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STEPS: Why Pilgrims Walk the Camino de Santiago

2020 Camino Guides

jj-now

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Frances, walked from 6-Feb to 3-Mar-17.
Future: Camino Frances for summer 2019
Hi all,


I filmed a short movie covering the Camino last summer. It uses interviews, key facts and visuals to concisely show newcomers the Camino experience (and bring nostalgia to those who've walked).

I am studying my final year of undergraduate journalism and bled some heart and soul into this project. I'd really appreciate any exposure and/or feedback if inclined!

FILM LINK:

Buen Camino
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Nice video. Well done.
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2017)
Frances(2018)
Ingles(2019)
Aragones(2020)
Portuguese(2020)
Nicely edited and filmed. A good watch.

I think it was too concise, though. :)

Personally, I see you have the talent in this project to do a longer 30 to 45 minute video, That would give more breathing room for viewers to see the Camino's terrain -- as seen by the walking pilgrim -- along with more in-depth views of the supporting infrastructure (bars, mercados, alburgues, etc), and life on the pilgrimage from sunrise to sunset. The highs and lows: from blisters and snoring to the joys of ending a stage and relaxing, and the final last steps in reaching Santiago.

But in terms of THIS project, Well Done 👍
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Hi all,


I filmed a short movie covering the Camino last summer. It uses interviews, key facts and visuals to concisely show newcomers the Camino experience (and bring nostalgia to those who've walked).

I am studying my final year of undergraduate journalism and bled some heart and soul into this project. I'd really appreciate any exposure and/or feedback if inclined!

FILM LINK:

Buen Camino
Very nicely done, jj, and Davebugg has offered some useful points to move it up a notch. The tone of your voice is soothing, not jarring - a great start! Think carefully then, about the focus for your next one, as you have a talent that will be fine tuned as you go along in your course. Thanks for sharing this with us.
 

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
Great video, well put together.
Thank you.
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
The embedded link is timing out for me :( Can somebody give me the direct link please? BC SY
 

Michael-FL

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Caminho Portugues (2017)
Frances/Salvador/Primitivo (2021)
Hi all,


I filmed a short movie covering the Camino last summer. It uses interviews, key facts and visuals to concisely show newcomers the Camino experience (and bring nostalgia to those who've walked).

I am studying my final year of undergraduate journalism and bled some heart and soul into this project. I'd really appreciate any exposure and/or feedback if inclined!

FILM LINK:

Buen Camino
Well done. I liked it. There are as many reasons to walk the Camino as there are people, but I think uou captured a good representation, save for the spiritual aspect. I realize in today’s culture that gets overlooked or denied, but this is first and foremost a pilgrimage, one deeply personal and of great significance. And I think regardless of one’s religious tradition - or lack thereof, there is some kind of spiritual encounter along the way, which has the most lasting impact.
 

Turga

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
Nice video! Walking the Camino can be a very different experience to different people. I noticed that in your concluding remarks you used the term “Pilgrimage vacation” and my personal opinion is, that the video shows the “vacation” aspect more than the “pilgrimage” aspect. It focuses a lot on the social side, on walking in groups and chatting with each other. That is fine, that is the reality of the Camino for many people; but there is also a more spiritual/contemplative side to the Camino and there are people (myself included) who like to walk alone and to stay away from these groups. However, as I said, it is fine to focus on the social aspect and in doing so I think that the video is very well made.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
I noticed that in your concluding remarks you used the term “Pilgrimage vacation” and my personal opinion is, that the video shows the “vacation” aspect more than the “pilgrimage” aspect. It focuses a lot on the social side, on walking in groups and chatting with each other. That is fine, that is the reality of the Camino for many people; but there is also a more spiritual/contemplative side to the Camino and there are people (myself included) who like to walk alone and to stay away from these groups.
I think that reflects the reality of the Camino in recent years: it has become a platform for many different needs and intentions and interpretations. A few months ago @Kathar1na posted some fascinating statistics from 1987 which show a very different ethos. The vast majority of those walking declaring themselves as Christian (and more specifically Catholic) and to be walking for religious reasons. In fact only 5 individuals out of 1400+ described themselves as something else: two Jews, two Buddhists and one solitary "sans religion". A massive change in the perception of what the essence of the Camino is.
Statistics 1988 (1).jpg
 

