US International Film & Video Festival was founded in 1968. With your experience as chairman of the festival, what, in your opinion, describes the evolution of travel videos over the years.
Lee Gluckman Jr.
The travel industry has developed an even wider reach around the world because of the advances in technology. Travel films were originally seen in auditoriums around the world where a host or producer/cameraman would stand before the audience and talk or narrate the film he had just been creating on over the previous year. The travel film would usually be about one location or subject somewhere around the globe. The presentation lasted about one hour. No music tracks on the films only a small tape player that might has some music to improve the viewing experience.
The next transition was for some travel films to be seen in schools or groups interested in travel and the films were sponsored by airlines and other travel related industries. Their length became shorter generally not exceeding 28 minutes. They had professional narrators and complete sound tracks.
As promotion in the travel industry increased from hotels, airlines, booking companies, and tourism offices that were established by countries, states, cities, and regions, the number of films and videos began to increase, but the distribution of those films was still limited to television and sponsored film distributors.
The big change came when the internet arrived and developed to where we are today. Along with the internet the production of the films became digital and the travel industry exploded so that almost any travel related organization could bring their video message to anyone interested in what they had to offer whether is was streamed from a website or downloaded. Further, the travel industry started increasing the quality of the productions by hiring professional producers to create their films for them so that the quality of the productions increased dramatically.