Most of my demo videos and professional writing were destroyed by fire, but there are different video scripts and articles here as well as three demo videos at bottom.
This first short article I wrote in 2018 and after that I go all the way back to the beginning of my career to describe in more detail what I have done.
SARASOTA SAILING SQUADRON SERVES THE COMMUNITY
One of the best area clubs for families and old salts is the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on City Island. Founded in the late 1930’s the Squadron has been serving the community ever since with sailing lessons, regattas, races, social events and environmental projects.
Manager Craig Bridges has been at the helm of the club since 2011. He grew up sailing in Sarasota and has been a member since 1972 when his parents joined the Squadron.
Currently there are 700 family memberships with over 2000 people. The club hosts about 160 activities every year now. Their 72nd Annual Labor Day Regatta will attract hundreds of sailors from the U.S. and Canada to compete in different races for all ages.
“Sailing is a lifetime sport – we have people in their 80’s as well as kids that are 8 years old. There are very few sports that can last a lifetime,” Bridges said. “If you have the ability to ride a bicycle you have the ability to learn to sail.”
Classes are available for all ages. The squadron promotes the sport of sailing and teaches technique, safety and good habits on the water. Sarasota Youth Sailing is a non-profit organization and students from many different area schools are taught to sail.
Two years ago Bridges set up an adult teaching program with boats acquired from the disbanded Red Cross program. The squadron now offers non-member adults an opportunity to learn about sailing and the club. This program tripled in size in one year.
The Luffing Lassies teaches sailing to women as an organization within the SSS. They also host about 70 women who race in the bay every Thursday. The Lassies are among the many volunteers in the club. The SSS benefits from over 10,000 volunteer hours a year with a staff of only four which helps keep membership rates low.
Volunteers are integral to club operations and are also devoted to helping many area organizations. They participate in dozens of projects by working with Sarasota County, Mote Marine, Sarasota Bay Watch and other environmental groups. Club members clean up trash and mono-filament that damages birds and aquatic life. From cleaning the mangroves to assisting with the sea grass survey, the volunteers are very active.
One of the challenges Sarasota Sailing Squadron wants to overcome is simply perception. “There is a misconception that the sport is exclusive and the truth of the matter is our club is very inclusive.” Anyone with a sincere interest in sailing – this is the best spot for them. I don’t know if the majority of people understand that we are not a yacht club – there are no blue blazers here,” Bridges emphasized.
As a “silent water sport” sailing provides access to beautiful Sarasota Bay and the club offers many opportunities for sailing and fun activities.
“You don’t have to own your own boat; members can use our rental fleet,” Bridges said. Rentals include sailboats, a tandem kayak and paddle boards.
Residents are invited to explore the website for additional information and membership details: www.sarasotasailingsquadron.org.
A little history:
As a salaried Contributing Editor for the daily paper at Ohio University I wrote many articles and my beats included live theatre, live concerts, the Vietnam War peace movement and student government. I was also assigned many features including a five part series on the local mental health institution. I interviewed the rock band The Who in 1969 and Joe Walsh’s original band – James Gang.
Shortly after college I left for California. After several years there I began studying motion picture script writing. Then I went into business and founded HIMES, my ad agency. I wrote many business brochures and articles. They are lost but I did find a photo I shot of some of the portfolio I had brought to Florida.
That was a very long time ago but I discovered I enjoyed writing for business clients and helping them grow their businesses. I worked on many more projects than those shown and also moved more into video work and motion pictures. In 1990 I moved to Florida after the large earthquake of 1989. Please look at the chronological list of projects on the About Page. I wrote several business video scripts when I came to Florida that were all destroyed in my original computers. But I do have a few below.
In late 1993 I moved to Gainesville to write and direct a video for Citac Computers. The reason I stayed was because I was asked to shoot video about the recovery of Stefanie Kitts who had been in a coma for many months. I decided to write articles about her story and 2 of the 3 were on a thumb drive in their entirety below. The first one was for a small local newspaper. It was the first article I had written in a long time and very “local.” Her recovery is quite a story and I became her confident for many years and tutored her to earn an AA degree. I also helped her write a speech to give at the International Suzuki Convention in Japan. The second article I wrote after she returned from Japan. I wish I still had the videos and original articles with dramatic photos of her healing journey.
If you don’t have time to read the articles just scroll down and I’ll tell you how she is doing now. After the articles there are some video scripts I wrote.
A HEALING JOURNEY
THE STEFANIE KITTS STORY
While researching the coma state and medical facts for a feature film script this past October, I was introduced to Stefanie Kitts and her family. I had never heard of Stefanie and the head-on collision in January 1993 that abruptly changed many lives. The family asked me to shoot video footage of her healing journey.
Stefanie’s recovery is a wonderful and miraculous story about love and healing. Many caring people have contributed so much to bring Stefanie back to life from her devastating brain injury and coma. By graceful coincidence people seem to arrive, help, and become deeply touched and inspired by Stefanie’s healing journey.
The story is an exceptional model of what a community, a family, and a victim can all do to triumph in a major healing crisis.
The background story begins many years ago. Stefanie began learning to play violin from her mother Sonnhild when she was only 18 months old. Stefanie’s violin playing was so accomplished she became a first violinist with the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra. She was also a Suzuki violin teacher beloved by the many children she taught. Stefanie played in churches and was a frequent soloist at weddings. She played in the blues rock band NDolphin.
While attending Stetson University on musical scholarship she was accepted as the only freshman ever into the All American College Orchestra at Disney World in Orlando. She also played at a special celebration performance of Disney World’s 20th Anniversary.
The Kitts family is well known throughout Gainesville for their many musical accomplishments – particularly the Kitts Family Christmas Concerts. Sonnhild founded the Gainesville Suzuki Players in 1966 and continues to teach violin to children. Many of the other family members currently teach or conduct music.
Stefanie had returned to Gainesville to teach and perform in the orchestra when her accident on January 26, 1993 changed everything.
She was a passenger in a car that had a head-on collision on 43rd St. Fortunately the car behind had a car phone and called 911 immediately. A mysterious woman (who has never been identified) stopped and comforted the unconscious Stefanie. When fireman paramedic Jeff Lane arrived the woman was imploring Stefanie to breathe.
Lane and two other firemen quickly saw that the right wheel was driven so far back it was pinning Stefanie into the car. They thought they might have to extricate her legs from the demolished vehicle. When they turned away to call for the jaws of life cutting equipment something happened that they are still talking about and can’t explain. The wheel somehow moved 6-8″ off Stefanie, Lane said.
Some friends of the family who were driving by didn’t know Stefanie was the victim, but their daughter insisted they stop and pray.
Stefanie was in a state of agonal respiration and having such powerful seizures that Lane could not pull her extremely taut body out through the open driver’s side. But as he kept trying she suddenly relaxed and they both were propelled toward the door.
