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.
Following the recent events that took place in Syria, people all over the world used to see this country like it presented by media. I have been twice there and can assure you Syria is a wonderful land with its age-old traditions and unique culture. First, I came to Syria together with my friends in August 2010. That's exactly when I shot my first video about the place. Later Blake Whitman showed it on vimeo.com HD channel. The movie was warmly met and watched by a great number of people, what gave me an opportunity to take part in another project in Syria in February this year. It was a documentary about the country made in 20 days. I was DOP in a second unit. The video you see I made together with my friend from my Syrian shot here, at home. I wish people remembered Syria a great and marvelous country like it really is! Thank you!
Director of photography: Ruslan Fedotow
Edit/color: Artem Yakimov
Canon 5D mark2, 16-35mm 2,8L II, 24-70mm 2,8L, 70-200mm 2,8 IS L II, Glidetrack. Editing and color in Sony Vegas 10.
Special thanks: vimeo.com, Blake Whitman, artwarecorp.com, dslrvideo.ru, Marta Khvastova, Dasha Kovaleva, Andrew Mikhnuik.