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Old 11-21-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
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A Motorcycle Tale: DC to the Dragon

Hey guys!

A few weeks back, two friends and I attempted a weekend ride from DC to the Tail of the Dragon and back! We had an awesome time and were in the peak of the fall foliage!

I brought along a Canon 60d and a couple GoPro's and have been working on an 8-9min edit of the trip. Not quite finished the full edit yet, but here is a teaser that I threw together, let me know what you think!

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Motorcycle Adventure: DC to the Dragon TEASER from Urban Forest Media on Vimeo.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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Full edit!

Hey All!

Here is the full length edit. Let me know what you think! Critique is always welcome!

A Motorcycle Tale: DC to the Dragon from Urban Forest Media on Vimeo.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:59 AM   #3
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Wow

I usually prefer stills and let the pics do most of the story telling. I think that is because most normal folks cannot make video of your caliber. Great job. Sorry this trip got cut short, but based on the video you did not miss anything by not making it to the dragon. The dragon is an experience and there are great roads all around, but the roads you guys came on were also very nice. Glad to see that no was injured in the accidents. Please post in the future, you guys are definitely talented.
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:54 PM   #4
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Outstanding video.
Sorry you didn't reach your goal.
You clearly still had a great time,
except for the accident of course.
I rode the dragon in September,
in the rain.
It was still great and I will go back.
Where is the lake you camped by?
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:29 PM   #5
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What are you editing with?
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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I really enjoyed it. Sorry about the crash. Can't think of anything better than soaking in a hot spring to relieve the soreness from a get off. Great editing and I would love to see some more ride reports in the video variety.
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:38 PM   #7
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I liked it Got a very real feel for the trip and you guys did a good job of narration.Kept everyone knowing exactly what was going on.

Looking forward to your next adventure!
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Old 11-27-2013, 05:53 PM   #8
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Fantastic Art

Loved it. The mood was just right between the music/interviews/video.

Do the dragon and let loose!

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Old 11-27-2013, 10:56 PM   #9
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Fantastic video, did you use a go-pro for the taping? Did you do interview-style sessions or just sit in front of the camera and start talking.
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Old 11-28-2013, 06:12 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the feedback guys! It's awesome to hear you guys like it!

We used a lot of gopro footage for the riding shots and the interview sessions where I pulled the narration from was on the last day, I just had everyone sit in front of the camera and tell the story from beginning to end. Then I picked through to find which version I liked for each part.

I edit in Adobe Premiere and After Effects. The lake we stayed at was Lake Watauga just south of Mountain City TN.

We are planning to shoot another trip next year! I'm really hoping at some point I will be able to ride/document the TAT!
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:17 AM   #11
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Great post! Loved the video. Shame you didn't make it to the Dragon but looks like you still had an awesome adventure! Glad you guys were okay. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:53 AM   #12
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Great video and footage! Mini documentary style
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:07 AM   #13
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Terrific stuff! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:57 PM   #14
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Nice shooting! First, I like the video, but since you asked for constructive criticism (and recognizing that every editor has their own style...)

Minor quibbles, since you clearly have good control of the editing process

1. Audio between narration and music was a bit off. Bump up the narration bits a bit.

2. I've never been a fan of the black over narration sequencing. Just sorta feels jerky to me. A couple of the black sections felt a bit long.

3. Really like the quality of the shooting and editing other than those two items.

4. A bit more of an introduction to you guys as people to set up the story would have helped grab the viewer. How long you been friends? How long have you been riding? Who is on what bike? Maybe some lower thirds on the closeups?

Sure, we are riders and just about any story with riding will get a LOT of attention on ADV, but the stories that matter are about the people who ride.

Reject any of that if you wish--I watched it a couple of times and enjoyed it as it is!
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Old 11-29-2013, 04:15 AM   #15
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Cool video.
Sorry about the change of plans.
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