In December, I took a wild adventure to SE Asia (and Japan). I got a small chunk of money from a start up media company to make some short doc videos (used to build their travel channel). The incentive was just enough since I've always wanted to visit all those countries. I went with my video partner, Dan, and first Japan, then Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and last Vietnam.
With all the tourism work that I've been doing the last couple of years, I've been wanting to dig a little deeper and make more artful documentary work. After all, I have two majors in fine Art and journalism.
I wasn't ready to fully dive into a heavy topic that would take weeks, months or even years to finish. I wanted to make a handful of shorter, light-hearted doc style videos that had an inspiring and positive tone. I like the theme of contrast -- juxtaposing two identities or two unlikely lifestyles together. I like the element of surprise. I also like the theme of leaving the world a better place than when you arrived, which is the theme of some of the other videos that we did. Those are still being edited and I eager to show those when finished.
There were ups and downs on this trip. One of the lows was my camera breaking pretty early on in the trip. That was challenging. I took over Dan's Sony A7s and shot all of the footage for these stories. Dan was in charge of audio, interviews, anything to help me out. SE Asia was sensory overload for me and I had quite a bit of anxiety the whole time. Everything worked out though, and looking back at the footage, I'm surprised it turned out so well considering all the roadblocks we had.
Overall, I'm really happy with the outcome. Having the opportunity to travel the world and create these little videos has been so inspiring for me.