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    I’m Aaron Morrell- I’m the guy behind the camera.....

    Ok so lets cut to the chase- if you’re here, looking at my website, I’m going to assume you’re interested in Cinematography or Photography. I'd love to tell you more about what drives and inspires my work. Interested? Click here. (It's a little wordy I know).

Tsalagi | Blind Pig | Grae Skye Studio

What’s the best way to learn about reasons and motivations? Culture and history? If you have the privilege, you go to the source.

So many of us have lost the stories of our family’s past to time and circumstances. How often do we sit around a table and learn from our older generations how they lived and why?
Here in the mountains of North Carolina we are surrounded by a cultural & natural history that predates any of us. So to learn about that history, Mike Moore, Elliot Moss and Justin Burdett went to the source.

This is what we learned.
Many thanks to
Myrtle Driver- Tribal Cultural Traditionalist
Alan Muskat- No Taste Like Home.
Mike Moore- Blind Pig
Elliot Moss of Buxton Hall
Justin Burdett of Local Provisions


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Smith Mill Works | Grae Skye Studio

Smith Mill Works is an amazing greenhouse complex that is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. Michael Klatt, one of the collaborators in the project wanted some nice shots of the property prior to it’s full restoration. This is that “before” overview.
It’s exciting to think of how this project will turn out- you can find out more here- Smith Mill Works


Smith Mill Works | Grae Skye Studio from Aaron Morrell on Vimeo.




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Megan & Matt | Come Rain or Shine | Grae Skye Studio

Megan & Matt | Come Rain or Shine | Grae Skye Studio from Aaron Morrell on Vimeo.


The name says it all- “Come rain or shine” these two were going to get what they came for…. that being a beautiful mountain-top wedding surrounded by the people they love!!! Well, after consulting many radar maps and lots of thoughtful chin scratching from all party’s involved, the Go-Ahead was given! The rain and thunder made for lots of laughter and created a dramatic backdrop for the knot being tied.

Congrats to Megan and Matt, who truly know how to roll with the punches and make it all look like fun! Hoping all your years ahead are filled with the same spice we saw on your “Big Day”!


Planning- Occasions by Emily

Venue- Grand Highlands Preserve at Bearwallow Mountain

Photography- Katy Cook

Music- Allegro Music Events

Megan & Matt | Come Rain or Shine | Grae Skye Studio from Aaron Morrell on Vimeo.

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“Preserve” A Grae Skye Studio | Blind Pig Film Project

It was June of 2012.

Chef Mike Moore of Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder approached me with an idea about a documentary which in his words would- “Capture stories that drive home the importance of local foods, culture and history of our region.” The goal would be to capture footage during the summer and have the film ready to present at a Blind Pig dinner in November. The dinner would feature Chef John Fleer of Rhubarb and be a fundraiser for The Heritage Food Committee and Slow Foods Asheville.

I thought it sounded like a wonderful opportunity the try my hand at some themed narrative documentary work.  So in early July, the truck hit the road and the cameras started to roll.

Along our journey we had the amazing opportunity to meet some stalwart personalities. They’re continuing, against the odds, to meet the challenges of operating small family owned operations. Not only did their experiences enrich the film we were capturing, but served to create in me personally, an even deeper appreciation for living simply, working hard and being satisfied.

The whole process made me constantly think of my own Grandfather working in his garden. Tending the white-washed Bee boxes and churning hand-made Ice Cream  on a hot summer weekend. Those memories hummed softly in the background while we experienced these stories. Working during the summer of 2012 to create these films is an experience I’ll treasure for all the years to come.

With that I present “Preserve”.



Folks involved in the film can be found here-

Chef John Fleer- Rhubarb | Chef Mike Moore- Seven Sows | Ferguson’s Store | Gaining Ground Farm |Benton’s Bacon | Cruze Dairy | Imladris Farm | Chef William Dissen- The MarketPlace | Chef Mark Rosenstein- The French Broad | Chef Suzy Salwa Phillips Mackensy Lunsford- Food Writer | The Heritage Food Committee and Slow Foods Asheville.

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