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1) The good, the bad, and the ugly
Film everything. Don’t be afraid to shove your camera in your teammates face while they throw up. Having an argument? Film it. Does that make the argument worse? Great. These moments make the best TV. No one wants to watch a TV show where everyone gets on really well all the time and nothing goes wrong. Film it all.
2) Variety of shots
Shooting for 45 minutes out the side of your vehicle is boring. Your friends and family at home will watch it and pretend to be interested because they love you. We don’t love you - you’re alright, but we don’t want to watch hours and hours of boring footage of your trip. Try to give us a variety of angles so we can see where you are and what you're doing.
3) Audio quality is more important than Video quality
Ideally, both the audio and video quality will be good, however, if we had to pick one over the other we’d go for audio. Worst-case scenario, you can generally excuse crap visuals by insisting it was shot that way for effect. But bad audio marks most clips for death. If you're recounting some amazing moment but the audio makes our ears bleed, it won’t be used.
4) If it's not on camera, it didn't happen
Maybe the children at a local school held a parade for you. Maybe you rode your monkey bike naked through rings of fire. Sounds amazing. Where’s the footage? If you don't have footage of it - even if you tell us all about it in great detail - we’ll assume you’re a liar. Even if you just manage to capture the aftermath of this amazing thing, it’s better than nothing.
5) Film or be ready to film as much as possible
Because of the nature of the Adventures, you never know when something exciting is going to happen. If your camera is in the bottom of your bag, you'll never get to it in time to capture that amazing moment. If you know you’re going to do something really exciting, make sure you set up your camera beforehand.
6) Talk to us
We need you to tell us a lot about what’s been going on, so interviews and video diaries are pretty important. It's most helpful if you talk to us about things you know you have footage of. Be sure to tell us what happened, but also tell us about how you feel. Are you happy? Exhausted? Feel like you’re going to shit your pants? Tell us. Interviews right after something exciting happens are best because the events are fresh but shooting an interview/video diary later is better than nothing at all. Even if it's for a couple minutes at the beginning and end of each day, it's useful. That said, don't go overboard. We want to hear what you have to say, but if all your footage is video diaries and no footage of what you actually did, it doesn't do us much good.
7) Talk to each other
Film the conversations you have with your teammates and with the locals. No, we probably don't want to hear the recap of your spring break trip to Cabo in 2002, but if you're talking about the Adventure, film it. Making plans, arguing, problem-solving, slagging off another team, etc. is all great footage for us to have as seeing you communicate with each other is important for building up a story.
8) Shoot "after hours"
You've been in your rickshaw for seven hours and now you're headed out to get matching neck tattoos. Keep filming. As much as we love to see the journey itself, the Adventure doesn't stop because you've made it to your destination for the night. Show us where you're staying, what you're doing, what you're eating, etc. Some of the best bits are what happens after the day is over.
9) Keep notes
Shooting notes are always appreciated, but even the most flimsy of diary entries can prove helpful when vetting your raw footage. Anything you can send us along with your raw footage will go a long way to giving your story the context it may need to prove worthy of inclusion in our program.