GraemeHall

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances: St-Jean-PdP - Santiago dC - Muxía - Fisterra (Aug 2017 and March/April 2018)
Nice work. There are a couple of observations you make about the very secular, vacation-like nature of the Camino Francés peregrination these days. Like some others, I feel compelled to note that this does not reflect me as a pilgrim at all, but I accept, sadly, that you have captured the reality of it. This probably reflects contemporary Western life in a nutshell.
 

GraemeHall

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances: St-Jean-PdP - Santiago dC - Muxía - Fisterra (Aug 2017 and March/April 2018)
Nice work. There are a couple of observations you make about the very secular, vacation-like nature of the Camino Francés peregrination these days. Like some others, I feel compelled to note that this does not reflect me as a pilgrim at all, but I accept, sadly, that you have captured the reality of it. This probably reflects contemporary Western life in a nutshell.
I should add.... it's sad that the ladies central to this film denied laughingly that there was any spitiual/religious dimension yet are photographed with compostellas. So they clearly lied at the pilgrim office. Apparently the case for most who receive the acknowledgement.
 

kelleymac

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
Well done. I liked it. There are as many reasons to walk the Camino as there are people, but I think uou captured a good representation, save for the spiritual aspect. I realize in today’s culture that gets overlooked or denied, but this is first and foremost a pilgrimage, one deeply personal and of great significance. And I think regardless of one’s religious tradition - or lack thereof, there is some kind of spiritual encounter along the way, which has the most lasting impact.
I second this. I liked the video, but was sad to see only those who were walking for non-spiritual reasons, and who were dismissive to spirituality. -- For me, I was surprised at how often I was touched by the grace of God on the Camino, and also for me, the Camino is (was?) a place where I could be open about my faith. Walking the Camino for me, made me realize that my entire life is walking toward Christ. I know it is not this for everyone, and everyone has their own camino-- But I guess I'm back to the question of "What is a Pilgrimage? And what is a long walk?"
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe, BR (01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT (09/2019)
You managed to convey a little of what the Camino represents for some but I didn't like the focus on the two women who seemed well suited to each other. They give the impression they were on a walking holiday and didn't seem open to others and the spirit of the Camino. I didn't learn anything new about the route or perspective of the pilgrims you decided to focus the attention on. To be honest, quite bland considering your studying journalism and obviously talented 🤠
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
I would like to expand to what Turga said. There is no criticism about your video whatsoever except for the last line about choosing a pilgrim "vacation" We all have our own valid reasons for walking but my fear that is becoming a reality is that the "Camino" is becoming a tourist destination. For me quite depressing. You show a great ability as a young filmmaker. No need to critique your style and technical prowess as it is there for all to see. There were moments in the film when you spoke to a few people who obviously were going through some profound personal and spiritual issues. I am sure there were more that you filmed that were also experiencing a change, trauma or a powerful reason to walk. I really wished you had delved more deeply into those people. I don't know maybe they were not willing to talk on camera about this.
I for one and I am sure I am in the minority have stopped watching almost all videos that people shoot and post. Yes some are very good and some are just fun. But they have a sameness to them. Waking up, walking, scenery, eating, music, or talk about much of the same things, bedbugs, blisters, food, "camino families" etc. etc. etc.
Of the many docs and films I have watched only one and one half stand up. "Six Ways To Santiago" is the first one. Not from the perspective of the people who the documentary revolved around. Although I enjoyed hearing their stories for the most part. It was again, at the end of the day not very memorable or most of the time not that interesting me. What I found far more compelling was the interviews with the Spaniards who lived on or were connected to the Camino spiritually. There definitely is a very deep connection among many Spanish people to the Camino that others do not have, even many of us who have walked, even multiple times. Their connection runs to the fabric of their souls and has nothing to do with albergues, blisters or tour companies that provide luxury camino experiences.
But by far the best documentary I watched was "Looking For Infinity: El Camino". I found myself deeply moved by the words of many of the people. One person that is highlighted was the young man who set up a home on the Meseta. I spent a very stormy 3 hours with him when walking conditions on the Meseta were near impossible in 2014. I hope you do watch it. Of course I did not connect with every one who was featured but I loved the tone and purpose of the video.
At the end a man speaks - (mostly direct quotes with a little paraphrasing) "In the end you just walk.. It is metaphoric. You are walking for your soul. Every step you take, is a step closer to freedom. Every step you take is honesty walking with honesty. IF YOU WALK AS A TOURIST, SHOPPING ALL THE TIME, SPENDING MONEY, YOU WILL BE THE SAME PERSON, NO CHANGES. THEN EL CAMINO WAS WORTHLESS. I recommend the camino to everyone. It is an incredible experience."
I am sure you could make a doc too that would add so much more to the Camino experience than my blisters.
I am sure what I wrote above may anger some and many others will say it is not true for me. But for me every year I walk I feel something may be slipping away from the meaning of pilgrimage and purpose. The closer I get to Santiago the more I feel it. It is just my opinion and feeling and holds no greater value than someone who disagrees. I will keep walking and keeping my Camino spirit alive. This year Portugal for a second time and next year VDLP.
Keep filming and keep putting your heart and soul into it. You can never go wrong that way!
 
