I have been shooting moving images since I was a kid, when my dad first let me get my hands on his Back-to-the-Future-esque camcorder. As an adult I began recording my life in uncomfortably fine detail. But later, after taking an increasing number of commercial production jobs, I started to add some structure to my personal filmmaking. Most of the content I’ve produced is from my global travels, journalling the adventure from a visual perspective. I rarely try too hard to build story and structure into my work, it’s more of a chronological, honest record of what we saw and did. But people seem to like it so I keep making it.
My travel films go into this Travelogue playlist on YouTube, but here are some highlights:
Iceland 2015 – Five Days Round the Ring Road with My Best Friends
These are some of my best friends.
Four lads, five days, one Land Rover, and one iconic ring road around the alien world of Iceland. We had no plans, nowhere booked, a storm had hit the island and everyone told us it was too dangerous to venture far.
We completely ignored them.
What we got was clear skies and nobody around to bother us. With the low winter sun it was Magic Hour all day. Then at night the Northern Lights struck up and serenaded our hot tub drinking sessions.
And Joe never did wear his rain jacket.
In Sept/Aug 2013, my girl and I spent a month touring the island chain of Indonesia. This is a journal, of sorts, from that adventure. It’s messy. Less a story than a mush of video clips strung into more-or-less chronological order. I would apologise for the amateur mistakes with issues like sound, editing, and the slow bits, but I won’t. It’s not supposed to be a masterpiece.
…and in the end, I didn’t need to. The video has been quite popular by itself, inspiring travellers around the world.
In early 2013, my brother and I took our Mum to India for two weeks, then stayed on for a further three weeks when she left. I attempted to capture our journey in video. It was an experiment in travel filmmaking and was written for an audience of just my family and friends, so it is slow and doesn’t try to hard to tell a story.
Constructed in four chronological parts, the journey begins with us searching for our ancestors through old public records in Bangalore, before continuing to the remote highlands of Kerala and the beaches of Goa. Then my brother and I ventured north, stopping almost accidentally at the Kumbh Mela, the largest gathering of humans in world history, then up to magical Varanasi and Khajuraho.
A long weekend visiting Berlin for the first time, with my lady and my new camera.