HTDF Hang Gliding Above Wallaby Ranch

PRODUCTION   SCRIPT

 

ACTION NARRATIVE
[:04] Chad on camera CHAD STANDUP – Today we’re going to show you how to hang glide.
[:35]

B-ROLL HANG GLIDING BEAUTY SHOTS

VO: Imagine soaring high above like an eagle, with nothing but the sensation of the air whistling past you.

Humans have always dreamed of flying like this for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that the conception of the hang glider was perfected. This non-motorized aircraft may have an aluminum frame and nylon wings, but most pilots say it’s the closest thing to flying like a bird.

Surprisingly, Florida has become a very popular destination this air sport. Sea breezes that converge from the Atlantic and the Gulf make mid-Florida one of the most popular places to hang glide.

[:24]   B-ROLL BEAUTY SHOTS OF WALLABY RANCH 

B-ROLL OF TANDEM HANG GLIDER, HANG GLIDER WHEELS, AND ULTRALIGHT TAKING OFF WITH HANG GLIDER IN TOW

 

 

 

 

 

[:11]   02:02:17 – 02:07:28

Chad on camera as glider takes off

[:10] B-ROLL OF MALCOLM

Today we head over to Wallaby Ranch, smack dab between Tampa and Orlando. Here, the concept of two-person, in-air instruction was invented. Instead of jumping off a mountain cliff, student and teacher can ride tandem on a hang glider that is aero towed, then released at an altitude of around 2000 feet. The attached wheels make take-offs and landings a piece of cake. This safe and efficient system has revolutionized the way hang gliding is introduced to beginners.

CHAD:   Amazing. And, over 500 acres, Wallaby Ranch is the largest aero-towing facility in the world.

Owner and founder Malcolm Jones first got into hang gliding while growing up in Tampa.   Today, he holds the world record of flying tandem with over 30,000 flights.

[:05] GRAPHICS: GET THERE EARLY VO: Step One: Get there early. Believe me.
[:32] 17:22 – 17:54Chad’s truck pulls around corner, gets out and meets Malcolm. They get in a golf cart and drive away MALCOLM: You must be Chad.CHAD: How ya doing, nice to meet you.

MALCOLM:   Welcome to Wallaby Ranch.

CHAD: I am so excited.

MALCOLM:     Well, you’re just barely on time.

CHAD: I know. I’m a little late.

MALCOLM:   Conditions pick up and it’s time to go.

CHAD: We gotta go?

MALCOLM:   Yeah, come on. Have a seat right here.

CHAD: Right now?

MALCOLM:   Yeah, have a seat.

CHAD: I don’t know if I’m ready.

MALCOLM: I’ll show you what this hang gliding thing is all about. Here, let me hold your coffee. Okay, you just relax right there and we’ll head out to where the gliders are around the hanger.

CHAD: We’re going right now.

MALCOLM:   Yeah, just relax right there.

CHAD: Hey, you just poured out my coffee.

MALCOLM:   We’re going flying, baby.

[:03] 00:00 – 00:03Malcolm talks to Chad

[:05] @00:03 – 00:26

B-ROLL OF MALCOLM PUTTING CHAD IN HANG GLIDER

[:04] 00:26 – :00:30

B-ROLL OF MALCOLM PUTTING HELMET ON CHAD

MALCOLM: I wanna get going before the wind picks up.

[music up]

MALCOLM: Look up. Cool.

[:08] 00:55 – 01:03Chad talks to camera

[:03] 01:17 – 01:21

B-ROLL OF CHAD POINTING AT HIMSELF, THEN TO SKY

[:10] 02:09 – 02:19

Malcolm talks to camera, Chad responds

[:06] 02:53 – 02:59

Chad asks Malcolm question, Malcolm responds

CHAD: So, we’re here at Wallaby Ranch and we just got here early and Malcolm’s not messing around, he’s strapping me in and it’s go time.

[music up for B-roll]

MALCOLM: It looks absolutely beautiful and we’re just about to experience the most fun you can experience.

CHAD:   Malcolm, who does your toenails?

