Dave Socky of the Blue Ridge Southwest Film Office is a talented professional who knows how. He began caving seriously in 1974 and started filming his caving expeditions in 1986. Luckily for Socky, he was able to find a way to unite his two favorite passions in the world and to do it successfully. Not only does he explore and survey caves; he documents them and manages his own video production unit with help from his wife.
Socky works out of Roanoke and each year helps the Blue Ridge Southwest Film Office host its annual film festival. He also is an active member in the International Speleological Society Convention. The videos he has created are both fascinating and educational. Some of his videos are often sold at particular cave gift shops, such as The Grand Caverns, and some of them have been sold for use to mega-companies, such as National Geographic and The Weather Channel.
Socky sat down recently with Planet Blacksburg to share his life experiences and techniques in film making and cave exploring.