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It’s a red letter day, and one worth cringing over as I hear my voice on the Toronto Star website in my first travel video, Montreal, City of Glass.
(Full disclosure: I didn’t shoot the Montreal video, it’s footage taken from the video demo shoot for a possible travel series. I’m just in it.)
See my first travel video for yourself. Or don’t. It’s better that way.
First travel video, once it’s made
When I had the video footage I had to take it down to the Toronto Star multi-media centre in person, because when the multi-media person sent me a friendly note asking about formats, H264 compression, AAC audio and 640 X 360 pixels, I realized that they speak some sort of foreign tongue down there and that I would need to go down in person to communicate using sign language.
I also discovered that the head of the multi-media person, Scott, was someone I had gone to high school with in Saskatoon. And I hadn’t seen him since! So then I realized that there must be, in fact, some common language rooted deep in prairie mythology and perhaps I wouldn’t have to use sign language after all.
Then Scott mentioned something about the gorgeous glass dress making my hips look big. Say whaaa? That’s not the criticism you want in your first travel video. Trust me. It’s just not.
This is when I realized that I preferred the other language after all – the one I couldn’t understand Weirdly, he didn’t even say this in an insulting way – which is a skill, I must say. You can tell he works with words. But anyway, my friends, the dress-makes-my-hips-look-big factor is why you won’t see a picture of me on the front of the video – you know, that still picture onscreen before the video is played.
Instead, after much soul searching and scanning of said video, I chose to showcase a stained-glass angel.
Researching your first travel video can bring some surprises
Here’s another interesting fact I learned when doing the research for my first travel video and accompanying travel article on Montreal. In my first draft I called the angel a ‘she.” And then I contacted the educational department at the Chapelle de Bon Secours where the angel has lived in secret – hidden in the church basement – for more than a century – to fact check.
Here I learned that in the angel world, they also have their own language, one that is just as mystifying as video speak. I was told: an angel does not have a gender, but in a lexical angle, the word “angel” is a masculine one, so you have to refer to it as a “he”, even though it has long hair.
Huh? Okay, though, it just goes to show that before you start filming your first travel video you need to get your facts in a row. Research! Research! Research! It’s always a good idea to fact check, because, at least in my case, you could end up with a cross-dressing angel and then where would you be?
When filming your first travel video it’s a good idea not to bring the system down. Sorry!
Yes. While I was in the multi-media centre at the Toronto Star, and still trying to find a flattering slim-hipped shot of myself for the front of the video, I spent so much time looking through the video that I crashed Scott’s mega computer.
But he was quite nice about it, and hardly seemed flustered at all as he tried to get it up and running again – I must say it’s good to run into old friends. Though maybe not so great for them.
Bottom line: If you’re thinking of filming your first travel video, research beforehand, find someone who speaks your language and get plenty of slim-hipped shots. And bon chance!
Read more about Canada: For more about travel to Canada visit my Things to do in Canada article. Happy planning!