[edit]

CHAD: How high we gonna get? Like ten, fifteen feet, you think? Whattya think?

MALCOLM: I’ll tell you where we’re at when we get there.

[:04] GRAPHICS:

STEP TWO: TAKE OFF

VO: Before I knew it, we were already at Step Two.   Time to soar!
[@ :20] B-ROLL ~ 03:41 – 05:15   TAKE OFF, 05:15 PLANE AND GLIDER BREAKING OFF, 09:12 – 09:19, COOL SHOT OF ONE SIDE OF HANG GLIDER TO ANOTHER SIDE, 09:38 – 09:56     LANDING POV

[:02] 09:57

Chad to other camera

[@ :20 Hang gliding montage –

take off, flying, landing]

CHAD:   Amazing, amazing.

[:13]20:24 – 20:37

Chad and Malcolm walk and talk with hanger behind them

[:03] 20:39 – 20:41

Chad and Malcolm

B-ROLL OF CHAD FLYING

CHAD:   Wow. I’m still coming to terms with what I just experienced out there, Malcolm. Absolutely, just really a once in a lifetime experience to be, able to be up there and just, floating.[edit]

MALCOLM: Very surreal.

CHAD: Like a bird!

[:10] 21:37 – 21:47Chad and Malcolm at glider

[:10] 21:55 – 22:05

Chad and Malcolm at glider

[:10] 25:06 – 25:16

Chad and Malcolm with glider

[:15] 25:23 – 25:38

Chad and Malcolm with glider

B-ROLL HANG GLIDING

[:06] 26:21 – 26:27

Chad and Malcolm with glider

[:14] 26:33 – 26:47

Chad and Malcolm with glider

[:03] 27:02– 27:05

Chad and Malcolm with glider

[:11] 27:10 – 27:21

Chad and Malcolm with glider

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Chad and Malcolm with glider

[:05] 28:37 – 28:42

Chad and Malcolm with glider

[:08] 28:58 – 29:06

Chad and Malcolm with glider

[:07] 33:27 – 33:34

Chad and Malcolm with glider

CHAD: Well, I was amazed at how responsive the glider was up there. You move it a little bit, you push on the bar, you move your weight a little bit and it really reacted to your…MALCOLM: It doesn’t take much.

[edit]

People expect it to be some wild, traumatic windy sort of thing, and it’s so smooth and serene and easy that people are usually taken aback on how easy it is.

[edit]

CHAD: So, it’s hard to imagine that, ‘cause I think that people think of, they have skydiving in mind where that’s super quick…

MALCOLM: …and the whole thing’s over in

30 seconds.

CHAD: 30 seconds…it’s over.

[edit]

MALCOLM: It’s nothing like skydiving. Sky diving you go really high and you far straight down. But, you’re falling so far that you feel that you’re flying. “Seems” being the operative word there.   We don’t go that high and we are flying. And, we’re actually gaining altitude flying from here to there in thermals.

[edit]

CHAD: So, thermals are really what you’re out here after, right?

MALCOLM: Yes, once you learn how to fly it’s all about staying up.

[edit]

MALCOLM:   Right where the sea breezes converge and the thermal activity is very frequent, and you can stay up on the average day, an hour, two hours. One of our instructors, Mike Barber has the world record for distance.

[edit]

MALCOLM: He flew for 11 hours.

[edit]

MALCOLM: But, the average time for someone flying out here that knows what they’re doing is an hour and a half.

CHAD: Well, you get your money’s worth.

MALCOLM: Oh, yeah. It’s by far, by far and away the cheapest form of aviation there is.

[edit]

MALCOLM: The cost is $175 for a tandem discovery flight.

[edit]

The flight itself lasts between 15 and 20 minutes, depending on the air and how much lift there is.

[edit]

MALCOLM: We never leave without everybody being happy. It just doesn’t happen. People are absolutely blown away every time.

[edit]

We call it the perma-grin. When they land they’re just grinning, you know, all the way through breakfast and they leave and they’re almost numb with it.

