The personal project started out as an idea - why not travel around Azerbaijan for a month and create a video showing how beautiful the country is. A major improvement to the idea came with a thought of using a drone for aerial footage and using camera angles no one used there before.
But the sheer size of the task was only realised during research of places to film: there were so many of them, each one presenting its own challenge, and just one month was simply not enough to cover them all.
So I decided to concentrate on fewer places and more footage. Well, the weather didn't agree with much I attempted over the month. Logistical issues didn't help either.
Still, 30 days, 3000+ km of driving (on and off-road), 100+ km of flying, 7+ hours of footage, 160+ hours editing - all resulted in this 4 minute video, showing highlights of just a few of the places I did manage to film in Azerbaijan.
Producer: Natan Schottenfels
Directed, Shot & Edited by Vania Heymann
Written, Starring & Original Soundtrack by Daniel Koren
1st AD: Rebecca Israel
1st AC & 2nd Camera: Eyal Cohen
Grip: Martin Flores, Nigel Mckain
Drone Pilot: Joshua White
Actors: Karen Stefano, Robert Basile
Special thanks to Claudio Marquez and Ofer Levy
Executive Producers: Kerstin Emhoff, Ali Brown, Candice Dragonas, Andy Gulliman, Juliette Larthe, Margo Mars
Production Company: PRETTYBIRD