1. Mikael Strandberg
    January 30, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    Well done, Tom, I just wanna add that good contacts are also very defining. If you check what is out there, broad casted, there´s a lot of crap, basically because these people know the right people……whatever you do, don´t let Discovery Channel or National geographic destroy your documentaries. Anyone who ever remembers the name of the person who filmed for one of these companies? I don´t! Go for National Television in each country. Like BBC or SVT of Sweden. Pays much better as well. And at least someone will remember your production. Just getting your film broadcatsed isn´t good enough! Have patience and also believe in your film, because once these fellas will get their hands on it, it will be ruined. Mikael


  2. alvaro neil the bici
    January 30, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

    Nice post as I can see many things that already had happened to me with my latest documentary. I know I have a story and it is good. I could say unique. You can see my trailer on my homepage. But Festival, like BFF not even reply. That is the hardest part of the movie.
    People that supposse to love bikes even don´t reply to you.
    Keep moving, is the only thing I can tell to you and to myself


  3. Adam
    February 1, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    Solid advice, but it’s obviously a lot easier to read the advice than to put it into practice.

    I thing I see quite often with these types of videos is that people may even have great footage that put together properly may make a great narrative, but it all gets lost in the edit. I feel that the edit is where so many amateur productions flounder. I’m no expert, so my main hope is that by at least recognizing the importance of it I personally may squeeze out something worth watching.

    I’m currently working on a four-part project, of which the first two parts (as of now) can be found by clicking the link on my name. It’s such an extremely niche subject that I don’t really expect it to find a wide audience, but my hope is that people who do find the subject(s) interesting will be entertained.


    • Tom
      February 3, 2012 @ 10:26 am

      I agree with you to a certain degree – the edit is where the story is put together, boiled down and given all the shades of colour it needs. And having a working knowledge of editing can also make or break a project during shooting. Those who understand what the editor will be looking for in the raw footage will produce much better material. And good material still has to come first.


  4. Ordinary Bob
    February 9, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Have you tried Banff Film Festival? It’s the adventure festival.


    • Tom
      February 11, 2012 @ 11:06 am

      Hey Bob. Yes, we will be submitting to Banff next time it comes round – thanks for the tip!


  5. Jamie
    April 18, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    I too hope to see more adventure films. I love reading the wonderful advertures that many people have but not many of them have visuals. Trying to have an adventure and operate a camera at the same time can be quite difficult.


    • Tom Allen
      April 18, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

      Yes – not only that, but knowing what needs to be shot to tell a story successfully…


  6. Jason Spafford
    June 19, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

    Hi Tom,

    My partner and I are on a motorcycle trip from the bottom of South America to Alaska and I’m filming our trip. The one thing that I didn’t expect before we set off was how hard it is to produce a story. If I was to produce a film now at this point, It would be rather boring. I would have to call it ‘Jason& Lisa on holiday’! We have had no conflict there has been no hardship, ya the scenery is spectacular but as you say you can’t build a story from that. You could say well you are not using your imagination but I am not usually short on imagination. Hopefully a story will emerge later in our trip and I can work on that.


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