Whatever happened to travelogues?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Mxsmanic, Apr 29, 2011.

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    Mxsmanic Guest

    With all this fancy technology these days--high definition, dolby 5.1 sound,
    digital recording, 3-D, etc.--why isn't anyone producing travelogues?

    When I was little, there were travelogues on TV. They were dated even then,
    but at least they were travelogues. You could see all sorts of cities around
    the world. Now there seems to be nothing. Aren't people interested in seeing
    the rest of the world?

    Does anyone remember a TV show called "Across the Seven Seas" with Jack
    Douglas? I remember seeing reruns of it as a child. Nobody does that any more.
    Mxsmanic, Apr 29, 2011
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    Aretwodeetwo Guest

    Don't you have the Travel Channel?
    Fucking travel shows everywhere. :)

    I like Samantha Brown, especially in a bikini
    Aretwodeetwo, Apr 29, 2011
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    Brian Guest

    Try this site for travelogues

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Apr 29, 2011
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    A travel show and a travelogue aren't quite the same thing.

    No, I don't have the Travel Channel. Does it have _travelogues_?
    Mxsmanic, Apr 29, 2011
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    Mxsmanic, Apr 29, 2011
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    Bob Myers Guest

    They don't show newsreels in the movie theaters any more, either. As
    was already noted, the audience for "travelogues" has pretty much been
    over by other distribution channels, such as the Travel Channel,
    National Geographic Channel, etc.. However, I still see a good number
    of old-fashioned "travelogue" films being offered through several local
    community venues. Just because they're not making it into your area is
    no indication that nothing is being produced.

    And what does the "fancy technology" have to do with the choice of what
    sort of content gets shot in the first place?

    Bob M.
    Bob Myers, Apr 29, 2011
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    Brian Guest

    As a travelogue is a lecture about the places visited and experiences
    encountered by a traveler, you'll find plenty of video travelogues on


    Regards Brian
    Brian, Apr 30, 2011
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    I've looked, but I don't see anything in the classic style of travelogues.
    Most are edited like music videos and/or have a very strong promotional or
    commercial feel to them. They are not simply documenting a trip, they are
    actively promoting a destination, and the editing is so poor that you cannot
    get a good look at anything, anyway. High-speed pans and zooms and shots that
    never exceed a second or two in length do not travelogues make.
    Mxsmanic, Apr 30, 2011
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    Not much. But it is intriguing to see how boring the content becomes when the
    technology advances. Arthur Clarke predicted that, and now it seems to be
    coming true.
    Mxsmanic, Apr 30, 2011
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    kaboom Guest

    **They have really old travelogues on Turner Classic Movies as filler
    in between movies. A few days ago, they broadcast the "Visiting Italy"
    (1951) travelogue. I see what you mean though, I really enjoy them
    even though they are quite old. They are like mini-documentaries
    without all the commercialism.

    kaboom, Apr 30, 2011
  11. I have seen some of these myself, shown for the public in a venue such
    as a university lecture hall, in the evening, with the narration
    provided live by the filmmaker rather than recorded on the soundtrack.

    What do your local libraries have under DVD 914 through DVD 919? I don't
    have cable TV (don't watch broadcast TV either), but I rely on the local
    library and Netflix. Do you consider the videos put out by the likes of
    Rudy Maxa and Steve Ricks to be travelogues?

    Lee Choquette, May 1, 2011
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    I saw one of those, too, at a university auditorium. A live narrator and some
    corny background music, but surprisingly, it was an interesting show. Maybe
    the fact that a live person is narrating helps.
    Never heard of Rudy, but Rick Steves isn't anything like the travelogues I
    have in mind, although he comes a lot closer than most.
    Mxsmanic, May 1, 2011
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    Yes! They were exceedingly corny, but they held your interest, because they
    actually conveyed interesting information. They showed interesting images and
    had meaningful narration.

    Today, travel shows are so briskly edited that you never actually see anything
    of substance: pan, pan, zoom, zoom, never let the viewer get a good look at
    anything. And the narration is more chatty small talk than hard information.
    The video tries to look cool rather than educational. You end up not knowing
    any more about a place at the end than you did at the beginning.

    And current travel shows are crassly commercial. You can tell that the idea is
    to make money somehow. Lots of hotels and restaurants show in their best
    attire and named. Very little of anything is shown that doesn't have something
    to do with spending money. Very disappointing.

    What I wonder is whether the disappearance of classic travelogues is a
    question of low demand or low supply.
    Mxsmanic, May 1, 2011
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    Brian Guest

    One of the better travelogues I've seen was done by Michael Palin (one
    of the Monty Python cast)


    You might be able to hire or buy the videos.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, May 1, 2011
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    Brian Guest

    I know this is a bit off the subject but one of the funniest
    Travelogues was done by the Monty Python team. This has nothing to do
    with the Michael Palin travelogues that I suggested in previous post.
    I saw it in a picture theatre when I went to watch "The Life of Brian"
    movie. It was clever they way they made it look like a serious
    travelogue before the main movie then later the person doing the
    dialog told how he really felt holding nothing back. I think it might
    have been put on one of the Monty Python DVD's. If anyone knows which
    DVD then please let me know.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, May 1, 2011
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    Jun 10, 2011
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    I remember in the 60's the Linki's and Bill Burrud

    I remember in the 60's the Linki's and Bill Burrud (sp?) enterprises.....
    TV was full of travelogues......

    look in wikipedia.org for Bill Burrud - since i am a new user I can not post a direct link yet but.....I found his on Bill....

    Ed Sharpe, Archivist for SMECC

    See the Museum's Web Site at smecc.org

    Couryhouse, Jun 10, 2011
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