With the lack of an open theater to indulge in a getaway romp, we’ve all had to become a bit more creative these days. To that end, I shall play director, camera operator, editor, mixer, promotions, and critic.

When I surveyed my family’s mood at dinner on March 17, 2020, I wanted to do something to lighten the mood a little bit. When I looked outside and saw the sky, I had an idea for a video I could shoot. I set out to capture the sunset, and went to a local prominent building high up in the Wasatch mountains to shoot the scene.

I’ve been an R/C enthusiast for decades, and I always dreamed of flying, but the last year has been a VERY wild ride—R/C drones and FPV drone racing have replaced Call of Duty and other interests as a shared hobby with my family. (See previous blog article: https://www.xserpconsulting.com/2019/10/09/the-world-has-no-use-for-a-drone/ )

Between honing my drone racing skills and a hobby-level interest in photography and cinematography, I spent a very tender 15 minutes not worrying about technical details, but was instead able to focus on enjoying the experience of surveying the sunset, the mountains, the Bountiful Utah Temple (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), and the surrounding area.

Flying has a feeling that is incredible. When you can capture the experience on video, it’s even better. When that video is in 4K resolution, and the lighting just happens to be AMAZING, then something special can happen. I found a very appropriate piece of music that acts as a stunning foundational mood enhancer. This particular music was written by the Mormon pioneers, and has an ancestral place for many of the people who live in the homes in the video.

The message is particularly pertinent now, and that particular week was exceptionally jarring to our area.

I had no idea that the following morning would mean awaking to a major earthquake—something foreign to us. Over the next few days, I sat on the video and waited for the time to put into editing a piece I could upload and share.

I guess I don’t really care what others think about the work (from a critical point of view.) I enjoyed what I was able to capture and create, and I hope others might enjoy it as well.

If nothing else, I have created a piece of art—my best (to date) attempt at movie-making and have proven I know more about the process than many critics. Where do I get my movie-critic press credentials?