We recently went to Yosemite to film some zip-lining, train-riding, and boat-cruising for DiscoverAmerica.com. We went into this trip knowing we would see some beautiful scenery, but we had no idea it would be this gorgeous. Luckily, we took plenty of pics to accompany this 2-minute video so that you can see our adventures too! A few key pieces of gear that helped us capture this unique environment were Steady Hands, a Keen Eye (for those unique shots), and of course a Strong Back to carry our gear on.
Why do a project you love? Because you get to make something like this! Last summer we went on a wild adventure into the deserts of California to film a documentary about the State we love. We had no client, no money, and yet no limitations. Here’s how we did it and what we learned along the way.
Part 1 in our Arizona Series! We recently went to Sedona to promote the state of Arizona and film for Miles Partnerships. Along the way we went on a Jeep tour of the canyons, cuddled with baby bears, and took a ride on a floating houseboat. The state of Arizona seriously impressed us and the video, which will air in Mexico City, speaks for itself. Working with our Mexican host, Vange Tapia, was great and made the trip all the more exciting. Below we talk about the limitations we set ourselves and how they paid off.
Thinking of visiting the city of dreams and dreamers? Check out our first travel video featuring our own Bogdan Z and Tom T! We spent an entire day touring as many iconic LA destinations as possible. It was a crazy day full of mishaps (wind, rain, 40-degree temperatures? In LA!) but we managed to pull it off and ended up with a gem of a video and a new client!
Relying on other’s is scary, especially when you’re relying on complete strangers. Sometimes the subject of your film is a stranger, or in this case, a homeless musician. He doesn’t want to talk about what you want to talk about. So how do you make him talk? I find that the skill to pull specific (and usable) content from a subject is incredibly valuable and something frequently overlooked.
We were shooting the last monologue for my travel and music documentary, Dünyanın Merkezi (Center of the Earth), in Venice Beach, California. I wanted to end the episode with something great, so as we were shooting on the street, I was looking around for interesting personalities, which is plentiful in Venice…
…or fail. The Crafts Center was a great example of artistic photography meeting practical applications. But when the University of California in San Diego began cutting art programs, the Crafts Center was in danger of closing its doors. To stay afloat, Chet Wooding, the Director of the center, began silk printing shirts for local businesses. Working into the nights, Chet could print over 300 t-shirts by himself. Our own ViewFinders Avo K. and Bogdan Z. wanted to help out by sharing Chet’s story with the community.
When Bogdan Z of the ViewFinder went to Morocco he expected to be wow’d and awe’d, but he never expected that this small African country would change him forever. Although already well-travelled, Bogdan says Morocco shattered his ill-conceived notions of how the world is, how it was, and how it could be. Join us for a very special VFOriginal as we talk with Bogdan about what makes Morocco so special and how he attempted to document this beautiful country.
Most people may not notice it, but as soon as you become stagnant physically, you become stagnant mentally. In order to move your mind, you must move your body. ~Bogdan Z.