B-ROLL CHAD WALKING TO BREAKFAST ARE[:06] 12:48 – 12:54

Bell rings as Chad walks to breakfast area

[:05] GRAPHICS:

STEP THREE: BREAKFAST

VO: Well, after being in the sky like that, I was SO ready for STEP 3.

[nat sound – bell rings]

CHAD:   Breakfast.

[:03 montage of breakfast area, food bar][:02] 13:49 – 13:51   (Mmmm)

[:02] 13:55 – 13:57

Chad and Malcolm in line

[:08] 14:08 – 14:16

Chad and Malcolm in line

[:08] 14:41 – 14:49

Chad fixing his plate with food

[:11] 14:58 – 15:01

Chad grabs avocado smoothie

[:02] 15:07 – 15:09

Chad cheers smoothie on camera

[:03 music montage]

CHAD:   Mmmm. [edit] So it’s fly, then we eat…in that order. The priority is in that order.

[edit]

MALCOLM: The smooth air is valuable, so you can eat anytime.

CHAD: But, this is the big part of the experience, right?

MALCOLM:   Yeah, yeah…we do a big brunch everyday, and it’s definitely a big part of the camaraderie.

[edit]

OFF CAMERA:   It’s a family affair.

CHAD: It looks like a family affair.

OFF CAMERA: A little mango compote there for your French toast, there?

CHAD:   Mmmmm. Oh, wow.

[edit]

CHAD: And this a…?

OFF CAMERA:   That’s an avocado smoothie.

CHAD: Oh, nice.

[edit]

CHAD: (to camera) Chef Justin avocado smoothie.

[:07] B-ROLL OF ROWS OF PEOPLE WITH GLIDERS IN OPEN FIELD, TENT/RV CAMPGROUNDS, CABINS VO: After breakfast, Malcolm gave me the shootgun tour of the ranch.
B-ROLL OF GROUND SCHOOL UNDER HUGE LIVE OAK[:02] 52:05 – 52:07   Malcolm

[:02] 52:39 – 52:41   Chad

[:06] 52:43 – 52:49

Chad and Malcolm at ground school

MALCOLM:   Here’s where we do our ground school, right over here.[edit]

CHAD: This is hang gliding U right here.

[edit]

MALCOLM: This is my idea of the ideal classroom.

CHAD: What a beautiful classroom.

[:04] 53:25 – 53:29Malcolm and Chad at tree house

B-ROLL OF TREE HOUSE, SCULPTORS, PIZZA OVEN

 

[:09] 54:23 – 54:32

Malcolm and Chad

 

[:03] 55:35 – 55:38

Chad checks out tractor

[:02] B-ROLL CHAD/TRACTOR

 

 

MALCOLM: This is my daughter’s tree house.

CHAD: Wow!

MALCOLM: I built that for her when she was five.

[edit]

MALCOLM:   There’s quite the eclectic mix of things.

CHAD: Yeah, eclectic is a word I would use to describe the Wallaby Ranch.

[edit]

CHAD: Pizza oven. And a cool tractor.

[:11]   02:00:47 – 02:00:58Chad and Malcolm

B-ROLL OF VOLLEBALL, CLIMBING WALL, POOL, TRAMPOLINE, WETLAND WALKWAY (@ 57:00)

[:03] 02:01:26 – 02:01:29

Malcolm

CHAD: So, you could bring a family out here, even if you have young kids, mom and dad can go hang gliding, kids could just have a blast, they can play volleyball, they can jump in the pool, trampoline, there’s all kinds of stuff to do.

[edit]

MALCOLM: It’s definitely a unique oasis.

[:30] 

B-ROLL OF CHAD HANG GLIDING

VO: I always thought of hang gliding as an adrenalin sport. Turns out, it was one of the most peaceful, uplifting experiences of my life. I was amazed at how simple it was to fly this way. All my fears and anxieties were put to rest once I got a glimpse of Florida’s picturesque landscape from this incredible and uninhibited bird’s eye view.

I can’t wait to go back to Wallaby Ranch with my family. If you haven’t tried hang gliding, you should, and soon.   It will set you free.

[:05]GRAPHICS For more information about hang gliding, visit How to do Florida dot com.
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