The paramedics inserted a tube in her trachea and were then able to blow oxygen into Stefanie which helped stop the seizures. They also got an IV into her arm as they raced to the emergency room at North Florida Regional Hospital. They arrived literally within minutes of the accident.
Dr. Joe Cauthen, a neurosurgeon, was called out of brain surgery and immediately saw Stefanie. She was quickly put into a drug-induced coma in an attempt to save her life.
Stefanie’s life threatening closed head injury was described as a shearing of the brain stem caused by very severe whiplash. Lack of oxygen and the intensity of her lower brain stem injury had created a condition some hospital staff felt would quickly end Stefanie’s life. There was massive brain swelling and she exhibited decerebrate posturing, the worst of two critical brain injury symptoms. Most patients never survive this type of injury, Lane said.
Somehow Stefanie made it through the night, but the trauma was just beginning for family and friends. The hospital’s switchboard operators were overwhelmed by receiving a record number of calls regarding Stefanie’s condition.
There are many stories from friends and family about what they did and how they felt at this time and during the months that followed. Most everyone agrees that Sonnhild Kitts was unwavering in her conviction that Stefanie would survive and recover.
Sonnhild believes initial thanks goes to the emergency paramedics; Dr. Cauthen, who gave Stefanie state of the art medical care; Dr. Greenberg, the pulmonary specialist; and the critical care nursing staff who provided outstanding treatment.
However, Stefanie was in a very deep coma, on life support machines, and her intracranial pressure was very difficult to control. She was in the hospital for two and a half months and then spent another three weeks in the Upreach Pavilion rehabilitation facility.
While in the hospital family and friends began playing music and singing for Stefanie. Her brother Stewart played violin, her niece Aria sang to her, and her mother played violin by her bedside for hours. Her father and sisters Caroline, Jennifer, and Jackie comforted her. Josh Linkner, her boyfriend, comforted Stefanie and her family and friends Kim Chalmers and Donica Lehman stayed many nights to give Sonnhild a rest from her constant vigil.
The hospital had measuring instruments in Stefanie’s brain which seemed to indicate she was hearing and internally responding to both music and singing. The Kitts felt that music would be a key if Stefanie was to recover. However, based on past cases, most of the medical experts agreed that if Stefanie survived and eventually came out of the coma she probably would only have about 2% of her mental capabilities.
Some local doctors had donated services, but the cost of medical care was and continues to be staggering. Stefanie’s accident occurred when she was not covered by her parent’s health insurance and at 22 she did not have her own coverage. There were many problems finding conventional financial support for her.
Former Gainesville mayor Jean Chalmers helped establish The Stefanie Kitts Recovery Fund at First Union Bank to begin covering medical and therapeutic costs. The fund is administered by the accounting firm Davis Monk and Company.
When Stefanie was at the Upreach Pavilion almost everyone felt she would have to be institutionalized because she was still in a deep coma.
But her mother was driven by a statement from famous violin teacher Shinichi Suzuki – “Man is son of his environment.”
Sonnhild believed that the environment of a nursing home would not help Stefanie wake from her coma. The family set up a recovery area in their home’s music teaching room, brought Stefanie there, and prayed for her awakening. They also started an intense 14 hour a day program of coma arousal activities. Critical care nurse Cathrine Fabricius and Valerie Littles worked very intensely with the comatose Stefanie.
There had to be around-the-clock staff care because Stefanie was on a trachea breathing apparatus, a stomach tube feeding system, and had to be shifted and constantly monitored.
The Kitts knew music was reaching Stefanie and they brought in musical therapist Sherra Allen and jazz singer Adrienne Young. Jack Mason sang and played guitar to her. The singing group “Sumac” came and chanted to Stefanie. The band “Big White Undies” was practically founded around her bedside, Sonnhild said.
Many people kept Stefanie alive and brought her to awareness.
After three and a half months in a coma Stefanie awoke and blew her mother a kiss at home on Mother’s Day of 1993.
Stefanie’s recollection much later about the coma state was that she was flying but unable to land.
She had “landed” but could not speak and could barely move. Her body was twisted and contorted and she had lost a great deal of weight because of her simple liquid diet.
Live-in therapy continued with Cathrine Fabricius, who was on a visa from Denmark. Cathrine was so dedicated she stayed months and months beyond her allowed visa period to help Stefanie. She was finally forced to leave America and is currently not allowed back because of this visa violation. Cathrine is now founding a Coma Arousal Center in Denmark.
Valerie Littles worked tirelessly with Stefanie in ten hour shifts for fifteen months. She always had an undying faith that Stefanie would not only come out of the coma but could recover.
Stefanie was brought in a wheelchair to see chiropractor Dr. Thomas Kleinman, who has donated his time to Stefanie since May of 1993. He began the spinal and neck adjustments that were critical for regaining a sense of balance and her beginning ability to move a still contorted body. His work continues and helps her condition immensely.
After Stefanie’s awakening she was accepted by Upreach Pavilion into an out-patient rehabilitation program funded by the Impaired Drivers and Speeders Trust Fund. Surcharges on speeding tickets and DUI fines make up this fund. It is for people like Stefanie whose accidents were caused by impaired drivers without insurance.
Upreach Pavilion felt she had reached her maximum medical potential in October 1994 and she was discharged.
At this time many physical and neurological therapists felt she had reached a plateau and would not improve significantly.
But Stefanie’s will power was strong and nurtured by her mother. Sonnhild felt Stefanie was destined to recover and both have always had a “never give up” attitude. Fortunately many community members shared this positive attitude about Stefanie’s healing journey.
The law firm of Fine, Farkash, and Parlapiano continued to donate significantly to the recovery fund and provide legal services. Partner Jack Fine prompted a major step forward when he introduced Stefanie to Randy Brower.
Brower is a neuro-muscular therapist who has used both acupuncture and physical manipulations to improve Stefanie’s balance, body energy, and vocal muscles. His techniques have also helped restore use of her left side which was most affected by the brain injury.
Greg Young, strength and conditioning specialist at Brower’s office, supervises Stefanie in progressively more rigourous work-outs.
Stefanie believes Randy Brower and his associates have especially helped her reach new plateaus of recovery.
Since leaving Upreach she learned to walk with a walker, and then regained her sense of balance to be able to walk slowly without assistance. She has also made significant improvement in her speech.
Stefanie is very alive and smiles often. The journey is still difficult, but her sense of humor propels her through hours and hours of various therapies and just learning to live and teach violin again.
“I always use my humor to get through the day. When things seem bleak I try to tell a joke or make fun of the situation,” Stefanie says.
“I also remember what my grandmother said – ‘It could be vorser'”. I could not be as far advanced today as I am without having taken my grandmother’s words to heart,” she said.
