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|Brent Finley - Cameraflyer
Brent Finley is a skydiving videographer and photographer based at Skydive Arizona. He has been skydiving for nine years with 1,900 jumps and 1000 camera jumps to his credit. He's married to skydiver Mary Traub - World Record Holder large formation [Women's 118-way and 282-way].
What does Brent consider to be his most memorable project or event? He says, "I really enjoy doing anything with Joe Jennings. Whenever you see a still picture of Joe with a car, most likely it's mine. And most likely, my best friend, Greg Gasson, is in the car."
"I was fortunate to meet Joe the first time they pitched cars out of the Skyvan at Skydive AZ and I've been invited back to shoot stills every other time they did that kind of thing. The stock images that came out of those jumps are priceless, not to mention the feeling you get when standing on the edge of the ramp 10 seconds from exit with a car pointed at you. It's the BEST!"
Besides cameraflying, Brent's favorite discipline is 4-way. Not an aerial cameraman by trade. Brent is an ex-nuclear engineer turned computer programmer. He has always been a photographer, though, and loves cameras. He says, "I'm never very content to buy stuff I need for my helmet without making something better. I made my own video lights to start with, then I sold those through the gear store. Then I made my own concentric sights, now making and selling those through the gear store. Then I made cross sights and sell those through the gear store. I guess I like to make stuff. Selling stuff only lets me buy more camera things. Next I think I'm going to make a motion picture camera like nobody's ever seen before. I'm a little bit obsessed, but it's not unhealthy yet!..."
Brent recently purchased a 16mm Photosonics movie camera, and marvels at it. "I just got this jewel and have put 5 rolls of film through it. All for broadcast. The slow motion exit shot you see in Jonathan Grigg's Airspeed documentary was shot with this camera at 200 frames per second. I'm just scratching the surface with this."
"I guess one could say I'm not satisfied with 'ordinary'. This is why I really get off on shooting cars in freefall, or why I'll haul 40 lbs. of stuff to the top of a cliff somewhere to take some base jumping photos. I'm just driven somehow towards the unusual and extraordinary!"
Look for some exciting upcoming projects in the works from Brent as he and Greg Gasson plan to unleash their new film equipment on some very cool stuff for the Guiness TV show. For some of Brent's great photos as well as some of his customized video gear, visit his web site at www.brentfinley.net.
All Photos © 2000 by Brent Finley
GotchaCovered is a small company in Stillwater, Oklahoma that manufactures products primarily for the skydiving community. They began making custom-made freefly jumpsuits. They have since expanded into the manufacture of all types of skydiving apparel, freefly sky tubes, wind blades (indicators), and the fast-pack closing tool (now making limited edition titanium closing tools with microline cord).
Their jumpsuits are made to their customers' specifications to meet exact needs and fall rates. They use top quality cottons, nylons, spandex, and supplex to achieve this goal. All of their suits, pants and jackets are created with durability and air performance in mind. French seaming is a standard feature that prolongs the life of your clothing. Both their standard freefly and RW suits start at a basic price of $189.00 and are shipped within 10-14 days after an order is confirmed.
GotchaCovered is most excited about their freefly tubes! They have spent much time and effort in the research and development of both sit-fly/handheld and head-down/foot tubes. They manufacture the body from 200-denier flag nylon, the rim from 1000 denier cordura, and reinforce the base. For head-down tubing, the sky tube comes with a one-ring release system. The tubes range from 10-20 feet. An instructional video and waiver is shipped with the purchase of each tube. They have been very pleased with the performance and life of these tubes! These tubes can provide a colorful, appealing awareness of freeflying and its advertising potential.
Photo © 2000
Their wind blades (airspeed and directional indicators) are a great hit for anyone wanting to make a boring landing area colorful as well as providing a great stationary object for practicing canopy control skills. These indicators are made of 200-denier, high wind flag nylon with an ultraviolet inhibitor. Drop zone owners have the option of personalizing the blades with logos, DZ names, etc.
For more information, contact GotchaCovered toll free at 1-888-410-1406 [Direct numbers: 1-405-747-5977 and 1-405-747-TUBE] or by email at email@example.com or check out their website.
Photo © 2000
|FS4 Motion Coach|
by Kurt Gaebel, NSL firstname.lastname@example.org
Another masterpiece of 4-way science will be entering the software market soon. Yola Van der Wal, 4-way and 8-way competitor from the Netherlands, has developed a software program that is demonstrating the current 4-way techniques with such accuracy like no other program has offered so far.
Vanderval is using the Flash Player software to have her little figures skydiving across the computer screen. The Flash Dancers are changing colors when it's their turn for a key. They are moving their arms to show separation. Most importantly, they show exactly how to perform each move. Their moves can be paused at any time and continued frame by frame. While moving around, each of the four Flash Dancers is explaining the individual job carefully. Additional instructions about each specific block appear on the screen at the same time, if requested.
Other programs such as Skydive University's instructional 4-way and 8-way videos have already offered coaching and training support before. The beauty of the FS4 Motion Coach is the fact that the Flash Dancers are demonstrating the moves on the grid while the instructions can be read at the same time. The program does not show the actual skydive in freefall, as other videos do. The combination of a SkydiveU 4-way video and the FS4 Motion Coach is probably the ideal training tool.
Van der Wal and her Dutch 4-way team have been working with veteran coach Gary Smith. Smith evaluated the technical content of the program. Van der Wal is currently exploring ways how to market the FS4 Motion Coach through the Internet. She already has CD ROMs available. Hopefully, the National Skydive League will be able to play a demo of the program soon at the NSL website at www.skyleague.com. However, the program is ready to be applied in the training. Requests for the FS4 Motion Coach can be made through the NSL headquarters by email at email@example.com.