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After the success of First Snow and exceedingly long winter that followed, we were excited to debut First Bloom. Springtime in Boston is typically so short that feels like we transition directly from winter into summer. In early May is when the flowering trees light up the city and residents come out to take full advantage of their neighborhoods.

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Check out the full documentary about Molly Crellin, a mother of two daughters who have congenital heart disease. Mireya, the youngest, had open heart surgery just a few weeks before the 2018 Boston Marathon at the young age of 18 months old. Molly is an avid runner and an essential part of her life to relieve the stresses that are a daily part of her life. We wanted to make sure her story was told and heard to raise awareness of this disease. Heads up, this is a tearjerker.

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It seems like everyday drones becoming increasingly popular both within the public and private sectors, with individuals using them to film their daily lives, by businesses to make videos, or by governments to scan and survey landscapes and buildings. With drones, otherwise known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), being part of our daily lives, the FAA began to regulate them. To support the continued development and deployment of drones, a diverse group of organizations working as a part of the NTIA and Department of Commerce Multi-Stakeholder process to agree on set of best practices. This article covers some of those best practices on drone usage.

Where can I and can’t I fly drones?

At all times, the drone must be within the "Pilot in Command’s" line of sight at all times. If you cannot see the drone, that is considered illegal. Cities, especially those with airports, have strict guidelines of where you can fly. If you live within 5 miles of an airport, you should contact the FAA or that airport to gain permission to fly within that area. For more information on flying within an airport’s vicinity, check out this article www.aopa.org/go-fly.

To see exactly where you can and cannot fly, use FAA Flight Map here.

I’m visiting a National Park and want to capture video footage or photos. Is this okay?

All National Parks, Landmarks, and National Monuments within the U.S. have a strict no drone policy. There is no way around it. There are multiple reasons, the main one being the effect of drones on wildlife. The noise of the drone and upset wildlife and disrupt their natural habits. Other reasons include drone crashes and being an eyesore to tourists. For more information about flying drones within a National Park, follow this link to learn more www.nps.gov/articles/unmanned-aircraft-in-the-national-parks.

Do I need to register my drone before flying?

Yes. No matter the size and reason for flying a UAV, you must register it through the FAA. Registration takes only 5 minutes and costs $5, but failure to register your drone can land you in jail for up to 3 years and fine of up to $250,000.

What if I just want to fly my drone around my home or property?

As long as you are located outside of an airport’s restricted zone and in a non-crowded area, there are very little restrictions to fly. Make sure yo keep up to date with local flight paths just in case.

I am traveling abroad and want to use my drone. Are there any restrictions?

Yes. Most countries have laws governing drone usage. Because of this, make sure you are staying up to date on international drone laws, found here, and abiding by the country’s laws that you are traveling to.


For more drone practices, please visit https://abovesummit.com/faq/ for more information.

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Molly Crellin is a mother of two daughters, both of who have congenital heart disease. Hope, the youngest, had open heart surgery just a few weeks before the 2018 Boston Marathon at the young age of 18 months old. Molly is an avid runner and an essential part of her life to relieve the stresses that are a daily part of her life. We wanted to make sure her story was told and heard to raise awareness of this disease. This video is the trailer to the full documentary, which is coming soon, so stay posted!

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We were lucky enough to have our drones and our studio featured on Chronicle.

Thanks to Anthony Everett WCVB and Chronicle on WCVB Channel 5 for capturing the story!

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What a fun day with the crew Hub Parkour Training Center in Norton, MA. We got to capture all the flipping, jumping and shooting action. 

Check them out: hubptc.com/

Behind the Scenes

It's not every day we get to film something as exciting as a bunch of parkour artists. We took this opportunity to capture some fun behind the scenes shots of the crew and the action!

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This video was produced for the Commercial Broker's Association's Greater Boston Real Estate Board. It was shown as the opening sequence to the annual Awards show at the Intercontinental Hotel. It highlights some of the award winning deals made in the 2017 year. We were so excited to be a part of this high-profile event. Seeing our footage on the big screen in front of Boston's top real estate brokers was a true honor!

To learn more: CBA | GBREB Homepage

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Right before the Head of the Charles, we put out a short hype piece designed to get the fans psyched about the race. Since then, we have finished the fully fleshed out documentary piece featuring the strong athletes of the Northeastern Rowing Team. These young women exemplify what it means to be tough. From early mornings, blood, sweat and tears, they are truly inspirational to watch. We can't wait to see how far they will come this year!

To follow along in their journey:

Facebook Page
Website

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This piece was geared towards the heart of owning a car. The GM of MetroWest Subaru told his own personal story of raising his son to love skiing and the outdoors. Vital to that story is exploration with his Subaru Outback. 

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It's finally here! Enjoy taking in what we've been up to the past year.

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