Before I started with VisionHawk, I never imagine that a day at work could be quite so… … unexpected. And this is coming from a girl who used to live in a tipi with wolves. Yep, you read that right. Real, honest to goodness, wolves. But more about me later.
First, let me give you a quick rundown of where the magic of VisionHawk happens. Dubbed the “Hawk’s Nest,” our office is actually a rustic dome-shaped garage smack-dab in the middle of a grove of Montana’s finest cottonwoods and junipers. Seventeen miles down a twisting, bumpy dirt road in the aptly named Paradise Valley, we’re perched on the very edge of an immense wilderness. It’s a bit out of the way – most of our team has to travel from the far flung reaches of three separate mountain ranges to get here – but the drive is well worth the effort. With Yellowstone at our doorstep, we never know who or what is going to show up at our front door (mountain lions, wolves, and black bears are all regular visitors). Life’s certainly never boring around here.
A quick example:
There we were, the whole team hard at work editing, writing, tinkering and brainstorming together. Crowded around the air conditioner on the hottest day of the summer, we were focused on the tasks at hand. When the first email came in, we collectively shook our heads over the capture of the grizzly and cubs who had killed a man in Yellowstone. Someone half-heartedly suggested that maybe there was something we could do, knowing full well that it was out of our hands. Two hours later social media had done its job. It seemed like the whole world was clamoring to save the bears, and VisionHawk became command central. Phones ringing off the hook, a constant barrage of texts shaking the table, and suddenly there was hope. Casey’s reputation with bears and willingness to work with both sides helped convince the park’s authorities to give the cubs a second chance at a captive facility rather than being euthanized. At the end of the day we hadn’t accomplished much on the filmmaking front, but we had helped save the lives of two baby bear cubs.
Creative/Development Producer for VisionHawk