Not much is known to the world about the bizarre countries within Central Asia all ending with 'stan. 'Meet the Stans' documents the journey of a group of various skateboarders traveling along the ancient Silk Road traversing China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.
Featuring Dave Bachinsky, Jimmy McDonald, Laurence Keefe, Dan Zvereff, Stas Provotorov, Gosha Konyshev, Walker Ryan, Kenny Reed and Michael Mackrodt.
Directed, Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner
Sponsored by Absurd Skateboards, Element Skateboards and VHS Magazine.
Why is there such an obligatory feeling to work on ones holiday? In most case scenarios, I wouldn't have bothered bringing and burdening myself with my new Nikon toy & its accessories on my week off. But I was going to Myanmar, a nation that I have placed close to my heart and visually strikes me as one of the most photogenic countries I have even seen.
Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner
Motivation by Tobias Ulbrich and Tommy Zhao
Music by Jean-Claude Vannier
Illustrations by Dan Zvereff
For more info, visuals & films on Myanmar such as 'The Mandalay Express' go to visualtraveling.com
The Converse China skateboard team ventured up north to give their neighbor, Mongolia, a week long visit! Besides filming skateboarding in Ulaanbaatar, the troupe journeyed through the chilly Gobi Desert via camels, stayed in traditional yurts and experienced some unwelcoming as well as sketchy situations while trying to just film some maneuvers on rough terrain.
"Where do we land?" features the skateboarding of Keng Qu, Thrasher, Xu Ying, Blackie, Dan Leung and Xiao Xing.
More info: visualtraveling.com or converse.com.cn/
Shot with the Canon 60D DSLR using Canon's 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 lens. Editing and post production done in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5.
Narration Part I: Nehru's speech on the eve of India's Independence.
Narration Part II: Nehru's speech on Gandhi's death.
Music: "Journey to the Line" by Hans Zimmer.
Filmed and edited by Rishi Kaneria.
A Tryst With Destiny:
"Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment, we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity."