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Dept of Ideas: The Travelog Video, In Its Various Forms

By David Schonauer   Wednesday May 9, 2018


Today we’re going to get away from it all.

You have your choice of destinations, thanks to the handful of films we’re featuring.

There’s a time-lapse adventure to “Undisturbed Norway (don’t miss the views of Dalsnibba Mountain Plateau or Briksdal Glacier) and a tilt-shift time lapse trip through “Shrinking Slovenia” (which may be one of Europe’s best-kept travel secrets). There’s also a hyperlapse tour of Salvador Bahia (for those who like beaches).

Want to go farther (and creatively further)? Take a journey down roads all over the planet (via Google Street View). Or enjoy a mesmerizing aerial glimpse of the globe (via Google Earth).

Into something more soulful? Journey into the desert of "Nowhere, California," to see the world from a new perspective.

Or you can have an immersive 360-degree VR experience in Antarctica.

Thanks to modern filmmakers and modern technology, there are now lots of ways to travel.


1. Discovering Undisturbed Norway

“Nature's beauty can be so easily missed,” writes filmmaker Casper Rolsted  of his time-lapse film Undisturbed Norway. “It is my hope that my films will contribute to a deeper understanding and gratitude of the natural wonders in our world and to the preservation of our fragile environment in the future. Rolsted shot the stills for the time lapse with a Sony a6300 mirrorless camera and a variety of Samsung lenses, along with an Edelkrone SliderPlus. Accompanying music: “All is Not Lost” by Tony Anderson (licensed through Musicbed).


2. Into Shrinking Slovenia

Slovenia is a small country that boasts a diverse geography, from high Alpine peaks, idyllic countryside, and vibrant city life, to tranquil villages and a lovely coastline, notes filmmaker Joerg Daiber, who makes the country appear even smaller and more precious in his tilt-shift time-lapse film Shrinking Slovenia. Daiber shot with Panasonic Lumix GH4 and GH2 cameras and 14-140mm and 7-14mm Lumix lenses. Post-production was done with Adobe Creative Production Suite. See Lake Bled, Vintgar Gorge and the country’s capital, Ljubljana. See the film at Vimeo.


3. All Roads Lead to Creativity in Via

You’ve probably never taken a road trip like the one in Maria Constanza Ferreira’s film Via: To be clear, the journey only starts on the road, as the viewer emerges from dark and silent tunnel into one landscape and then another. After that, the sky’s the limit, literally: You are launched into the heavens and look down and around in a wondrous visual display. The film features imagery obtained through Google Street View and digitally manipulated satellite photographs found through Google Earth and the United States Geological Survey Database.


4. Earth From Above in Arena

Photographer Páraic McGloughlin  says his film Arena lets viewers observer the planet “based on the shapes we make, the game of life, our playing ground.” The mesmerizing minute-and-a-half motion piece was made with Google Earth imagery. “It was quite a monotonous process of searching for specific images,” McGloughlin tells PetaPixel. “The animation itself was relatively easy, but the searching took time!”


5. A Bahia Hyperlapse, Shot with a Smartphone

There’s a lot to see in Salvador, Bahia, so if you’re making a travelog film there, you’ve got to move your camera around. That’s what Magu, a São Paulo, Brazil-based commercial film director and time-lapse creator did. The result is his hyperlapse Salvador. Luckily, the camera was small and portable: Magu shot the entire project with the ASUS ZenFone 3 smartphone. The editing was done in Adobe Lightroom and After Effects software.


6. Finding a New Perspective in "Nowhere, California"


Sometimes the best place to find something you’re looking for is in the middle of nowhere. Director (and DP) Cameron Goold’s film Deus ex Machina/Painted in Dust is a visually stunning journey into California’s Mohave desert. It tells the story of Forrest Minchinton, who as a boy took trips to the desert with his surfboard-shaper dad. “There, on a remote compound constructed from objects lost and found, Forrest learned to ride motorcycles, shape surfboards, and see the world through a different lens,” notes Goold.


7. A VR Trip to Antarctica

Explore far-away places from your couch! Virtual-reality travel is fast becoming a cottage industry, with everyone from travel agents to airlines boasting immersive apps, along with media outlets like The New York Times and USA Today, notes Engadget. Late last year Discovery partnered with Google on a VR travel series called  Discovery TRVLR. A recent episode lets you fly an airplane with skis over Antarctica.

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