I made this video on a long journey of more than a year around the world. I brought back around 120 hours of rushes and 40,000 photos of this trip which took us through 14 countries on 3 continents, and I made a short summary of 7 minutes.
The idea was to invite people to travel and reflect on the passage of time.
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I wanted to pay tribute to the beauty of natural landscapes with a selection of my favorite aerial shots shot during our year around the world, by telling the story of one day on Earth, from sunrise to sunset.
I had about ten hours of footage from which I wanted to take out only 5 minutes, with particular attention paid to colors and natural sounds.
My idea for this video was to create visual continuity on what constituted a long trek spread over 18 days, where we crossed 3 countries, starting from Austria, passing through Germany and ending in Italy. The transitions had to be mostly thought of on the very site of the trek, which required constant attention to find interesting connections, while combining different shooting methods (hyperlapes, timelapses, stabilized shots with a gimbal, etc.). It took a lot of improvisation and attention to the environment we were going through to make this video.
During the year-long round the world trip we have changed the planned route more than once. We did not go to some of the expected countries to give preference to others that were not planned. This is the case of Vanuatu. We watched Werner Herzog’s documentary Into the Inferno during our long journey, and its images of volcanoes left such an impression on us that we decided to stop in Vanuatu while crossing Oceania. Volcanoes had already become a recurring motif on our trip.
From the private taxi plane which lands and takes off on a dirt track covered with grass to the impenetrable and inhospitable jungle of this island where black magic is still practiced, and where cannibalism was still current less than 50 years ago, not to mention the acidic and toxic rain and of course these 2 active volcanoes containing lava lakes and which can erupt at any time, the adventure was intense! We have climbed a dozen volcanoes during this year of travel, most of them still active, even going up to more than 6000m for one of them in Peru, but it is this volcano that will remain forever etched in our memories.
The isolation of this island is so extreme that the only way to leave without one of the 2 usual bi-weekly aircrafts of 16 seats, is to use a private taxi or take a tiny motor boat which will be left for a few hours at the mercy of the elements of an ocean always raging in this part of the globe. The alert level of volcanoes regularly prevents its access beyond a radius of 3 km around the crater, which includes most of a desolate caldera where a shy vegetation tries a difficult fight on a black ground of ashes.
The specificity of this project was to trek in total autonomy for 10 days, in one of the last wildest areas in Europe, known as the European Alaska, where bears live and where there is only one emergency telephone in the center of the park, at 3 days walk from the nearest people living.
In these fairly extreme isolation conditions, we had taken with us a solar panel to recharge the batteries of the camera during the 2 weeks that we were going to spend without electricity.