Video intro (pic)I am not exactly sure from where my idea to record the adventure through video originally grew. It might have been from watching other peoples’ cycling videos and thinking I could do that. Whatever the case, I had absolutely no previous filming experience on which to build, so it seemed quite out-of-the-blue that I found myself looking up reviews of video cameras. Having settled on a Panasonic V700 with a Rode Videomic, I first used the camera on a work trip in the Great Victoria Desert, where I recorded a story about what it is like to conduct a biological survey in a remote location. I absolutely loved the process of capturing my work activities on film and immediately knew that filming would become an integral part of the way I recorded my cycle journey. Looking back, it is perhaps not surprising that I would develop an interest in making videos. As a kid growing up obsessed with David Attenborough documentaries, I originally thought I wanted to become a wildlife filmmaker when I got older. While this goal was eventually replaced with a desire to get more involved in the science of wildlife conservation by becoming a zoologist, I guess my early career ideas never truly disappeared.

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Making my first video, filming out of a helicopter (2014)

Maybe it is because my desire to film has been in my subconscious for so long, but I feel I have slipped easily into the role of a videographer. I think it helps that I never have a pre-written script for which I need to find the right shots. Instead, I simply record what I am doing as part of my normal day and the story naturally evolves according to what experiences come along. Rather than shoot anything and everything, I remain conscious about ensuring each shot has a constructive place in the developing story. To this end, I am constantly replaying my recordings in my head so I can pre-empt the kind of shot that will follow on smoothly from the last. The hardest thing I find about filming the journey is getting out the camera when I am physically exhausted or when I don’t want to interrupt a really smooth riding day.

After shooting the work video mentioned above, I didn’t have any further practice at filming prior to commencing my adventure. I had every intention to learn as much as I could before I started, but life was simply too busy in the lead up to my departure. I think being forced to learn in situ has been the perfect way for me to develop my skill set. There will always be much room for improvement in my filming; however, I think I am getting incrementally better with each new video I make and, no matter what comes of my efforts, I am having a lot of fun along the way. I hope that you enjoy watching my videos as much as I enjoy making them. You can watch them on my Video page or by visiting my YouTube channel.

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