The latest from Seattle Times’ video team.
December 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Seattle sailor and drone enthusiast Arvid Elias outfits his “Octocopter” with a video camera. Here’s a video showing what Seattle’s Christmas Ship parade on Lake Union looks like from above.
Credit goes to Seattle Times news partner Three Sheets Northwest for tipping us off.
November 27, 2013 at 2:41 PM
It’s not the holiday season in Seattle until the Space Needle tree lights up.
Made up of 1,200 lights and perched 560 feet above the ground (600 at the top), the tree will illuminate the skyline through New Year’s, according to the Space Needle website.
This video from Manuel Valdes of The Associated Press features the crew installing the lights. “We prefer cold over wet,” a technician says.
November 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM
What could be more boring than yet another public-service announcement reminding you how to prepare for earthquakes and other disasters?
Especially one with a crudely drawn cartoon?
But Bellevue’s Office of Emergency Management is sending that familiar message in the form of a video that jumps out of the usual ho-hum genre.
The words, delivered by a Sasquatch family and band, “Liv and the Survivors,” are delivered with an infuriatingly catchy rock beat and driving vocal recorded by musically inclined city bureaucrat, Inness Pryor.
Heaven help us if we end up walking around singing:
“Gotta survive, gotta stay alive,
“Gotta have supplies and a master plan.
“Gotta know your neighbors,
“Gotta build your kits,
“Gotta lend a helping hand.”
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
October 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM
By Paris Achen,
The Columbian / (MCT)
A Vancouver, Wash., man received a suspended jail sentence Thursday for shooting his girlfriend’s father five times July 23 with a BB gun following an altercation in the Harney Heights neighborhood.
Neal Panther Stillwell, 25, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault domestic violence in exchange for prosecutors reducing his charge from third-degree assault. Clark County Superior Court Judge Suzan Clark sentenced him to 364 days in jail with credit for 16 days that he’s already served and 348 days suspended. He’s also required to be on probation for two years.
Vancouver police responded to the Harney Heights neighborhood around 4 p.m. July 23 on a report of a weapons disturbance possibly involving a black handgun.
Stillwell and his girlfriend’s father, James Riddell, got into an altercation inside Riddell’s home over an issue related to the victim’s daughter, Shannon Riddell, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court. Stillwell, who has been unemployed for about six years, had been living with Shannon Riddell and James Riddell for about two weeks, the affidavit says.
The affidavit says Stillwell told police that Riddell entered his bedroom and began arguing with him. When Riddell punched him in the face, Stillwell grabbed a CO2 air BB gun from his closet to defend himself because Riddell was bigger than him, said Stillwell’s attorney, Susan Stauffer.
Riddell said he didn’t punch Stillwell until he saw Stillwell was armed, at which time he punched Stillwell in self-defense, the affidavit says.
The altercation spilled into the streets of Harney Heights. A neighbor who saw them called 911 with a report of a man with long black hair throwing a gun into the bushes outside 3816 E. 14th St. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun.
Stillwell had bruises all over his face at the time of his arrest.
Riddell was treated at a local hospital for injuries to his stomach, arms and neck. None of the injuries was life-threatening.
May 22, 2013 at 8:41 AM
A man had to be rescued last Friday when his kayak flipped in Lake Ballinger in Mountlake Terrace.
Luckily, people heard the kayaker’s calls for help, including two fishermen who went to the man’s rescue, according to our community news partner, My Edmonds News.
The fishermen helped the man stay above water until the fire department arrived. The man was pulled from the water, taken to the hospital and survived the ordeal.
Now, there’s a video of the rescue, according to My Edmonds News.
The video was shot by Jon Pulling of Oneshot Productions, “a self-described fishing and snow sports addict and an amateur video producer” who always has a camera mounted on his boat, says My Edmonds News.
Watch the video below (but be warned: there are a few adult expletives here and there):
January 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM
This time-lapse video shows a minute-by-minute view of the sky on January 25 — from about 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.
For a live shot of this view from the top of our building at 1000 Denny Way, check out our rooftop webcam page.
November 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM
With a video camera and a mission to spread a message of love, a trio of sophomores at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences in Seattle recently took the streets of Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle to ask folks about, well, about loving more.
While plenty of people shied away from the quick on-camera interviews, videographers Audrey Thomas, Lillian Hubbell and Maddie Alden were able to coax a number of people to participate in their social commentary project, folks who offered tender words, sweet kisses and tight hugs to those they were with.
Thomas, who hopes to attend New York University and major in film making, said participants were asked how they felt about the companions by their sides. They got a wide variety and often creative number of responses.
When the camera work was done, the girls joined classmates Abi Gibson, Nate Lee and Raven Guenneguez to create a two minute video, ”the Love More project,” that even some of the most jaded of our kind might just find touching.
“Truthfully, we just wanted to spread love,” said Thomas. “We wanted people to love more. It’s about optimism. At the end of the day, do you hug them [the people you love] enough, do you kiss them enough?’
Thomas admits they were approached by a few drunk people on Broadway on the Capitol Hill, “but then we got a lot of sweet families.”
The school project is due on Monday. While Thomas is confident they’ll get an A, she hopes that people who watch the video will remind people to love the people around them.
July 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM
Two suspects were recorded robbing a Shoreline marijuana dispensary on Saturday. (King County Sheriff’s Office)
King County sheriff’s detectives say they’re searching for tips to help identify two suspects who robbed a Shoreline marijuana dispensary on Saturday night.
Suspects armed with a handgun demanded money and marijuana from the Seashore Collective on the 17500 block of 15th Avenue Northeast, then fled in a stolen vehicle. That car was recovered shortly after the robbery about a mile away, said a King County Sheriff’s press release.
The video above gives a clear picture of at least one of the thieves while the other is more covered by a hooded sweatshirt. Detectives describe the first as a 6-foot male approximately 30 years old with an olive complexion, medium build, black hair, goatee and sideburns. He was wearing a black Kangol hat, black and gray Harley Davidson jacket, jeans, black boots and white rubber gloves.
The second suspect is described as a 5-foot-6 male approximately 25 years old with skinny build, shaved head and clean shaven face.
Anyone with more information about the suspects is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at (206) 296-3311.
May 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM
May Day protesters rallying at Marion Street and Second Avenue listen to speeches near downtown Seattle around 6:41 p.m. Credit: DANNY GAWLOWSKI / THE SEATTLE TIMES
March 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM
A smoothly produced, 29-minute video, “Kony 2012,” about elusive African warlord Joseph Kony, has gone viral on the Internet by tapping the power of social media. But critics think it’s too smooth. Full story here.
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