Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

On the Other Side of the Lens: A Banker Focuses the Camera on Agricultural Aviation

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

On the Other Side of the Lens: A Banker Focuses the Camera on Agricultural Aviation

Article excerpt

Dan Davis loves to tell stories. But rather than taking a pen to paper, he uses film to give a voice to people and events in history.

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"Telling factual accounts of often unknown, unappreciated, or unheard of events and the people who were involved moves me," says the principal at Reliance Trust Company in Atlanta, Ga.

ABABJ readers may remember Davis as the high-flying aerial photographer, who was covered in another "First Person" (February 2012, p. 52). It turns out he spends time behind the video camera, too.

Several courses in filmmaking and stints volunteering on film projects helped him to gain experience, which he extols as the best teacher. Davis has worked with a number of camera models, including Sony studio units and Canon field units. He relies on a plethora of other equipment to help him capture that perfect shot as well: lighting, microphones, wiring, tripods and monopods, and computers and editing software, such as Final Cut Pro.

Currently, Davis has a documentary on agricultural aviation "in the can," which he hopes will be the first in a series of grassroots, aviation-based episodes. The documentary shows pilots who flirt with death on the job every day. Death and agricultural aviation may not go together in your mind (unless you're thinking of the famous crop-duster scene from North by Northwest), but this is exactly why Davis is working on the film--to bring the profession's dangers to light.

"The ag aviation topic is broad and filled with dramatic stories. It includes the men and women who fly specially built aircraft to spray seed, fertilizer, and, yes, chemicals that make the United States the breadbasket of the world," says Davis. …

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