“God helped me a lot. I pray every night. If God didn’t want me to be here I wouldn’t be. I pray for all my family and friends.”
The Stefanie Kitts Recovery Fund has helped provide for the cost of live-in therapists and companions as well as the numerous therapists Stefanie goes to now for stretching, muscle strengthening, and improved physical health.
She goes to Living Well at the University of Florida twice a week for stretching, walking and exercise sessions. A very important sense of freedom was given to Stefanie when she received a three wheel bicycle in July of 1994 and began riding regularly.
Stefanie also works out at the Gainesville Health and Fitness Center with her companion Renae Zorn.
Music continues as a central theme in Stefanie’s recovery. David Cook helps her play the piano and accompanies her on guitar. She also helps coach children learning Suzuki violin.
She has been attending Santa Fe Community College and has over 30 hours towards her AA degree. She continues to improve and looks forward to studying public relations, completing school, and giving inspirational speeches one day.
Sonnhild believes that Stefanies’ remarkable recovery may help many conventional doctors and medical personnel rethink the way they look at healing and to acknowledge what is possible when love, prayer, and positive attitudes are powerfully involved in a healing crisis.
Why has Stefanie overcome such overwhelming odds to stay alive? There seems to be a purpose yet unfolding. Perhaps it is to give hope to others in critical healing situations. Perhaps to inspire all of us to count our blessings and help one another. Perhaps to recognize miracles and the graceful coincidences that make life a divine mystery.
The loving support by numerous people over the years has been amazing, and Stefanie’s progress has amazed many people. Her healing journey has brought out the best in people who responded to a call in their hearts to help.
The Kitts would like to thank the many, many people who have contributed to Stefanie’s recovery – in person and to the fund.
Stefanie just celebrated her twenty-fifth birthday with a wonderful party. She was radiant and really was the life of the party. I believe when people were singing Happy Birthday they understood a little more about celebrating life and one another.
STEFANIE KITTS IN JAPAN
(Article in the Gainesville Sun Newspaper)
Gainesville’s Stefanie Kitts presented an inspirational speech in Japan about her remarkable recovery from a severe brain injury and coma. Thousands of international music teachers and students gave her a standing ovation at the 13th Suzuki Method World Convention.
With activities in both Tokyo and Matsumoto from March 27th to April 3rd, the large convention commemorated the one hundredth anniversary of founder Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s birth. Dr. Suzuki passed away last year at ninety-nine, but the convention celebrated his extraordinary contributions to music instruction and educational philosophy.
The convention began in Tokyo with the annual Grand Concert where over four thousand children from all over the world played together. Stefanie was asked to join them in this immense music circle dedicated to world peace, which was Dr. Suzuki’s greatest wish.
The convention continued in Matsumoto and was attended by His Imperial Highness Prince Takamado and his wife the Imperial Princess. Their three daughters all study violin, piano and cello by the Suzuki Method.
Stefanie began studying violin at eighteen months with this method from her mother Sonnhild, who started America’s fifth oldest Suzuki class in Gainesville in 1966. At twenty-two Stefanie’s violin playing was so accomplished she had become a first violinist with the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, was a frequent soloist at weddings, played in the blues rock band Ndolphin and taught many children violin.
Her many musical accomplishments were halted by a head-on car collision in Gainesville on January 26, 1993.
Stefanie’s speech “Never Give Up” provided highlights of her six-year healing journey, music therapy and the importance of Suzuki method and philosophy to her recovery.
Medical authorities in 1993 never expected Stefanie to live and she was in a deep and debilitating coma for three and a half months. Her life threatening closed head injury was described as a shearing of the brain stem caused by very severe whiplash. Lack of oxygen and the intensity of the brain injury created massive brain swelling and she exhibited decerebrate posturing, the worst of two brain injury symptoms. Most patients never survive this type of injury and medical authorities believed that if she did survive she would only retain about two per cent of her mental capabilities.
Stefanie’s recovery process has been very difficult, but it is a wonderful and miraculous story about love, healing and music. Her story is a model of what a community, a family and victim can all do to triumph in a major healing crisis.
The Suzuki organization wanted one of their most gifted stars to speak and Stefanie’s profound messages about positive attitudes and the power of music in healing were very well received.
Dr. Masaaki Honda, pediatric neurologist and president of the Suzuki organization’s Talent Education Research Institute simultaneously translated the speech. Dr. Honda also coordinated the generosity of the Japanese who paid the hotel and convention costs for Stefanie and her mother Sonnhild Kitts.
Stefanie’s presentation included a slide show, several musical performances and her ideas about music and health.
“Music is a valuable tool for healing people and I believe music therapy should be used more. Music can be especially helpful for people trapped in a coma. We all know what a joy music is, let’s use it more for healing.”
She frequently acknowledged how important Dr. Suzuki has been to her family.
“My mother used many of Dr. Suzuki’s ideas in his book Nurtured By Love to guide my recovery. She also expressed his ideas to many people in Gainesville who have helped me. We believe his ideas helped save my life.”
After leaving the hospital Stefanie was placed in a rehabilitation facility while she was still comatose. The staff there felt she should be placed in a nursing home. But Sonnhild was driven by a statement from Suzuki: “Man is a son of his environment,” and felt the environment of a nursing home would not help Stefanie awake from her coma. Stefanie was brought home to the family’s music teaching room and an intense coma arousal program began.
When Sonnhild and the home care nurses finally woke her up Stefanie’s body was twisted, useless and emaciated. She couldn’t control her mouth muscles and could barely whisper. She was in a wheelchair for two and a half years and had to learn to balance, walk and talk again.
Sonnhild has applied the positive and nurturing methods Suzuki used in music teaching to Stefanie’s coma awakening and long-term healing. Suzuki’s ideas include small steps, constant repetition, loving encouragement, enjoying the process and regularly adding something new.
Stefanie’s presentation followed Dr. Glenn Doman’s keynote address. Dr. Doman is the president of the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia. His pioneering work and books about therapy and education for brain-injured children are world famous and he was a long-time friend of Dr. Suzuki. Sonnhild used Dr. Doman’s books to follow a program of stimulating all five senses every day for many hours.
Six years of intense physical and mental rehabilitation have not been easy, but Stefanie told the audience she has learned to never give up from her mother and family.
“All of this therapy was very difficult for me emotionally, but I tried to maintain a good sense of humor. I found that by making little jokes about my situation helped lighten the mood. A good attitude is very important in the healing process. I never knew the attitude of never give up would become so incredibly important in my life.”
Stefanie concluded her speech by saying that she “would like to inspire victims and their communities to never give up on healing the sick and the injured.”
She thanked the Suzuki family for “all of the wonderful things they have brought to the world” and played Amazing Grace on her violin.
