Adventure Storytelling

Diving into video!

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I’ve been exploring the various ways to tell the story of adventures, and the latest stop has been the world of adventure filmmaking.  I needed a new camera, and some how I wound up with a small glacier of photo, video, and sound equipment along with various books and of course “accessories”.

Any how, I’m quite pleased with it.  I’ve spent countless hours pouring over online reviews, blogs, specs, prices, guides…honestly it got pretty tedious towards the end, but now that I have everything I can say the time was totally worth it!

That said, there were a few things I didn’t expect, and in case you ever find yourself on a similar learning curve here’s a quick overview….

  • Everything uses identical black cords.  That’s right, your charging cords, headphone cords, mic cords, “lines-in” and “lines-out”, everything uses identical black cords…so when you actually try and walk around with all this be ready for some serious rope management!
  • If you’re using a DSLR (aka big black camera) there is probably a tiny wheel somewhere near the view finder…if nothing ever seems to be in focus, discovering this wheel might be the best moment of your day.  It was for me any how :)
  • watching the “live-view” while filming in a moving car can be bad…real bad…pull the car over now and I’ll be right back kind of bad.  I haven’t found a way around this really, just be aware.  The whole bar of chocolate I ate right before probably didn’t help either.
  • Don’t unplug the mic while monitoring audio through the headphones.  I tried it, it was very very loud, and I now consider myself that penguin that get’s pushed off first…”yup, okay, there are definitely sea lions!”.

I haven’t made any films yet, but I’ll let you know when I do get something together.  In the mean time I don’t plan on talking film-shop too much, since I’m still new to this and other people are giving lot’s of (probably better) advice other places.  If you have questions though of course ask away!

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