GoPro in a dog kennel at the airport, Missing Guam

“Missing Guam” a fun short film by Adam Go


“Missing Guam” is a short film that shows you what a dog goes through and probably thinks about at an airport just before his flight to another country.

However, I’m pretty sure my dog was nervous throughout the whole ordeal but it’s always fun to engineer a story! lol.
I originally filmed my dog because I was really curious to know what my dog would be going through at the airport for our flight back to Japan. However, as time passed, ideas began popping into my head and I made it into a simple fun film dedicated to Guam and my family.

How I did it

In order for me to film, I asked the permission from both JAL staff and Airport Security to record. This is the most critical component of “Missing Guam”. If I did not have permission, none of this would have been possible. Thanks guys!

In the film, you can see them checking the inside of the kennel but I edited out a long segment of film where they checked every square inch of my dog’s body and my dog’s cage for any kind of contraband. They also did a swipe test on my camera to detect any bomb residue… all of this was time consuming but very professional to my opinion.

HD Camera filming my dog at airport terminal

What I Used

The interior of the kennel which is the main part of the film was taken using a GoPro camera mounted with an adhesive mount. Other still shots you see in the flashback scenes were taken with a Canon 5D Mark 2, a 7D, a Casio compact camera, and a compact Canon HD Cam using a modified rig for stable shots. Several Canon lenses were used as well for this film.

I would also like to acknowledge that my girlfriend Kumi and my brother, Alan Ryo, took some photographic shots seen in the flashback segments. Kumi took the shot were you see my brother and I getting wiped out by a freak wave and my brother’s shot, is being credited with a silhouette shot of me and my dog on top of a rock during the sunset hours. Both are great shots and I thank you both.

Just a note

The GoPro camera seems to be a very useful tool among serious amateurs and professionals wanting to take great shots. This Kennel POV shot of my dog would not have been technically possible if it wasn’t for the smart invention by Nic Woodman and his now famous company GoPro. After using the GoPro for many months in Guam for many crazy activities, I was able to take shots I always wanted to take many years ago! The GoPro gives me the ability to record my adventures… in this case, my dog’s adventures.

With a little bit of creativity on how the footage should be composed, I present to you this short fun film.

I hope you enjoyed it!

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5 thoughts on “GoPro in a dog kennel at the airport, Missing Guam”

  1. Power Supply

    I had some questions about how you powered your GoPro. I plan to have a GoPro in my dogs kennel when I fly cross-country with her. Do I need to get permission from the secuirty to do this? Also, did you have any issues I should be worried about?

    • Re:power supply
      Hey Valerie,

      Thanks for dropping in .

      I powered my GoPro with a fresh charged battery. It won’t last long but I know it will record at the most critical parts (trip through secuirty, tarmac, and takeoff).

      It won’t hurt to tell/ask the airport security folks you have a camera to monitor your dog.

      If you want to read about any issues (which I didn’t have much of), you can read the comments at my youtube:

      Just scroll down to the bottom of the video and you’ll see a lot of concerns from a lot of awesome pet lovers. I’d write them hear but it won’t fit.

      Have a safe trip and write back if you have any more questions.

  2. Hi, thanks for this 🙂 Could you please tell me whether you booked your dog on the flight as checked baggage or as cargo? Cargo is essentially the same thing as checked baggage – they can be on the same flight as their humans but they are dropped off and picked up at a cargo facility instead of at the terminal and it costs 10 times the price! I am flying to the UK which only allows dogs as cargo and the airline has told me that at no point will they open the kennel unless it is an emergency. As my dogs are fearful of people, I need to be sure nobody will try to handle them without us there but it seems they did handle your dog without you being there?

    • Sorry for not replying soon enough! Been out on vacay and didn’t see this until I got back. So much spam your comment was buried by them. Apologies.

      I booked my dog as Cargo as “Live Animal”. Furthermore, depending on your destination, your dog may be dropped off and can be only picked up at a specified cargo near or at the airport which can be very inconvenient. I had to check out of the airport, rent a car, and drive to the cargo section which was a few blocks away to pickup my dog, then drive to the nearest vet. This specifically happened when I was going to Guam but did not happen when I transferred to Japan. When I arrived in Japan, my dog was waiting for me at the luggage pick-up area with an airport veterinarian for post-flight check-up. It was very convenient. No one handled my dog until I was present. Although this was my experience, yours maybe different. Do the research on each carrier and airport. It is worth the due diligence.

      As far as I understand, it will only be under an emergency will they have to open your dog crate. Also, you must have a locking device that will keep your dog secure but somewhat easy for handlers to break in case of an emergency. I used zip ties and had no problems with this method.

      If you have any more questions, please let me know!

      Again, very sorry for the very late reply.
      Good Luck!


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