Our friend Matthew Vandeputte is back at it again. Last time we caught up with Vandeputte, he was first incorporating aerial video into his films at the sun-kissed beach in Noosa, Australia. But yesterday, Vandeputte release another short film which reminds us that Australia does have some of the most pristine beaches in the world.
The Sunshine Coast is located 100km north of Brisbane and is the third most populated area in the eastern state of Queensland, but you wouldn’t know it from the remote tranquility that Vandeputte shows. Once again, the filmmaker uses time-lapse, slow motion, and aerial footage to bring his viewers on a tour along the near perfect coastline that attracts over 3.2 million visitors a year.
In the years I have been covering Vandeputte’s work, I have noticed a shift in his filmmaking style that has really translated into cleaner and more cinematic short films. Part of this is due to the fact that he isn’t solely using time-lapse video to tell his stories. I asked Vandeputte about this maturity to his style.
I’ve always wanted to do more than ‘just’ timelapse. I feel like aerial photography and slow motion footage add different views and emotions that timelapse can’t. As technology becomes more accessible and affordable it becomes easier to create that extra layer of footage. For instance, my drone fits in a backpack which goes on my front side while I carry all my timelapse gear on my back. What I’m currently waiting for is a camera that fits in my bag that’ll allow me to add slow motion. It’s not just gear of course, you need to make sure that you’re not ‘spreading it too thin’. I’d hate to waste a shoot because I’m trying to focus on too many things. Currently I try and shoot stills, timelapses, aerial (photos and videos), snapchats and vlogs at the same time. This is only possible because I’ve become very efficient at covering all these things on their own. The time is coming though where I will have to rely on an extra pair of hands and eyes
And what about that beautiful rainbow that makes an almost perfectly timed entrance?
From where we were standing, we couldn’t see the rainbow. I only spotted it after I sent Bruce (that’s what I call my drone) airborne. I very calmly stated to the Tourism Australia rep and the other shooters “There’s a rainbow over Rainbow beach”(fitting name for it, yes?). But inside I was filled with excitement. I tried to keep my cool though. After landing the drone and when the golden light had vanished it really sunk in. What started that morning as a very grey and rainy day turned out to be one of the best ones yet.
Vandeputte was kind enough to provide Resource Travel with exclusive images and screenshots from his trip to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.