This post is proudly produced in partnership with Discover Tasmania.
WHEN VIDEOGRAPHERS TALK ABOUT SHOOTING ABROAD, they always say it was “amazing” or “incredible.” In all honesty, Tasmania really was an amazing place to film.
I had a car for two weeks, so I could hit the road and really get into the vibe of the island. I had no idea what type of video I wanted to end up with, so I just decided to shoot whatever struck me.
From Cradle Mountain National Park to Liffey Falls, from the Bay of Fires to the rolling fields of pink, orange, and white tulips in bloom, I soaked up Tasmania’s beauty.
I hope that when you watch this video, you can catch the scent of the mist from the waves that pound the Tasman Peninsula…that’s the memory that really sticks with me.
In this video, right when the music hits, you can see clips of the Southern Coastline — powerful waves crashing against towering 900-foot dolerite cliffs. The coastline is breathtaking, but it was extremely difficult to get a steady shot what with being thrown about in the huge open ocean swells that form between Tasmania and Antarctica.
Whenever I met anyone and had the chance to do a little interview, I would ask them what they found special about Tasmania. People like Mark, the tours and education manager at Lark Distillery, gave me the cheerful, jolly, and unscripted sound bites my camera wanted.
When at Lark, sample their popular bush liquor, pepperberry vodka, or the single malt whiskey that owners Bill and Lyn took a decade to develop.
Everyone I encountered was welcoming and genuinely interested in my visit to their home. That made filming people a lot easier, because I knew that just about everyone would be willing to cooperate whenever I stuck a camera in their face!
I did have to deal with some crummy weather at times. I got rained on around 10 of the 14 days that I was there, which can be a bummer when you only have a few hours in a particularly beautiful place. I had to remind myself on days like that, that despite my postcard-perfect expectations, this was the reality of how I was seeing it.
The moment that I stood in front of that scenery, that was my special moment. It was my time to capture that particular instance. That’s how it goes when you film on the road — you gotta take the good with the bad, and just keep trying to see a place in a new light and from a new angle.