1. What are three things you take on every trip?
Camera, microphone, tripod.
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
Sleep. There’s just no fighting it. Also, lots of water on the flight and movement. I often get up and stretch including touching my toes and reaching for the ceiling.
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
Eat. It’s the best way to dive into the culture and awaken the senses to a new place.
4. What place has the best food?
Italy. It does not matter what restaurant you walk in to or what region you are in. You just cannot get a bad meal. A simple dish of pasta can be so elegant and the love for food just oozes everywhere.
The worst food?
Germany. I only say that because I went there after Italy and it was a complete letdown after weeks of orgasmic eating experiences. It’s as if food is utilitarian.
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
Portofino, Italy. It’s so incredibly beautiful. Even the clothes hanging on the balconies are works of art. The feeling of a love for life and just the peacefulness that I felt while I was there is an experience I can call upon at anytime and it brings joy to my heart. I really do embrace the European/Latin way of life. I love to start my day slowly and work for a few hours then take a nice lunch break and possibly a siesta. I feel refreshed to get up on the afternoon and work. My creativity often flows best late in the day and early evening.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
Hmmmmm…….not sure I have one. Other than the time I was approached by gypsies in Florence. Three young people came up to me. One had a newspaper and held it up to me, another touched my hair and tried to tell me I was beautiful and the third was reaching in my pocket. They didn’t think I would feel it because of the others distracting me, but I did and I grabbed her hand and she had some of my money. She immediately let go of it and they ran off.
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
I think creating travel videos is an awesome way to capture the true experience of your trip and it can be an awesome way to share your experience with others. While photos are awesome and I do shoot tons myself, videos help you to convey the emotion you felt about your trip, especially when you choose music that means something to you and you put that in the video. It’s an incredible memoir to have. I also love the feeling of creativity I have when making them. The video has to be done well though and it’s not that hard once you learn some principles of filmmaking. There are a few simple things that one needs in order to make good travel videos. One is good sound, another is a tripod, and a third is an understanding of good composition and lighting.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
My goal is to share my passion of the place I am visiting and to teach people how to make better videos. Travel and filmmaking are two of my passions so I just want to do them both and have others be inspired to follow their passions as well.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
Spend some time learning some basic filmmaking skills which can easily be done by watching how to videos. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a lot of gear. You can easily use your smartphone as your full production studio to create some amazing videos. Practice shooting and editing and watch other people’s videos and see what it is you like about them. The video really comes together in the editing process so shoot lots of footage of different places, people you encountered and things that captured your attention.
If you love photography and filmmaking like I do, the act of shooting becomes part of your travel experience and allows you to see things in new ways. It allows you to focus in on the things that capture your attention. These shots are the ones that will put your fingerprint on your videos. If you are traveling to a place that is very popular, like Paris for example, when you shoot the Eiffel Tower don’t just shoot a wide shot and be done with it. Show some details of what caught your eye. Look for unique angles that the rest of us have not seen before an express your feeling and emotion of your experience.
12. What is your best travel tip?
Embrace every moment whether you think it’s good or bad. Ultimately it’s all about the experience of life and opening our minds. Live it! Love it! Capture it!
Watch travel videos by Gina DeGirolamo here.