ABC airs licensed LMM footage on national TV

Update: I viewed this documentary last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wasn't sure if I'd like it; wasn't sure if it would have an agenda. But it didn't. It was purely a hard fact based look at the person's and events. Great to see my Kaietur Falls, Port Kaituma, Jonestown and other footage, and first time to see my name in credits on national TV.

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Tonight at 8pm ABC will premiere it's new documentary, Truth and Lies: Jonestown - Paradise Lost. ABC contacted La Mancha Media a few weeks ago and requested licensing some of our footage from LMM's 2013 documentary The Wild Coast: An
Richard Taylor, Producer of The Wild Coast
Exploration of the Guianas
We came to an agreement for use in their documentary and their promotional video/commercial. It's great to see my clips in their promo and tonight I'll (Dave Whalen, Director) watch the entire documentary. Very much looking forward to seeing my footage on national TV. When I was a child there was only three networks including ABC. Im proud to have it displayed there.

Here is a write up on the ABC documentary as well as the promo video: 
The filmmaker in Kaietur Falls

My Jonestown sign photo appears in ABC's doc

Happy 10th Anniversary La Mancha Media

LMM was founded 10 years ago today (f. 9/16/2008). It was envisioned late one night after too much wine. The idea was to mesh the love of overland international travel with telling stories of those making a difference, especially in works of charity. It's ultimate end came to in the film Men of La Mancha. It almost died a few years ago after forgetting to file a new statement of information with the CA Secretary of State but by Providence it continued on. Today LMM still tells the stories of others doing great work around the world as well as great and sometimes sad historical stories. Thanks to all the fans of LMM and thousands of YouTube subscribers for the millions of views and support.
Don Quixote (aka D. Whalen) first sallies on Rocinante 2008.

Sancho Panza (aka the late Mike Ross) meditates 2008.

Mavic Pro 2 Day 1

Excited today to have made my purchase of the new Mavic Pro 2 drone from DJI. I purchased the first Mavic Pro on the first day it went on sale nearly 2 years ago. Those who missed the first day were not able to get their drone for months due to backlog orders. I was so happy with that drone that even-though I currently have no pending film project, I wanted to make sure I had the best drone available for any potential new projects in the next few months. The Mavic Pro 2 is a huge upgrade, now employing a 1 inch sensor, 100 mbps video data rate and a 10 bit color profile to match the Panasonic GH5, my main camera. My order was placed before their announcement event was finished in NY today. I can imagine as news gets out, once again the drone will be back ordered for a few months for those who place their orders tonight and thereafter. Unfortunately there is no ND filters available yet, but the good thing is DJI is manufacturing these themselves, only have to wait for stock.

These drones have made making documentaries so much easier. I can fill in hard narrative cuts with aerials, as well as footage providing overview shots of where we film. It is now an indispensable tool. I have used drones since 2013, the first being the DJI Phantom with a GoPro and off market Chinese gimbal on my film The Wild Coast. Since then I have owned several more drones, the last being the Mavic Pro which I just recently sold on eBay to raise the funds to buy the Mavic Pro 2. Here's to wishing the coming year a great success shooting glorious 10 bit 4K all around the world, telling great historical and charitable stories. Please contact me if you know of a story for LMM to film.


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