Remember Who You Are | Iceland Cinematic Drone and Timelapse Travel Film

Iceland is a country that even after visiting, I still have difficulty believing exists. Snow-capped volcanoes piercing the skies, centuries-old glaciers covering the landscape like a quilt, dark water the color of ash folding up onto a black sand beach, and don’t even get me started on the sunsets that last for hours.

While incredibly harsh, this land is also graceful, full of quiet moments where all you hear is the tiny whisper as snowflakes fall on your face and melt, all you feel is the gentle spring of the moss that covers everything beneath your feet, and all you see is the Aurora Borealis dancing overhead. These and hundreds of other experiences are what I attempted to capture in this film of one of my favorite countries on Earth.

For me, Iceland is a reminder that God created a jaw-droppingly beautiful world, full of moments that are constantly reminding us of himself. When I traveled across this country I remembered who I was, his child. I hope you get to travel there as well one day and share the same experiences.

I’m also very excited to announce that I filmed a behind-the-scenes of this film, showing exactly how I captured the shots that you see in it. So if you’ve ever wanted to film a travel video yourself, I hope you will find it helpful! I’ll be posting the behind-the-scenes soon.

Many of the sound effects used in this film were either used with permission from Freesound.org (credits below), or from the amazing Archetype Sound Effects package from Lens Distortions.

The narration was handled expertly by Holly Lindin. She’s an amazingly talented voice-over artist from Canada, that I would highly recommend for any of your video projects.

I would also like to thank my wife Rachel for traveling to Iceland with me, putting up with my needs for “one more drone shot!”, and feeding me snacks throughout this trip.

Sound Effect Credits – Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License

Aspen Tree In Strong Wind by juskiddink on Freesound

Riviere-river by Glaneur de songs on Freesound

Seagulls by inchadney on Freesound

Waves Crashing On Stone Jetty by juskiddink on Freesound

Pink Lakes Wind From Inside A She Oak by kangaroovindaloo on Freesound

Horse Nicker 2 by GoodListener on Freesound

Svalbard_recherche_glacier_20060904 by jeo on Freesound

 

2 Comments
  1. Matt!

    Been one of your subscribers for quite a while…positively ADORED today's submission (still looking for the BTS link you were referring to in the end roll) — love the work you do and I always learn something from your liner notes and all the link sharing — Holly did a masterful job with the V.O. — lured me right into the visuals (however did you get the Icelandic pony to stand so still?).

    Grabbed the link right away and shared with a local colleague here in Toronto. A representative example of the standard of work I'd want to shoot for…just so that you know.

    So grateful to be a subscriber!

    –ADM

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