Thursday, July 28, 2005

Washing the boat

As I was traveling I was always on the lookout for repetitive motions. These gifts provide wonderful opportunities to get excellent coverage of your subject matter. Close-ups, wide shots, pans, and different angles allow you to cheat a multi-camera shoot because your subject is repeating the task over and over again. So when you get down to editing, you can really have a lot of fun because you have so many options available. I also like the length of this video, short and sweet.

If I lost all of my footage of this trip in a fire, this would be the video I would miss the most.

Travels in Tibet: Washing the Boat Quicktime 6.4megs 1.06min
Travels in Tibet: Washing the Boat Window Media 8.4megs 1.06min

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Welcome to Tibet

As I edited my footage, I often found that I had created short fragment sequences that were not 'big' enough to turn into seperate videos, But I liked many of them nonetheless. I thought that if I could take all these moments and string them together I may at least have something worth watching. I call it Welcome to Tibet as it seemed like a good introduction to the people and place.

Travels in Tibet: Welcome to Tibet Quicktime 18.1 megs 5.19min
Travels in Tibet: Welcome to Tibet Window Media 21.6megs 5.19min

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Blind Banjo Player

While traveling in Tibet through Gyantse I saw this Blind Busker playing his banjo outside a monastery. There was something about the way he played and sung that I found very alluring and haunting at the same time. I wish I knew what he was singing about.

Travels in Tibet: Blind Banjo Player Quicktime
Travels in Tibet: Blind Banjo Player Window Media

UPDATE: I posted this video at youtube and a kind person posted the following comment on the words:

"It tells the story of a Free nation and freedom loving spirit. Well i will Say Save this peace loving nation. Free Tibet."

Friday, July 22, 2005

Travels in Tibet

A couple of years ago, I went on a trip to Tibet. It was the first time that I had ever traveled with a video camera. When you travel with a mind of what experiences and memories might be interesting to preserve on video, you end up focusing on aspects that you may have previously given only a moment of notice. Farmers with their yaks, a young girl washing a boat or a village sifting their harvest all became magic moments through the lens of the camera. Over the course of 16 days I shot about 14 hours of video footage.

I spent the next year and a half editing that footage into a series of workable videos as time would permit me. Spending such a long time allowed me to revisit Tibet over and over again.

I will be posting my videos every so often. If you have plans to visit somewhere that I have shot I hope these inspire you to firm your plans. If you have no intention of traveling, I hope that you enjoy seeing the world through my lens.

My first video is 3:17 and is about 24 megs in quicktime format

Travels in Tibet: Views from the Road Quicktime

Travels in Tibet: Views from the Road WMV