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PLEASE, NO DRONES IN OUR NATIONAL PARKS

As a videographer and educator, I felt compelled to make this video featuring documentary footage shot in June 2014. Although I know that drones can achieve some incredible shots, they are, however, illegal in America’s National Parks. Hopefully, this short video helps visually and sonically illustrate that point. I also made this video as a response to learning that a drone had crashed into one of my personal favorite locations on earth: the Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park in August 2014.

I just happened to be at Sequoia National Park videotaping when someone brought out a drone for a (illegal) flight. You can see and overhear my travel companion, Tom, confront the guy flying the drone in the background of the clip. Tom ended up taking the guy’s license plate number and reporting him to the rangers at the National Park Visitor’s Center. I used that drama as the context for the video short P.S.A. Tom asked me to show my video footage to the rangers as evidence, which I felt uncomfortable about. Tom and I then had a conversation about teaching ethics to our video students about when and where is the right places to film. If you can get a permit to film in a National Park, that is the right way to go.

Park: Sequoia National Park | Visit this park
Category: Making a Difference

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