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lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
I second this. I liked the video, but was sad to see only those who were walking for non-spiritual reasons, and who were dismissive to spirituality. -- For me, I was surprised at how often I was touched by the grace of God on the Camino, and also for me, the Camino is (was?) a place where I could be open about my faith. Walking the Camino for me, made me realize that my entire life is walking toward Christ. I know it is not this for everyone, and everyone has their own camino-- But I guess I'm back to the question of "What is a Pilgrimage? And what is a long walk?"
I am totally not into religion whatsoever. But that is my business and no one else's. I LOVE what you wrote. It is 1000% my feelings also. If walking towards Christ is your "Way" you are a lucky man to have discovered that. I am walking towards my still yet completely disclosed place. I believe you already know what is Pilgrimage. It sure isn't a long walk. I will withhold my thoughts about people who walk for a bucket list, or fun and then still walk away unchanged to myself. Takers but you my friend are giving all your soul to the steps you take on Pilgrimage.
 

Chris Gi

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Did April through June 2018 from Pamplona to Santiago. 2020 May or end of September.
Hi all,


I filmed a short movie covering the Camino last summer. It uses interviews, key facts and visuals to concisely show newcomers the Camino experience (and bring nostalgia to those who've walked).

I am studying my final year of undergraduate journalism and bled some heart and soul into this project. I'd really appreciate any exposure and/or feedback if inclined!

FILM LINK:

Buen Camino
A lovely video. Thank you. So many people using their poles incorrectly 🙄. Is that bad of me to notice that?
 

kelleymac

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
I am totally not into religion whatsoever. But that is my business and no one else's. I LOVE what you wrote. It is 1000% my feelings also. If walking towards Christ is your "Way" you are a lucky man to have discovered that. I am walking towards my still yet completely disclosed place. I believe you already know what is Pilgrimage. It sure isn't a long walk. I will withhold my thoughts about people who walk for a bucket list, or fun and then still walk away unchanged to myself. Takers but you my friend are giving all your soul to the steps you take on Pilgrimage.
thanks.
 

jj-now

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Frances, walked from 6-Feb to 3-Mar-17.
Future: Camino Frances for summer 2019
Nicely edited and filmed. A good watch.

I think it was too concise, though. :)

Personally, I see you have the talent in this project to do a longer 30 to 45 minute video, That would give more breathing room for viewers to see the Camino's terrain -- as seen by the walking pilgrim -- along with more in-depth views of the supporting infrastructure (bars, mercados, alburgues, etc), and life on the pilgrimage from sunrise to sunset. The highs and lows: from blisters and snoring to the joys of ending a stage and relaxing, and the final last steps in reaching Santiago.

