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Hi, my name is Scott Duvall and I’m a husband, dad, podcaster and videographer. Yeah, sounds like I have a lot on my plate. Well, I do. It took a while to figure out what I’m passionate about (family and kids are first, of course), but what drives me is being creative.
Whether it is with my voice in telling stories as you can hear on my new podcast, “Making It Up As We Grow” that I began in June with my wife, Jennifer (aka JennySue Makeup) or making videos. It is what drives me. More on this special vacation video in a minute…
If you have videos that you’ve taken on a recent vacation, for an event or something for your business and are struggling with what to do with that video in order to make it something that people will watch, reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote and let me make your video stand out.
Allow me to explain the concept behind this particular video:
Typically, I have particular shots in mind when going on vacation. What I mean by this is that I usually pre-plan my videos, which makes the editing process easier. It is helpful to think of a song, whether it be the lyrics or the mood the song projects. This allows me to request my actors (family, friends or kids) to do certain things on video, for example, wave, get excited, dance, jump…
However, I’ve been super busy lately and our trip to Kiawah Island, SC back in July really crept up on me quickly. Thus, I did not pre-plan anything. No problem, as I’ve told many clients in the past, just press record. Shoot steady, interesting shots and more often than not, you’ll capture exactly what you want. I took my own advice for this trip.
As mentioned, I did not have much of a plan. All I had was about 6GB of raw footage from our vacation. Last week, I was watching America’s Got Talent with my kids and heard (for the first time), “Superheros” by The Script. I asked my oldest son, what that song was? He told me within a few seconds and the wheels started turning for me.
Without getting too deep, the lyrics seemingly talk about struggling with being good at something and through perseverance eventually becoming great. I think you’ll be able to pick up on the fact that my son starts out really struggling on the skimboard, falling off a few times and then transitions into showing that he might not be a champion skim boarder, but he can dominate in golf. Towards the end of the video, he finally accomplishes his quest in riding his skimboard. It almost brought tears to my eyes as I watched it back.
I only shoot with iPhones and GoPros. Having a family and three small kids, I don’t have much time or patience with getting too technical with DSLR cameras…perhaps down the road. So, for this video, it was entirely shot with my iPhone 6+ and my two GoPro cameras (My old Hero3 and my favorite, the new Hero4 Silver).
I love slow motion and it is pretty evident in this video. For the most part, I shot in the 240 fps setting for my iPhone 6+ and had my GoPro Hero4 Silver set to 720p at 120 fps. It is great to capture video in these modes if you know you’re going to slow down a shot like swinging a golf club or kids jumping in the ocean. It allows for a much smoother looking rendered video in post production.
The only accessories I used for this video was the head attachment for the GoPro as you can see in a few of the shots when my oldest fell backwards in the water after falling off his skimboard and the bouncing of the soccer ball. I also used the suction cup mount to attach to the skimboard and those POV shots were amazing in telling this story. The final attachment used was the GoPro 3-way mount. It serves as a selfie stick and also a tripod when needed.
If you have any questions or want to hire me to edit your videos, just reach out to me at JaWaViFilms@gmail.com