My second travel film, 24 Hours in Colombo, has been posted! This video was difficult for me and a real challenge as both an editor and storyteller. “Why?”, you ask. Keep reading to find out.
Sri Lanka was my only my second attempt at filming my travels and it soon became clear I had much to learn. My first attempt was in Kentucky and the one take-away from that trip was that I knew absolutely nothing about filmmaking! It was a humbling experience.
So why was this video set in Colombo so difficult to make? Coverage. What’s “coverage”? This is a filmmaking concept that, simply put, means did you film enough stuff to tell your story? I planned (over-planned would be more accurate) the various shoots across Sri Lanka in advance. I had a general idea of what I wanted to film and the story I wanted to tell at each location (all of which went out the window upon my arrival at each destination). I didn’t anticipate making a video about Colombo and therefore didn’t film a lot in the capital city.
What I didn’t know about, despite all my planning, was that Ashley and I would be in Colombo for Navam Perahera. You can read more about it here. This festival culminates in a massive parade through central Colombo. “A parade?,” you ask, “How quaint.” You would be sorely mistaken. This is the most incredible parade I have ever seen. We took our seats and weren’t expecting much, but we were blown away! I couldn’t turn my camera off; every second was a new photo opportunity.
I knew I wanted to share this with the audience, but it became obvious I didn’t have enough coverage. I probably started this video over from scratch at least three times trying to tell a decent story, and I’m glad I was finally able to pull it together. Now I present it to you and I hope you enjoy!
Please subscribe to my YouTube channel to watch the next episode coming soon! Ashley and I our joined by Ryan and we travel north by train to Dambulla, in the heart of the Cultural Triangle. We explore the Dambulla Cave Temples and go on safari! Stay tuned…