This is a clip sailing in a rain storm. It is a very raw clip, but around 2:05 you can see the boat tacking. If you go to this video you will either need to drag the screen on a computer to move around the video, or on a phone, click the title to open in Youtube, and move your device around in the air and the accelerometers in your phone will intuitively move the video around so that you can see the footage from the camera’s point of view. This is the first clip I have uploaded as a 360 video, and I thought you might enjoy seeing the footage. Let me know what you think in the comments on this video experiment!
Stonehenge is overrated. Carthage must fall.
Tough day, huh.
Today was my birthday, and I flew to Paris on the 737 dreamliner. It was smoothest flight over the Atlantic I’ve ever had. I started to get excited when I first saw the classic French countryside that charms even the coldest hearts.
After I arrived, I ended up taking an Uber because my parents offered to pay, but the best option would be the 10 euro train into the city. My parents just finished with their trip to Togo, and planned to stop in Paris for a decompression before the haul back to the states. I figured it was the perfect opportunity for me to crash their trip, have Gilly come down from London, and introduce everyone! We all caught up at Le Champs De Mars over drinks and Escargot. It was just as boujie as it sounds, and I wouldn’t recommend it cause it was terribly expensive and just out of view from the Eiffel Tower.
My parents debriefed us on their trip, and my dad in proper fashion showed us all of the open wounds of doing general surgery in one of the most remote areas of the African bush during the meal. I love that nothing has changed since I was kid. Chatting and showing visceral images over dinner. I am very grateful for these humans.
We have a few more days in the city together, and my jetlag is going to hit me hard tomorrow. For now, I am going to revel in the romance of the city with the people I love. I am staying at Hotel Comtesse and it is in a great location with view of the Eiffel Tower from every room. The Paris charm is at full tilt.
1. Wear Solid and Neutral Colors, NO PATTERNS
For technical reasons, patterns do not come off well on camera. Stripes, especially vertical, have this optical glitch called a moire effect. It is distracting, and will take away from what you are saying. For fashionable reasons, patterns are tacky and do not age well. While you are at it do not wear all white or all black or any green. You may be on green screen. PRO TIP: wear something that has convenient placement for a clip lavalier microphone just below your chin. PRO TIP: bring a backup outfit just in case your outfit clashes with the backdrop.
2. Do Not Chat Equipment
This one is just a pet peave of mine, but it would be greatly appreciated if you do not comment or share how much you know about camera equipment. We do not care about how much you know or want your opinion about the setup. If we had a bigger budget of course everything would be higher end, but we don’t, and we don’t want to be reminded of the money we don’t have. Pro Tip: try not to utter, “lights, camera, action”, “that’s a wrap”, or “ready for my close up”. You are not the director.
3. Use Full Sentences
The key to the interview is clean succinct sound bites. When the interviewer cues you with the question you should reword the question such that the answer is complete with context to the question. Likely the interviewer is not on camera or mic’d.
4. Do Not Speak With Your Hands
When you use your hands it will distract the viewer and at times make it hard to edit because your hands are up and then perhaps in your lap. Also, this prevents you from making sounds that the mic will pickup like clapping, scratching, touching the mic on your chest, and general body movements.
5. Sit Still And Hold Your Posture
When you go on camera get comfortable in the way you will sit for the entirety of the interview. The cameras will be framed to you and focused at that point. If you move around you will go out of focus and/or out of frame. Also, it brings more gravity to what you are saying rather than how you look.
6. Do Not Wear Loose Jewelry
Audio is very important and loose jewelry will make noise. Try not to wear necklaces other than delicate single chain minimalist styles. No hanging metallic earrings or bracelets that jingle.
7. Know The Talking Points
Any good production will have sent you the prep doc with all the questions. Have a good idea of what you are going to say, and feel free to glance at your own notes in between bits. Understand the goal of the project and cater your expertise to that vision. The interviewer should more simply be promoting you to the next point rather than an off the cough response. Of course new information you bring may result in a deeper dive on that question, but be prepared with a full response. This creates better sound bites, better conversation, and easier post production.
