I Had A Dream visuals were inspired by author Rob Hill Sr. This is the forth one of his audio that I've attempted to add my visuals to and I think this one is my favorite one so far. I recently took a trip to London and Paris and I wanted to film a few things that would remind me of my journey. However, I didn't want to show the norm which would just consist of your average amateur destination video. So I put some thought into it and the video below is what I came away with. Special thanks to my editor Collin who always encourages me to go out and shoot and we will make something out of it. Thanks to my main actress in the video, Sharea who took time out of her busy school day to show me around London and to be a great participant. In case you were wondering about the parts that I'm in ---- well the scene with me in front of The Louvre-- I stopped and asked an elderly lady who looked to be somewhere in her 60's to film me. She was a little hesitant at first but I showed her what to do and did a few walk thru with her then left the rest for her to capture. It was a quick shot in the video that took a few tries but it worked. I don't remember her name but I thank you sweet elderly lady. In return I took what I'm sure was an awesome picture of her and her friend in front of The Louvre. The Love Lock Bridge Scene - again I stopped a random person. This time she was a 16 year old Brazilian who happen to speak English. After convincing her, her aunt and her mom to borrow 5min minutes of their time I setup the shot for her and then showed her how to capture what I wanted. The result worked and I thank you Gifreitas98. I was told that half of life is about showing up. I showed up in Paris and pleased with what I came away with. While we don't always get what we want, we always get what we choose. The scene with me in the bed room was captured by my friend Jessie (thanks Jessie). Everything else captured by me, myself, and I. No special equipment besides my camera and the knowledge of knowing what to capture. Hope you enjoy the video but most importantly I hope you pay close attention to the spoken words in the video that motivated me to go out and create. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg49zyL_cWc]
It's noted that traveling broadens your horizons and that's exactly what it did for me when I recently visited London and Paris. I decided to visit London due to a short film project I was a apart of and I'm glad I went. I felt like a kid due to all the first time experiences I encountered like seeing the London Eye, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Palace of Westminster, Tate Modern and so many more that I've only read about. I felt like a new me was rediscovered. There were many things I loved about London. It was easy to get around, the people were so polite, there were lots to see, lots to do, everyone was pretty much a walking fashion statement etc. One of the few things I dislike was their cuisine. The food was very bland and being from Jamaican and South Florida that's a taste my taste buds aren't familiar with.. Another thing I didn't like was the cost of things. If you're an American and go over there basically your money will be cut in half lol. Thanks to my beautiful friends Sharea, Keesha and Catherine for being such wonderful host to me. It's great to experience other cultures and some how this experience has left me with a new found enthusiasm for exploring.
While in London I took the Eurostar over to Paris to do some more exploring. There I visited Notre Dame, The Louvre, The Arc de Triomphe, The Avenue des Champs-Elysees, The Love Lock Bridge, and the Eiffel Tower. I found getting around in Paris a little more difficult, maybe thats due to the language barrier and I found the people to be a little more impertinent (not all of them). It's also more expensive than London. Overall I enjoyed Paris. I finally got to capture my own images of these famous monuments even though the weather wasn't the best. If I had to choose between the two I would definitely pick London.
I embarked on this adventure by myself with an open mind and an open heart. Although I made the trip alone I was never lonely. I made new friends that I know will be a part of my future. Many people travel for different reasons, regardless of the reason its a big event. The right trip can be one of your greatest experience. The unknown can be thrilling and its a vast world of unknown out there. If you don't have a passport I suggest you get one and explore a new destination as soon as possible. It could be a new you waiting to be discovered.