The Weather of Arizona – A Time Lapse Film
This film is a collection of several time lapses captured during all four seasons of the year in Arizona. My goal for the film was to showcase the dynamic/contrasting weather that one can experience in this state.
Last year I spent a decent amount of time working on my film “Why I Chase | The Arizona Monsoon.” This film was more of a personal journey answering the simple question of “Why I Chase.” However, there is another question I’m softened asked. That question is “what do I chase?”
Many times when I’m outside the state of Arizona, I find myself being asked that question. “So what kind of weather can you chase and seriously you can find something nearly year round?”
As you may imagine, I get very passionate about this topic, but the answer isn’t always that easy. So to better explain myself, I decided I’d develop a film in an attempt to show people in less than there is plenty of weather to see in Arizona year round.Read More»
Why I Chase | The Arizona Monsoon
A documentary film highlighting my last 5 years of storm chasing in Arizona. This film takes you on a personal journey of how I went from pilot to storm chaser. It also highlights the passion I have for Arizona’s landscapes and weather.
I am often asked “Why did you make this film? What inspired you?” Truth be told, I needed a goal. I needed something to work hard towards. In a way I was raising the bar for myself. I wanted to take my work from where it was comfortable, to a place I had never gone.
We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills
-John F Kennedy | Moon Speech | September 12th, 1962
I chose to do this film, not because it would be easy, but because it would be hard. In many ways, the film was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It challenged everything I knew about filmmaking, and required me to learn a lot along the way.
There were many times that I thought this project was simply not meant to be. At one point, I had lost my entire project (hard drive crash) and wasn’t sure if I had the emotional strength to start the whole thing over. Thankfully, I was able to salvage some of what I had in the beginning and slowly piece it back together. By nature I’m not a quitter; instead, I like to think of myself as someone who finds a way to finish.
In the spring of 2015, I officially decided I wanted to do this project. I told myself, “you are going to make a 22:30 minute film. I wanted to take everything I had done the last few years and turn them into a captivating story that featured all my work.
I have produced several time-lapse films and mini-documentaries. While I’m very proud of them, for some reason I was left feeling like I had a lot more potential. After toying with the idea, I decided that setting this massive goal was the only way I was going to force myself to do it.
Don’t ever count yourself out. You’ll never known how good you are unless you try. Dream the impossible and go out and make it happen. I walked on the moon. What can’t you do?
– Eugene Cernan | Nasa Astronaut | From the film “The Last Man on the Moon”
The Incredible Weather of Arizona
“A Personal Story of Arizona Monsoon 2014”
Each of the past two summers I’ve created an end of the year monsoon season film. In 2012, I created a film titled “In Motion.” It highlighted a collection of time lapses that I had captured over the year mainly from the 2012 monsoon season. While I was very proud of this film at the time, it still had something missing.
In 2013, I thought I found the solution I needed to make a film that I was going to be really proud of. I thought that I needed to chase even harder, more aggressively, and more miles. In fact in 2013, I travelled over 10,000 miles across Arizona capturing some of the best weather images and time lapses I had ever taken. Yet, as I came into 2014, I still felt like my final product was missing something.Read More»