Travel

Summer adventures

Summer is usually a bit slower than other seasons as many take time off and enjoy trips, cruises and family gatherings. We'll still be here if you need us, but here's to a summer full of adventure!

Summer family fun in Michigan
Summer family fun in Michigan

New gear at NAB

We attended the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas in April. This annual event draws 100,000 attendees and the newest gear, technology and 'toys' are on display for everyone to see, test and purchase.

Evening before the show opens...all is quiet.
Evening before the show opens...all is quiet.
 
Opening morning of NAB 2017.
Opening morning of NAB 2017.



Demo and test gear
Opportunities to demo equipment and speak to company representatives

NAB never disappoints as there is always something unexpected to be found. It's also a great opportunity to network, learn a new skill in one of the many sessions and hear from industry leaders. See you again next year, Las Vegas!


Georgia on my mind

Georgia has amazing locations, from mountains to lakes and ocean beaches. Whenever I'm on an out-of-town shoot, I try to take time to visit the city and see the sights. A recent shoot in Savannah allowed a side trip to nearby Tybee Island.

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This small town and it's lighthouse and nearby museum, which is housed in the battery garland of Fort Screven, is worth a visit if you're in the area. When you visit Tybee, be sure to have dinner at A-J's Dockside. It has a laid back atmosphere, great food, music and a sunset view not to be missed.


New York state of mind

The new year is underway and one of my first trips of the year is to New York City to film two interviews with a client. I've enjoyed traveling to NYC since my corporate days at Amtrak when I came to the city a few days each month.

One advantage of filming around NYC is the abundance of rental houses and personnel. While I wasn't asked to hire locally, I made the decision to save my client the expense of someone traveling with me. I rented the lighting gear from a local rental house and my PA was referred from someone who hired me in Atlanta. It's a small production world, after all!

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After the shoot day had wrapped, I made my way to Times Square, which continues to evolve into a more pedestrian-friendly space. No matter how many times I visit New York, I never tire of it's energy!


On the road again

Every so often, I enjoy looking back at where I've traveled for client projects. It's always surprises me how many cities I've visited, interesting people I've met and projects I've worked on in the past year.

I'm often asked if we film productions outside the Metro Atlanta area. I can answer that question with a definitive 'yes!' In fact, most of our gear lives in hard-side travel cases, so whether we're traveling across town or across the country, it arrives safely and ready for action.

Though we rarely work outside the USA (Hamilton, Bermuda is my only non-US city this year), I have a Passport and more importantly, a TSA Precheck number to skip those pesky security lines.

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Each red pin indicates a city we have visited for a shoot in the past year.

I enjoy travel - despite the occasional hiccup encountered some days. You could even say travel is in my blood. In my corporate life, I worked for Amtrak. That job involved a lot of travel - primarily between New York City, Washington, DC and Miami, FL.

It's not quite the same hectic travel schedule today, but early 2014 had me racking up a dozen Delta flights (24 segments) in a four month time frame. I'll mention that Bermuda in February is not a bad destination!

Now that Labor Day 2014 is behind us, travel is once again right around the corner. See you at the airport!