Today marked the first in two days of location scouting for our shoot at Travaasa Hana. Prior to any project that is as extensive as what we’re about to begin, it is really important that all of the details and specifics are worked out – the beauty of tech scouting is that we can bring along the whole crew, shoot a few photos to jog our memories, and plan out the shots in detail to make everything flow way smoother when we’re actually shooting.
Ten thousand feet – traveled vertically. Today started at the ocean and ended quite literally at the top of the world. We knew coming into this project that Hawaii holds some amazing natural beauty, but today we were lucky to experience sights that I don’t think you can find anywhere else on this earth – at least all in the same place.
It’s not every day that you see a warning sign quite like this, but when you do. You heed the warning. Unless you’re making photos, then it’s all fair game.
Today we drove to Hana. Waking up on the west and ending the day on the east, we crossed the island of Maui. It may have only taken a few hours to drive across, but the sights were unreal. The photos barely do it justice.
Hawaii is far away. You don’t quite realize it looking on Google maps, but that tiny speck of islands out in the Pacific is really far away. 11 hours out from Philadelphia – lots of looking out the window at cloudy skies and blue ocean beneath them.
Here it is, the premiere of our behind the scenes video from Florida. If the youtube version isn’t HD enough for you, check it out on our website for a full screen, high definition version.
Many thanks to Shea Roggio, my cinematographer and co-director, and Dax Roggio of Packafoma films for the edit. Also big thanks to Mackenzie Hughes and Victoria Roggio for the outstanding hair and makeup, Leslie Webber for wardrobe styling, Shellee Wells, our producer, and last but certainly not least, Melissa Hennessy for all of her help and support.
Here’s another shot from our project with Travaasa last month outside of Austin, Texas. Climbing through an entire ropes course while wearing cowboy boots was definitely worth the trouble to get this shot. Not to mention, after we were done, the only way down was on the zip-line.