Behind-the-Scenes Filming for National Geographic Travel

Just me hanging out by myself on a picnic...

Just me hanging out by myself on a picnic...

This summer, I filmed a short video on Quebec City for National Geographic Travel. It is less than three minutes long, but it took two 16-hour days to film. Here's the final video.

I really like how it turned out, and it's mostly thanks to my videographer, Hai-Lam Phan. We worked really well together, and he understood what was important to me (therefore, I was super comfortable with him), while knowing what would work best on camera.

I'd wake up at 6:30am, attempt hair & make-up, then meet Hai and our local assistant Annabelle in the lobby. Most of all, I was obsessed with showing only really great places - places that a visitor would love.

I eat a lot in the video. No human can eat that much food, no matter how delicious. We'd film a bite or two for camera. We filmed at this super popular local bar - you have to find engaging, fun people to talk to and show on camera. A lot of people (more than I thought!) absolutely do NOT want to be on camera. We found a great group of guys-hockey players!-and then an amazing group of women, students at the local university.

What I love most about filming is it gives you greater access to people. My favorite moment of the video is when the mother kisses her son at Cafe St-Malo and says "My son" - I tear up every time! She started the restaurant and he has been working there since he was a toddler.

Canadian hockey players!

Canadian hockey players!