Monthly Archives: August 2015

Let It Burn: A Video Guide to Burning Man

Burning Man is happening next week in the Nevada desert, where over 60,000 people are expected to gather to create Black Rock City. Check out these Burning Man videos on Tripfilms to get an inside look at the event famous for creating a community based on radical inclusion, self-reliance, and self-expression.

A Virgin’s Guide to Burning Man by Gone_With_The_Wynns

Each year a city forms in the deserts of Nevada and grows almost overnight to 50,000 strong. The City is Black Rock City and the Festival is Burning Man. No amount of preparation, research, or videos watchin’ can get you ready for the Burning Man Experience; but there are a few things you need to know to survive the harsh desert climate for a week. This quick video will offer you some tips to get your brain going, the rest is up to you.

The Burning Man Experience by Gone_With_The_Wynns

Burning Man—an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. This was our first burn. No matter how much you research, how many videos you watch, or how many photos you look at, nothing prepares you for what lies ahead. People ask us “what is burning man?” Our response: “It’s anything you want it to be!” It doesn’t matter what your reason is for going, or what you are looking for, you can find it in Black Rock City. It’s an unbelievable experience with a flow that can be described as yin and yang. People and things co-exist in this city that don’t exist anywhere else in the world. I can’t tell you what others experienced, or what your burn will be, but I can tell you about our first burn.

Burning Man 2013 – Beyond The Fire by kiendawtcom

Through the eyes of a first time Burner. A week long collision of art and music, of people and nature, of sights and sounds that echo across the playa between the silence of the desert. This is a glimpse of what I experienced and tried to absorb during my time in Black Rock City. Cinematography and Editing by Kien Lam Music: “Burn” by Ellie Goulding Shot with a Nikon D800 and Sony NEX-6. Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, 80-200 f/2.8 and Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-4.5.

WARNING: How To DO Burning Man by adventuresauce

I can’t be held responsible if you watch this video AND I really can’t be held responsible if you go to Burning Man. Life isn’t the same afterwards though.

Duzer Duz Burning Man! by duzer

Two virgins on the adventure of a lifetime at Burning Man 2013.

The Burning Man Ultra! by duzer

You can do just about anything at Burning Man, even run an Ultra-Marathon!

[All video descriptions by the filmmaker.]

New Short Film Inuit Explores Canada’s Baffin Island


Tripfilms is proud to feature the short film Inuit, filmed entirely on Sony Action Cameras. This film takes us to snow-covered Baffin Island, the largest island in Canada, and introduces us to the people who live there. These indigenous people have an incredible relationship with their land, one that has helped them to survive in this freezing environment for generations.


Filmmaker Duncan Winecoff said, “Filming in Baffin Island was very challenging considering the extreme conditions and rugged terrain. At one point, we were in -50F degrees with 60mph gusts head-on. If an inch of skin was showing, you felt it! We had to be extremely efficient. A high risk, high reward situation was kayaking in the polynya. Due to the tides, polynya’s never freeze over so they attract seals, polar bears and walrus. Before getting into the water to film, our guide told us, ‘If you see a walrus, run!!!’ Walrus are known to attack when challenged. Luckily, we didn’t. We were very vulnerable, and felt it.”​


Watch the new short film Inuit on Tripfilms here.


Atlantic City on Twenty Dollars a Day

There’s more to Atlantic City than casinos, and you don’t need a lot of money to have a good time. In these new TripVlogger videos, Michelle Loucadoux gives us a tour of the boardwalk, the beaches, and the best shopping in AC.

Want more Atlantic City TripVlogger videos? Check out this series by thepopguru too.

Twenty Dollar Atlantic City

How to have a great time in Atlantic City, New Jersey on less than $20 per day.

The Atlantic City Boardwalk

Take a trip down the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk. Learn where to shop, eat, and a little about the history of one of the most famous boardwalks in the country.

[All video descriptions by filmmaker.]

Tripfilms Videos Now on

Frequency demo

At Tripfilms, one of our goals is to help our community of travel filmmakers reach a wider audience with their excellent and inspiring travel videos. That’s why we get excited about partnerships that help us bring Tripfilms videos to new audiences. We are pleased to announce that Tripfilms videos can now be found on on a new media partner site, Frequency is a website that lets you “watch the internet.” The site gathers videos from Facebook, Twitter, and thousands of other participating websites, including Comedy Central, Food Network, Reddit, National Geographic and many more, and makes it easy to discover and watch streaming video channels.

The Tripfilms channel on Frequency will display a hand-selected feed of top HD editor’s picks from Clicking on the the source takes Frequency visitors back to that video’s page on You can find the Tripfilms channel on Frequency here:

Twelve Travel Questions with Global Lipstick

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Name:  Ebony, Onyx and Jeta
HomeBase: Greater Philadelphia Area
LastTrip: The Finger Lakes in New York
NextTrip: Any suggestions for a summer adventure??
Facebook: Global Lipstick
Twitter: @GlobalLipstick 

1. What are three things you take on every trip?  

Lipstick, of course!  We all love the shade “Sisterly Love” from our own line.  After that, a camera and a mind to dive into wherever we are.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

Try to adjust your sleep schedule to the time zone you’re visiting 48 hours before your trip. If that doesn’t work, get all the sleep you can on the plane. As a last resort, get an espresso and bottoms up! Hopefully you’ll be having such a great time on your trip, you’ll never want much sleep anyway!

