Just like the majority of America, VIMBY stopped everything to watch the eclipse on Monday. While we were outside of our Headquarters, in Van Nuys, making waffle shapes with our hands and wearing geeky glasses, our network of filmmakers did what they do best and captured the whole thing on camera.

Across the country, our filmmakers took it upon themselves to commemorate the once-in-a-lifetime day with drones, cameras, and telescopes. Beautiful time-lapses graced our Facebook feed, filling us with a sense of awe and wonderment, making us feel the twinge of magic that only a great filmmaker can capture.

We wanted to share these moments with you too, and celebrate our vast network of filmmakers’ abilities. Please enjoy just a handful of pictures and videos sent in, along with some filmmakers’ stories of their day.

Jesse Brass – Andrews, North Carolina
@jessebrass

“The largeness of the event overwhelmed me. The eerie dimming light and the 2 minutes and 38 seconds of the night in the middle of the day. You could hear echoes of cheers throughout the mountain valley. Almost a spiritual experience. Everything stopped for a few moments, which never happens in our world today. Powerful.”

Nathaniel Glass – Williamsburg, KY
@solis_films   

“Taken using a Celestron Computerized Telescope in Williamsburg, KY – in conjunction with University of the Cumberlands.”

Kevin McKinney – Kansas City, Missouri
@kevin_mckinney

Christopher Roybal – Albuquerque, New Mexico
@cmroybal

Ryan Posey – Huntington, Oregon
@ryandeanposey

“Shot on a Sony FS7 and a few lenses. It was the greatest moment of my life. I will remember it until the day I die. It all happened so quickly. It was difficult to prep how you are going to shoot a phenomenon like this without ever seeing one before. It was a luck of the draw type thing. I’m happy with how it initially turned out.”

Willie Tipp – On Government Island on the Columbia River, accessed by Boat

Wide shot – C100 with a 18mm fish eye f22 with internal ND.

Tight – 7D with a 70-200mm at f22 with a 2.1 IR ND and UV filter at a 2-second interval.

It was an awesome event, the eclipse was at 98% at our location. We sacrificed 2% to avoid the chaos on the roads in the zone of totality.”

VIMBY Filmmaker Eclipse Map