After years of dreaming about it, I finally had the opportunity to go to Japan last May.
I had quite the struggle deciding if I should bring a bunch of gear and make an awesome travel video or just keep it simple and just take photos with my phone so I can actually enjoy the trip.
After weighting out the options I decided to purchase a small "point-and-shoot" camera with all manual settings and not stress about carrying gear and changing lenses.
On my way to the airport I decided to start shooting little snippets of my trip and as my plane took off and the seatbelt signal turned off, I wiped out my laptop and started editing what I had just shot.
I finished the video the first night in Japan, called it "Japan 1", uploaded it and realized what I had just gotten myself into. I said to myself "Japan 1 on the first day? that means there has to be a Japan 2 on the second day!"
I thought this would be a daunting task. Shoot every day, edit every night for 2 weeks!
At the same time I thought "If I don't do this, all the footage I shoot will end up in a hard drive unedited for a long time"
I decided to go for it and make a daily video no matter what.
I decided to keep creating.
My two constraints for this video were:
- It has to be 15 seconds long, so it can be uploaded to Instagram
- I can't spend more than 2 hours editing, sound designing, colour correcting and exporting.
Long story short, I spent most of my nights in Japan editing while everyone else in the room was sleeping.
I managed to upload 11 videos while I was in Japan, because some days I simply couldn't get a video finished on time.
I still have a lot of footage and am currently editing more of these 15 second videos.
For all you gear heads, this is what I used to make the videos:
Camera: Panasonic LX100, shot at 1080p 60fps
Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015
Sound: A lot of the sound came from freesound.org (Make sure to donate so they can stay alive!)
That's it folks, here's the videos, hope you like them.