8. You Are The Expert
Let this empower you to be enthusiastic about what you are saying. Share you ideas with confidence, and be comfortable that you are supposed to be there sharing your knowledge. It is important to be secure with your yourself because it will make it a stronger production. Also, feel free to share extra comments at the end if you think you have ideas or concepts that are pertinent to the topic, but were not covered in the designated questions.
9. Expect To Be Interrupted
This is because the set will need to be adjusted wether it’s lighting, battery changes, audio levels, or to pause for sirens etc. It’s not about you, it’s about capturing the best footage and audio.
10. Take A BTS Photo
You did it! You finished the interview! Now ask the camera operator or PA to snap any kind of behind the scenes photo of you with your phone so you can share it. Build the hype and show your audience! It’s fun!
Some of it may sound a little harsh, but I just finished filming a docuseries with over 80 interviews over the course of a month, and I’m tired. The inexperienced peeps and the overly eager peeps drained me and my time and now I have to edit that ish. Use these tips, and you’ll do great! Just get in and get out and the whole crew will love you. You probably are not the only interview for that day so respect the crew’s time for setup, breakdown, and everything in between. We still have to edit your footage and listen to you many times over. No pressure, you’ll do great, but keep it succinct, short, and sweet.
I spent Christmas this year with my parents and close family friends sailing off the coast of Belize on a 48 ft Moorings catamaran named ‘Blew Nowhere’.
We anchored at random cayes which is pronounced like keyes and made food together for every meal. We anchored most nights. The islands per se were underdeveloped at best or often simply just a colony of mangroves. We covered around 100 nautical miles over the span of 6 days and ran out of rum on the 3rd day. Note to self for next trip. more booze, Cigars, And More fruit. There were no restaurants or provision shops to restock our kitchen like European or more popular Caribbean cruising locations. Overall this cruising area had a more remote vibe than more established cruising areas of the world like the BVI or Greece and Croatia. In more established areas you can typically pull into a port pickup a mooring, settle in, and dingy in for dinner with several options for dinner and sometimes a whole city to explore. In Greece and Croatia we rented scooters and cruised around the islands. Here in Belize the islands are sprinkled throughout a barrier reef, with no major populations, and almost always no beach, but it is beautiful. It is has a much more off the grid feeling. You don’t see very many boats around and so I felt it was somewhat untouched.
The water is warm, the Belizean people are timid yet very kind, and I didn’t get sunburned. We played tons of card games, got up to 9.7kts speed in a storm, and did i mention we ran out of rum?
I curiously enjoyed staring down the drop off sections of the reefs. It’s very mysterious and i just waited to glimpse sooomething peaking out. What is it, 5% of the ocean we’ve explored? It’s like staring into the deep end of earth. It makes my imagination go crazy. What 👏is👏down👏there👏? Speaking of what is down there, this landmark in Belize called the Great Big blue hole is what drives a lot of coastal tourism. We were not able to go to it because it was too far for our 1 week trip. I will be back to see it one day!
Sailing is incredibly relaxing and fantastically adventurous. Before living in a van I originally wanted to live on a boat. There’s nothing like being on water, but van life makes more sense at this time in my life. I do already have the captain’s license.
I have a passion for sailing because my Dad has always loved sailing. We do have different styles though. He tends to tweak the lines in an effort to optimize the boat’s performance while I like to put it in auto pilot and enjoy the distance I am from civilization. He likes to race, and I like the simplicity it can bring, but we both love the adventure. Here is a photo of us at the 2013 America’s cup in SF.
Overall, sailing in Belize is pretty far out there. It’s like driving an RV out to a very remote location in the desert with lots of gas, food, and water. You don’t have cell service or WiFi, and so the only real connection is a VHF radio that may also be out of range. You get the weather forecast from 9-9:30 on channel 74 and set sail accordingly. In a sense it is my favorite way to be around nature. It’s the greatest form of glamping. It was wonderful to spend Christmas with my family on a boat in Belize, and now I am looking forward to spending New Years with friends in LA.