How I Filmed A Cinematic Travel Film in Colorado! BTS of Always 1992

How I Filmed A Cinematic Travel Film in Colorado! BTS of Always 1992

– [Pilot] Time here in Albuquerque, the local time is just
after eight o’clock. – We have officially made it to Colorado! (guitar music) Start driving about three
and a half hours north of the town of Albuquerque and you will come to the town
of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Drive a little bit further up the road and you will reach the Bruce Spruce Ranch. This is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful
places on planet Earth. And my family have been
coming here since 1992. You’re probably wondering, “Matt, this is not a wedding video. “What is going on?” I have not made a travel film since 2017, whenever I went to Iceland. I went to Alaska last year. I actually filmed everything
for a travel film. Never actually took the time to edit it. And I told myself, “No, for this trip, “I’m gonna come here to Colorado “and I’m gonna actually
make a travel film.” And I know normally whenever people talk about
travel films on YouTube, there’s usually an
electronic track of some sort with a whole lot of zoom
transitions and Luma fades. This video is not going to be that. (bird chirping) (newspaper crackling) Like to (mumbles) (chuckles) (fire crackling) Yeah, look at that! Gonna try not to singe my beard here. (Leah fussing)
Time for hotdogs! (fire crackling) Perk of being out here
in the middle of nowhere is that I do not have to go
far to set up a time lapse. In this case my cabin
is literally right here. So, got my A7S II, automatic –. Right behind me are some pine trees, and above them are the stars. So I’m gonna try to set my camera nearly completely vertically
pointing at the stars. That way I’m getting some
nice foreground of the tress and the stars behind them. With a little bit of
movements from the stars it should look really good. (ambient synth music) (birds chirping) (Leah fussing) (chuckles) Last night’s time lapse
I believe was a success. I haven’t actually assembled it yet. What I try to do with that time lapse is work around the moon. So, I’m sure you’re maybe aware, the moon comes out and it makes it very
difficult the see that stars because it is so bright. By facing the opposite
direction from the Milky Way, the Milk Way actually extends all the way over the top of us. So I was able to get the
butt of the Milky Way. Is that the term? Yeah, I guess so. If you’re wondering why
I’m huffing and puffing, that’s because I live in Texas, Austin Texas, which is at sea level. And right now I’m at 7,000, 8,000 feet. (breathing heavily) Right now I am walking over by the pond because I’m going to try to fly my Mavic. I wanted to be quiet. People are still waking up. It’s about eight a.m. I don’t want to interrupt people. So I’m thinking let’s have a
nice leisurely morning flight. Okay. Almost drone flight time. I love these old cases. They’re great for flying. Little case for the controller, little case for the drone. Beautiful weather out today. You can see over here we’re
already getting some sunlight on the side of the mountain which is gonna look gorgeous. (drone whirring) (ambient orchestral music) Flight mission success. Time to head back to the
cabin for some breakfast. All right let me talk you through what I was going for
with that drone flight. Anytime I’m getting ready to fly, I always want to make sure that I have
something to focus on. I always have a shot in my
mind before I start flying. Because if you just start flying, you’re not gonna know
what you want to film. But if you visualize shot
in your mind ahead of time, it is way easier to get good shots. In this case, I knew that I wanted to film the mountain with some of the sun appearing on it. And whenever I was
getting ready to take off, the mountain was still
pretty cloud covered. But I said “Maybe there’s a chance that
those clouds are gonna clear “at least for a minute.” And they did and it was incredible. Beautiful patchwork of shadows
over the mountain face. That is, in my opinion, one of the prettiest
mountains in Colorado. (chuckles) Might be a little biased because I flew the drone at it. But, you know, that’s what I’m thinking. (Leah fussing)
Got my fishing pole here. My Leah’s back over here. (Leah yells)
(chuckles) There’s a White Claw new drink, but have you heard of Eagle
Claw fishing accessories? The original claw. Daddy’s gonna go catch a fish. Otherwise it’s sandwiches. (wind blowing) (splashing)
There we go. That is a big boy. Right there. (exhales) Yes. Fishing victory. Leading up to this trip, I’ve been brainstorming about ways that I can tell a story
through this travel film. I don’t want it just to be
here’s some pretty shots. I want it to be more than that. Telling a story, tell a story. Well, how do you tell a story
about a trip to Colorado? How do you tell a story
about a travel film? Well, I’m in luck because, little secret for you guys, I actually have footage of my family’s first trip here to Colorado to this exact place back in 1992. It’s super gritty, super grainy, shot on a VHS camcorder that
