A VISUAL STORYTELLING AGENCY

WhereNext? Outtakes from cold, wet, but sometimes sunny shoot for ExO Fall 2015 catalog in Colombia’s 12,000 ft Páramo—an ancient sponge ecosystem that provides most of Bogota’s water supply. Odd 10ft tall trees are called Piña de Páramo—Pineapple of the Paramo. We also shot in Fomeque, the completely random record holder for hosting the most Nissan Patrol 4x4s per capita for any town in the world.

Fun to be getting these tear sheet snapshots via email. ExO / South Africa Tourism Visual Storytelling campaign is in full swing with ads in Afar, Men’s J, Nat Geo Traveler, and loads of other places. We’re telling stories around found talent with street cred—ie. I find the models randomly and in real time along the way. We photographed Margarita Robles(middle) after Gregg Bleakney struck up a conversation with her boyfriend in a restaurant, Allison (left) while she was studying to be a game guide, and Ross (right) who works the dream job as a certified walking safari guide at the Phinda reserve. It’s pretty wild to find people on the street and photograph them for a global ad campaign—but when it comes to commercial storytelling, we’ll take truth over fiction any day.

Fun to be getting these tear sheet snapshots via email. ExO / South Africa Tourism Visual Storytelling campaign is in full swing with ads in Afar, Men’s J, Nat Geo Traveler, and loads of other places. We’re telling stories around found talent with street cred—ie. I find the models randomly and in real time along the way. We photographed Margarita Robles(middle) after Gregg Bleakney struck up a conversation with her boyfriend in a restaurant, Allison (left) while she was studying to be a game guide, and Ross (right) who works the dream job as a certified walking safari guide at the Phinda reserve. It’s pretty wild to find people on the street and photograph them for a global ad campaign—but when it comes to commercial storytelling, we’ll take truth over fiction any day.

Late last year, WhereNext Creative Director, Gregg Bleakney, was honored to be asked to be the closing keynote speaker for the 2013 ATTA World Summit in Namibia.

In preparation for Gregg’s preso, WhereNext? was commissioned to produce two short documentaries to encourage discussion of restorative tourism projects in front of standing room only audience of key adventure travel decision makers from around the world.  

In addition to producing the two videos in less than two days in the field, WhereNext? also organized and co-sponsored the unlikely journey of our humble Colombian subject to Africa, Mr. John Fredy Mora, who became the first citizen the history of his department to travel to Namibia.

BUSINESS is the most sophisticated track produced for the ExO’s Justification for Wanderlust video series.  This tune was written and recorded by Thaddillac and friends at his home studio in Seattle (his friends are the horn section for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)  Daniel Spils added piano, synths, bass and Davis’s (from Maktub) live drums at his basement studio and edited it down to under 2 minutes. Michael Cozzi mixed and mastered the tune because he’s an expert.

Justification for Wanderlust
A Web-Series Exploring the Reasons We Travel 

Episode 3

Gabo’s Story: Climbing in Colombia

A group of Colombian climber’s joy for slacklining leads to the discovery of never seen before world class caving systems in the heart of the country’s former cocaine production region.

Production and Writing: Gregg Bleakney / WhereNext.com
Videography and Editing: Julian Manrique
Narration: Gabo

Justification for Wanderlust

A Web-Series Exploring the Reasons We Travel 

Episode 2

David’s Story: Addicted to Overlandia

David Priddis was conceived on the road, when his parents were traveling overland across Australia. Thirty years later, his decision to leave his job and drive across South America, Africa and Asia in a Land Rover Defender was not a radical attempt to find himself, but a natural expression from a person who’s self-aware enough to know that his true home is out in the world.

Where?Next was commissioned by ExOfficio to produce a short narrative about David’s wanderlust from a series of interviews and GoPro clips uploaded to YouTube during his journey.

Director/Writer: Gregg Bleakney and David Priddis
Editor: Julian Manrique
Original Score: “Business” by Daniel Spils, Thaddillac and Friends
Footage: David Priddis