Higher Ground Experience
This past week was probably the most fun I’ve ever had filming a promotional video (the Houseboats.com shoot was pretty epic but that was a different kind of fun). The staff at Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, out of Sun Valley Idaho, were kind enough to fly me out there on short notice to film and document their Higher Ground camp which is a veteran rehabilitation program aimed at helping those who have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Check out their website to learn more, it’s well worth your time: http://www.hgvets.org/ I can’t say enough about the staff and how accommodating they were. They allowed me to work freely with minimal direction, and trusted that I would produce something that captured the essence of the camp. I can’t thank them enough for that! Skiing everyday, snowmobiling, and being well fed… it’s hard to call an experience like that a job. I made friends with every one of the vets and many I will stay in touch with. At first, I wondered what their reaction would be to some guy sticking a camera in their face while they tried to cope with their disabilities, but after hanging out with them on the first night I knew there’d be nothing to worry about. I couldn’t have asked for a cooler group of guys, each with their unique story. I’ve always respected our armed forces but this experience took that admiration to another level. Oh, and a shout out to my good friend Haley of Lieshout for referring me as a videographer… I obviously wouldn’t have been there if it weren’t for you. Stay tuned for the promo video coming out soon!