my parents brought along. So many slow zooms, fade-to-whites. Oh gosh, it is classic
old school home video. The second thing that I have going for me to help me craft the
narrative of this film is that my family took a
another trip up here in 2013. But what’s cool about it is that I actually brought
along my Canon 7D on that trip. So I was able to film
a ton of time lapses. What’s even crazier though is that there was a forest fire occurring while we were here. So some of these cliffs
right here in the background were lit up with forest fires. You could see them glowing in the night, there was smoke. I’m very excited to be able
to incorporate some of that into the narrative of this film. (peaceful music) Good morning. It’s about nine a.m. No time lapses last night
because of the rain. But the rain has given us
some blessings this morning in the form of clouds all
over the mountains over here. So I’m gonna meander over here
with my motion time lapse rig and see if I can get
any good cloud movement. Going back over here by the pond near where I flew my drone yesterday, because I’m hoping that I’m gonna have a good view of the mountainside over here. Motion time lapses are all
about parallax movement. You want foreground and
you want background. This looks like a good spot right here. I’m gonna set up my
tripod with the ROV slider up pretty close to this tree. There’s no wind right now, so I’m hoping that I get
a nice bit of movement as the slider pans out
from behind the tree revealing the mountain
with all the clouds moving. All right, that’s beautiful. Sun’s coming out now. Look at this. (peaceful synth music) That is gorgeous. (peaceful synth music) Success! The sun did come out
about halfway through, but I should be able to
blend the time lapse a bit between the highlights and
the shadows and make it work. That’s one perk of shooting in RAW. Time lapse was successful and I now hear thunder. So (exclaims) now I’m gonna go hide in the cabin and copy footage and hope I make it back here
before it starts raining. (breathing heavily) Power
walking is very difficult in high altitude. This elevates and I’m not built for it. (rain falling) Hello. It’s clearly night time. I’m currently shooting this in ISO 4000 on the A6400 at F4. Sorry, that’s as high as the lens goes. I’m right here by the pond, and I have my tripod
set up right over here. I’m about to put this camera on it and see if I can get a time
lapse of the Milky Way. Because currently, the moon is over here behind me, you may be able to see
that glow back there. That means it’s not
blocking the Milky Way. So let’s try to shoot
a Milky Way time lapse. Okay, time lapse is set up and running, I’m doing a 2.5 second exposure. The reason that I want
that 2.5 second exposure is that there are a ton
of clouds in this shot. And I want to make sure that
those clouds are not moving at some super rocket fast pace. I think that’ll look pretty good. (breathing heavily) I’ve got the Rhino here on the ground. There’s a pond right in front of me, you can’t see it, and there’s stars. So we’re gonna try out this shot. See how it turns out. (paper crumpling) (fire crackling) (iron door creaking) Now let’s talk about the footage
that I want from this trip. I want footage of my and
my brother hanging out. He’s getting here in a few days. So I want to be able
to film is hanging out kind of like how we did in
the home videos from 1992. I think it’s gonna be a
really nice juxtaposition between us as children
and us now as adults. That’s kind of the game plan. Film a lot of pretty stuff, develop this narrative. I think I want to do a voiceover for it, probably with me talking just
to make it more personal. Lots of stuff. But I’m glad you guys
are along for the ride. I’m so excited to be here. Oh man. It’s so pretty, look at it. Camera, focus on the distance. Look at that. Hello. – Say hi, Daddy, good morning. – Good morning. (Leah babbles)
(microwave beeps) Oh, something’s done. It’s beautiful. (Leah sighs)
(chuckles) Going on a walk. (wind blowing) (Leah babbling) This right here is the same fence that me and my brother stood in front of whenever my mom interviewed
us on our trip in 1992. I stood right there, my brother climbed up the fence. Weird. Some guy just drove by and says that he saw a bear right up here. And I was like “How far is it?” “Like a 100 yards.” You know quickly a bear
can cover 100 yards? I want to find it. Got to film it. Well, no bear to be seen. Kind sad about that. (guitar music) This is so great. I could’ve been filming the whole time. I didn’t even need to look at the road. What was I doing? Hiking with Leah. Gonna go up here to the
Lobo Point Overlook. – She’s cold. (Leah exclaims) Yeah, she’s cold. – When you’re at the top
of the Continental Divide, it’s almost criminal
to not fly your drone. I’m gonna go pretty
simple with this flight. The valley that we’re
