Rocket Boy Goes Big (with a little help from his dad)

by thebradmiskell

Underground Diaries, Part 33

Aidan Sojourner and his dad, Cliff, are serious rocketeers. In this video, they send a 12-foot Nike Smoke screaming into the wild blue yonder over California’s Central Valley (they’re members of the Tripoli Rocketry Association’s Central California chapter). Aidan wants to someday send a rocket to Neptune to retrieve diamonds. I’ve already invested…

Didrik Johnck, my producer, cameraman and comrade-in-arms, was responsible for the cool rocket launch shots (actually, anytime you see a shot tracking a rocket into space it’s his–I couldn’t track the rockets worth a damn). He also pulled the majority of the weight on the edit of this one. His “we’re going live” sequence brings a tear to my eye every time I see it.

As with the musical accompaniment for many of the vids, Dirk created a couple cool loops, which I then assembled in an arrangement meant to compliment the vid.


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