The first video I saw from Ariennefrom SeeYouSoon Travel was ‘A Video Review of 2013, One Second A Day’ where she filmed one second a day for 2013, which I’d encourage you to check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoghML0kJrY
Not before you’ve read her interview of course, where she talks about what it took to put the video together, the business of travel blogging and gives great advice for future vloggers.
Hi Arienne! Can you introduce yourself and tell us about see you soon?
Hello! My name is Arienne and I’m a travel videographer and blogger from Toronto, Canada. I started my website, seeyousoon.ca in 2009 when I moved to South Korea to teach English. I had such a great experience that year that I ended up staying a second year in Korea. After that, my husband and I decided to take an 8-month backpacking detour through China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand before returning home to Toronto. It was during that backpacking trip that the website really took shape. My website and videos cover adventure activities and cultural experiences, with the ultimate goal to inspire others to get out and explore our world.
Firstly my favourite video of yours is A Video Review of 2013, One Second A Day. What inspired the idea? How easy or difficult was it to make? How did you choose which part of the day to put in the video?
I was initially inspired after watching someone else create a similar video. I loved the idea of creating a ‘recap’ video of the year and wanted to try it for myself. At first it was a little challenging to shoot because I didn’t have a smartphone at the time. For the first month I was lugging my DSLR with me everywhere I went. But once I got an iPhone it became much easier (and lighter!) to shoot and be discrete about it. The year I decided to make that video I was going through a very transitional time. It was the first full year back in Toronto after being abroad for almost 3 years and I was struggling trying to figure out “what’s next”. Choosing what to shoot happened very organically. Because I was doing very typical daily things I tried to look at these normal everyday activities in a different way. When it came time to editing, I rarely had more than 2 clips from the day to choose from. I’m actually thinking about doing it again for 2016 because it was such a great way to reflect on the year and has been a wonderful way to remember everything that happened that year.
How long have you been making and editing videos?
I went to University and studied TV production, so my background is in television production. But I didn’t start to shoot and edit my own videos until I left for Korea. I actually put together a video about leaving Toronto and arriving in Korea and ever since then, I’ve been creating videos about interesting destinations, activities and experiences.
How has vlogging changed since you started filming your travels?
As an ‘industry’, I think it’s changed substantially. With the quality of smartphones and affordable pricing of equipment (take the GoPro and consumer DSLRs) anyone can start making vlogs. And now social media channels are making video content a priority, so now it’s easier than ever to share your content.
What do you think the future looks like?
I’m not entirely sure and I’m excited about that 🙂
Tell us about the equipment you use for filming and editing?
I’m currently shooting with a Canon T2i (with 15mm-85mm & 50mm lenses) and GoPro Hero 3 (black edition). I’ve had my T2i since 2010 and it’s in desperate need of an upgrade. I’ve put that camera body through the ringer and I’m saving up for something bigger and better. Well maybe not bigger, but definitely better. I also have a wireless lav by Sennheiser to record interviews and stand ups, plus a Manfrotto tripod, a monopod, and a slider. In terms of editing, I use Adobe Premiere.
For someone who is wanting to start vlogging what tips do you have for editing and making their videos look better?
Firstly, if you’re shooting vlogs (you mainly talking to camera) you’ll want to invest in a good microphone. People are willing to watch bad video quality but if the audio quality isn’t there, then you’ll find people tuning out fast. Think about different angles and perspectives to shooting everyday shots and consider using the sounds of your destination to help tell your story. In the editing room, finding the right piece of music can take your video to the next level. I’m a huge proponent for beat editing (editing to the beat of the music) and letting the music dictate your edits. And keep your videos around 3:00-4:00. Leave your viewers wanting more.
Tell us about the business of blogging. Are you able to generate an income from your videos? Do you have any brand partners?
How long do you have? The business of blogging is a vast and complex topic. People start blogs for varying reasons (a hobby, portfolio, or full time business venture). I don’t believe that there’s a right or wrong way to go about it. But the most important thing is that you have the desire and passion to get into blogging. It’s a marathon, not a 100m sprint. Those who can pace themselves and stay motivated during the ebbs and flows will see the biggest rewards.
I do generate some income from my videos but if we’re talking about making money from shooting and editing videos, I do that through my freelance videography work where I’ll work with various clients to create videos. Most of the videos on my site are purely passion projects.
What are your travel plans for 2015?
2015 is currently wide open. The only travel plan locked in is a trip to Texas at the beginning of May. I’ve never been and I’m curious to see if things really are bigger in Texas.
What are your future plans for See You Soon?
My future plans for the site are simply to continue to create engaging content and increase readership.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Hmm, can’t really say I have a favourite documentary…
Mountains or beaches?
I like both equally. Mountains if I’m feeling active and want a challenge, beaches if I want something more relaxing.
If you look outside your window, what do you see?
A small park with a wooden gazebo.
I would encourage everyone to check out this beautiful video Arienne has made of her video to Ghent.