Film Platform – A New Role for Second Wind

This is a first to the Halifax Waterfront. These inflatable lungs have flown in Calgary, Toronto, and now Halifax. They belong to the Canadian Lung Association and will visit more communities next summer.

This picture is obviously taken from the onshore. If you take a close look, you will see a sailboat in the harbour. Today (Monday, October 4th), Second Wind became a floating platform for member of the film crew. All the photos and video will be eventually stitched together and released for public viewing.

It was a joy to be part of this worthwhile project.

So you might be wondering how I got connected? A long-time friend of mine, Andrea Power, is the past Chair of the Board of the Canadian Lung Association. Currently she lives in Calgary but not that long ago she was a valued colleague at Dalhousie University and called Dartmouth her home. Some of her children went to school with mine so our paths crossed frequently.

Phil and Andrea

Today Andrea became First Mate on Second Wind to ensure I had a reliable individual on board. You may not know but I don’t like to go out alone in case something happened. I am fragile, weak, and have difficulty walking so I do not see myself as safe on the water. To date there hasn’t been an issue but who knows what the future holds?

I picked up Andrea around 8:30 am, we headed to the boat in Shearwater, got the engine warmed up, and departed for downtown.

The crew was on-sight getting the ballon inflated. In today’s wind, that took about two hours. It is an interesting process. The alveoli need to filled with helium first, then the transparent sacks are deflated of all air, and finally the transparent parts are refilled with helium.

Ideally, it is best to fly the balloon on a day with little wind but today’s weather didn’t cooperate. You can see there are young people holding the lines to control the elevation of the balloon. If it was allowed to rise too high, the winds would have taken hold and likely caused some damage. The materials are pretty sheer and there are plans to use it many times in various communities across the country. Consequently it is treated as delicate and great care is taken to ensure it is safe.

Below are a selection of pictures from Second Wind. I think they provide a good sample set of what will be seen in the final video once it becomes available for public consumption.

I was pretty tired by the time we tied the boat up at Shearwater around 1:00 pm. It was a very engaging day and I’m proud to have helped get all the filming done from the water.

Too bad we weren’t out for a sail. The conditions were perfect.

As always, thanks for sharing in my ramblings. This was a different kind of day for me but very satisfying.

Your continued support keeps me motivated to turn my hand to new things and this qualifies as fitting on that list.

Peace, Love, and Laughter

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