Whether it's photography or videography, we're always of the belief that we need that extra piece of gear to produce high quality and professional looking content. Be it a high-resolution camera to showcase detail, a rig for steady frames, or filters to deal with challenging light conditions, we're convinced that our vision can't be conveyed without a bag full of gear. While that may sometimes be true, this touching slow motion video shows just how much can be achieved with only a phone and a strong vision.
Shot and edited by Markus Kontiainen, Moments in Asia is a short visual diary of his visit to 11 cities in Japan, China and Southeast Asia during the Spring of 2014. While timelapses and hyperlapses have been all the rage lately, Markus forgoes their appeal and decides to go in the opposite direction by filming it using the iPhone 5s' 120fps mode. The resulting slow motion film allows us to better absorb the nuances that make the culture and landscape both beautiful and intriguing. We get a deeper sense of the people that inhabit these incredible lands, what their daily lives look like, and are given a chance to immerse ourselves in that world. Markus does a great job with the cinematography and editing which flows well and feels consistent from scene to scene. His choice of music augments the story of the film perfectly and enhances the overall mood. In short, it's the sort of vacation film that we all have the means to make but lack the skill and vision to bring to life.
Next time you think about taking cases of video gear with you on vacation, consider whether the phone in your pocket and a creative mind will suffice instead.