The Etna volcano in Italy

January 2015 I traveled to Austria to a small town called Zell Am See (Europe). I grabbed my GoPro and some other accesoires and created this arm on top of my helmet.
First of all, this video was unplanned. It was a experiment were I used a extension arm on my ski helmet with a GoPro attached to it. When we viewed the footage we couldn’t stop laughing. I had to figure out a way to create a movie with those shots with this video as the result.
Before I start editing, I always choose the music I want to use. I knew this track called “Dance or Die” by Starcadian. What I loved was the tempo of this track. I don’t know exactly why but because it’s so fast it somehow became more funnier.
Within maybe 1 hour the edit was finished and I could work on the graphics.
This video needed two things, graphical transitions and a frozen background. For the transitions I used “shape layers” in After Effects. Then I applied them to my footage by using “Track mattes”.
For the title screens I used a ice texture with a lot of blending modes, blur effects and a displacement map for the distortion effect on the background photo.
Final Touch
The great thing about the Adobe Creative Suite is that it all works together. Here you can see a screenshot of my Premiere project. The Orange bar is my After Effects composition import in Premiere. I was able to add and adjust graphics and titles without having to render the whole thing.
100% shot with GoPro! I shot the video a 2.7K 4:3 at 25 frames per second.
For more making off information, photos and extras check my website. Photos from my trip to Thailand and the Etna volcano at Italy are on my website for you to enjoy. Please share your GoPro photos, can’t wait to see them.
A film by: Niels ten Hulsen
Music: Starcadian “Dance or Die”…
Camera: Hero 4 Black.
Riders: Niels ten Hulsen & Maurits den Dunnen