But in terms of THIS project, Well Done 👍
Thank you!! Will be making a 20-minute version for Spring. It would be fantastic to rewalk with better planning and resources to really capture everything with due diligence. Appreciate the comments on landscapes and experiences.
 

jj-now

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Frances, walked from 6-Feb to 3-Mar-17.
Future: Camino Frances for summer 2019
Nice video! Walking the Camino can be a very different experience to different people. I noticed that in your concluding remarks you used the term “Pilgrimage vacation” and my personal opinion is, that the video shows the “vacation” aspect more than the “pilgrimage” aspect. It focuses a lot on the social side, on walking in groups and chatting with each other. That is fine, that is the reality of the Camino for many people; but there is also a more spiritual/contemplative side to the Camino and there are people (myself included) who like to walk alone and to stay away from these groups. However, as I said, it is fine to focus on the social aspect and in doing so I think that the video is very well made.
Agreed. As you can imagine, it's difficult to capture the solitary side because solitary people don't often want to be filmed; I needed to capture people being their authentic selves, so social angle was easier to cover..
 

jj-now

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Frances, walked from 6-Feb to 3-Mar-17.
Future: Camino Frances for summer 2019
You managed to convey a little of what the Camino represents for some but I didn't like the focus on the two women who seemed well suited to each other. They give the impression they were on a walking holiday and didn't seem open to others and the spirit of the Camino. I didn't learn anything new about the route or perspective of the pilgrims you decided to focus the attention on. To be honest, quite bland considering your studying journalism and obviously talented 🤠
I'll be forthcoming; I needed interviewees I could shoot relevant action shots with and reunite to film interviews that show a 'change'. I bonded well with Anja and Angela so, while others I spoke to may have had more insightful experiences, my time with these ladies worked better in a story structure.
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe, BR (01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT (09/2019)
I'll be forthcoming; I needed interviewees I could shoot relevant action shots with and reunite to film interviews that show a 'change'. I bonded well with Anja and Angela so, while others I spoke to may have had more insightful experiences, my time with these ladies worked better in a story structure.
If I was a journalist, I'd expect to be looking for unique perspective that others haven't covered. It might educate and entertain and subjects you choose are key to the human story. I didn't observe any sense of 'change' and its your choice to spend your time with whoever but in my experience there are much more insightful, inspirational and interesting pilgrims than the one's you choose. Maybe next time wait for the story to find you , wishing you luck with your journalistic journey 🤠
 

Jeff Titelius

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (León to Santiago) 2018
Hi all,


I filmed a short movie covering the Camino last summer. It uses interviews, key facts and visuals to concisely show newcomers the Camino experience (and bring nostalgia to those who've walked).

I am studying my final year of undergraduate journalism and bled some heart and soul into this project. I'd really appreciate any exposure and/or feedback if inclined!

FILM LINK:

Buen Camino
Beautifully produced with gorgeous video of the entire experience. Loved the interviews with some of the pilgrims however, I was hoping for more spiritual expressions or raw emotion that you often see along the Camino. I think you captured a little of it with the gentleman who was on the verge of tears. Next time, I think you should produce a longer version to capture the scenery, the albergue experience, the communal dining, etc. Most of all, some personal reflection as well. Don't be afraid to make it longer as I really didn't want this one to end. Overall, it was a fine job indeed!
 
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Orlaith

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Frances (2009) all of it at once, and part of it from Pamplona to Bugros again (2011). Walked a little of the Primitivo to Santiago and beyond to Finnestere (2012). I walked in France from Le Puy to Conque (2014). Walked the Camino Portuguese from Port to Santiago (2015)
Hi all,


I filmed a short movie covering the Camino last summer. It uses interviews, key facts and visuals to concisely show newcomers the Camino experience (and bring nostalgia to those who've walked).

I am studying my final year of undergraduate journalism and bled some heart and soul into this project. I'd really appreciate any exposure and/or feedback if inclined!

FILM LINK:

Buen Camino
Lovely film on the Camino. I did it over 10 years ago and so many ppl walk for so many different reasons. And your piece encapsulates that so well. Well done!
 
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