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Summer is here and with it the optimal vacation season. In addition to resting, there’s always been a need to record all the moments spent during this period of time, so that later we can remember them. Even back when film cameras were used.

Nowadays there’s the option of video and almost all of us are geeks: we have semi-professional cameras, GoPro Cameras, and, of course, a smartphone always at hand.

So how can we make an awesome video that showcases our vacation?

Use Stop motion

The technique consists of putting together multiple pictures, taken in a short period of time. By assembling them we create movement. And by joining stop motion with the technique used in the well known video “MOVE” (where the protagonist moves ordinarily while his location changes), the video “PERU & BOLIVIA | a stop-motion journey” is born. The protagonist shows up clapping with multiple backgrounds, but with this idea we can create any other type of movement.

PERU & BOLIVIA | a stop-motion journey” by Piotr Wancerz

Timelapse and Hyperlapse

Ends up also being a stop motion. This video, from the same creators as the previous one, has a different concept. The shots are all “inside one another”. Seems complicated, but with some masks and a little bit of After Effects we can achieve the same result!

“GEORGIA | hyper – travel” by Piotr Wancerz

Showing the local reality

As creative as the previous videos may be, they don’t show us more than landscapes. We may want to show the daily life of the place we’re visiting, the people who live there, their customs. And it isn’t necessary to put interesting visual effects aside. The video “ISLAND OF DHARMA – Sri Lanka” shows us the culture and the customs of the island, but the timelapse technique is also used.

“ISLAND OF DHARMA – Sri Lanka”  by Piotr Wancerz

Camera Inception

What if we portrayed our trip from the point of view of who is photographing or recording? The viewfinder of a camera, in this case a Pentax 67, can turn anything more interesting. Paris obtained an (even more) special charm.

“Paris Through Pentax” by Maison Carnot

Incorporating Graphical Elements

If a trip is a synonym for fun, why not give color to the places we visit? It would be interesting to see a game of tetris on the skyscrapers of Tokyo, or the Nyan Cat flying through the city. “Tokyo 2013” is an example of what can be done with a little bit of creativity and a talent for animation.

“Tokyo 2013” by Evgeniy Kaurov

Socializing with the locals

We can always attach a GoPro Camera to our chest or our head and go out to explore. And on our way, greet and get the attention of natives. On “24 Hours in Istambul” the camera was on Jack Harries’s head, secured by a camera rig.

“24 Hours in Istanbul” by Jacks Gap

From Travelogue to mini documentary

During an adventure in the French Alps, Benjamin Dowie started filming his friend Mathieu Le Lay, who he met on Vimeo, due to their shared passion for video. The voice over, inspired by “Stillness Speaks” from Eckhart Tolle, gives the video an inspiring tone. A different take on a travelogue, interesting nonetheless.

“STILLNESS ARISES” by Benjamin Dowie

After absorbing all of these different ideas, we should think about what we want as our summer’s souvenir. We go on vacation looking to have fun but, if we want our video to stand out, we should think ahead about what we want to do. There are some tips we can follow.

We should have a notion of what places we’ll visit (and not only the most touristic ones). Usually, the less obvious places and the people who live there are what helps to tell the story of a place. Then, we should be mindful of the audio. We can use a song on top of it, but having clean ambient sound can help with the editing. And, of course, the music itself should be carefully picked out.

But, above all else, we should find our voice. Give the video our own personality. After all, it’s our vacation!

Andreia Calhau
andreia.calhau@portugalmultimedia.pt

Even with a sleepy face, she’s always ready for a challenge. Highly proactive and full of “scalabis” culture. Audiovisual is her thing and her inspiration sources are endless: from shorts films on Vimeo to the one and only Justin Timberlake.

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