Name: Matt Dworzanczyk (Etherium Sky Films)
Home Base: For the moment, Hanoi
Last Trip: Taiwan
Next Trip: An epic cross-continental motorbike adventure with my dog!
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
Three is too many! Pretty much my camera—the rest doesn’t matter!
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
It’s never been as big of a problem for me as some say it is. Only when traveling with 12 hours time difference do I get sleepy, and then I simply need time to adjust, no easy solution. Otherwise with 6 to 8 hours or such, I never had an issue!
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
Find a place to leave my stuff, so that I can blend in better!
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
Best: Taiwan! Also eastern Europe!
Worst: eek, don’t really have a “worst” but compared to other countries and considering the amounts of trash food sold everywhere, I gotta say the US.
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
Lots. I have different songs that I associate with different destinations/experiences I’ve been/had. One most immediate song that comes to mind is Iggy Pop’s “Passenger.”
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
Soo many… Before Nepal, I have never seen an elephant in the wild. Then while trekking through Chitwan National Park, a baby elephant came out of the jungle straight at me and then put his trunk in my hand as if to shake my hand. I was pretty frozen, touched on a spiritual level and scared at the same time. I was later told that touching an elephant’s trunk signified one of the highest blessings in their beliefs. Later that day, I saw wild rhinos nearby and nearly stepped on a crocodile bigger than my boat, near the river.
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
While I’d selfishly like for the world to remain undiscovered (so that I can be the first to see it all ha), I guess communication is instant now. If you’re planning your travel and want more than plain guidebook info, video can give you a much nicer and more enticing view of wherever you are headed!
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
There is no grand overall goal. I approach each project individually and just try to do a nice job with it!
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
Think fresh, avoid crappy presets in cheap editing software, and have fun with it! And perhaps most importantly, don’t be full of yourself, especially when starting off. Even after 10 years of professional work experience in the field, I’m still learning new things on every project I take on.
12. What is your best travel tip?
Be very open-minded and don’t be judgmental or you may miss out on potentially life changing experiences!