The Kitts also had an opportunity to enjoy Japan as tourists and they both really loved Japan and the Japanese people.
“The patience and constant consideration for others the Japanese people have was very appreciated by my mother and myself,” Stefanie said.
The Kitts also visited Matsumoto Castle, a Buddhist temple, ate lots of sushi, and played in the first snow Stefanie had ever seen.
Stefanie’s story attracted considerable attention in Japan and she was interviewed for two and half-hours for the popular television show Unbelievable.
A special highlight was a visit to Dr. Suzuki’s home, now a museum, and his gravesite on a mountain. By ironic coincidence Dr. Suzuki passed away on the anniversary day of Stefanie’s automobile accident, January 26th.
“As I was standing on the beautiful mountaintop in Japan where Dr. Suzuki was buried I was able to bid him a final farewell in a very profound way. I was at peace,” Stefanie said.
But both Sonnhild and Stefanie are very strong willed and continually demonstrate the title of the speech Stefanie gave in Japan – Never Give Up.
Daniel Hime has videotaped different phases of Stefanie’s recovery during the last several years and is helping the Kitts develop the recovery story into an inspirational message for people.
I co-wrote the speech cited above and rehearsed Stefanie like an actress to present herself. I also wrote an article for the American Suzuki Magazine, but that article was lost in the fire.
Stefanie is now happily married with two children. Even after all these years we stay in touch. It was my honor to have helped her through an incredibly difficult healing journey.
I have shot thousands of action photos in the equestrian world – dressage, show jumping and cross country – and now do some photos with a smart phone. I do photo journalism and some business photography, but for serious professional portrait or commercial photography my brother is the go to guy. Check out: http://himephotography.com
VIDEO SCRIPTS AND VIDEO DEMOS
All of the scripts and video demos of the productions I did in Sarasota in 1991 were lost, but here are a couple of scripts I did for Mirador Studios in Gainesville. Two of the videos are below the scripts. There are also direct links to videos throughout and at the bottom of my resume on About Page.
I plan on adding video scripts and demos now that I am back in Southwest Florida.
This video script promoted a 1200 acre equestrian residential community developed by Hicks Realty in Lake City, Florida. Brad Hicks is featured in the first segment. The host was Lauren Nordvig and Shelley Van den Neste was the trainer manager. I also worked on the production as the Assistant Director.
THE OAKS OF LAKE CITY
PROMOTIONAL VIDEO SEGMENT
TITLE IN SKY – THE OAKS OF LAKE CITY
EXT – AERIAL SHOTS OF SKY, COUNTRYSIDE OF THE OAKS, OPEN FIELDS AND OAK TREE CANOPY WITH RIDERS ON TRAILS IF POSSIBLE AND/OR RIDERS USING FACILITIES. CRUISE TO FAVORABLE SHOT OF BARN
MUSIC BED BEFORE SPOKESPERSON VOICE OVER (V.O.)
Can you imagine your new home in a world-class equestrian community? The Oaks of Lake City, Florida presents a wonderful opportunity to live on a pristine twelve hundred acre property, a natural paradise that is the first O’Connor Signature equestrian residential community. Set in serene North Florida this premiere development features exceptional amenities for nature lovers and riders in all disciplines.
EXT – MASTER SHOT OF BARN AND ENTRANCE
EXT – BARN WITH SPOKESPERSON AT AN ANGLE THAT ALLOWS FOR PANORAMIC VIEWS, HER POV OF THE PROPERTY.
IMAGES: OAKS LOGO, FLORIDA MAP, EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITY.
The Oaks is committed to setting the highest standards for equestrian communities and its ideal location in Florida offers you so many opportunities to enjoy life. We like to refer to life here as serenity surrounded by opportunity. The Oaks is ideally located in peaceful Lake City, a convenient small town with a gentle change of seasons. Easy access to Gainesville and the University of Florida provides great urban resources and culturally rich Gainesville is consistently rated as one of the top cities in the country. North Florida’s temperate climate and extraordinary scenery make it ideal for water sports, golf and of course equestrian activities all year round.
EXT – IMAGES OF THE BARN, CRANE SHOT OF AREA (if available)
HOST (SOME V.O.)
This magnificent barn is a main feature of a seventy-six acre competition quality equestrian center. These central facilities are designed to support all riding disciplines and include outdoor arenas, a covered arena with private viewing lounge, covered round pen and an eleven-acre cross-country course designed by David O’Connor.
EXT – TRAIL RIDING, OPEN SPACES, JOGGING, ETC
HOST (SOME V.O.)
There are also fifteen miles of looped trails and five park-like Equestrian Recreational Areas found in each neighborhood. These parks compose a well-designed network of riding spaces connected by greenways and beautiful trails. Meandering through pine and majestic oak trees, the trails are designed for you to enjoy the beautiful natural environment of The Oaks.
There are over three hundred and forty eight acres of high quality land devoted to equestrian use and the trails are also ideal for walking and jogging.
As you look out on the property imagine your new home on one of the many beautiful home sites here. The Oaks offers two hundred and thirty four lots from one to five acres. Each lot is planned to optimize its value with views and access to at least one of the many equestrian amenities in the community.
The Oaks is the realization of a vision to develop a world-class equestrian community. Brad Dicks and his family, in cooperation with Equestrian Services and Olympians Karen and David O’Connor are realizing this vision. Brad and his family are developing The Oaks community as the world’s first branded O’Connor Signature equestrian community.
INT – BARN RECEPTION/DISPLAY AREA.
Brad is standing by the colorful display. Throughout interview…
INSERT MAP GRAPHICS, PHOTOGRAPHS, HORSES OUTDOORS, OAK TREES, EQUESTRIAN SERVICES LOGO OR PHOTOS, LOOPED TRAILS, EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES AND PHOTOS OF THE O’CONNOR’S.
First, let me give you a little background on the Dicks family. We are one of the pioneer families of Columbia County. My father founded Dicks Realty over forty years ago and my sister, brother and I are proud to continue developing quality real estate communities in the North Florida Area.
We acquired this twelve hundred and twenty acre site in 2005 (pointing to map) and began looking at development options. This site is the most beautiful property that we have had the opportunity to develop. In this day and time large, high quality sites with rolling hills and majestic Live Oak trees are nearly impossible to find, so we felt a strong obligation to be a good steward of this property.
Considering our families passion for horses and the outdoors, we came to the conclusion that an equestrian community would allow us to preserve the natural state of the property and leave a substantial amount of acreage for families to enjoy for many years to come.
With the fast pace of Florida development, future generations will find it difficult to experience nature in the same way that we have.
In 2005 I began the process of looking at other equestrian communities and how they were designed. I was surprised to find that most developers created an equestrian community in name only and offered little more than trails that competed with vehicle traffic.
