As I look back over the last 12 months I am reminded that life passes quickly, especially the older one gets. Through the many challenges and aspects of our lives, we are surrounded today by many forms of inspiration. As a photographer I am always combing through various videos that address and inspire different portions of my life. At the end of the year I try and compile my favorite five. Okay, maybe these aren’t the best five films of the year, but I have found some form of inspiration in each of them. So crank up those speakers, find a quiet place and hopefully these short films will offer a little inspiration in your own life.
I wear many different hats in my life, but first and foremost is that of being a Dad. I love my kids and the individual dynamic that they provide to my life. I enjoy being a Dad and the opportunities it presents to teach, listen, and hopefully inspire my kids to find their own true self. I know this video is just a commercial for granola bars, but if you are a Dad with a daughter, or a daughter with a loving Dad, I think you will understand.
Photography / Film Making
I am an adventurer/photographer by trade and a wanna be film maker on the side. The challenges associated with making a film are enourmous, especially when trying to synchronize shots alongside audio. This may just look like another music video, but the technical complexity and creativity showcased in these short 4 minutes is astounding.
Just a warning that this is a long feature and the pilots have a few “potty mouth” moments (understandable). This film and adventure was an inspiration to me. Not just what Will and Gavin accomplished, nor because I am looking to repeat their quest, but rather an inspiration to what can be accomplished on a paraglider when you stay focused. It rekindled in me the reasons why I decided to paraglide in the first place, and encouraged me on how I want to continue to approach my craft.
It is no secret that I love to visit and photograph our National Parks. Time lapse photography is also something that consumes much of my photography these days, and I enjoy it immensely. The Pattiz brothers are doing some great things related to both pursuits. Therefore at least one of their excellent videos easily finds it’s way onto my list this year. I encourage you to check out more of their great work.
I have posted this video in the past, but I still love it. Gnarly Bay always delivers a meaningful film with meaningful life lessons. Over the last several months as I have been dealing with some health challenges in my life this video has been a great inspiration to me. It has helped me deal with the concept of making the most of the cards I am dealt. As you look forward to a new year, perhaps this short film will provide a little inspiration in your life as well.
Have you found any videos that inspire you? If so, leave a comment and a link below. Here is to another excellent year, and may you continue to find your needed inspiration along the way.