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Story Of My Life

2014’s Resolutions: How Did They Stand Up?

This time last year I published a similar ‘Annual Review’ style series of blog posts, the third and last of which was a forward-looking piece, aimed at setting a few resolutions to overcome the previous year’s ills. It’s been interesting reading back over these words, because I didn’t pin those resolutions to my wall, nor […]

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Story Of My Life

Getting Perspective Down Under (Plus, My One Big Resolution For 2015)

Of the many reasons I came to Australia, the most fundamental was a growing need to let go of the habits and routines I’d fallen into. Tenny and I officially migrated to the UK in 2011 as a married couple, driven largely by the idea that two British citizens would be better than one when it came […]

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Adventure Filmmaking

5 Easy Ways To Massively Boost The Watchability Of Your Travel Videos

Here’s five easy ways to improve the quality of your video footage when you’re on the road. Follow these pointers and the watchability of your travel videos will skyrocket. The text is packed with links to video tutorials on each specific shooting-related topic, so bookmark and study at your leisure. Tip #1: Know your camera. You wouldn’t bake […]

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Adventure Filmmaking

These 5 Secrets Will Make Your Travel Videos Approximately 100 Times Better

Secret 1: Know your story. Know it well before you set off. Good films begin with a clear question and travel towards an answer through a series of shorter scenes linked together, each of which reveals something new — just as in a play. Focussing on this will help you to shoot what’s relevant, not […]

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Adventure Filmmaking

5 Lessons Every Adventure Filmmaker Should Learn About Storytelling

Without a story, your adventure film will fall flat, no matter how interesting you think it is. This article is a crash-course in the building blocks of story, specifically for adventure filmmakers. No two journeys are the same, and so no two videos will tell quite the same story. But regardless of the specifics of your project […]

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Adventure Filmmaking

Some Crucial But Overlooked Elements Of Making A Good Adventure Film

A great number of expeditions and adventures are filmed, especially now the equipment to do so is cheap and accessible. But few projects ever reach the screen. This begs the simple question: Why are so many expedition film projects unsuccessful? The art of filmmaking is broadly misunderstood. It’s not just ‘photography with movement’. That’s cinematography, not […]

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Something’s Happening In The World Of Adventure. And I’m Not Sure I Like It

Let me tell you a little story. A couple of years ago I was invited to give a talk in London. The details were vague, but the gist was this: a small, select group of people would really like to spend a couple of hours hearing about my adventures. In return for my talk, they […]

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Adventure Filmmaking Janapar (2012)

A Day In The Life Of An Adventure Filmmaker On Tour

As all adventurers know, it’s crucial to get a long day’s travelling off to the best possible start. Which is why, whenever circumstances allow, I begin my day with a ubiquitous Full English: Now, while I’d prefer to cycle to every film screening I attend, I all-too-often find myself on the train… …once I’ve waded […]

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Crowdfunding Janapar (2013)

Anatomy Of A Successful Kickstarter Campaign (And What You Should Know Before Launching Yours)

In late 2012 I took a gamble on crowdfunding my first book project. After three weeks of planning and preparation, I clicked the ‘launch’ button early one morning from the comfort of my bed, and nodded off for a little doze. What happened next was this: £300 in pledges had come in before I got […]

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Adventure Filmmaking Janapar (2012)

How To Shoot Your Own Blockbuster Travel Documentary [Video]

Following on from the introduction to wild-camping, the second in this series of comic shorts deals with the difficulties of solo filmmaking. Get involved! Help get the word out about Janapar by sharing this video with the buttons above. (You can join the film’s mailing list if you wish to stay informed more regularly.)