In 2012, I rode my bike from my front door in Copenhagen to Istanbul. It took 31 days, 3000 kilometers, 10 countries and too many people to name them all.
I wanted to shoot 1 sec every day, but it ended up being less methodical.
special thanks: all the people I met on the road. svend for sharing the journey. my mom.
filmed with a gopro hd hero.
inspired by cesar kuriyama
Everything was shot (and edited for the first 2 months using the iMovie app) on an iPhone 5. For the 3rd month, I imported the project into my computer and used Final Cut Pro X to edit. See below for the rules I made for myself.
- I won't film anything that didn't actually happen: e.g. practicing the guitar just to get a shot of me playing an instrument.
- It's OK to re-do something *in the moment* in order to get my shot: e.g. asking somebody to repeat an action *they just did*.
- If I can't get the shot (typically of me doing something), it's OK to hand off and ask somebody else to do it.
- Story over spontaneity: e.g. I might select a shot that inherently communicates what's happening/something more interesting vs. a random moment from a day. Took a while to decide on this one, but it makes the finished piece more accessible to people who don't know me.
- No effects added in post-, like speeding up or filters. Although I may tweak the audio levels later—not sure yet.
Began on November 15, 2012, so month 1 has Thanksgiving in there, along with the first same-sex marriages in Washington State. Month 2 has Christmas and a visit to Senator Patty Murray's office. Month 3 has a trip to the Creating Change conference and more comprehensive immigration reform events.
You should try it too! You can totally do it with just a (smart) phone.