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    Posted May 1, 2014 by
    Lyndonville, Vermont
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    Spring Dip at Lyndon State College||2014||Aerial Footage||


    Spring Day at Lyndon 2014 was an impressive, and thriving arrangement of live music, food, and games including a rock climbing wall, and a slack line. The Spring Dip is an event that everyone at the Spring Day seemed to look forward too, a climax of the afternoons activities. The Spring dippers, all dressed in crazy outfits, varying from polka-dots shorts to balloon bee wings, sported by President Joe Bertolino.

    The Spring dippers lined up for the dip at 3pm, and my fellow videographer, Jake Reardon flew the GoPro wielding DJI Phantom Helicopter into the air in preparation for the Spring Dip. The countdown was made, and the dippers ripped down the hill and full heartedly leaped into the water. A media consultant at Lyndon State wore a GoPro as he made the plunge into the pond, getting a first person point of view for those who didn’t make the plunge themselves, to get an idea of the experience. The spring dippers came out of the cold water at different paces, but none of them seemed to concerned with drying off, the adrenaline was pumping too much for them to consider that. The President Joe turned to the GoPro on Tak’s chest and let out a yell of pure exhilaration.

    After filming the dip the Phantom DJI helicopter was returning to land when it lost power and dipper into the pond about fifteen feet away from the shore, it sunk quickly as we watched in dismay. The drone lay at the bottom as people who had seen it go down jumped in with all their clothes on to swim and try to save the device. These brave venturers had more guts than I did as I watched from the shore, I was impressed and graced by the clear concern for the loss of our equipment. A bounty for $100 was put on the device to help locate and return it, and many adventures tried to swim and locate it to pull it out of the pond. Eventually a thoughtful soul, Patrick McLaughlin a Lyndon State College 08’ alumni, went into the pond with full scuba gear and used his rescue experience with the fire department to help him locate the drone. A video was taken of Patrick returning the drone to Dan Williams, the original purchaser of the device, with Patrick in full scuba gear. Dan seemed to be very happy to have the drone returned, and in turn made the aerial footage in this video possible!

    Video: Digital SLR: Joe Schlee
    GoPro Helicopter: Jacob Reardon
    GoPro Chest Cam: Tak Shimamura
    Audio: Joe Schlee, Jacob Reardon, Tak Shimamura
    Editing: Joe Schlee, Jacob Reardon
    Writing: Joe Schlee
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