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New demo reel

  • By David

We launched our 2013 demo reel this week, featuring shots from recent projects and aerial cinematography from around Oregon. It took more than a year for us to develop a commercial-worthy aerial capability, and this was built upon a lifetime of RC piloting experience on Justin’s part. We originally thought we’d be up and running in a few months.

But the development has been worth it, as we can now lift production quality cameras and capture some amazing footage.



Stealing African sunshine

A project this past summer took me to one of the most challenging environments we’ve shot to date.  Rural Africa can offer some of the most breathtaking scenes you can hope to point your camera at, but those images come with challenges.  Aside from the various health and safety concerns associated with extended travel in rural Africa, approaching a trip here for the purpose of filming a documentary brings along a whole host of technical complications.  

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Wine Documentary

  • By David

We’ve been working for more than two years on a documentary project with Kegan Sims and Truen Pence called Vino Veritas, the story of winemakers who’ve found their way into the business following unusual paths.

We’ll be shooting aerial footage for this project this coming summer. The great thing about shooting a feature-length documentary is that you find yourself placed in any number or challenging situations. It’s a crash course in storytelling and filmmaking. Many of the solutions we discover work on commercial projects as well.



On the road with This American Land

  • By David

Justin Smith filming for Vino VeritasThis American Land takes science-based storytelling to new levels.  The original series is seen in its entirety on PBS stations across the country, as well as in part on NBC, Science Nation and the National Science Foundation website. Slipstream’s Justin Smith has worked with TAL on multiple episodes, using the same techniques and gear that we employ on commercial projects.

In the following Q&A, Justin talks about the challenges of working on a broadcast series:

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Relentless premiere

  • By David

The documentary  Relentless, produced and directed by Slipstream’s Justin Smith for Oregon State University, debuted on March 2nd to a packed house. This 35-minute film follows a year in the lives of students on a championship formula racing team.

This documentary marks a new standard in brand storytelling, and a departure from traditional advertising. On the Web, users choose their content. When presented with such choice, users won’t choose traditional commercials. They won’t opt to read brochure copy. Brand content needs to be compelling. It needs to stand on its own as a story.

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