February 3, 2016 at 3:01PM, Edited February 3, 3:36PM

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Check out my Iceland video.

https://youtu.be/fMRw-Drn9i4
Would like some comment and advice to improve for my next video. Also how can I promote my video to get more audience?

Filmed with Blackmagic pocket camera at prores 422 24fps and 30fps for slowmo.

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Thanks for posting. You have some nice shots in there, but there are also a lot of mediocre shots that seem like they're from amateur vacation home videos. You need to decide what you're trying to say with your video and then edit it accordingly. This piece would be much stronger if it was a third as long and only contained your best shots. I can tell that you tried to stabilize some of these shots in post, but some stabilization while shooting would have really helped. Keep up the good work!

February 4, 2016 at 12:39PM

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David Summers
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Thank you David. Some of the mediocre shots were shot with JVC action cam, I added some in to make it look fun instead of just scenario shots. Will keep it up for the next project.

February 5, 2016 at 1:37AM, Edited February 5, 1:38AM

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Zheng Hao
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Similar to what Summers said. You do have some beautiful shots, but everything in this vacation video seems to just be thrown together. Every shot seems to cut far to early and the beautiful landscape footage seems like it doesn't sit long enough. On top of that, the opening with the airplane is probably the simplest way to say "I'm going on a vacation". You went to Iceland man! Spice it up! Open up with something extreme, showing off the landscape. The title already suggested that you were in Iceland, there's no need for the audience to see that you are on a plane heading to Iceland.

One great trick would just be think about what you want to see in a vacation video. Would you watch a video similar to yours if it was some random person?

Besides that, it was nice, some shots were out of focus which wasn't much of an issue because of how quick everything went. Fantastic post and I hope to see you put out another project featuring some more beautiful shots.

February 5, 2016 at 6:12PM

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Daymian S. Mejia
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Thank you for the tips! Appreciate it. Will try some creative opening too on the next project.

February 6, 2016 at 6:48AM

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Zheng Hao
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Hey. I'm back with some more content. This post was recently put up. - http://nofilmschool.com/2016/02/learn-how-film-captivating-scenes-direct...

The Director, Brandon Li makes these really beautiful videos that are basically videos of him traveling.

https://vimeo.com/rungunshoot/videos

There's a link to his vimeo. It's really interesting because they feel like tourist type of videos but are seriously story driven. It's beautiful.

I hope that is the most helpful to you because I certainly find his videos inspiring.

February 22, 2016 at 3:41PM

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Daymian S. Mejia
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Thank you for sharing, indeed Brandon Li's videos are really inspiring! I wish i should have seen this earlier and learn from him! Anyway I've just came back from another trip and made a new travel video. https://youtu.be/DLeIsM28gPg

April 9, 2016 at 2:34AM

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Zheng Hao
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