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Colombia, My Experience, and a short montage film.

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1. Posted by TomCornelius (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hey travelers.

I have just arrived in this forum, so first and foremost I´d like to say hi!!! I hope to have many good discussions and find lots of useful information here on Travelers Point.

I will try to contribute as much as possible as well, so first thing I want to do is share very briefly, my trip to Colombia.

Colombia Montage Film on -snip- (about documentary making)

I arrived in Colombia in November last year and have yet to leave. (the tourism advert slogan is very accurate, ´the only risk is wanting to stay´. I flew in from New Zealand, via LA, and my first inkling of understanding of the Colombian people happened right as the plane touched down. The nervious passengers (mostly Colombians) suddenly erupted into celebration, shouting the likes of ´viva Colombia´!!! and opening bottles of rum. A young Costeña mother from Barranquilla invited me to visit them in there home and the general atmosphere was ecstatic!

Colombians are very patriotic and love there country. They see way past the dirty foreign image outsiders have given Colombia. They are rated the fifth happiest country in the world, according to the HPI (happy planet index) (although they are tenth to last on the global peace index).

I have read (I believe on Wikipedia, so may not be accurate) that Bogota DC has a lower crime rate than Washington DC, and I certainly have not felt in any danger during my entire stay thus far.

Bogota is an incredible diverse city (as lonely planet say ¨it is the city with one thousand barrios´. It is almost as diverse as the Colombian climate and landscape.

Instead of writing everything down I´d like to show you a short Montage film I photographed of the Colombian Coast. Because a picture is certainly a thousand words. This montage film is meant to show the beauty of Colombia and not the negative aspects, and is perhaps not necessarily the accurate reality of all Colombia, but its the way I see it. Vibrant, Alive, Colourful and Diverse.

Colombia Montage Film on -snip-
It was shot entirely on the canon 60D (with old Zeiss lenses) along the Caribbean Coast of Colombia (including the desert in Cabo de la Vela, the jungle in Tayrona National Park, and the Carnival in Barranquilla). Most of the footage is shot handheld, or using a homemade rig.

Thanks to the Quintero family for showing me your amazing country!

The music is by Ravi – Amazon Journey, and Totó la Momposina – Carnaval (Toto being a Colombian icon)

Please let me know what you think, and help share the beauty of Colombia by passing the link on.

On another note, next year I will be producing a documentary series about South America (as well as Central and North and Spain). Let me know if you´d like to help or be a part of it.

ps, I will write up a full article to post on here soon!
pss, (If anyone needs any advice on Bogota, Medillin, Cabo de la Vela, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Tayrona, Taganga, Villa de leyva, Villavicencio, or the islands, don´t hesitate to ask!)

[ Edit: Sorry, no personal details please. ]

2. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Really nice video Tom, it brought back lots of great memories from one of my favourite countries in the Western Hemisphere.

I work in commercial film production and Colombia definitely has the opportunity to become the "next big thing" following in the footsteps of South Africa, New Zealand, Iceland, Argentina, Chile, etc. IF (and that's a big "if") they play their cards right.

It's a small world, perhaps we'll bump into each other.

Best of luck.


3. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Moderators: Fortunately I caught Tom's website before it was deleted, but is there a way to follow proper forum posting guidelines and still let other forum members know about your non-commercial website? Could it be posted in your profile, or perhaps elsewhere on the forum?



4. Posted by TomCornelius (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Terry I´m glad you enjoyed the video. I obviously didn´t fully read the guide lines, so I apologize. Can I at least please link to the Youtube video? as that was a large part of the article. I don't want to be spamming the forum or anything, I just genuinely wanted to share some amazing images of Colombia as I genuinely think it is an incredible country.

Terry, thats great. I have a couple of film projects here in Colombia and hope to work on my first feature film here in Bogota late next year. Colombia has really given me some amazing opportunities. The people have welcomes me with open arms. (I am from New Zealand so I am very happy with current state of the film industry back home).

A great film that shows some of the areas I (was trying to) show in the short video is called Los Viajes Del Viento. I have noticed, since arriving a year ago that the film industry here has been growing pretty rapidly.

Thanks again Terry,

Would be great to bump into each other!

PS. Please Moderator can I link a youtube video to the article (without my personal website) as it really isn´t anything person.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Oct-2011, at 10:56 by TomCornelius ]

5. Posted by TomCornelius (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I hope I don´t get into trouble but this is the link just to the video about Colombia., I don't think I am breaking any rules as it isn´t advertising, its not personal information etc.

Enjoy the beauty of Colombia.

Thanks, Tom.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tom and welcome to Travellerspoint!

I have viewed your photo montage and will leave the link since you say the posting of it was not promotional in nature. Stating you are a documentarian by profession in your profile (and in this thread) does lead Moderators, and Administrators alike, to think otherwise and with good reason. The majority of first time posters placing such links do so for promotional purposes. I am taking you at your word such is not the case here. (Please don't prove me wrong.)

If you haven't done so already, you can add your website to your profile information. It will not be visible to the TP community until your have reached the 'Full Member' status. The easiest way to do that is by contributing helpful responses in the forums.

I highly recommend starting a blog on TP. It's easy. The forums are basically places where members can ask for and receive information. Articles and links, such as the montage, are a much better fit for the blog area. If you continue to place them in the forums, there's a very good chance they will be snipped again and (possibly) your membership inactivated due to promotional reasons. You have great material for a blog - it just doesn't fit the criteria of the forums.

7. Posted by TomCornelius (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Isadora

Hi Tom and welcome to Travellerspoint!

Thank you. I will head over and check out the blog. May be promotional at times, but really it is promotion of Colombia, which I think needs people writing about it more.

Thank you for allowing the link.


8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Not a problem - it comes down to a judgement call and I understand why the original URLs were 'snipped'. I would have done the same if I'd come across the post before my co-moderator or Admin made the decision.

If you really want to write about Colombia, then I recommend the TP Travel Guide - Colombia section. Like the forums, the information is moderated but also allows more latitude. If you have stayed in a particular accommodation you really liked (or disliked), you can write a review in the accommodations area. Between your own blog, the travel guide and accommodation areas, you'll be fine. Don't forget to answer forum questions and consider becoming a 'travel helper' for the countries you have visited.

TP gives you several options for sharing information. It's also one of the top-rated travel sites because of it's control of spam, promotional material, inflammatory comments and the alike. (Not to mention excellent travel information! Sorry, that was a 'given'.)

9. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Great film Tom-loved the shots of Cabo la Vela!

10. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1031 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I really really enjoyed that. Thanks for sneaking the link back in. I can't quite get why it wasn't allowed, though. I love Colombia, and believe it is a great place to go...So I am against people promoting it, for the most part....But that was really really good. I loved the closing image...that was just...well, dangerous for me, because my feet just got itchy to go back there.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Nov-2011, at 20:46 by Piecar ]