When I first started my trip, my original intent was actually to do a video podcast. The blog and my still photography was really secondary. However, the act of capturing video from tape, editing, sending tapes back to the US to someone who can edit was a big pain in the ass.
I sort of gave up on video for a big hunk of my trip. I didn’t shoot any video in the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan or Korea.
After getting a new video camera (albeit one with poorer resolution) I think I almost have all my ducks in a row. Kris has gone through most of the tape I sent him and I think I’m ready to launch it soon.
I’ll be honest. I’m nervous.
I know jack squat about video. Taking bad photos is one thing. Taking crappy video, of yourself no less, is quite another.
Nonetheless, I’m a big believer in the power of adapting over the power of planning. I’ll put it out there and just try to keep making it better and better.
I’m not quite sure what the end result will look like, but I can tell you this:
- I am not going to give you hints and tips on getting hotel rooms and cheap flights. Go watch the Travel Channel for that. There are a gillion websites that deal with that subject.
- I’m not going to win an award for cinematography. I’m one guy with cheap gear. I’ll leave that to the National Geographic Channel. I have a few video montage episodes lined up, but I don’t think that will become a regular feature. It is just too hard to do and my equipment doesn’t do it justice.
- What I want to do is talk about the stories you’ll never hear Samantha Brown talking about. (Hint: the subject of my episode from Tasmaina will be Turganini) Think of me as your anti-Samantha Brown :)
- I took this trip so I could learn things, so I really want the videos to be more educational than “travel porn”. Not classroom educational, but barroom educational. If you can win a bar bet via information I can give you, I will have done my job.
So, expect something in about a week, and at least once a week after that depending on how things go. It will be available on iTunes as well as the blog.
I’m also going to rip off Brett from Amtrekker.com (who has an excellent video podcast by the way) and answer e-mails. If you have something you’d like me to address (or think I should talk about) just send an email to email@example.com. You don’t have to limit yourself to questions about me or my trip. If you want to know something about a place I’m visiting or where I’ve been, go for it. If I don’t know, I’ll find out.