5 TIPS for a CINEMATIC Travel Video

This video is brought to you by Storyblocks [Music] [Cinecom’s intro music] Hey guys, it’s Jordy here for cinecom.net
live from the Cinecom studio, that’s right, I’m back baby! Shut up! Those guys don’t even have
an awesome story to tell. And I do because I just came back
from a trip to Iceland. And those who think that some of the
shots that I send over were a green screen, well, you’re wrong. I mean, why would I even do that? Anyways, before I left I made a video
about the gear that I was taking with me, but I also said that I didn’t know yet how
I was going to capture my adventure. So, after filming over 400 clips
I’m now ready to start editing, which is probably gonna take
about a month or two. So stay tuned for my film about Iceland which I’m gonna upload
to this channel here as well. But in the meantime I’ve got
so much experiences that I’d like to share with you all and there are gonna follow a lot
more videos is about my trip as well, but let’s start with the first one. In this video I packed 5 tips for shooting
an unforgettable travel video. Before we start I’d first like to thank
Storyblocks for their support. When you’re editing your
next travel video you’re gonna need some
video assets to go with that. Storyblocks offers a huge library where
you can download After Effects templates, where you can insert
your own shots into. Export it out and get a beautiful
video in just several minutes. And there can be found a lot more
video assets, such as transitions effects, overlays, etc. And for only a fixed price per year you can download unlimited items
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the first link in the description below. [Inspirational music fades in] Movement is the first one, and
probably the most important. When you see a nice monument or
a building or a natural phenomenon, it’s most likely gonna be
a still object that doesn’t move. And even the dozens of waterfalls I saw
in Iceland also don’t actually move. The water might flow but the actual rocks
or the mountain just sits still there. So, you wanna make sure
to get movement into your shots. You can either do that by
moving the camera and find something in your foreground, so that you can actually see
the camera movements. If you like to make a bigger movement
you can also fly it with a drone, if you have one, or make a hyperlapse,
which is pretty easy to do and we have a video explaining
how to do that in the description below. Another way to add movement
in your shots is by bringing other people in your shots. Animals like birds, or any other
object that actually moves. And if it’s hard to capture that,
just put things in scene. I’ve shot the hands of Kim multiple times,
my own feet while I was walking and sometimes I would even exaggerate
or do something with my feet just to have a specific movement
in my shots. Now, why is movement so important? Well, you’re shooting video,
you’re not taking pictures. Movement draws the eyes of
the viewer, it creates a flow and it helps you to connect
multiple shots together. You can’t make an edit of static shots. When every clip moves you
can connect them together, and when done right, your individual
shots become a whole. Which brings me to the next tip,
which are transitions. And, unlike all of those video editing tricks,
a simple cut is usually the best transition. But you need to place that cut
on the right moment between two shots that match. For example, here my camera
moves to the right, so by cutting to a shot that also moves
to the right, you can see a flow. A very nice transition. Right here I was super lucky when suddenly
a group of birds just flew through my shots. And this here is worth gold. I suddenly got a movement to the left, so but cutting to a shot
with a similar movement, those two connect perfectly. Now, sometimes two shots don’t always
match the way that you want them to. Here I have a drone shot
where the camera goes up. And I want to cut to this bridge. But the two shots don’t really flow. And so, what I can do is just
scale up the second clip, which gives me the possibility
to move the clip up and down. So, by then animating a camera movement
in there, similar to the previous shot, they will now flow a lot better. Sometimes you can cheat a little bit. That’s the power of editing. But as long as you have movement
in your shots, it’s always gonna be easier
to make a nice transition. Moving on to tip number 3,
which is highlights. Since you are traveling, you’re
probably gonna be outside. And with the sunlight there
could be a hard contrast. And one of the most common mistakes is where you’re gonna focus too much
on the subject that you’re filming rather than on the entire shot. That means when you’re
exposing for your subject it could mean that the sky or the
highlights are gonna be overexposed. Now, sometimes there is no other way,
but you need to ask yourself the question: can I underexpose my subject? And sometimes that means
changing your perspective. So, here are a couple of examples. You can see some people here
who are underexposed. But it’s not a problem, because I’m actually
focused on the waterfall behind them. If I would be focused on them
and expose on them the waterfall would have just
been completely white. But that was the point of having
that waterfall in the background. Here I’m filming another waterfall but
I make sure that you can still see the sky, which is magical at this point. When I tilt down the rivers
are heavily underexposed. But it kind of shows how deep and
dark the bottom of that waterfall is. Here’s a similar shot, the sky takes up
a big part of the picture. So, make sure it is not white. Your highlights are very important and
when you don’t over expose them it will make your shots look
so much more cinematic. Tip number 4, camera position. Every sightseeing has a spot
where everyone takes their picture. Usually, that is a little platform or
just a spot that doesn’t require you to walk much or do any efforts. I’m not saying that that spot
isn’t gonna give you a nice image. But I do suggest to look around, because there might be an even
greater shot that you can take. Now, going back to the drone
shots right here, nobody was looking that way. It’s the river coming from
a waterfall just next to it. And I believe that that drone shot looks
a lot better than the one from the waterfall. But you do need to look around. Here I was filming from behind a waterfall. The path to it was very slippery
and I was even getting wet. But if I didn’t go through that, I wouldn’t
have gotten that unique shot. The bridge right here is another
great example, it’s an old bridge on the other
side of a waterfall which nobody pays attention to. But it turned out to be a great shot. So, look around you and try
to find a unique spot, or sometimes you could even
look away from the sightseeing, as there might be something
beautiful on the other side. And this brings me to the last
tip, which is b-roll. When you’re shooting a travel video it might seem that every shot
is part of your b-roll sequence. But it’s not, for example, when I was at a waterfall I made several
shots from it from different angles. These are my main clips. And then I would look for b-roll, which are
things that happen around the attraction. For instance, I saw a floating ice rock
from that waterfall which doesn’t say anything
about the waterfall itself, but it is a nice shot with movement
that I could use in my edits. Other people were looking
strange at me, thinking ‘why is he filming that small
ice rock in the river while there is such a big waterfall
to be filmed over there’. Well, they just don’t understood
what b-roll is. Anyways, here I took a bunch of shots
of the tourists there, while they were capturing
a beautiful lake. And you would never see another tourist
do that, only filmmakers will do that. The same goes about my feet
which I often shot and Kim’s hands rubbing a wall or a rock. These are great b-roll shots that
will make your travel video unique. At a certain point Kim was driving through
Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. And it was getting pretty dark but the city
was just so beautiful within that lighting. so I just started to capture everything
I saw out of the window. And I got some very nice shots there. They’re pretty rough but it’s gonna give
a very dynamic touch to my edits. So, look around to the details in
the country that you’re visiting, anything around you could
be used as b-roll. And that’s it for this video! Now, if you do ever get the chance
to visit Iceland then take that chance. It’s been the best trip of my life and
I will definitely go back very soon. Thank you all so much for watching,
thank you Storyblocks for the support. And, like always… Stay Creative! -There he goes again, making
a hyperlapse. One step, click, one step, click. And, so he goes on and on…

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