Sept. 2, 2021 — Scott McKinnon & Michael Ray Taylor — The Emerging Role of Drones in Storytelling

Scott McKinnon is an Instructor of Innovative Media at Henderson State University, where he also earned his MLA in Art History.

McKinnon is also a documentary filmmaker whose most recent short film “The Man From Boggy Creek,” co-directed with a fellow Henderson State faculty member, is currently screening at film festivals around the country. He also filmed several drone shots for an upcoming documentary about the emergence of White-Nose Syndrome in bats and the race to save them from it.

He has been flying drones since 2016 and received his FAA UAS certification in 2017. In addition to using drone videography for his documentary film work and promotional materials for his university, he also teaches a class on alternative videography that includes using drones.

McKinnon lives in Arkadelphia, AR with his wife and 2-year-old son Finn.

Scott McKinnon
Scott McKinnon

Michael Ray Taylor chairs the communication department at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and has written for Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and many other publications in addition to working on documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic. His latest book, Hidden Nature: Wild Southern Caves, was published in August 2020.

Michael Ray Taylor
Michael Ray Taylor

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