AMN staff shoot on location throughout the world in order to acquire top quality images for our educational and travel productions. During the past eighteen months, we have been traveled in five continents. With the addition of footage from Morocco this fall and Australia in Spring, 2001, we will have enough images to complete our on going "Geography of the World" project.
From equatorial jungles and tropical savannas to the snowbound landscpaes of arctic regions, we travel the world in our quest for outstanding images. We especially enjoy filming wildlife and cultural events, but we try to get the most complete coverage possible wherever we go.
May-June, 2000, The Silk Road and Korea:
Five weeks of digital filming in China and Central Asia to produce a documentary on the Silk Road for the educational market and a promotional video for MIR Corporation. We traveled by plane, train, and microbus from Beijing through western China and on to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Highlights of the trip included Kashgar in western China, noted for its great bazaar, and the delightful country of Kyrgyzstan where we spent the night in a yurt surrounded by magnificent scenery. Uzbekistan is noted for the historic cities of Samarkand, Bukara, and Khiva with their blue and turquoise-domed mosques and madrases. A sixth week in rainy Korea, en route home, provided a welcome change from the deserts of Central Asia.
April-May, 2001, Benton County, Oregon:
Shooting for a video on the responsibilities of Benton County government. We got some great footage of Corvallis and surrounding towns and of the Mary's Peak Search and Rescue volunteers as they conducted a simulated whistle search and rescue of a wounded hiker in the forested hills west of Corvallis.
March, 2001: Venezuela and Puerto Rico:
Three weeks of digital filming in Venezuela for Eco Voyager with a stopover in Puerto Rico. Our varied destinations in Venezuela included Caracas, cacao plantations, a national park in the coastal ranges, colonial villages and national parks in the Andes, the Llanos, or interior plains, the rivers and rain forests of Amazonas Province, the breathtaking Guiana Highlands, and the coral islands of Los Roques. We were especially impressed with the llanos of central Venezuela. These flatlands are a river threaded wonderland where the culture of the hardy llanero, or Venezuelan plainsman, still lives and wildlife remains incredibly abundant. En route home, we stopped in Puerto Rico to collect footage from San Juan, the coastal dry lands of the south, and the verdant scenery of El Yunque National Forest.
December, 2000: West Africa:
Documentation of a three week overland journey from Dakar in Senegal, through Mali, to Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso. We were accompanied by guides and drivers provided by West Africa Journey. On our sojourn through Mali, we paused at Mopti, only two or three days journey by boat on the Niger River to Timbuktu on the southern edge of the Sahara. Maybe next time. Mali's isolated Dogon country was our most fascinating and photogenic stop. Once almost totally isolated from the rest of the world, the Dogon villages have been discovered by adventurous travelers and trekers. Provision of guide services, accommodations, and an outlet for the local handicrafts brings income to supplement the region's traditional subsistence farming economy, but, like any tourism development, it also brings changes in traditional lifestyles and expectations.
October, 2000, South Louisiana:
Video and visiting in Sidney's home state. Cajun Country, salt marshes, and cypress swamps were focal points of this quick trip from Lake Charles in southwest Louisiana to Plaquimines Parish south of New Orleans. In Plaquimines, where Sidney's father was raised, the only livable land lies in a strip along the levee guarded Mississippi river as it makes its final run to the Gulf of Mexico. Its lower reaches are guarded by an ancient fort, now a National Historic Site, and by oil refineries that tap the region's underground wealth. We spent a night at Woodland Plantation, built in 1834. It was rescued from the brink of collapse in 1997, and converted to a beautifully restored Bed and Breakfast Inn. Its a larger version of the house where Sidney's father grew up. Only a jungle marks the site of the old Nolan homestead.
September, 2000. TransCaucasus:
Documentation of people and landscapes in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan for MIR Corporation. In order to accomplish this mission, we spent grape harvest season in the TransCaucasus lands where Greek mythology tells us that Dionysus gave human kind the gift of wine. We began our journey in Baku, Azerbaijan, then traveled overland to Tibilsi, the capital of Georgia. After touring the beautiful Georgian countryside with a small groups of travelers on a MIR expedition, we continued to Armenia in time to celebrate Armenian Independence Day. Our stay in Armenia was really special thanks to Nellie Malkhassian, Owner/Director of the Princess Maheh tour company. And, after years of wanting to go, we finially got to see the ruins of Troy during our brief stopover in Turkey en route home.
June, 2000 Sitka and southeast Alaska:
Digital filming for a revision of the 1999 GlobeScope video on Raven's Fire Journeys. Raven's Fire, captained by Skipper Barbara Bingham, is a sixty-foot boat, ideal for exploring the glacier-headed fjords, lonely beaches, and lush rainforests of Southeast Alaska. A typical days activities include looking for strange creatures along the beaches at low tide, hiking through flower filled meadows and dripping rain forests, sea kayaking in small bays and up tidal inlets, sighting bears, birds, and other wildlife, and sunset watching. Of course, there are crabs and shrimp to trap, and fishing, too, for salmon and halibut. You can pack your catch in ice and send it home, but for us it was much too tempting to eat it on the spot.
April-May, 2000. Ireland:
Three weeks of video footage acquisition in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Finally, after twenty-one years, we returned to Ireland. This time we went to Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland. As a result, we were able to visit several of the holy places in the north that are associated with Saint Patrick that we missed in 1979 when we were doing field research on Irish pilgrimage shrines. The 1979 trip resulted in publication of "Irish Pilgrimage; The Different Tradition" in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Much has changed in Ireland during the past two decades, but the ancient holy wells remain.
Spring, 2000. Eastern United States:
Digital filming in several East Coast states stock footage and a projected series on the Geography of the United States. After a few days at West Point, we traveled through New Jersey to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were we attended the Meetings of the Association of American Geographers. This offered an opportunity to discuss new frontiers in scientific visualization with colleagues. Afterwards we continued through West Virginia and Virginia to Washington DC and on to Maryland before heading back through New Jersey to New York City. Several of the bed and breakfast inns, where we stayed during this trip, are featured on our Destinations page.