Many elements have to come together to make a decent short; and I think, in this video by filmmaker Jay Worsley, everything came together perfectly.
In his short film, Worsley not only makes a compelling argument to hire him but also manages to produce a breathtaking video which serves as a love letter to Mother Earth. Shot in the wilds of Arizona, California, and Oregon using a DJI Inspire Pro with DJI's X5R camera and a variety of lenses, including the DJI 15mm, Olympus 25mm, and Olympus 45mm. He recorded his sound using the Rode NTG-2 plugged into a Zoom H4n.
The footage, which showcases Worsley's excellent drone control and compositional choices, is very impressive. What makes it extra special, however, is his choice of script (poems by Ginsberg and Robert Penn-Warren), superb voice acting, modern orchestral score with some wonderfully nuanced sound design, and super-slick editing and color grading.
Videographers and filmmakers need personal projects to show off their skills. After all, no matter how good you are, you need a solid portfolio to advertise your talents so you can land those big clients. But, while a personal project is a great form of marketing, at its core, it is a labor of love. The more you nurture your creative vision, the stronger it becomes; and judging by the power of this film, I'd say that Worsley poured his heart and soul into it.