Learn by borrowing and breaking

I was inspired to get a tiny plastic skateboard by Casey Niesetat who uses them to skim though airports and cities, having tried one out it is EXTREMELY satisfying.

Nice closed roads for me to fall off my board.

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It has been said before that a great way to learn quickly is by stealing someone’s style.
Since Casey Niesetat started his daily vlog, there have been a lot of copy cats.
Casey comments on it in the “Short Skirts and Rip Off Artists”

As it was my last couple of weeks in Switzerland I thought I wanted to steal some of his techniques and document the things I got up to.

It made me realise how much effort it is to create a video like Niesetat, always thinking of the story to direct edit whilst in the moment.
Making sure I had establishing shots to help the audience understand what is about to happen was the easy part. Pushing my self to remember to not just film when I was board, but anticipate when something interesting may just about to happen was harder.

Overall as a learning project, it worked well. Dealing with a huge amount of footage as well as retrospectively noticing what footage I was missing to make a compelling story will come in useful on future projects.

A great youtuber who I follow (DSLR Guide) recently posted the How to “Make a Travel Video” which goes through some of the issues I was happening and how to over come them.

Ultimately I broke the tiny plastic skateboard testing the limits if what it could do, what a handy metaphor for a blog post…

I wonder what I will break next.

Watch my other videos

I’m On a Boat (with 15 other land lubbers) 
Rome in 6 minutes 
Making a Splash with Summer Visitors
(Facebook) Memories of Madrid

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