Last month I (Lane) had the privilege to team up with SIM Sudan to shoot two videos.  One of those videos TOTELLASTORY is currently editing and we can’t wait to share with you.  While on the trip, I took some stills as well and wanted to share some of them with you.

Sudan stills by Lane A. Davis

We went swimming with these boys in a little swimming hole in a river. A perfect way to cool off in the crazy hot weather.

The objective of the trip was to shoot two videos.  The first video was a 8-10min video that is a look back at the last 5 years of SIM’s work in Sudan with a little bit of vision casting for the next 5 years.  SIM Sudan is actively involved in three large initiatives, Education and Skills Training, Medical Care, and Clean Water.  The second video was a 2-3min day in the life of a 20-something missionary.  It’s goal is a recruitment tool for post-college folks to go to the mission field.

Sudan stills by Lane A. Davis - Water wells, skills training, medical, education by SIM

We had 7 flights in 11 days (all but one being in a Cessna 206).  Add in my 4 flights to and from east Africa and that makes a lot of time in the air in 3 weeks.  But I love these little planes… especially when I get to try my hand at flying them.

refueling cesna 206 in africa bush by lane a. davis and lane attempling to fly

This is the look you should have too if you're seeing me in the co-pilots chair. Hand on to your hats!

While at one of our locations, a Samaritan’s Purse DC-3 brought several rounds of supplies in for a medical clinic.  While the plane was being unloaded, I began rolling the fuel barrels over so they could refuel.  That’s when one of the pilots, after hauling the generator/pump over from the cargo, looked at me and Mike Saum and said…

“Can you guys man this?” And before we could answer.

“Great. What you’re gonna do is put this end here, flip this switch, push that lever, crank it, switch from choke to half throttle, when you don’t see anymore bubbles – throw it to full throttle, empty that barrel, switch to the next, then back to half, then to full. When you get to half of that barrel, kill it and come get me.  Got it?  Good.”

And off he went.

I looked at Mike, “You get that?” and he answered with a looked that said “maybe?”.

“Welp here goes nothing,” I replied

The Samaritans Purse DC-3 bring supplies for SIM SUDAN - by Lane A. Davis

The Samaritans Purse DC-3 bringing supplies for SIM SUDAN

The trip was full-on nonstop but it was a blast.  It was great to be able to work on a team, especially with talented and fun people like SIM Missionary Taylor Martyn and AIM-OFM missionary Mike Saum.  I hope we are able to work together in the future.

Behind the scene shots of the crew - SIM Media missionary Taylor Martyn, AIM OFM missionary Mike Saum, and TOTELLASTORY's Lane Davis

Behind the scene shots of the crew - SIM Media missionary Taylor Martyn, AIM OFM missionary Mike Saum, and TOTELLASTORY's Lane Davis

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Cooper Strange I have a couple photographic questions for you after looking at those photos. One, in the classroom, where it looks like you have the camera up on a monopod above your head, what are you doing? And two, in the bottom right photo, is that you out on the rocks, and if so, what is that on your left side that looks like a silver and black film camera? …because if that is what it looks like, I am pleasantly surprised.

lane Cooper: Hope you are doing well. My primary role on this assignment was video and so in the first frame that you are asking about I have a camera on a steadycam. (Glidecam 2000) I was mimicking the movement of a vertical jib shot here.
In the second frame, yes you are correct, you’re seeing a Canon AE-1 on my side. I love the black and whites it puts out. Unfortunately I had an issue with one role of the two that I shot there.

holly I know your job certainly isn’t all glam, but still – how cool! Amazing shots.

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