So many times I come back home from a vacation, bleary-eyed and full of fun memories… Only to look at my holiday-snaps, which either are a failed attempt at being arty, or are incredibly boring and same-y unless you were there, or are immediate family. I do have a nice DSLR, so while my photos and videos have a slight edge over the usual iphone fare, I still suffer from shooting pretty boring vacation videos that tend to sit on a hard drive forgotten for all time. Until today, after seeing one video described as their family’s “vacation film.” I definitely have something new to aspire to.
I’m just back from California myself… I’ll have to see if I even have 10 seconds of decent footage. Unlikely.
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, luckily I can genuinely blame busy-ness, with days filled with editing commemorations, recording albums, and preparing for monster music video shoots. Today I found myself with a moment to breathe, and another moment of inspiration, as usual, discovered from Vimeo’s staff picks. A new take on the genre of surf video – with an incredible kinetic feel, almost like looking at the cells on old reels of film. It’s an effect I’ve attempted to use before, but I’ve never seen it done as well.
A little tip for all the future filmmakers out there
Two of my recent posts have featured videos featuring youth from around the world, and videos using drone photography. Vimeo just directed me to this beautiful documentary that looks like it combines the two, along with cranes and other overhead camera mounts. It’s a great visual element, showing the universality of the world, youth, growing up and growing older. It’s also a loving look at family, friendships and what is important in life.
I was surprised when opening up my social media feed this morning that the 7/7 London bombings were ten years ago today. I remember the day clearly – it was a rare warm day in Dublin and I’d just arrived in work and was sneaking a look at mySpace; it was not the connected social media space it was today. I believe it was through text messaging and looking at online news feeds like msn that I found out about it. I had friends in London, I didn’t know how to get in touch with them, there was no twitter or Facebook space for them to give us the instant insight to their wellbeing. It was scary. Not as terrifying as living through it to be sure. Vimeo featured a touching animation made by a survivor about the day. It’s definitely worth a watch.
This is so good that I will likely post it on another blog, my more personal, mama-oriented blog, mamaguitar.wordpress.com – but it is also very inspirational from a filmmaking point of view. These days, I tend to admire simple filmmaking, simple stories, beautifully shot and artfully edited. Perhaps it’s because I know I tend to overcomplicate my own projects and feel I could learn a thing or two about simplicity. There is also a truly beautiful moral to this story, it shows how truly alike we all are, despite our perceived differences – especially when shown the world through the un-tainted eyes of a child. Here is FIVE
Drones are the video-maker’s toy du jour… and while they are very trendy, there is really a true art to shooting and editing a GOOD drone video. Something that allows you to take a few minutes out of your day and take a trip somewhere new and exotic – or even just get a new perspective of somewhere familiar. Here’s 3 of my favourite drone tourism videos.
Jordan from the Air
Seen from the Sky – Wild Atlantic Way (made by the very company I work for!)
A day in the life of Santa Barbara (my home town no less)