Driving South along the Overseas Highway to Key West is a uniquely beautiful experience. Hovering a few feet above the Caribbean Sea, cinematographer Jessey Dearing, sound engineer Louie Alfaro, and I descended from mainland Florida for 128 miles, following the path of Henry Flaggler's Overseas Railroad built in the early 20th century. Long since destroyed, remnants of stone bridges and iron rails delineate the highway's path through the turquoise horizon. Filled with anticipation to arrive in Key West, the Southernmost point in the continental United States, we were to spend 4 days shooting on a dream assignment for the New York Times' 36 Hours travel column.
We filmed parasailing, deep sea fishing, and paddle boarding to name a few activities. We discovered craft cocktails, the freshest oysters, and booziest punch on the island. Described by Ernest Hemingway and quoted by the New York Times as, "The best place I've ever been any time, anywhere," Key West will not disappoint.
Published this week, "36 Hours: Key West" is a fun-filled watch. Worth every second of the 6 minutes. Hands down one of the funnest and most exhausting shoots I've ever had.