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From Portland to Patagonia: Long Road South begins

Last December when I was in Portland visiting family for Christmas, I got to make a really fun video about a couple’s journey.

The Long Road South from The Long Road South on Vimeo.

At the time of the shoot, Seth and Kelly were just starting to plan their trip. It seemed like a wild idea to bike unsupported for that long of a trip, and with Seth on a hand bike. But these two aren’t your average couple.


I shot and edited the video right after a few weeks of intense training with Carl Crum of Brazos Film & Video, so it was quite an experience putting all my training to use.

Putting together the "paper" edit

Putting together the “paper” edit


At the time none of my lenses had Image Stabilization, and I didn’t have any of the great lights and sound equipment that I had at the station, but I made what I had work. I bought compact fluorescents from Home Depot and attached them to the super cheap work light kits.

And best of all, I happened to pick up my brother-in-law Ben from the airport right before I was supposed to start the shoot, so at about an hour’s notice, I got to train Ben to be my second shooter.

Well today, Seth and Kelly are on their way! It’ll be a year-long journey, and you can follow it all at:


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