of documentaries targeted at legislators to increase reimbursement rates for that segment of the state insured by Apple Health/Medicaid. With the expansion of the Affordable Care Act in 2014 a greater number of the population acquired dental coverage, but dentists have been unable to financially accommodate this new population into their practices.

We heard and witnessed some truly touching, heartfelt stories this weekend. We look forward to sharing them with you…

Main Floor at Seattle King/County Free Health Clinic.

Main Floor at Seattle King/County Free Health Clinic.

And we’re back!

It’s been a long and busy summer!

In June we traveled to Washington D.C. with Casey Family Programs to cover “Shadow Day”.

Shadow Day is the brainchild of California Congresswoman Karen Bass – a 3 day event during which members of Congress host current and former foster youth from across the U.S. in Washington in an effort to help them understand the inner workings of the House of Representatives, learn about the legislative initiatives related to foster care, and share their stories with policy makers.

In the month that followed we had the privilege of catching up with two remarkable young women who shared their personal struggle in overcoming the challenges of growing up in the foster care system.

Movie to come – meanwhile enjoy these snaps!

D.C.

D.C.

Some guy's house.

Where it all goes down

Our lovely producer, Katie

Our lovely producer, Katie

Filming in Bellingham

Filming in Bellingham

Amgen Biotech Experience

We recently collaborated with our friends and colleagues at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide to produce another video for the Amgen Foundation about their innovative science education program: Amgen Biotech Experience. This program, for secondary schools, features a hands on molecular biology curriculum that grows students’ love of science.

Check it out!

Finding a Lost Boy

Last month, Jeff landed in the hospital with a collapsed lung. During his stay he got to know his doctors and nursing staff very well. There was one young man in particular who stood out for his kindness and generosity of spirit.

Zach is a young nursing assistant. He is also one of the Lost Boys of Sudan – one of 700 million orphaned and displaced during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Zach was only 9 years old when he was forced to flee his village and walk hundreds of miles through unforgiving wilderness to cross the Ethiopian border and make his way to a refugee camp.

Never one to sit still – even when recovering from a collapsed lung – Jeff asked Zach if he could take his portrait. And so, one morning at 6 am…

*Huge thanks to Josh Newman, colleague and DP extraordinaire, for making an early morning journey to the North (yes – almost to Canada) and agreeing to shoot the photo session on our Sony A7S.

Trip to Cambodia with Big Daddy Weave

red jet films recently traveled to Cambodia for two weeks to film a new video for Big Daddy Weave.

Jeff Erwin – owner and head DP of red jet – always has a camera loaded with black and white film on these types of journeys. Here’s a little taste of his latest darkroom developments…

The Killing Fields Archival print

The Killing Fields
Archival print

On location outside of Phnom Penh

On location outside of Phnom Penh

Russian meat market Phnom Penh

Russian Market
Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Morning Madness

Phnom Penh
Morning Madness

Cambodian Farmer Phnom Penh

Cambodian Farmer
Archival print

See the USA in 30 days…(in your Chevrolet rental van!)

December was a busy month here at red jet!

We were happy to work with Casey Family Programs to create five short films highlighting the incredible lives of this year’s recipients of the Casey Excellence for Children Award. Our journey took us from Portland, to Nampa, Columbus, Phoenix, New York and back.

We took some photos along the way…

Jeff with our Portland Birth Parent Award Winner.

Jeff with our Portland Birth Parent Award Winner

A trip to Portland wouldn't be complete without a Voodoo Doughnut!

A trip to Portland wouldn’t be complete without a Voodoo Doughnut!

Kevin, Jet and a giant boot in Pendleton, OR.

Kevin, Jet and a giant boot in Pendleton, OR. Who knew!?

Local lounger... Pendleton, OR.

Local lounger…
Pendleton, OR.

A Pendleton local.

A Pendleton local

Apples to Apples

Just got back from Sunnyside, WA where we filmed a new spot for the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries on orchard ladder safety.

A big thanks to the lovely Rogelio Ruiz for letting us film in Roy’s Place Ranch!

Jeff and Ernesto discussing the shots.

Jeff and Ernesto discussing the shots.

Romas and Granny Smiths!

Romas and Granny Smiths!

Get to the Chopper!!

Our illustrious colleague Ryan Horner, owner and director of PegLeg Pictures, recently purchased a DJI Phantom Vision 2+ Quadcopter with a Gimbal action camera – and he let us play with it!

Holy moly. What a fun toy.

Capable of taking 14MB stills and 190×1080 HD video, this winged dragon can soar as high as 1,000 feet up and as far as a mile away – so long as you have a GPS satellite connection. Should you lose the connection, it will come right back to it’s base.

The Phantom communicates directly to your smartphone with no delay in the feed. It also has a unique straight downward bird’s eye perspective that is not recommended for those suffering from vertigo, but is breathtaking for everyone else.

A cool way to grab footage you can’t get using conventional photography – and you don’t have to mortgage an arm and a leg to rent a chopper.

Here’s a couple of snaps for you. Video to come.

Captain Ryan Horner flies the Phantom.

Captain Ryan Horner flies the Phantom.

Phantom menace? Or Phantom Quadcopter? You decide.

Phantom Menace? Or Phantom Quadcopter? You decide.