philip vaughn wounded war veteran

Carrie Underwood Shoot in Washington, D.C.

Engraved on our camera gear is “BMF.” It stands for “Bold Men Filming.” No, not really; but even so, we work with the coolest people in every industry 🙂

Oh Hi Carrie Underwood

Oh, hi, Carrie Underwood

The Honor Family Fun initiative by Carnival Cruise Line partners the vacation giant with Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that supports service members and their families, and country superstar Carrie Underwood, who surprises and delights military families with free concerts, meet-and-greets, and invitations to a private performance aboard the Carnival Vista in New York City.

So, gear in hand, the Bold Man and the Sea Media team marched forth on a weeklong tour of the northeast. We followed Carrie on her Storyteller circuit as she met with some deserving families pre-show and gave them the Carnival Vista news in person.

Directed by Peter Gonzalez,a.k.a., The Bold Man and the Sea, the team shot and produced these shoots in Philadelphia, Boston, and (our personal favorite) Washington, D.C. (Side note: it’s safe to say this is the most ‘Merica production we’ve ever done. In the best kind of way 🙂

carrie underwood shoot in washington d.c

shoot in washington dc

carrie underwood shoot in washington dc

Anyway, back to the D.C. shoot, i.e., these guys.

carrie underwood with wounded war veteran family

The stars of the shoot were Philip Vaughn, a wounded war veteran, his wife and two young kids.

philip vaughn wounded war veteran

After listening to their ordeals, drying their tears, and introducing Carrie, everyone in the room (media included) was struck by all the feels. It was a really cool celebration and a great display of appreciation for America’s freedom fighters. Our hearts grew three sizes that day.

Following the meet-and-greet, the media went back to their studios, Carrie left to perform her show, and everything seemed to settle down. But, due to typical Bold Man bravado, we weren’t ready to to end the night just yet. So we brought out our secret weapon…

butch begovich cruise director

Butch Begovich: Math Enthusiast/Badass M.C. (He Also Dabbles in Cruise Directing. We Hear.)

Butch came out swinging for the heartstrings, crashing the Vaughns’ exit interview with a bonus surprise of a free Carnival cruise. Of course, this called for a round of group hugs.

surprise cruise

The Cherry on Top (see what we did there?): it was Philip’s 31st birthday, so Carnival surprised him with cupcakes and the requisite song. Time restrictions forced us to cut this portion from the final video, but just trust us — it was pretty freaking cute and we were very flattered to be a part of it.

And finally, as if warming the cockles of our hearts weren’t enough, the team also got a little bit of downtime to enjoy the sights #americathebeautiful…





totally america

Totally America

…and #boldmanthebeautiful too.

we came we saw we conquered

Veni. Vedi. Vici. Roughly translates to “We came. We saw. We Carrie’d.” (Probably.)

Watch the Vaughns do their thing right here.

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