staying at is this way. So I’m gonna try to take off
and fly in that direction. Broad aerial view that, maybe dip down in the valley a little bit. Should look pretty good. (peaceful ambient music) (fire crackling) Here’s me and Leah. We’re waiting on Uncle to arrive. (Leah hiccups)
He should be here any minute. Breathe in that fresh mountain air. – What’s up, Matt?
– Hello. Where’s his beard? Daddy has your beard.
– My baby girl, how you doing? Hey.
– Yeah. Well, it’s about seven p.m. and I haven’t filmed very much today. Just flew the drone once. But I’m hoping that
tonight will change that. Because there is no clouds in the sky. Perfect weather for time
lapsing the Milky Way. (peaceful ambient music) I have survived the cold and last night’s time
lapses were a success. The great thing is that
even with the moon out, the Milky Way is still very visible. To my eye I couldn’t really see it, but the camera could easily see it. So I’m very happy with how
things turned out last night. And the next two nights I think are also supposed to be clear as well. So hopefully I’ll be able to
get some Milky Way variety while we’re out here. It’s another blue skies day today, so I’m probably not gonna be shooting much if any time lapses during the day because normally you need
clouds to do a day time lapse unless you want to do long moving shadows. But because I have a baby, I doubt that I’m gonna be doing any sort of shadow time lapses because that would require several hours of leaving my camera out somewhere, requiring me to babysit it. And with a baby I got other stuff to do. Also my brother’s here now. So hey, maybe I’ll film him some to get some more footage for the video. (guitar music) Look to your right. (exclaims) You okay? – I’m fine. (Matt chuckling) It’s the tailbone. (guitar music) – Got to film a few things today that I think will be really
helpful for the video. I got footage of me and my brother going fishing today at the pond. Shot it at 120 frames per second, so gonna look real good. And I think having some of that footage of us in modern times
is gonna go really well with that older footage of us as kids. Now it’s about 7:30 p.m. or so and I’m gonna try to shoot
some more time lapses tonight. This is as bright as I can get right now. I’ve set up for a time lapse on the cliff side
overlooking the valley below. And what is so cool is that
I’m getting the moonrise. So the valley’s being lit up like the sun. But in the process, you’re also getting
the Milky Way overhead. I am so excite about this time lapse. (ambient synth music) Last full day here in Colorado. It’s raining but that doesn’t mean that
I can’t shoot a time lapse. ‘Cause there’s actually
some really pretty clouds over the mountain here. So I’m gonna see if I can
make some magic happen. Okay. Gonna set up here for a shot pointing down
this riverbed with the slider so I get a little bit of
parallax movement with it. Should look pretty good. (stream flowing)
(peaceful ambient music) One difficulty about shooting time lapses whenever you’re shooting in the
same place for multiple days is it’s easy for things to get stale. You can shoot a pretty shot of a mountain and then you’re like, well, I can’t really get any other
shots of this mountain. But that’s kind of lazy. There are other shots that you can get. It may take you a while to find them, but it is possible. In this case, took me about 30 minutes to
find a spot right on Wolf Creek. I had not been down here before, and in the creek bed there was
a really pretty little spot where you could look up the creek bed and see the mountain with the fog and clouds rising up from it. Really gorgeous. So glad I found that spot, shot a beautiful time lapse. Now it’s time to walk through
the dark and scary woods that I’ve been told that
bears have been spotted in from time to time. It’s actually getting a little late and I don’t want Rachael to get mad at me, so back to the wife and the baby. Maybe more time lapses tonight though. We’ll see. (fire crackling) – Peek-a-boo! (fire crackling)
(crickets chirping) – Fire dying down enough.
– Yeah, we’ll be fine. (rain falling) Good morning. It is very wet and very rainy outside. I had kind of hoped
that this trip would end on some crazy high note with the morning before we left, me going out and filming
the most epic time lapse or flying the best drone shot ever. But I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think instead we’re just
gonna pack up our stuff and get out of here
’cause it’s pouring rain. And that’s okay. I do want to thank you for coming along with
me on this trip though and seeing this beautiful place. And I hope that this film that
I’m gonna make is awesome. And I hope that it documents
how great this place is. I do want to thank you for tuning in. Thank you for watching as always. And, yeah, see you next time. And if you haven’t seen the full film, I’ll make sure to link to
it down in the description. Thanks so much for watching
and have a great day. Bye Bruce Spruce Ranch. (guitar music)

