Monarch Butterfly Coastal Migration

Lighthouse Field State Park – come for the butterflies, stay for the lifestyle. There are many reasons to visit this state park in Santa Cruz, California.  In creating a one-minute film, I only touched on a few of the attractions.  Here are a handful of reasons to visit:  a cool lighthouse, CA’s first surfing museum, […]

Special Project 2017

Roatán Institute for Marine Science (RIMS) on the left and Anthony’s Key Resort (AKR) on the right. This facility is located along the Bay Islands of Honduras. Along the island of Roatán in Honduras, people and communities have voluntarily created a marine park to conserve natural resources. Within the park is an educational dolphin habitat […]

Going Giant Screen!

Milbrand Cinema has created its first giant screen trailer!  Our project was shot in 6K digital cinema and premiered at the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s annual event as a “Film in Production” in Toronto, Canada.   Our project was shot and edited during the summer of 2016.  The projects website is In the Wake of the […]

Video Stock Footage – Making Your Shots Pay the Mortgage

The video grab above was captured in Roatan, Honduras.  Although I anticipated seeing dolphins on this dive, this moment of mutual breath holding was special.  Who would exhale first, myself or the dolphin?  The connection between my lens and the animal stays with me, this moment in time is something I can share with the […]

National Television Broadcasts to the Backyard

Milbrand Cinema recently sold two end segments to CBS Sunday Morning News. Its always fun to know that millions of people relaxing on a Sunday morning start their day by watching quality news and then wait for their “Moment In Nature.” These end segments capture a season, a location and usually an animal living its […]

In Celebration of Valentine’s Day, February 2015

CBS Sunday Morning sent me a quarry and was looking for wolf or swan video to highlight their Sunday LOVE program for Valentine’s Day.  I had neither sequence in my library but sent them pics of local damselflies from Pinnacles National Park.  They purchased the damselfly video for their “Moment in Nature” sequence at the […]

Saving A Threatened Species, One Fish at a Time

Ever since I worked on my steelhead movie for NOAA, NMFS in Long Beach, I have been fascinated with the California creek ecosystem and steelhead trout. Steelhead, (Oncorhynchus mykiss) could tell a very interesting story about their life, if only they could talk. Adults deposit eggs and milt in gravel within creeks and rivers that […]

Pileated Woodpecker - Photo by Josh Laymon


Almost beyond description is how I characterize the sound. Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom that resonates down the hills like a jackhammer. It calls me to come and find its source but the hills are steep and the trees are so thick at the top, only the pounding of beak on wood is heard, […]