Ok, so I am a complete novice and I'm aiming high but this is what I want to attempt to do.
In two months time we will be travelling to Uluru (Ayers rock) from Perth - Western Australia.
The entire trip will take about 6 weeks. We will be on our own, completely self sufficient.
I want to put together a documentary of the trip- aimed at off road travellers, highlighting the beauty of some of the remote/desert country in these areas as well as providing information on the various tracks that we will be travelling on - ie- degree of difficulty (though these can change due to different factors)
In short I want it to be interesting to anyone thinking about travelling that route - or to the destinations we have in mind along the journey. (Uluru being the highlight of the trip, but there will be many more interesting landscapes to be explored along the way.)
So here's what I think I need to do.
First of all I need to completely understand how my new camera works,
(I am buying a JVC Everio HD7) and spend the next two months practising filming with it under all kinds of variable outdoor situations. Like I said I really am a novice! (I've only had SD camera's in the past.)
I need to thoroughly research the areas we are going to be travelling through and TO and dig up any interesting facts, history (old ruins etc), geographical type interesting facts - wildlife or flora typical to certain areas?
It's no good getting there and not knowing WHAT to film I'm thinking - although some things might need to be researched when we get back.
Maybe even the names of aboriginal tribal communities in certain areas. Some roads require fee's to drive across as they are on aboriginal land.
Places in which to buy fuel and stock up on food (reporting on fuel and food prices along the way will be a MUST)
Campgrounds.... (Reporting on the various campsites and what amenities (showers/laundry ete) are avaliable along the way is also a necessity)
To make the footage more interesting is really where I'm going to get stuck I think and this particularly ( though anything I have written I'd love to recieve advice on!) is where I am asking for help.
I know I will have to remember to film things like signs along the way - names of roads - names of towns we might pass through...
What I don't know is how I am going to get across the sheer remote-ness of some of these areas.
There are places where it is SO flat that you can almost see the earths curvature on the horizen.
I want to get THAT across - the complete isolation and vast expanse of the outback.
I guess some limited panning........... Filming the car from a distance (I'll have to get out and walk a fair way) driving up the dirt roads....
Should I include things like actually setting up camp? The "domestic" side of the journey. The kids etc? And how much of it?
Don't want to turn it into a "family" video, but then again families might be who will be interested in doing such a trip?
I'd like a few campfire shots. How best to do this?
I think I'm going to need some additional lighting but I'm not sure what or how we will run it.
(We only have an inverter in the car that runs a light with a normal light bulb.)
If I'm wanting to show some of the time frame of the journey...."The next day". How best to do that?
Seems a bit corny to keep showing sunset or sunrise shots to mark the passing of days.
Six weeks is too long to do it as a "day one, day two of the trip etc" journal type thing.
But somehow I need to communicate just how long the journey will take - emphasizing the expanse of the country. Maybe just in the narration afterwards?
In fact six weeks is a heck of a long time full stop - to be encapsulated into one video!
I think this is what I am most concerned about.
Anyway, all just random thoughts here.
I would appreciate ANY advice on how best to try and do this.
We are wanting to make this as informative and as interesting as possible.
We have watched other amateur looking documentaries of similar trips (that have been SOLD!) and quite frankly it bored us to tears mainly because of the TERRIBLE narration, things like sliding wipes in the editing and endless zooms which just become irritating after a while.
A huge task, yes.
A learning experience for sure!
Are we aiming too high? Probably, but we have a real passion for the outback and what better place to start I guess.