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  • Justin Dennis and Andrew Colangelo create videos with picturesque scenes of popular Chesapeake Bay landmarks like the Bay Bridge, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse and Gibson Island.
    Justin Dennis and Andrew Colangelo create videos with picturesque scenes of popular Chesapeake Bay landmarks like the Bay Bridge, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse and Gibson Island.
  • Justin Dennis and Andrew Colangelo create videos with picturesque scenes of popular Chesapeake Bay landmarks like the Bay Bridge, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse and Gibson Island.
    Justin Dennis and Andrew Colangelo create videos with picturesque scenes of popular Chesapeake Bay landmarks like the Bay Bridge, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse and Gibson Island.

CHS Classmates Launch Videography Pursuit

Darrell Mak
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October 19, 2017

Two classmates at Chesapeake High School are turning their passion for the outdoors and photography into a fledging business.

Pasadena resident Justin Dennis and his friend, Severna Park resident Andrew Colangelo, both juniors at Chesapeake High School, are aspiring videographers who have produced aerial videos and photos of scenic points of interest along the Chesapeake Bay. The duo has created Chesapeake Views, which provides video marketing and photo-framing services. Posted on YouTube, their most popular work is a video containing picturesque scenes of popular Chesapeake Bay points like the Bay Bridge, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse and Gibson Island.

The team initially envisioned their video production venture in July when they were out fishing on a boat and spotted a news helicopter capturing intriguing video footage. “What if we made videos like that?” thought Dennis. “We couldn’t afford a helicopter, but we could use a drone.”

Dennis and Colangelo had a big interest in producing drone videos but weren’t quite sure where to start. When they searched the web for Chesapeake Bay videos, they were surprised at what they found. “There was really no one who had the same amount of passion and effort as we had,” recalled Dennis. The two then began asking neighbors what parts of the Chesapeake Bay would be most interesting and settled on their subjects.

In school, both Dennis and Colangelo took photography classes. “It was very fun and interesting,” recalled Dennis. As the two began their pursuit, Dennis had some hobby drones to start with, but they were not high quality. “When we got the idea to start Chesapeake Views, we decided to get serious on drones,” he said. Dennis invested in more professional video drones made by DJI, a market-leading manufacturer of drones and aerial photography systems.

“We have hopes one day of turning this into a business and selling photos,” said Dennis. “But right now, it’s just a hobby.”

The duo’s business prospects are starting to come into focus. Dennis and Colangelo began sharing their videos with local establishments, and Two Rivers Steak & Fish House recruited them to produce a video of the restaurant and clips of the Chesapeake Bay that the restaurant can use on its website. Dennis plans to branch out and approach other restaurants with a similar idea. They also have created a website where people can view and purchase their photographs online.

So far, the friends have made four videos and are planning to shoot many more, all related to the Chesapeake Bay. When winter comes, they plan to transition into other videos, such as skiing.

More recently, Colangelo’s younger brother, Josh, a seventh-grader at Chesapeake Middle School, joined the team to help with filming, marketing and publicity. “Josh has really been a big part of it. He inspires everyone and is very positive,” touted Dennis. “We are the three musketeers and hope and dream of making it a big success someday!”

Looking five to 10 years into the future, the trio aspires to become an established, well-known business. “We’ll upgrade our equipment, become more professional and get higher approval ratings,” Dennis said. Until then, the team is focused on growing subscriber counts on YouTube, which will lead to higher visibility. They are also planning to seek out more sponsorships with local companies.

Samples of Chesapeake Views’ work are available at www.peakeviews.com.


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