ABA Banking Journal - October 2012 - (Page 64)

first person DAN DAVIS, THE SEQUEL On the other side of the lens A banker focuses the camera on agricultural aviation 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. “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 Looking docile on the ground, a crop-dusting and stints volunteering on film projplane requires a high degree of pilot skill. ects helped him to gain experience, Trust banker Dan Davis, a recreational flyer, which he extols as the best teacher. has made a documentary about ag aviation. 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 the plane to reenter the field.” and editing software, such as Final Cut Pro. Davis has just started to put the Currently, Davis has a documentary on agricultural aviation “in the full documentary together, which can,” which he hopes will be the first in a series of grassroots, aviationincludes interviews plus air and based episodes. The documentary shows pilots who flirt with death on the ground footage. “It’s a long, tedious job every day. Death and agricultural aviation may not go together in your process. The shoots are the fun mind (unless you’re thinking of the famous crop-duster scene from North by part—editing not so much, but it’s Northwest), but this is exactly why Davis is working on the film—to bring the possibly the most critical aspect of profession’s dangers to light. the whole process.” “The ag aviation topic is broad and filled with dramatic stories. It includes The entire creation process can the men and women who fly specially built aircraft to spray seed, fertiltake anywhere from months to a izer, and, yes, chemicals that make the United States the breadbasket of the few years, depending on how often world,” says Davis. “If you’ve ever seen an ag pilot in action, you may already the filmmaker works on the project. understand the beauty and excitement of their work. It’s an aerial ballet with For now, Davis has banking matcontinuous thrills and last-minute suspense. ters at the forefront of his mind. “I “A small error can cost thousands of dollars, an error in judgment can have to get back ‘into the saddle,’” destroy his aircraft, and poor preparation can kill him.” he says. “Everything’s been on the Applying product to the proper field from just five- to 15-feet off the shelf for a couple of years now due ground at speeds of up to 120 mph is difficult enough without adding in to other more pressing circumstancobstacles. Explains Davis: “You have to fly right on the edge, under highes—like my real job!” tension electrical wires, between trees, around other ag equipment [huge —Ashley Bray, contributing editor irrigation rigs] that may be in the field. Death courts you every time you turn 64 | ABA BANKING JOURNAL | october 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - October 2012

ABA Banking Journal - October 2012
Contents
Chairman’s View
Editor’s Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
Picture This
Ag bank rebrands—literally
Pass the Aspirin
Tech Topics
Ready for the leadership ride
Community Bank Survival: Matter of attitude?
Card biz: Playing the hand you’re dealt
ABA At Your Service
100 years of service to farmers
Compliance Inbox
Legal Issues
First Person

ABA Banking Journal - October 2012

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