3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place? 

Well, we’re all different. Ebony likes to hit the ground running, in search of local fun. Onyx wants to find a meal. And Jeta wants to take a nap.

4. What place has the best food?  

Ebony’s is in our mom’s kitchen (brownie points). After that, one of the best meals she’s ever had was a pasta dish in Bratislava, Slovakia.


For Onyx, the place with the best food is the Bahamas!  Being able to eat on the beach is the icing on the cake.

Jeta’s favorite is Mexico—hands down!

Worst food? 

Ebony’s worst is definitely authentic English (UK) food. She lived in London and thank goodness they have such a dive food scene because she wouldn’t have survived on English food alone.

In Onyx’s opinion, the worst food goes to…. Abu Dhabi. It’s hard to find authentic dishes and when you do, it’s sooo blah.

Jeta doesn’t have any for worst.  She’s pretty good at scouting good eats in any city.

Abu Dhabi

5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life? 

Ebony: It’s hasn’t been just one place. I have an attitude of gratitude and keep my mind open no matter where I go. By keeping this mentality every time I travel, no matter 25 or 2500 miles, I’ve grown and learned a tremendous amount.

Onyx: France changed my outlook. It was so much more colorful and full of life than what I thought before going. It encouraged me to be more open to the unfamiliar.

Jeta: The strong air of gratitude in Marrakesh, Morocco was very humbling.


6. What is your favorite travel quote?

Ebony’s wins—“I got ho*s in different area codes”, Ludacris

7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel? 

We love internationally filmed music videos. It’s interesting to see how the culture is portrayed musically and yes, they makes us want to visit the location. Ex: “They Don’t Care About Us” by Michael Jackson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “Pound the Alarm” by Nicki Minaj in Port of Spain, Trinidad. “Losing You” by Solange in Cape Town, South Africa.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

Our first unchaperoned trip was an all-girl road trip to Virginia Beach for the 4th of July. There were eight of us in total. It’s so funny because we actually filmed it but we’ll NEVER publish that footage! We don’t have nearly enough time to share all the crazy stories. On the way down, we got into a fender bender. We stayed at a raggedy motel and the owner had the nerve to try to give us a curfew! We met a crazy group of guys that tried to kidnap us. The list goes on…

9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?

Travel videos can give you insight to places you’ve never been but may have wanted to go to. They can even attract you to places you never thought you would ever venture. That’s what is great about being able to get different perspectives through travel videos. And some filmmakers have such unique experiences that they inspire us to revisit places we’ve seen already. That’s the dopest thing about travel film—motivating someone to explore.

10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?

We like to be informative and entertaining.  We also want to show that Black people travel—to places beyond the islands—and have a good time doing it.


11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?

Just do it! Everything doesn’t have to be perfect before you start. Do a few testers on your phone or any inexpensive equipment to see what you like/dislike. When you decide to proceed, make an educated purchase when camera shopping.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

Leave room in your schedule to wander, indulge in local culture and you’re never fully dressed without a smile ☺

Watch travel videos by Global Lipstick here.

Win a Travel Filmmaking Scholarship to Colombia


Here’s an awesome opportunity we heard about from our friends at World Nomads. World Nomads is currently accepting applications for their 2015 Travel Filmmaking Scholarship. This year, one aspiring documentary filmmaker will have the chance to take a 10-day all-expenses-paid trip to Colombia to tell the story of a community found on Colombia’s Pacific Coast. This Pacific community lives in a biodiversity hotspot. The scholarship winner will document how the people live and how they promote travel and tourism in their region. The scholarship winner will also have the opportunity to be mentored by filmmaker and director Brian Rapsey.

Who can apply?

To apply, you should be a non-professional filmmaker. The scholarship is open to film students or anyone who wants to build a career in documentary-style filmmaking. You should be at least 18 years old, have a valid passport, and be available to travel during the scholarship travel dates (November 22 – December 3). World Nomads also says, “You should be a keen amateur with a lust for adventure and burning desire to be a filmmaker.” As part of your application, you will demonstrate your filmmaking skills by submitting a documentary short (less than 3 minutes) that profiles a person who inspires you to travel the world.

Think this sounds like the opportunity for you? Click here to learn more about the World Nomads 2015 Travel Filmmaking Scholarship and apply. We hope to see lots of Tripfilms filmmakers apply!

Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown

The Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown is coming to Santa Fe, New Mexico. This competition gives some of Santa Fe’s best chefs the chance to prove that their burger is the best Green Chile Cheeseburger in the city. Last year’s Smackdown sold out and this year’s competition promises to be just as exciting. Tripfilms is happy to feature sneak previews of some of this year’s mouthwatering entries.

Online voting is open until August 15. Visit to vote for your favorite Green Chile Cheeseburger and and get your tasting tickets for the live event on September 10, 2015 at the Santa Fe Railyards. Be sure to use the hashtags #ediblesmackdown and #greenchile when you share your Green Chile Cheeseburger photos online!

The Contenders:

Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown – Chef Marc Quinones

Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown – Chef Enrique Guerrero

Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown – Chef Andrew Cooper

Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown – Chef Cindy Barreras

Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown – Chef Thomas Hartwell

Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown – Chef Juan Bochenski

Remember to check out all the Green Chile Cheeseburgers and vote online for your favorite at Only 8 chefs will advance to the Smackdown on September 10. May the best burger win!