It’s now the last day of March and I have been back from my trip for about 2 weeks. I’m not sure where the time went, or what I did with it, but needless to say, I haven’t made much progress on editing. I took a lot of footage from the road and at our various stops, and I really don’t want to rush putting together a final video. So, I have decided to switch the road trip video deadline to the end of April.
However, I would feel guilty if I didn’t post something for this month. While on the road (somewhere in North Carolina), I attempted my first timelapse video. I’m pretty happy with the results (minus the dead bug on the windshield that can be seen throughout). This led me to try a few more timelapses and I’ve compiled them into the clip below.
Over the next month I’ll update with more stories, photos and clips from the road. In the meantime, let me know what you think of the timelapses above. Feel free to leave suggestions and tips.
Today I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my road trip will start on Jack Kerouac’s birthday (March 12th). Kerouac’s writing has been one of my main inspirations for exploring the American roads. Will this have an influence on my film?
This month’s film is going to be a little different than the others. Namely, because I don’t actually know what it will be yet. No, I haven’t exhausted the well of creative inspiration just yet. I’m just approaching this one from a different perspective. Let me explain…
Next week I will be taking a road trip down south with my girlfriend, Leslie. I haven’t spent much time in the south, and rather than plan a trip to a specific destination, I thought it would be a good idea to get in the car and see several in one shot. Our destinations will be (in order): Charleston, SC; Miami, FL; Orlando, FL; and Raleigh, NC. Of these four cities, Miami is in the only one I have been to. Our plans are rather vague-we have the schedule set and the hotels booked, but aside from seeing a Miami Heat game and visiting DisneyWorld (my first time if you can believe it… I was a deprived child…), we’re going to more or less take the days as they come.
I will have my camera with me, and will be shooting along the way. But what the final product will look like remains to be seen. It may be a travelogue-type piece, a short based on a destination/experience or a series of shorts. The idea of a road trip is often paired with a stream of consciousness aesthetic, allowing ideas to formulate as new experiences are encountered. I’ll be applying the same approach to my film. I’m hoping that Leslie will even get involved and do some shooting herself. Now I need to go fill up the tank…