Introduction to My Videos
What better way to share our traveling experiences than through home video? This too just so happens to be a family tradition, a legacy, that I somewhat unintentionally have continued. Influenced by the Moving Art videos and Disney’s Fantasia that was part of my Netflix queue prior to the trip, my videos turned out to be far less traditional than the videos my dad would take with his camcorder in the early 90’s. Despite these differences, I suppose the motivation behind both is the same, to preserve the memories of each adventure the best you can in a way that is personal to you. To my dad’s credit, our home movies have been crucial in helping with my preservation of memories of the highlights of each year. His catchy titles, like Places New in ‘92 documenting our move to Sparks, NV or ‘BC in ’93 chronicling another relocation to Battle Creek, MI (we moved a lot), are references I still use to keep my childhood straight. But due to the fact that my videos stray from the traditional home video style, I feel as though they also need to come with a few disclaimers, which I have listed below.
- I am not a videographer. In fact, videos that I’ve taken are often described comedically as what not to do while shooting video (mostly by my husband). Which means for you as a potential viewer, dramamine may be necessary before viewing. Your call, but consider yourself warned.
- I am not a professional. Not that I feel like there is any chance that I may be mistaken for one, but I’m also hoping to avoid being criticized as though I have any training or experience in film. Videos were shot using my iPhone and edited in iMovie, which I very recently taught myself how to use in order to implement movie creation into a project assignment for my middle school students. The idea of creating these compilation videos was really an after thought that came to me while driving home from our trip. So, videos are compiled of randomly shot clips and yes, there are dead bugs on the windshield and dog nose prints on the windows because that’s what real looks like for us. I like to think that this gives the videos character, and welcome you to join me in such positive (possibly delusional) thinking.
Music is a huge part of memory for me. I still associate James Taylor with my first memory of a family road trip out to CA to see the redwoods and All American Rejects with spring break trips to Gulf Shores as a teenager. When creating these videos, it was important to me that they help capture the entire memory of the experience, so songs included in the video are the songs we were listening to along the way. Be advised that my taste in music is eclectic (to say this least), this means that some of the songs are considered “explicit”, but again, that’s what real looks like for us. Just thought a warning may be appreciated.
I first decided to start recording the driving video while venturing through Big Horn. It was such an incredible experience, with so many breathtaking sights, and I felt bad my husband had to miss several of them in lieu of focusing on the road (safety first!) that I thought I’d record the drive for him. But once I started, it became somewhat impossible to stop throughout the rest of the trip as the scenery continuously changed. This is my lengthy way of explaining that the videos are coincidentally also lengthy and not for those with short attention spans. In my opinion, the complete viewing experience means starting with the first one and watching them all the way through in the order we experienced them, to truly live vicariously through the experience. But of course, I invite you to watch them in whatever manner best suits your traveling needs, just be prepared for the fact that they are long.
Videos are listed below in chronological order to our trip. Click the links provided to begin your viewing experience.
- Part 1: Bighorn to Cody
- Part 2: Yellowstone
- Part 3: Into the Tetons
- Part 4: Sunset Drive through the Tetons
- Part 5: Goodbye Mountains
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