We immediately recognized the need for professional help in creating a community that would be well received by equestrians of all disciplines. Our search concluded with the selection of Michael and Jennifer Donovan of Equestrian Services. Together, we broke away from the traditional standards of real estate development and created a community that stands alone in design and amenities offered.
IMAGES OF DEVELOPMENT AND MASTER PLAN
(pointing to the map)
In the past our development plans started with roadway locations and lot layout. For The Oaks, we laid out a fifteen-mile, looped trails system with direct access to equestrian lots that captures the most picturesque views of Florida and set aside generous amounts of common areas for a truly unique way of life. As we progressed in our design process, we looked at the anchor of our community and focused on the Equestrian Center.
(BRAD – ADD THESE TO YOUR TALKING POINTS – Off camera prompts):
What kinds of beneficial experiences were you looking to create for residents?
Describe benefits of equestrian community ease of living/ranching.
There was only one product that we felt would give residents the lifestyle and longevity they were looking for, the O’Connor Signature.
The flawless reputation of both David and Karen O’Connor, their support of all riding disciplines, and their vast experience in providing the best equine care in the industry have guided us in developing The Oaks as their signature community. As part of the O’Connor licensure process, developers must provide for specific amenities and construct a competition quality facility designed for both appearance and functionality.
INSERT PHOTOS OF DAVID AND KAREN O’CONNOR
We were excited to be chosen to host the inaugural O’Connor Gold Signature Equestrian Center and were honored to have both Karen and David cut the ribbon and officially open The Oaks Equestrian Center.
INT – BARN OR DIFFERENT LOCATION IN RECEPTION AREA
Karen and David O’Connor bring to the Oaks a unique partnership in excellence.
Between them, they hold five Olympic medals, a lifetime of equestrian distinctions and international name recognition that spans all equestrian disciplines. The O’Connor’s reputation combined with Equestrian Services management experience ensures the high quality of the services so beneficial to riders at The Oaks.
EXT – DAVID O’CONNOR INTERVIEW – (to be shot in Virginia at O’Connor Ranch)
DAVID (answering BRAD)
1) What does the O’Connor Signature mean?
2) Why did you choose The Oaks to be the inaugural equestrian community?
3) Why Lake City, Florida?
INT – BARN
IMAGES: SHELLEY BY REVOLVING TACK WALL IN ACTIVITY WITH STUDENT
HOST (SOME V.O.)
The Oaks is being developed by a team of equestrians to the highest standards of design, construction and operations management. The main features of the O’Connor Signature include: Superior equestrian instruction and training, customized lesson programs designed by Karen and David O’Connor taught by certified instructors, annual clinics presented by world-wide experts in various riding disciplines and, very importantly, concierge-style equestrian services for boarders and equestrian estate owners.
The facilities are operated by Equestrian Management, a turn-key operations team of highly trained, experienced on-site staff. The Oaks general manager, Shelley Van den Neste, is an accomplished rider and trainer. Shelley … (Her brief bio spoken here.)
INT – BARN BY REVOLVING TACK WALL
IMAGES: INSERT SHOTS OF FACILITIES – OUTDOOR ARENA WITH HORSE, ROUND PEN, GENERAL BARN, AMENITIES WITHIN BARN. SHOTS OF FACILITIES AS NEEDED. GRAPHIC TITLE OF SHELLEY’S NAME. EXT – POSSIBLY BUILDING SITES OF COVERED ARENA AND CAN CUT BACK TO RENDERINGS OF COVERED ARENA TO MATCH AS NECESSARY.
Dynamic Opening Statement Overview
Overview of responsibilities
Emphasize family friendly
Explains the quality of the facilities for transition to host.
(Any of the talking points can also be used for Facilities and Training segment.)
INT – BARN LOCATION BY STALLS
IMAGES: TO MATCH:
HOST (SOME V.O.)
The beautiful and functional design of this barn is exceptional. There are thirty-three twelve by fourteen foot stalls, four wash stalls, three feed rooms and three hay rooms. Two boarder tack rooms and a lesson tack room with a revolving tack wall are beautifully crafted for ease of use.
There are also six grooming and tacking stations, storage areas and a vet and farrier station. The attention to detail here is remarkable. Some of the amenities include automatic Nelson water systems in the stalls and pastures, Promat flooring systems and rubber equine pavers. Customized O’Connor stablewares and the custom tack lockers add to the high standards of this O’Connor Signature Equestrian Center.
INT – BARN
(perhaps walking toward door, dependent on lighting)
The outside facilities are also all first class and enable a variety of high quality trainings, lessons and clinics in all disciplines.
EXT – OUTDOOR ARENA DRESSAGE
IMAGES TO MATCH: SHOTS IN THE ARENA (DRESSAGE OR JUMPING), HORSE WARMING UP IN ROUND PEN, STUDENTS LEARNING TO SADDLE UP AND TAKE CARE OF HORSES, CROSS-COUNTRY RIDING.
Levels and types of training, lessons and clinics.
From beginners to serious competitors The Oaks wants riders to reach potential and have fulfilling experiences.
Comments about Veterinarian.
Opportunities for practice or clinics for riders interested in the sport of three day eventing.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR LOCATIONS FOR TESTIMONIALS
TESTIMONIAL INTERVIEWS (here or throughout as appropriate)
INT – BARN: BY DOOR
More information about the facilities and training are in the additional segment on this video.
(continues as voiceover and cuts to):
EXT – ENTRANCE OF THE OAKS WITH SIGN, DRIVE INTO PROPERTY
EXT – CROSS COUNTRY COURSE – HORSE AT THE WATER JUMP
A rider on cross-country course going into the water if possible.
IMAGES: NATURE AND HORSEBACK RIDERS
When you visit The Oaks to consider building a home here you will be treated to a grand tour of the countryside and all the premiere amenities any nature or horse lover would enjoy. As you travel around The Oaks property you will love the peaceful country atmosphere and the delights of living in a world-class equestrian community.
The Oaks invites everyone to enjoy the great outdoors.
EXT – GRAND VISTAS, OAK TREES AS BACKGROUND
There are many options for different home sites in this natural paradise and you will be assisted every step of the way to build your dream home at The Oaks of Lake City. A variety of design support services and building resources are available and all of the home sites have scenic views.
EXT – BRAD BY SCENIC HOME SITES
Topics for Brad to cover (extemporaneously):
A dream lifestyle for homeowners with the scenic views and the pleasures of nature
Type of lots: general and equestrian farmettes with details
Any chosen builder can build at The Oaks and we also offer the premiere services of Arthur Rutenberg.
Advantages to living here: lower taxes and mild weather away from the coasts.
Come visit, we’ll show you around with our stylish southern hospitality.
