In Japan documents a 10 day trip through parts of Japan including Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and Koyasan. In all 912 GB of footage was generated - much of it was garbage but there were loads of clips that I wanted to include but left out. There is nothing I dislike more than travel films with long and boring introductions, segments with no action, and repeat clips of the same location. I hope I didn't commit any of those travel film transgressions with In Japan.
To give you an idea of what it takes to make something like this, it takes a lot. I was traveling alone so I had the freedom to shoot all day and sometime into the evening. I could go to places that no reasonable person would go including the Toto toile show room to shoot some toilets which, ultimately didn't make the final cut. I could also go back and shoot things again if they didn't turn out as planned. For example, I there was a typhoon that hit while I was in Koyasan so I needed to go back and reshoot the cemetery the next day because all of the original footage had raindrops on the lens and segments of the cemetery were closed because of the typhoon.
Traveling alone also afforded me the opportunity to do stupid things like spend an entire afternoon visiting the Budo in Kyoto to get a single second of Kendo footage.
Because I was traveling alone I could also get up at the crack of dawn, stay up late editing, and eat my meals in the hotel room so I didn't waste time with restaurants. You might gasp at this but this isn't all that weird. In Japan the food at the food courts in the malls is exceptional. Go there. Get take out. Not weird at all. I do not think something like this is possible while traveling with others unless they are fully committed to your project.
I also traveled with a stupid amount of gear. Lugging around a 70-200 lens is sheer stupidity but the sumo segment would not have been possible without it. Traveling with two camera bodies is probably excessive but necessary if one broke. Bringing a gimbal is necessary. Looking back, at least where I was in Japan, I was never more than an hour away from a camera store that had anything I could ever ask for. If I had done it again, I would travel with a little less equipment knowing that I could replace anything at a moments notice.
For a full run down of the equipment I used, some more notes on locations and shooting in Japan, and other travel tips, please visit the Behind the Scenes section of my website. Direct link: breedfreakphoto.com/in-my-bag-japan-edition/
If you dig this, please check out creators like Brandon Li and Matty Brown. Those guys pretty much defined the travel genre for me.