How to film people in your travel films – Making of Don’t go to Taiwan #1

How to film people in your travel films – Making of Don’t go to Taiwan #1


Hey Tolt! I was wondering how do you
film people in your travel films? Are you serious like can’t you see I’m in the
middle something oh yeah well… Are you serious of I was filming
her okay let’s get this over with hey GlobeTolters!
welcome to the first part of the making of “Don’t go to Taiwan” if you
haven’t seen the video yet make sure you click right there before I share some
basic tips on how to film people in your travel films I think it’s essential to
talk about gear so for this project here is all the gear we used a Sony a7III
and a Sony a7RII filming me right now on which we mounted a 2470 G master
and a 1635 G master and a 24 millimeter 1.4 these cameras and lenses
are pretty great they can pretty much adapt to any lighting conditions and the
image quality is really amazing for filming we mainly used the 2470 this lens
is so versatile it can probably cover 90% of your needs you can shoot
close-ups wide shots and held following shots and even extremely close-up shots
that kind of look like macro even though it’s not really macro provided you have
ND filters of course the 1635 is also great for filming but we mainly used it
for landscapes and some face cam vlogging shots even though you can also
use it for medium shots and get a very nice bokeh we didn’t use the 24
millimeter so much except for low-light shots for which it’s wide aperture can
be very handy we also have a sony alpha 6300 on which we mounted a 10 18
millimeter we actually only use this one on a Crane Plus gimbal because it’s
important to have a light and compact setup when you’re traveling and having
long day shoots last we did our drone shots with a parrot Anafi I really
like this drone because it’s very compact and easy to fly and now let’s
get back to the first question how do I film people in my Travel films the first thing you should know before
you film someone is whether you want the fourth wall to be broken or not for
those who are not familiar with the concept it basically is a performance
convention in which an imagined wall separates actors from the audience for
filmmaking a performer ignoring the camera means the fourth wall is not
broken do you want people to be acknowledging the camera or do you just
want to steal natural moments I personally like to mix traveling is
about discovering customs so I like to capture locals in their spontaneous
daily lives the travelling is also about meeting and bonding with people and
looking into their eyes is probably the best way for the audience to experience
this feeling sounds pretty obvious but filming someone without him or her
knowing is the best way to get a candid reaction but don’t get me wrong
I’m saying you can get it afterwards because unless you’re using a telephoto
lens the person will eventually notice you’re filming her or him and when she
or he notices a smile is generally sufficient to get an implicit consent if
you’re not comfortable with filming sneakily don’t be afraid to ask
depending on the country you’re visiting you will probably have people saying no
but it shouldn’t break your confidence it’s better to get a no than waste a
potential yes just out of fear and trust me a big smile usually convinces most
people if you’re filming someone who actually agreed to perform for you the
best way to get a natural performance is to have your actor forget that is being
filmed and this works with both amateurs and professionals to do so you only need
to have your performer distracted by making him focus on an action it doesn’t
have to be complicated a simple direction like grab this or keep doing
what you are doing usually works pretty well imperceptible expressions can say a
lot and to make sure you get those tiny facial gestures you need to shoot as
much as possible and in slow motion the good thing with sony cameras is you can
switch custom settings very quickly so whenever I’m about to film someone I
switched to my slow-mo setting that’s how you get those essential eye blinks
frowns and smiles that give character to your film don’t forget that you’re not
filming an animal or an object so even if the language barrier makes it harder
take the time to actually share a moment with the person you can explain what you
are doing you can say where you’re from and try to learn about the human being
you’re facing it will not only help your subject relax and treat the camera as a
person but you can also end up with a very nice story to tell on your other
social media the portraits I post on my Instagram tend to have way more
engagement when I tell the story of my subjects and of course it will make your
travel experience way better that’s it for my tips on how to film people in
your travel videos make sure you like if you enjoyed this video and feel free
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  1. Très bonne vidéo 🙂 perso comme je suis très timide j'ose jamais demander aux gens de les filmer pour mes vidéos ^^'

  2. Un grand merci pour la magnifique vidéo sur Taiwan !
    Merci de présenter mon pays sous un angle différent, j'en suis fan !!

  3. Et pour ceux qui ne sont pas très à l'aise en anglais, j'ai aussi fait une vidéo en français à propos du matériel que j'utilise : https://youtu.be/-1YW6oQHEGg

  4. Don’t be afraid to ask —> true!
    Don’t be destroyed your confidence if someone say no —> true!
    Smile ——-> true !
    💕💕💕

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