Travel Filmmaking – The New Hobby

Before you move a next muscle and continue reading, click here or on the image below. The link will take you immediately to a video I recently made, which is what is oftenic-for-post referred to as a travel video. The idea behind it is in the name, yet people like Jay Alvarrez and Sam Kolder call themselves travel filmmakers because instead of creating a plain montage of their vacation somewhere, they add in artistic moods. Below are a few tips on how you can do that as well! The points made are reasonably vague, yet they are enough to simply get you started on your filmmaking journey.

Appropriate Equipment

The most popular filming camera for travelers is the GoPro, yet professional filmmakers will go on to purchase DSLR cameras like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. For a furthermore artistic film, many videographers will also have drones, the most famous of which is the Phantom series. Drones are examples of accessories, and accessories are always needed to go along with your camera. Anything varying from tripods to lenses are accessories and are needed to provide a diversity of images with you camera.

Visual Ideas

This is perhaps are very obvious one, but as a filmmaker, you need to be able to know what to look for and what to also avoid in regard to what you can capture in your film. Also, it is notable that you do not always need to have a very interesting location in order to produce a successful video. Along with the rest of the points listed in this article, you can make almost the most boring of videos. Keep reading! 

Editing Software

This is one of the most crucial steps towards producing a good film image. The most popular editing softwares would have to be Adobe’s depthful programs Premiere Pro CC alongside After Effects CC. Other popular editing programs include Final Cut Pro, followed by some simpler ones like iMovie and Cyberlink PowerDirector. A lot of the more effective programs will require payment, yet they are definitely worth their price.

Editing: Colour Editing and Colour Grading

Colour editing and grading have recently become one of the most significant editing strategies. Their effects are quite outstanding if these effects are used properly and with knowledge. To learn how to do these correctly based on the editing program they will be used in, there are many useful YouTube tutorials. There is also a previous article on The Kookoo Talk that briefly walked through colour editing and colour grading and the differences between these. You can read it here


I have begun to realise the significance of the choice of background music in a film. It is so important that you choose a fit song and add in appropriate sound effects if needed. There’s nothing that puts a watcher off more than having to listen to a dull or insanely famous song for 4 minutes.

Time Duration of the Video

Typical filmmakers’ videos duration will be anywhere from 1 minute to 8 minutes. However, not all videos remain as entertaining after 5 minutes. In my opinion, the best length of a video would be 2-3 minutes. Anything less than that might be a little too short, which is funny-sounding but can affect the watcher in the way that it gives the impression that there is not enough footage to be put in the video itself.

As mentioned before, these are only some of the abundant tips you can have before you go on your travel adventure and film all of it. These are just the basic things anyone should know, while if you are very serious into travel filmmaking, it is important to always be on the lookout for inspiration and film advice. Always take notes and never delete footage off your computer because you never know when information like that will ever come to use in the future.

If you have any film results you would like some feedback on or if you have any questions left, feel free to leave them in the comments or through our Contact page. The TKT Crew will leave a reply shortly!

Article by Bianca Lazar


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