The vlog (from “video blog” or “video log”) was created in 2000 by Adam Kontras, to report on his move to Los Angeles. Now, millions of people create first-person videos to share their opinions, passions, and knowledge. While many vloggers deal with topics of broad interest—such as politics, travel, and romance—you can find niche vlogs dealing with activities like using sewing machines and deconstructing magic tricks. When a vlog category gets its own name, you can bet that it’s popular. A case in point is the motovlog (motorcycle + vlog), exemplified in a short compilation movie by Joanathan Mackie.
Mackie shoots primarily using a GoPro 4 Silver. His motovlogs focus on rides that take advantage of the stunningly beautiful vistas of New Zealand. But he incorporates related activities such as visiting motorcycle shops, and even introducing his young child to the operation of his BMW.
While the visual aspect of motovlogging predominates—taking the curves, accelerating, passing—aficionados understand that the throbbing sound of the engine contributes a lot to the experience. In fact, many insomniacs have found that listening to motovlogs will put them to sleep. Mackie discusses this phenomenon in another of his vlogs—“Motorcycle sleep sounds.” And after a brief narration, he stops talking, allowing the roar of his machine to speak to those in his audience who seek a trip to dreamland.
Mackie’s “Best of the tasty bits from the last 3 years” was chosen as MobileMovieMaking’s Mobile Movie of the Week.