James Dalrymple

Writer • Director • Film Maker • Artist

I thought it would be easy, flying a drone. And, in truth, the technology makes it much easier than it could be. Nevertheless, it is still easy to crash. Believe me, I’ve done it. Fortunately not yet catastrophically.

Standing in a high mountain meadow, I take off. My phantom 4 rises effortlessly and hovers. In truth, every time I take off I have this feeling that I’m going to loose it, my drone that is. It is going to fly away, or, get blown away, or, run into something, or…I can go on thinking of all the possible ways I might loose or crash my drone. Nevertheless, the good pictures and the great footage do not reside near where I stand. If they did, I wouldn’t need a drone. So, I send my phantom 4 off into the sky.

Having passed my Federal Aviation Administration part 107 test and received my FAA UAS certified remote pilot rating, I know that I must fly VLS, visual line of sight. The specs on my phantom say that it has a 3.1 mile range. I, on the other hand, can not see my drone once it has gone about a half mile. I probably need glasses. However, I’m trying to find a balance between VLS and reasonable range. I haven’t found it yet.

I fly over the aspen trees toward Mount Timpanogos. The sun is setting and with fall approaching, the colors and the imagery are amazing. I’m trying to get the right exposure, watch the drone and watch the screen when I get a message telling me that the signal is weak. My phantom is not that far away. Then the message changes–signal lost.

What?

My drone is out there flying, by itself? And, I must admit, I can’t see it. It has gone out of my sight behind a stand of Aspen trees.

That knot in the pit of my stomach tightens.

The specs say that the phantom 4 is supposed to return to home upon signal loss. I can’t hear it and I can’t see it. I start walking uphill through the meadow. If I can just get to a higher vantage point. I hold my controller over my head. The signal returns. My drone is found. Hallelujah.

The battery life is running critically low so I bring it in for a landing. The sun drops behind the mountain and I pack up my gear.

When I look at the footage, I’m amazed. It actually looks pretty good. Nevertheless, you be the judge.

Aerial photo of Uinta National Forest in the fall.

Fall comes to the high mountains above American Fork Canyon in the Uinta National Forest.

From Bandai Toys Action Figures to Harlem Globetrotters basketball, Dalrymple Productions can handle it. James Dalrymple has written for, produced and directed commercials for top advertising agencies and fortune 500 companies. Check out this demo montage of commercial work.

Here is a spot just completed for Zagg, featuring their new Sapphire Defense mobile device protection screen.

Matt  Merrill, Zagg Creative Director

Michael Dey, Zagg Producer

James Dalrymple, Producer / Director

Tom Garner, Cinematographer

Keith Gwilliam, On-camera Talent

This video is a short book trailer for my novel, Death Comes At Night.  It was a labor of love :).

Death Comes At Night is a suspense/thriller novel guaranteed to get your heart racing and keep you up at night reading. Death Comes At Night, the novel, is available for purchase on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com or directly from the publisher, Black Rose Writing. For more information, contact me, or email, DeathcomesatnightNovel@gmail.com.

Here is the short film book trailer premier for Death Comes At Night. I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know what you think.

Credits:
Nate Cummings as Daniel Monson.
McKenna Cullimore as the Woman
James Dalrymple as the Author

Richard Porter, Camera, Sound, Osmo
Anders Piiparinen, Osmo and Grip
Sterling Elliott, Production Assistant
Meagan Piiparinen, Hair and Makeup
James Dalrymple, Writer, Director, Editor, Composer

Special thanks to Don Wadley for use of his farm.

These mountains are amazing. I never tire of the view from my house. Now that I fly drones, I try to spend as much time as possible soaring over them, remotely. These are a few shots from this summer of the mountains nearest my home. I will post more aerial cinematography shots on a regular basis.  Your comments are always welcome.

 

Death Comes At Night Book Trailer

I am an author and filmmaker and have written a thriller novel called, Death Comes At Night, published by BlackRose Writing. I am putting together a book trailer for the book.

Death Comes At Night Book Trailer.

A woman standing in the rain screams.

The book trailer script is:

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The storyboard for the trailer is:

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For more information about the book or the author, contact: DeathComesAtNightNovel@gmail.com.

To purchase the paperback or e-book visit Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com, or, contact me directly. It’s a page turner guaranteed to get your heart racing. I’m sure you’ll like it.

To help out with the book trailer, as cast or crew contact me at DeathComesAtNightNovel@gmail.com. Comments are welcomed.

Death Comes At Night Book Trailer.

The woman is dead on the floor of the barn.

 

I have had the privilege over the last several years to travel the world shooting and producing short documentary films. I have been in over 65 countries on every continent except Antarctica. I have had marvelous experiences, made friends, tasted  exotic foods, seen incredible sights and experienced my own personal miracles. I hope to continue traveling and filming throughout the world. I may yet make it to Antarctica. In the mean time, I thought I would post a selected montage reel, with the musical help of Bono and U2. I didn’t ask their permission. If Bono asks me to change the music I will 🙂

 

I also would like to credit two of my very talented friends who traveled with me to many of these countries: Tom Garner and Curtis Anderson. They are incredibly talented cinematographers and filmmakers. Some of the shots in this reel belong to them; although, I don’t remember which ones. Sorry Guys.

I hope you enjoy the reel. Let me know what you think.

This is a video I shot using the DJI Phantom 4 drone. I’m still getting the hang of it but I like it a lot. Crescent Cove is one of our favorite places, so it was great to get to spend a few minutes shooting aerials here. Let me know what you think 🙂

 

The Human Family

Where ever and whenever I travel, I enjoy meeting people. There are many differences among countries, languages, cultures, foods, politics, etc. Yet, we are all part of the human family.

As I travel I like to shoot documentary or street style photography and video, especially of people. In the faces of those I meet and those I photograph, there are untold stories, written in the eyes and the smiles and the wrinkles of their expressions.

I must admit that occasionally I steal their photographs with a long lens. Other times, in the mode of street photographer I am moving too fast or too slow to catch up to them. I do not and would not try to compromise another’s dignity. I do try, whenever possible, to ask permission. My goal is to capture a bit of the human condition and share some of the unwritten stories of our lives.

Here are a few photographs I have taken of my brothers and sisters of the human family.

Comments are welcome. I’d love to hear what you think.

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