Originally Posted by dc_publius
Those are some great questions from Decoy Octopus...
In my travel, I noticed that the more I carry, the more it limits me. Having 5K in electronics in my bag+cash+etc definitely played in my decision to not stay in hostels (I had some minor things stolen in the past), camping in organized campgrounds, and rough camping. Going to some places, I wanted to bring my camera but at the same time I was afraid to bring it.
I wonder how much footage you took in total, also...
And how you approached what you filmed and when, and how often...
I can definitely relate to these concerns. I was borderline paranoid at times (for no reason) about where my camera was and it's safety. I resolved this by keeping it with or near me at most times. I didn't find this all that inconvenient, or as much as I thought it'd be. Just find a nice pack to carry it in that isnt too bulky.
I came across two filmmakers who had more gear then me (mics, audio equipment, more lenses) and they used a pacsafe so they didnt have to lug everything around. Something worth looking into if it gives you more peace of mind.
In total, I'd estimate I took 2-3 hours of footage (pretty small amount). The last country I was in (India) I took maybe 5-6 hours. And that was only over a 3 month span.
Hmmm, how I approached what I filmed. I try to familiarize myself a bit with where I am, whos around me. I planned some shots, but most were just improv. As in I would just have the camera near me, like the lighting/look of something. Go grab it. Take 15 seconds of it a couple times till I liked it.
I had the idea set in mind to use this song, so I knew I wouldn't be using longer shots, which made the way I filmed and how I recorded a bit easier. It just came down to getting pretty shots.
I didn't start filming a lot until India. To the point of being obsessed at times. I am hoping to put something together with all that footage, and have started editing a bit. But we'll see.