Using a high-energy and high-tech approach, this film documents our relaxing summer vacation in Hossegor, France.

Hossegor (name changed to OZGR for the title) is a seaside town located in the far southwestern corner of France. It has long been one of the premier surfing locations in Europe, with a series of world class beach breaks such as Gravière and La Nord. It holds the Quiksilver Pro France contest every year in September.

Since we live in Geneva, Switzerland we decided to split the 10-hour drive (each way) into two segments by spending one night in Carcassonne on the way there and another night in Arles on the way back. While in Hossegor we also drove a bit further south to visit San Sebastian, Spain. The rest of the time was either spent at the beach, shopping or visiting with friends.

Carcassonne, our first stop, is a must-see on any trip through this part of southern France. Its medieval core, the cité, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. Set high up on a hill, Carcassonne’s ancient walled city is Disneyworld-perfect with a fairy-tale collection of drawbridges, towers and atmospheric cobbled streets.

The footage in this video is mainly from my Nikon D90, which I had purchased a few months earlier. My main objective was to make timelapses (mainly of the night sky with less light pollution than in Geneva), but I also wanted (and managed) to get some nice panoramics. Back at home, the project "quickly" grew into a full-blown special effects fest, which tested (and grew) my After Effects abilities. I also transitioned (finally) to Premiere Pro for this project.

Most people don't realize how much time it takes to create these videos, full of timelapses and post-production special effects. My usual rule of thumb is that it takes about 1 hour to complete 1 minute of finished video (this includes time to find the right music). For this project I probably can multiply that figure by a factor of 3 or 4 due to the # of photos that were morphed and the amount of timelapse sequences that needed to be rendered. 75-80 hours of work sounds about right ... for under 23 minutes of finished film!

In the end, I'm very pleased with the result ... especially since this project pushed me to learn many new skills (including my new camera). I hope you like it ...

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