POSSIBLE SHOT TO INTRODUCE JON
EXT – SCENIC LOCATION
Jon Jackson will often be your host through this magnificent property and will help you discover the possibilities for your new home here.
What Jon will do for visitors.
What to expect when they visit.
EXT – CONTINUE DRIVING THROUGH PROPERTY WITH VIEWS OF COUNTRYSIDE AND PEOPLE RIDING, JOGGING, PICNICKING, PLAYING WITH DOGS, ENJOYING NATURE.
EXT – SCENIC VIEW SPOTS
(Views as above with voice and/or music bed.)
The Oaks of Lake City is going to be an extraordinary community. Carefully planned for the enjoyment of nature in an idyllic setting it is being created to promote health, happiness and well-being. You will find a wonderful quality of lifestyle here. The Oaks is indeed a paradise for all equestrians and nature lovers.
Discover more of the many benefits of living here on the additional video segment highlighting North Florida lifestyles.
IMAGES OF HORSES AND RIDERS
GRAPHIC – WEBSITE URL
Please visit our web site for additional information, a variety of photographs, articles, press releases and testimonials about The Oaks equestrian community. You’ll find important announcements about the community and you can sign up to receive our informative newsletter.
You are welcome before during and after the grand opening on October 11, 2008.
FACILITIES AND TRAINING SEGMENT
FACILITIES AND TRAINING – SETTING THE HIGHEST STANDARDS AT THE OAKS EQUESTRIAN CENTER
EXT – CU OF HORSES AND THEN HORSES AND RIDERS
INT – BARN LOCATION BY STALLS
ADDITIONAL IMAGES: BARN AMENITIES, GRAPHICS OF ASSOCIATIONS, FACILITIES, TRAINING SHOTS IN OUTDOOR FACILITIES
HOST (SOME V.O.)
The Oaks endorses the principles of Michael and Jennifer Donovan of Equestrian Services and believes that the success of an equestrian facility is most dependent on delivering that high-quality riding experience every time. Safety and efficiency in operations are vitally important to complement the highest quality in both facilities and training. Certified through the American Riding Instructors Association and the Certified Horsemanship Association our instructors and barn managers additionally are trained and proven by the O’Connor Event Team’s own Olympic methods. The Oaks endorses and incorporates the systematic programs for managing the care of both horses and humans to ensure quality learning and riding experiences.
All O’Connor Signature Facilities follow exacting, high standards for hospitality, concierge-style customer service and safety and quality of riding experience. In accordance with these high standards The Oaks is staffed and managed by Equestrian Management, an affiliate of the Donovan’s Equestrian Services Company. Equestrian Management oversees the important principles of the O’Connor Signature Brand: custom designed stall fronts and stable wares, exceptional community offerings, the highest quality standardized care of horses, and an all inclusive atmosphere welcoming equestrians and equestrian enthusiasts.
INT – BARN BY REVOLVING TACK WALL
Shelley can move to shower area or others as desired and then outside.
IMAGES: BARN – VARIOUS LOCATIONS, BARN HIGHLIGHTS, STALLS AND BARN FEATURES
(Welcoming statement amplified here):
That welcoming attitude is what I want to embody as the general manager and riding instructor.
IMAGES TO MATCH TALKING POINTS (from Brad and Shelley’s notes)
Shelley’s talking points:
Barn and amenities
Hay from National
Daily feeding three times
Promat stall flooring – why it’s important
Nelson water metering
Size of stalls, fans in stall, flooring
Barns in and out access points
Barn has fire suppression, computer interface, surveillance camera, a/c, tack lockers, boarder wing, lesson wing, sixteen foot wide flooring.
IMAGES: TO MATCH AUDIO
FENCING, DRESSAGE RIDERS, JUMPING, WARM UP IN ROUND PEN
VET AND FARRIER STATION
Black four-board rail fencing from Lifetime Lumber (and anythin else from Lifetime Lumber?).
Jumps and dressage arenas by Premiere Equestrian
Vet and Farrier Station
Cross fenced pastures maintained at a four foot height
EXT – BY COVERED ROUND PEN
Can do a sweeping motion and we see her POV of master shots. (double check all details for accuracy.)
IMAGES: ARENAS, RENDERINGS, CU OF FOOTING MATERIAL
HOST (SOME V.O.)
The one hundred fifty by three hundred foot outdoor arena for dressage and jumping disciplines features Micro Supreme footing, a sand fiber blend that reduces concussion on your horse’s legs.
The competition quality covered arena will be one hundred and twenty five by two hundred and twenty feet with a large viewing lounge area. This facility will allow riders to practice dressage and the various jumping disciplines on pinnacle footing, (a polymer________________sand fiber blend.
The covered round pen provides a secure place for training and lessons.
EXT – BY OUTDOOR DRESSAGE ARENA
Outdoor Arena for dressage, jumping, cross training and ___________________?
Covered Arena – The temperature will be lowered by twenty degrees in the summer months for comfortable training.
EXT – COVERED ROUND PEN
IMAGE: LONG LINING A HORSE AND LESSON TO CHILD RIDER
Covered Round Pen – essential for training and teaching (warm-up also)
EXT. BY COVERED ROUND PEN
From the beginning rider to serious competitive riders The Oaks offers a full range of opportunities for learning, practice and advancement. The training programs and clinics for both individuals and groups will assist any rider in becoming better.
EXT – CROSS COUNTRY COURSE
HOST (SOME V.O.)
The Oaks eleven acre Cross-Country Course was designed by David O’Connor and will provide riders interested in eventing the opportunity to practice at The Oaks in a manicured setting featuring some of the most beautiful oak trees on the property. The cross country course features over thirty custom designed obstacles.
EXT – CROSS COUNTRY COURSE AND OUTDOOR ARENAS AS APPROPRIATE
IMAGES: CROSS COUNTRY RIDING, TRAIL RIDING, PASTURE RIDING
Cross country course, training available and safety issues
All inclusive aspect of The Oaks. Lessons for beginners to advanced
Western riding – Dali Skusic – Macs (?) Sara
Regular and special programs and clinics – David O’Connor training camps
Commitment to quality – starts with the staff to maintain facility inside and out
INT – WASH RACK AND SOAPED UP HORSE IN SHOWER AREA
INT/EXT – SHOT OF TED, KAREL (CAROL?) IN FARRIER STATION
Horse care and health – Feeding, Vets, etc.
Equipment – tack, trailers, etc.
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop – Rules are in place to allow all riders to go at their own pace
Dressage – training basis for every discipline
Stadium and Hunter/Jumper and different levels
EXT – POLYROPYLENE JUMP COURSE – HANNAH JUMPING
EXT – FLOWER JUMPS – HANNAH JUMPING
SHELLEY OR HOST (improvises)
EXT – TRAILS
Transition to the looped trails and pastures that also provide for riding experiences.