46 thoughts on “How I Filmed A Cinematic Travel Film in Colorado! BTS of Always 1992

  1. Hope you enjoy watching this behind the scenes vlog! 😍 You can watch the travel film I made here:

  2. I noticed the noise in those night timelapses wasn't actually that distracting despite the higher ISO values used. It may have actually contributed by being reminiscent of the classic home video noise, while still being a series of really sweet modern compositions! Great job as always Matt!!

  3. Enjoyed the entire Video. God Bless your Beautiful Family, I hope u be able to take my family to a place like that sometime NYC gets Boring after Some time jeje..

  4. New dad myself, and I really like capturing my own home videos of my daughter with my A7Sii. Where the real time clips of your brother filmed at 24/30 fps or 60 fps? There are some slow motion clips of him, and I'm wondering if those shots were premeditated and purposely shot at a 60FPS or are you shooting everything at 60 and selecting what you slow down.


  5. Bro I feel you.. When I went to Breckinridge Co to film two music videos..we were 10-12,000 above sea was brutal trying to breathe and film🎥🤦🏻‍♂️

  6. Love the Luma fade joke 😂 , great video and the timelapses are so crazy good, hope the forest fires didn't spread too far, looks like it was contained from that drone shot!

  7. Great video. Didn't realize you lived in Austin. So do I! Thanks for everything you share. You've been a great help for my YouTube journey. Cheers!

  8. The quality of your content deserves more subscribers ! i love your videos , the way you explain things….. keep it up young fella. VIEWER IF YOU ARE READING THIS COMMENT and haven't subscribed do it, but even better share one of the videos to 5 of your friends, let's help Matt reach half million subscribers and ensure this channel stays for a long time.

  9. Matt you forgot to dive under water and mute the music for a minute 😂😂😂 I see that in EVERY travel video!

  10. Watched the whole video without having to skip any clips. Thanks for the insight for making a great travel video. Will check out the travel film now. 👍😊

  11. Hey, Matt really great format, its always rewarding watching your videos as you are just really relaxed and authentic. Hope you had a wonderful family holiday

  12. Ah man , great video! So inspiring. Wouldn’t have watched the film if I hadn’t seen this! Going to watch film now

  13. Hey Matt, loved this BTS. Some incredible shots. I have lots of old school footage that is rotting away in a cupboard. Do u have a link or something that u can share with me so that I am able to get that old school footage from the tape to hard drives. Really dont wanna lose the footage. Thanks!

  14. This feels so authentic and inspiring. Beautiful scenery, great music, perfect mood. Thanks for sharing this video Matt! Appreciate your work.
    Ps: I just watched it projected full HD on my bedroom wall and it looked incredible!

  15. Hi Matt, Great video! Premiere Pro question…

    When I import footage (shot on a Samsung Note 9) the 30 FPS footage actually shows varied frame rates (29.976, 30.01, 30.014, 29.73. 29.69, etc) My other frame rates do this as well. Does this matter? If I modify all of the footage in Premiere assuming a frame rate of 29.976 for my 30 fps footage, etc will I have any issues?

  16. I need a little help, if someone can. I am building my first computer using Matt's video (NZXT H500/H500i Installation Guide….). I bought the H510 case instead of the H500i, though. I don't recall why as I had to wait a month for my power supply. Anyway, when he got to connecting the fans, that's where it went wrong for me. Instead of having a Molex connector, my 2 case fans each have a 3-pin female connector. I don't know why it is different from the H500i, but there it is. I can't find an answer online to this problem, only smart-a$$es telling people to "read the manual", which doesn't offer a single word about how to connect those 3-pin connectors. I know it's off-topic for this video, but the build video is 2 years old, so no use asking for assistance there. If there is a helpful person who sees this, I would appreciate some help. Thanks. My power supply is EVGA G3-series 750, and my motherboard is the msi MPG C570 Gaming Edge wifi. Their manuals offer no help for this issue either.

    And, Matt, thanks for all of the videos as I am new to photography (I just took Black and White photography and Multimedia photography last semester and purchased my first 2 cameras, a film camera for B&W and a Nikon d5600), and I just bought a Sony EOS 250D for 4k video, so I need all of the helpful info you are providing.

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