Always looking for a new adventure, I decided to try producing video today. Okay, it’s not exactly an adventure, but it sure was a challenge.
To help, I sought out the expertise of Rachelle Lucas, editor of The Travel Bite, whose video credits include the Travel Channel and more.
Our first project was designed to teach me just the basics of shooting, editing and production. We met for a couple of hours over some excellent Sumatran coffee and grabbed one of my favorite packs to play the leading role.
I’ll warn you, this video is impromptu, unrehearsed, and absolutely didn’t include a makeup artist or hair stylist! Nevertheless, I want to share it because it’s a beginning and I’d like you to watch my progress as my skills improve. Expect a lot more video on the blog in the future.
Another note, I wanted to learn how to produce video on the fly, so this video was shot and edited on my iPhone. I made a couple of small editing tweaks later on my PC, but 90 percent was produced at the kitchen table. I know this first try looks a tad rough.
So, in what ways would you like to see video used on The Active Explorer? My initial thoughts are to use it for gear reviews, destinations and adventure activities. Leave your ideas in the comments below.
Why the Geigerrig pack? I needed a subject and I love Geigerrig’s innovative pressurized hydration system, not to mention their motto, “Never Suck Again,” so I decided to use my Rig 500 for this little clip. I also know the pack well enough that I could ad lib my way through the shoot with only a few awkward stumbles.