EXT – BARN AREA
Whatever your desires are as a rider, The Oaks facilities and training programs will help you to have enjoyable and high quality riding experiences.
FINAL IMAGE: PEACEFUL TRAIL RIDE
LAKE CITY/NORTH FLORIDA SEGMENT
THE OAKS OF LAKE CITY
EXT – AERIAL VIEWS – WIDER SHOTS OF NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA AND PERHAPS DIFFERENT VIEWS OF THE OAKS. LAKE CITY AND LAKE SHOT (?)
MUSIC BED BEFORE HOST
EXT – MAJESTIC OAK TREE SETTING FOR HOST
IMAGES TO MATCH HOST V.O.
POSSIBLE IMAGES: FLORIDA MAP, LAKE CITY AMENITIES, GOLF COURSE OR BOATING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, SERENE NATURAL IMAGES, HORSES IN PASTURE, SUNSET, BIRDS, OAKS.
HOST (MOST IS V.O. AFTER OPENING)
North Florida is a beautiful natural paradise with a wide range of activities and events to enhance your lifestyle. The Oaks is ideally located in Lake City, Florida, in the triangle between Ocala, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.
The Lake City area offers the benefits of northern Florida living – mild temperatures with a gentle change of seasons, magnificent landscapes with scenic lakes, opportunities for outstanding year-round outdoor activities, and is convenient to the diverse cultural activities of nearby cities.
The Oaks was conceived of as a lifestyle community where horse lovers and nature lovers alike can enjoy the pleasures of country living, exciting and varied natural surroundings and the conveniences of urban areas.
The Oaks of Lake City is indeed a serene center in the middle of an exceptional variety of natural and cultural opportunities.
EXT – GAINESVILLE CITY SHOTS
EXT – UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA ENTRANCE AND FEATURES ON CAMPUS
Lake City, just a few miles away, has many stores and restaurants for your immediate needs. Gainesville is an easy thirty-five minutes away. Gainesville is a culturally rich community and is the home to the University of Florida, a nationally recognized center for excellence in education, technology, art, events and of course college sports and championship teams. World-class medical facilities are located throughout the community and at the University.
EXT – DOWNTOWN GAINESVILLE
INT – RESTAURANTS
INT/EXT – SHOOTING STAR RESTAURANT
Gainesville was voted the best place to live in the country by USA Today in 2007. There are exquisite restaurants, museums, theatres, music venues, festivals, shopping malls and world-class medical facilities. Gainesville is always rated as one of the top cities in America to live and you can easily take advantage of all it offers from your serene home at The Oaks.
EXT – SCENIC LOCATION AT THE OAKS, THEN
IMAGES: THE ICHETUCKNEE
SANTA FE OR SUWANNEE RIVER, BOATING ON LAKE (?)
HOST (SOME V.O.)
Surrounding The Oaks is a natural paradise of parks, rivers, springs and of course the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico are not far away.
There are more freshwater springs in north Florida than anywhere else in the world. One of the closest, just ten miles away, is the Icehetucknee Springs State Park, famous for tubing and swimming in the crystal clear and beautiful river.
There are also numerous springs on the nearby Santa Fe River. Boating and fishing are popular here and on the lakes throughout the region. The famous Suwanee River is also near The Oaks. On the banks of the Suwannee is the Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park. This six hundred acre music park has frequent festivals and also horseback riding trails. In fact Florida has numerous parks and trails like the Cross Florida Greenway.
IMAGES: RECREATIONAL BOATING AGAIN, GOLF, BIRD WATCHING, ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH
There are ample opportunities for fishing, hunting and boating, golf, all kinds of sporting events, day trips to the beach – in fact The Oaks is surrounded by many diverse opportunities to enjoy life.
Bird watching in Northern Florida is exceptional as so many species winter here.
EXT – OAK TREE SETTING
At The Oaks of Lake City you can enjoy the best of all worlds, the peace and beauty of rural living, and easy access to the cultural activities, business opportunities and conveniences of Jacksonville and Gainesville.
INT – RECEPTION AREA DISPLAY OF LITERATURE
GRAPHIC URL OF WEB SITE
The staff at The Oaks will provide residents with lots of information about the great lifestyle opportunities here in Florida. This is an important service for the people who may live at The Oaks but do not ride or are looking for additional activities.
Our web site and printed materials will inform you of so many of the great things to do and see in the surrounding areas.
There is also a direct link to some of the video about The Oaks of Lake City and production explanation at the bottom of my resume on About Page. The scripts above were written fairly quickly to meet a tight production schedule. I was on the production team and we shot the first two segments film style in just three days.
See video segments below this additional script I wrote for Mirador Studios.
MONTEREY BOATS – 320 SPORT YACHT VIDEO
EXT. OPEN WATERS – DAY
AS POSSIBLE VARIOUS SHOTS AND ANGLES OF THE 320 SPORT YACHT CRUISING IN OPEN WATER.
GRAPHICS: MONTEREY BOATS PRESENTS THE 320 SPORT YACHT.
MUSIC BED – UPBEAT
Monterey Boats proudly presents our 320 Sport Yacht for your boating pleasure. For great times on the water this sleek yacht is another well designed, finely crafted Monterey Boat with all the features and options the high-end boat owner expects.
EXT. 320 YACHT GENERAL EXTERIOR
GRAPHIC TITLES IF DESIRED FOR EACH PHASE OF FACTORY WALK THROUGH.
The stainless steel thru hull fitting is the sleek design that provides top performance and ease of movement through the water. The length overall is thirty three feet ten inches.
EXT. MASTER OF BOAT TO BOW AND SWIM PLATFORM
We’re going to show you some of the features and options on the 320 Sport Yacht, features that will enhance all of your boating experiences.
EXT. SWIM PLATFORM – DAY
MASTER SHOT OF STERN AND BEYOND. COULD ESTABLISH CAPTAIN AT HELM.
Following images to match VOICEOVER.
A MODEL POINTS TO PLATFORM AND LADDER OR DEMONSTRATES HOW EASILY IT WORKS AND ITS CONVENIENT STORAGE. MODEL ALSO PULLS UP THE RECESSED STAINLESS STEEL CLEATS.
MEDIUM SHOT OF STERN BEFORE CLOSE ON FUEL AND WATER FILLS. THEN SHORE CONNECTION LOCKER.
FENDER BEING PULLED FROM STORAGE UNDER SUN ISLAND LOCATION.
The 320 Sport Yacht is designed for your boating pleasure and comfort. This exquisitely designed boat is loaded with features for your boating pleasure. The swim platform is equipped with a telescoping ladder for easy entry or exit from the water. The platform is equipped with recessed pull up stainless steel cleats. The stern also has easily accessible fuel and water fills and a convenient waste pump. Shore power and water connection are housed in this locker.
