Behind the Scenes; Rickshaw Run Projects

It’s all started last July 2015 when I sent a proposal email to the owner of theholidaze, Derek Freal, to work together for his India Rickshaw Run video project.

I offered him my ideas, to edit his Rickshaw Run videos not just a cut, edit and stitch job, however, by making the film becomes more entertaining  with more special effect and storytelling.

After the agreement, we had a plan to meet up somewhere in Southeast Asia in October, because he has more than 1 Terabyte footage of his India Rickshaw Run, which is easier to hand the footage straight to my hands than sending them via online or mail.

Unfortunately, shit happens. He couldn’t be able to fly to Southeast Asia for a meetup from India. But, the project must go on, and eventually, we decided to do this project remotely.

Our first plan, to create a less than two minutes Trailer for the whole episode. The biggest obstacle from this remote project is, sending more than 1 Terabyte seems like not as easy as it seems.

It took me less than a week to create a trailer from storyboard, fixing the faulty footage, color grading, composition and special effect with limited footage.

Which I believe, if I’d have watched the whole footage first before putting them into a trailer we’d get more crazy and action footage to put in, but our time was very limited and sending 1 TB footage via online, it takes forever. Even, when I blog this, I still only receive 10 percent of the whole footage.


After receiving ten percent of Footage, apparently, I began to realize, this project is not as smooth as I imagined. The challenging part, some or many footage I’ve got so far, were taken without a full clip, for example; footage when one of the team is talking or laughing, and then suddenly, the footage cut out, just stop.

Seems like, there was no coordination or pre-planning to shots, they each just filmed whatever they encounter.

Awww, that’s quite disappointing. By watching the footage from my client, I become pretty sure, a video editor supposed to be an extra cameraman and captured their gnarly Rickshaw Run activity. 🙂 , so it will make the editing process easier.

For example, I complained to Derek, hey, why did you cut a footage when the goats in Jaisalmer were approaching one another. It’s supposed to present as a whole clip.

Being a video editor, we have to pay attention to detail. Maybe, a goat is approaching another goat clip is not interesting for them, but for me, it could be a cute intermezzo. We can do dubbing for this goat couple like in animal planet documentary. Oh, c’mon…. and it will spice up this Rickshaw Run documentary.

Anyway, it would be a biggest homework for me to put all random, unfinished shots, shaky footage into a proper storytelling, since this film considered into a documentary category, not a music video.

Our main goal is to entertain and share the experiences during the crazy Rickshaw adventure across India on three wheels.

Besides several disappointing footage I’ve received from Derek’s, no worries, they have a lot of crazy, funny footage would make you guys laugh your pants off.

For the time being, enjoy the trailer, the whole episode is coming soon. Yeah, SOON !!!

Behind the scene;

After Special FX

After Special FX

Original Footage

Original Footage


After Special FX

After special Effect Footage.

Original Footage

Original Footage

Original Footage


Flock of birds

Flock of birds

Video editor is a tough job, as I told above, it’s not a cut, edit and stitch job only. But, it affects your health, in order to prevent audience from getting headache by watching a shaky video, like a martyr we suffer the agony for the sake of final result. We’ve been dealing with millions of shaky footage behind the scene.
Maybe, video editor is also a masochist, they enjoy the suffering, everyday.. and years… and it’s their job 😉

*The good side of this Rickshaw Run is not just for having fun, but each team had raised fund for local charity in India.


5 Responses to “Behind the Scenes; Rickshaw Run Projects

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  • musafirworks
    2 years ago

    Are you gonna hire me as your extra cameramen for your next grander adventure!!

    I will upgrade my rate end of this month..

  • Yeah, our number one priority was surviving the run — filming it was merely an after-thought. However we are planning another even grander adventure now, and this time we will bring along a gimbal (or three) and be sure to get some steady footage 😉
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  • How much you charge for making a 3 minute trailer??

  • Awww… cool, waiting for the whole episode 😛

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