I’ve long been a friend of Tripfilms, the New York City-based hub of online travel videos. I’ve only done some minor projects with them, and so I was very excited when they commissioned me to put together two “What to Do in Gili Trawangan” videos.
These were a challenge for me. I have a background in filming and editing thanks to my time working as an underwater videographer. I love being behind the camera, and in front of the editing suite. I’ve enjoyed making my music-video style films from Iceland and Hawaii, but that’s not really the kind of content that Tripfilms commissions. Still, the idea of appearing on film made me cringe! So I compromised and decided to do voiceovers instead. Unfortunately, those still make me wince — I just don’t think hosting is for me! No matter what I do I can’t seem to seem natural. I think that I was trying to avoid sounding like an over caffeinated Minny Mouse, but I kind of swing the other way and sound like a baritone who took a couple Valium. Ah well, it was a fun experiment… but I’m not sure if I’ll do it again unless I can get someone else to do the narration for me. Gili Trawangan is a joy to film in though, and I shot some truly great footage — if I do say so myself!
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Believe it or not, this is my very last Indonesia post. I wanted to share some final photos from my time on Gili Trawangan, as some of my shots reflecting every day life didn’t seem to make it into any posts this time around.
Surely I’ve shared some photographs of colorful rainbows and local markets, but you can’t fault me for wanting to post these one last time, can you?
I don’t ever want to forget my time on this little island, where horses and bicycles are the means of mass transit.
A place where justice is taken to the streets in a method that seems to be from another century.
A place where home is made of four thin walls and a thatch roof.
An island where little creatures will be your new roommates, whether you invited them or not.
Where time is marked by the call of the mosque.
Where “a quiet night over at your friends’ place” translates to “sunset drinks on your pals’ houseboat.”
Where a tough day at the office means a strong current at the dive site.
Where happy people come to play.
Till next time, Gili Trawangan.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the videos! Any advice for
acting/sounding more natural on camera?
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Last chance! I know you guys are like, shut up already about this darn survey! But for those of you who haven’t filled it out yet, there are just a few more days to have your voice heard!