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My Honeymoon Documentary: An Unexpected Film Project

by Will Snow
(London, United Kingdom)

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What would you want from your honeymoon?

For someone who's never really travelled, I wanted a short break of pampered luxury in a nice cold climate.

My wife, however, planned 39 days of adventure trekking through the 40-degree heat of Madagascar.

This is our film of what happened next...

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Filmed ad hoc and crafted post hoc, this documentary encapsulates the transformative experience that Madagascar was for me.

The technical quality of the camera (an old Panasonic Lumix GF2) may not be Oscar worthy, but hopefully the story I've crafted makes for an entertaining documentary.

We didn't actually plan to shoot any footage, but once under the dense rainforest canopy, we couldn't get a decent shutter speed for sharp photos - so switched to video instead. 39 days later and we returned with over 20 hours of footage!

I have since learned the importance of stabilisation, keeping my tiny GF2 stable was a real struggle, and one of the biggest lessons I've learnt for future films.

As we now plan a trip to Costa Rica, having upgraded our camera equipment, this film has become the perfect way to remember Madagascar.

We've decided that wildlife will be the focus of all of our future holidays, and look to build on our experience from this film.

It was all made with my old Panasonic Lumix GF2, and mainly my Olympus 60mm macro lens + Panasonic 100-300mm lens, my wife's FujiFilm HS30 EXR, and GoPro Hero 4 Black.

I used Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro for the motion graphics and editing.

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Nov 13, 2016
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great travel doc
by: Desktop Documentaries

Thanks for sharing Will. Very nicely done! Especially with little planning and limited gear. It's the ultimate desktop documentary. :-)

Oh and congrats on your wedding. Looks like you're off to a great adventurous start!

Nov 14, 2016
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Thank-you :-D
by: Will Snow

Thanks for the kind words, much appreciated and thanks for the share on your Facebook and Twitter pages.

So glad you enjoyed it - it was a long process to get it done, but all worth it in the end.

In February we are off to Costa Rica, so we'll see what footage we return with...

Nov 14, 2016
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Just curious Will. What is your ultimate goal with these documentaries?

Nov 14, 2016
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Re: Distribution
by: Will Snow

Not sure really, I enjoy wildlife photography as a hobby, and as we plan future holidays I've really got the bug for filming them. Partly to cherish the memories, and partly to craft them in to an entertaining story. I've submitted this one to the Adventure Travel Film Festival, so we'll see what happens.

Not sure what distribution options are out there, but happy for this one to live online and hopefully be seen by a few people :)

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