There is ample storage for gear and fenders.
MODEL MOVES FROM PLATFORM TO COCKPIT THROUGH THE DOOR WITH MAGNETIC LATCH. SHOW IT CLOSING EASILY. CAPTAIN COMES THROUGH TO HELP MODEL DEMONSTRATE THE THREE POSITIONS FOR SUN ISLAND SEATING. MODEL POINTS TO TABLE, WETBAR, REFRIGERATOR AND TV. SHOW LIGHTING SWITCHES.
The door to the sun island cockpit has a magnetic latch and the sun island is very comfortable and luxurious with three positions for a variety of seating options. The seats are made with…(fill in)
The cockpit table has a dedicated storage area and a side mount base. A convenient wetbar has a Karadon top. There’s room for an optional refrigerator and a TV. There’s LED cockpit lighting.
EXT. PAN RADAR ARCH
The radar arch with brow is sleek and stylish.
CAPTAIN HAS MOVED NEXT TO THE DUAL HELM SEATS. HE POINTS OUT CLOSE UP OF FEATURES, PERHAPS AFTER SITTING DOWN. MODEL CAN DEMONSTRATE FLIP UP BOLSTER BEFORE SITTING IN SECOND HELM SEAT. CLOSE UPS OF STANDARD HELM CONTROLS. EVC/DTS, DIGITAL GAUGES, JOYSTICK, LIGHTED LED ROCKER SWITCHES, STEREO, CIRCUIT BREAKERS AND AC VENTS.
The helm console of the 320 Sport Yacht is a technological marvel with two comfortable seats, flip up bolster and armrests. An electronic vessel control system, DTS, and digital gauges are standard on the console. The Volvo sterndrive joystick is designed for easy steering and stress free docking. The console also has lighted LED rocker switches and stereo remote controls. Everything is designed for ease of use and additional electronic options are available. Circuit breakers are an easy push to reset if needed. The helm has air conditioning vents and has been designed for comfort and easy operation. (port ? helm console)
EXT. FORWARD DECK
MODEL MOVES TO FORWARD DECK VIA WALK THRU WINDSHIELD AND POINTS TO THE STAINLESS BOW RAIL AND SUNPAD. SHE LOUNGES ON SUNPAD AND PUTS DRINK IN THE CUPHOLDER. POINTS TO THE REMOTE SPOTLIGHT ACROSS THE CONTOURED DECK AND THEN PAN OR CUT TO ANCHOR LOCKER. PERHAPS FROM ANCHOR POSITION SHOOT BACK DOWN BOAT AS IT CRUISES.
The walk through windshield to the forward deck can be stainless steel if desired and allows easy access to the sun pad and the bow. The bow rail is stainless and the sunpad is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy your cruise. Cupholders are standard. The bow also features a remote spotlight and the contoured deck has a nonskid surface. The anchor locker can have an optional windlass with foot switches. Monterey Boats offers numerous custom design options to ensure your complete boating pleasure.
EXT. FORWARD DECK TO BELOW.
MODEL IS UP AND MOVING TO GO BELOW DECK. MASTER SHOT OF INTERIOR AS MODEL ENTERS.
Let’s go into the cabin to experience the remarkable luxury below deck.
INT. CABIN AND GALLEY
PAN AROUND CABIN MOVING SLOWLY TOWARD FORWARD BERTH. HIGHLIGHT COUCH AND FORWARD BERTH. MODEL COULD SHOW PRIVACY CURTAIN IF NECESSARY. SHOW BEAUTY OF SAPELE WOOD TRIM AND THE SLIDE OUT COUCH BY FORWARD BERTH (LOOKS LIKE THIS IS IN FRONT OF BERTH? CHECK). SHOW VENTILATION HATCHES AND FIBERGLASS HEADLINER.
The cabin is elegant and spacious with ultra leather upholstery. The forward berth is exceptionally comfortable with a privacy curtain. Accent lighting throughout adds to the exotic ambience and African Sapele mahogany is the solid wood trim throughout. A slide out couch by the forward berth provides additional comfortable seating in this remarkable cabin. There are three ventilation hatches in the fiberglass headliner. This headliner is a rigid and permanent enclosure for the cabin and will not mildew or stain.
INT. MID BERTH COUCH AND ARM REST CAN BE FLIPPED DOWN. FEATURE WOOD TABLE (NOW IN PLACE). SHOW FLOOR AND STEREO.
The mid berth couch slides out to convert to a bed for overnight cruises and it also has a flipdown arm rest with cupholders. The beautiful solid wood table in front of the couch has a dedicated storage space when not in use. There are solid wood accent blinds and the flooring is Lonseal simulated wood. The cabin also features an (MB?) Quartz stereo with excellent speakers.
INT. GALLEY. FEATURE COUNTER TOP, SINK, STOVE, MICROWAVE, FRIDGE, CABINETS AND LOCKS. OPEN DRAWERS TO SHOW STORAGE AREA. SHOW TV AND DVD PLAYER, THEN ELECTRICAL PANEL AND BACK TO SPACIOUS SHOT ON WAY TO THE HEAD.
The galley is a beautiful centerpiece within the cabin. The Karadon solid surface counter top surrounds a stainless steel recessed sink and a two- burner electric glass top range with safety stops. A microwave and stainless steel refrigerator are built in and the cabinets and drawers all have positive locking latches. Dedicated storage for dishware and a twenty two inch LCD TV with a DVD player complete this elegant galley. The electrical panel is easy to access for maintenance in the cabin.
THE MODEL OPENS THE DOOR TO THE HEAD. PAN AROUND. SHOW VANITY AND SINK, COMMODE, RAIL, SHOWER WAND AND STORAGE AREAS.
The head, masterfully designed as a single piece fiberglass molded unit, features a Karadon vanity and stainless sink, a shower lid over the commode, a pull out shower wand and a safety rail. Several storage areas are in the head as well as a mirrored storage cabinet. There is no wood in the head – the design is elegant and clean.
The superbly designed floating steps will take us back outside to enjoy the natural beauty inherent in the boating lifestyle on a Monterey Boat.
EXT. BOAT MOVING IN OPEN WATER
The 320 Sport Yacht is powered by a Volvo Engine with a Sterndrive Joystick. The sterndrive joystick provides exceptional boat control and is a dramatic advance in boating.
(Conclusion to be determined by Monterey Boats)
This is a segment from THE OAKS OF LAKE CITY.
Here is another segment promoting the general area in North Central Florida.
I produced and directed this promotional video about the Farm to Family 3 day music festival. At previous festivals I had shot or produced video productions of several bands. One was a 3 – camera shoot.