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Lance Milbrand is a producer, cameraman, editor and storyteller with over 27 years of experience in motion picture production. Since 1987, he has worked on and produced dozens of films and videotapes, including an extensive natural history library of work in the field. He has worked on major production teams and with prestigious organizations.

 

On this website you’ll get the opportunity to see video clips of Lance’s work, learn about the projects in which he has participated, and get an idea of his capabilities.


One person that Lance works with regularly with is John Anderson (« learn more about John).

Lance Milbrand
Lance Milbrand, Milbrand Cinema

 

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Nix Nature Center Three-Screen Project in Orange County, California

Photo: Signs promote parking areas at the major trailheads along the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This County Park has a mixed use of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails and is an oasis in Orange County.  A roadrunner hunts close by the trail during winter. Photo (CLICK TO ENLARGE): Signs promote parking areas at the major trailheads along the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This County Park has a mixed use of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails and is an oasis in Orange County. A roadrunner hunts close by the trail during winter.


Photo: A squirrel sounds the alarm when a gopher snake is spotted along the trail.  Joining in this shot is a rock formation that resembles Casper the Ghost. Photo (CLICK TO ENLARGE): A squirrel sounds the alarm when a gopher snake is spotted along the trail. Joining in this shot is a rock formation that resembles Casper the Ghost.


Photo: Looking towards the Nix Center, Highway 73 is seen on the left and the 133 is directly in front with a highway overpass and Barbara Lake.  Under this overpass along 133, swallow fly into tiny holes to their springtime mud nests. Photo (CLICK TO ENLARGE): Looking towards the Nix Center, Highway 73 is seen on the left and the 133 is directly in front with a highway overpass and Barbara Lake. Under this overpass along 133, swallow fly into tiny holes to their springtime mud nests.


In 2013, Milbrand Cinema was hired by the County of Orange, OC Parks to create a unique project for their 6,000-acre Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Three large video screens will play simultaneously and each screen will have a different visual pertaining to the parks seasons and the regions flora, fauna and remarkable geology. The new movie is being created for the parks 20th anniversary celebration and will play indefinitely at the Nix Center.



Milbrand Cinema moved to Los Gatos, California in January 2012

Milbrand Cinema New Studio


In January 2012, Milbrand Cinema expanded to a 400 square foot facility. If you visit during an edit, guard dogs/foot warmers are optional.



Newport Back Bay Natural History Film Completed in March 2012

In 2011, Milbrand Cinema was hired by the County of Orange in Southern California to create a blue-chip natural history film along the uplands of Newport Bay. Highlighting this protected wilderness in the heart of the city is a story about encountering wetland mammals, the regions plants and animals that live in these connected habitats. The completed project will play indefinitely at the OC Parks Muth Interpretive Center.



 




reWined designs Company Video

This 90-second commercial spot provides fun information for a woman-owned business. Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, reWINEd designs uses recycled wine barrels, crafting each object into a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture or accessory. From script design to three shooting locations, editing and Internet upload, this project required 37-hours to complete.

TRT: 1:32 company video

 


Walk Like A Newt - A Wildlife Music Video

True Story! At lunch with my music composer, I showed him my latest creation on my iPad, a year-long study of all the important things that happen during the life of a small forest creature, the California newt. Eddie said, "I have an idea, lets make a kids' music video." I said Ed, I've never cut a music video before but if you write me a song, I will see what I can do. This one-minute segment is just a start of a story that is much grander in scale and even more fun.

TRT: 1:06 music video

 


EVERYDAY CHEER Helps the Environment

I was first attracted to CHEER for the opportunity to see steelhead trout, a very rare creature with almost a Bigfoot type of stature. The great work that CHEER does in their Gilroy community educating and connecting people, fighting for the fish is the reason I donated my filmmaking time and equipment, to tell a small part of their story.

TRT: 3:00 short subject

 


Nature in Our Backyard, Newport Back Bay

To see this film in its entirety, please visit The Muth Interpretative Center, located at the corner of Irvine Street and University Avenue in Newport Beach, California. Open every day except Monday and major holidays. Admission and the ability to walk all trails are free. Produced for the County of Orange and OC Parks.

TRT: 3:40 short subject

 


Cultivating Fish and Grapes

This is a segment of the larger documentary Recovery of Steelhead in Southern California but narrows into the efforts made by a private wine grower to help this species of fish avoid extinction.

TRT: 03:05 short subject.

 


Surveying Endymion Reef, Turks and Caicos

Waitt Institute for Discovery hired Milbrand Cinema to survey the remains of a 1790 British shipwreck site. A remote underwater rock actually claimed two ships, almost resting on top of one another. Milbrand Cinema’s video aided in providing clues to the second ships age and name, helping to write a chapter in the Turks and Caicos island history.

TRT: 05:01 short subject.



Maya Secrets

A friend of mine for over 20 years, Bil Phillips of Speleotech in Tulum, Mexico offers cave diving training, exploration and accommodations. Bil connects people to fellow explorers and takes them to amazing caves. Carmen Rojas, a Mexican Government underwater archeologist was kind enough to allow us to record some of her studies.

TRT: 02:00 short subject.