So finally after months of slow painful editing Quy Nhon was released earlier today. Arguably, one of the best SoJournaling Vietnam videos to date. It's also the last video to use my old Canon HV 30. It's an end of an era. Or the beginning of one depending on your perspective.
Quy Nhon was all about timing. I really had no plans when Judd and I boarded that train. I knew virtually nothing about the area. All I knew was that the train passed by it sorta, and I wanted to use the train as my primary mode of transport. A lot of footage was cut. We met a funny British dude that due to pacing reasons, I had to ultimately leave out. Hurricane Haiyan made the first few days interesting, yet it was hard to capture those moments of uncertainty as people filled sand bags all over the place. Nearing the end of the first day, Judd and I just sat around semi-bored with really nothing much to do. Some temples were on the list, but you've seen so many temples that it's not even funny anymore. Then timing was also right, and four dudes rolled up, and our two groups merged, and we instantly became friends. They really helped make this trip memorable because the storm never came.
The video itself is a little bit different than previous videos not only because it's longer, but also because I tried to experiment more with camera movement before cuts. So, some of those weirder sudden zoom ins and outs or side pans and then cut to a different scenes were all planned. I didn't become lazy and didn't edit those out. I wanted to see how it would look. In the end, I'm pretty content with it. Like I said before, cinematography is a favorite part of filming for me. I enjoy framing a shot and praying it comes out right without a viewfinder.
It's also pretty evident throughout the piece that Ngoc still is on my mind. There hasn't been a day that goes by she doesn't cross my mind. I'm trying my best though, time erases everything. It's just a matter of time before I can function normally without wondering what did I do to deserve such drama that's still affecting me as I write this. I can't help but feel sorry for her. She had it all with me. I worshipped her. I would have put a ring on that if she actually existed. I was only able to afford the Yamaha FZS because I spent months saving up and starving myself knowing she'd be here so we could do things like together. Of course that never panned out, so at least I'm left with something besides bitterness and a slow indifference. I just need some more time, and things will be more than fine.
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