Summer Lapses — Denmark by Dane Christensen

I shot this video this Summer while living in Denmark for six weeks. I became quickly intrigued by the Danes' connection with nature. Copenhagen prides itself on its green mentality and passionate focus to bring nature to the city. The video is a compilation of Danish countryside and cityscape juxtaposed to the sounds of both environments. Our society has an increasingly more complex relationship with nature. Are we losing our connection to nature or are we redefining it? Is it redefining us? 

Made on a Sony a77 and iPhone 5s. 

Drone Footage at Bridal Veil Falls by Dane Christensen

Yes, I have a drone now. And it is unreal flying it. You wouldn't believe how easy It is to maneuver the copter—too easy even. For more of my drone footage, check out my Instagram @thefriendlydrone. 

Bridal Veil Falls is up Provo Canyon. It's a great place for an afternoon stroll, pictures or even a picnic. I filmed this short video with the drone and edited it on my iPhone 6 plus. Enjoy!

I have been doing a lot of test footage with the drone to make sure I can handle flying it when I film weddings. Imagine breathtaking aerial shots of the temple spliced into final wedding video. I think it will give  a nice touch. I've already used it in a music video with Ashley Hess which worked out well. No casualties yet! You can see the video here.

 

 

Break Free – Cover by Ashley Hess by Dane Christensen

POW! Another music video by Ashley Hess, this time a version of Break Free without Aliens and random flights to space. This was my first video using my drone. I think the shots turned out really well. Tell me what you think! 

 

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Storm Chasing – There's an App for That by Dane Christensen

For awhile now, I've been wanting to get some lightning shots with my camera. However, I noticed that I never was in the right situation at the right time. I could see lightning, but I didn't know where it was going or where it had struck. Until I found an iPhone app for that––WeatherBug.

I opened the app, clicked on the spark feature and there I was watching real time where lightning was striking. How the app tracks lightning strikes, I don't know (it almost seems like black magic), but it was crucial in getting the shot below. I pointed my camera to where the app pointed me and voila!

 

The lightning storms silhouettes the mountains.

Silent – Tori Kelly (Acoustic Cover by Anna Richey) by Dane Christensen

Anna is only 16. When I was her age, all I knew was that Oreo Mcflurry's were better than the sundaes at McDonalds. Anna is not just smart, but has a huge voice! I enjoyed shooting this video and realizing that the 16-year-olds of today are far more advanced than when I was 16. Check out Anna's YouTube channel!

Viking Ships by Dane Christensen

Viking ships were dug up from the bottom of the Roskilde fjord in the early 60's and have been standing since in the Viking ship museum in Roskilde Denmark. Real Vikings sailed in these ships. They plundered, traded, fished, and attacked in them. I love the thought that we can witness centuries of history simply through the types of transport a people used. The ships tell the light and dark sides of the Vikings' expansive power and dominance. I wonder when in centuries to come what people will make of our modern-day ships. What will our cars, airplanes, and cruiseliners reveal about our lives?

 

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The Modern Vikings by Dane Christensen

Denmark has a deep connection with the Vikings. Every year, in the town of Frederikssund, people gather together, dress up as Vikings, and perform a Viking play. I interviewed several of them and what I learned was remarkable. Some participate for the camaraderie, others because they grew up going to the play, and a few participate because they believe in the Norse gods.

New Music Video with DateNight by Dane Christensen

Some weeks ago, a good friend of mine and the rest of DateNight approached me about doing this video. I was instantly hooked. They took to the streets and asked women, "What is the most beautiful thing about you?" The responses were astounding. And it was during the creation of this video, when I realized the real motive these guys had for making the song. They want to change how the world sees beauty in women and I think they are doing it. Please share this video if you like it!

Statues, Smooth Jazz, and iPhone by Dane Christensen

I had the opportunity to film a good friend's wedding recently at the Springville Art Museum. With a live jazz band, I was a creatively energized to capture the evening. This time around I explored some creative limits such as shooting a bit of the video on iPhone and trying to get in as many shots of statues as possible (there are 41 by the way). I've been impressed with the camera capabilities of iPhone and I think it is more than just a handy camera—it's a whole art form in itself. See if you can spot the three shots made on iPhone in this video!

 

Danish Flea Markets by Dane Christensen

Danes have an amazing flea market culture. There is no limit to what and how you sell. Danish country roads are peppered with these makeshift flea markets selling everything from fresh strawberries to antique dinner plates to random kitsch. 

One in 400 by Dane Christensen

Denmark consists of more than 400 islands, but not each one is created equal. Among the many options for a cozy get away, the island of Langeland attracts more tourists and vacationers than most other islands in the small country. Our week on this oblong plot of land in the Baltic Sea was nothing short of magical with its rolling fields, savory food, and impressive wildlife. It was simply natural to take a few pictures of what was around us and now I can see why so many flock to Langeland to get away. It's a one-of-a-kind island.

Warm, Sunny, and Bright by Dane Christensen

It's actually quite amazing to see how people get together to celebrate others—whether it be a wedding, a birthday, or just good grades. These celebrations are highly valued stories that turn into memories. Yet, it seems to me that each celebration we hold can be described being warm, sunny, and bright—as if they are the common ingredients for a gettogether. 

My experience with Matt and Hilary was constituted by the warm atmosphere, sunny weather, and bright personalities. So many people gathered to celebrate them with smiles and hugs on their special day. It is indeed a celebration worth sharing. 

iPhone Wedding by Dane Christensen

I filmed my sixth wedding of this Summer––but this time with a twist. With my trusty Olloclip lens and Glif tripod mount in hand, I used iPhone to film it!

It isn't entirely blasphemy. I did use my iPhone to get a few shots for the wedding video. And I don't shy away from this fact. The iPhone 5s has the best camera out of any mobile phone out there. I used the Filmic Pro app to set up my shot, the Olloclip lens to give the picture extra sharpness, and the Glif mount to attach the phone to my tripod. The end result were clear, high quality, HD shots. 

I'll post the video when it's finished. Take the challenge and see if you can find the several shots taken on iPhone!

Using iPhone to get some extra shots at a wedding.


Thanks California! by Dane Christensen

For this wedding, I flew out to California where there is bright sun and warm air—what's not to love!

Brenton and Julie celebrated their day with epic Californian style. I was amazed by the opportunity to capture their wedding. They held their reception at a house on top of a hill looking over Sacramento. As the sun set, the hills turned to gold. Festive atmosphere, good food and great light—a videographer's paradise.  

Check out the videos! 

Temple Exit

Reception