A video from the streets of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

A Short Video of San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful Mexican town. In honour of it, I made a short video of San Miguel de Allende in Super-8 style.

We shot this on our last afternoon in San Miguel de Allende. This is a new HD version because at the time we didn’t have the bandwidth to upload HD quality videos. The video footage was shot with an Olympus Pen EP-2 and edited in Final Cut Pro X. Because the quality of the video from the Pen isn’t fantastic, I’ve made the video a little retro Super-8 looking. And yes, I’ve actually used Super-8 and edited films made on Super-8. While I miss the tactile nature of working with film, the technology available these days to edit footage is extraordinary.

Lara and I both studied film for our first University degrees and in our past careers taught filmmaking and film production. Since then, the ability to edit a movie on a laptop has become commonplace, something we could only dream of when we sat in dark rooms on weekends cutting film for our university projects.

Also extraordinary is how you can quickly put together a little musical piece using GarageBand and a little portable keyboard. Digital audio recording has come so far as well. The first time I used Pro Tools in a recording studio many years ago, I knew that the days of tape would come to an end. However, being able to have 24 to 48 tracks of audio playback on a MacBook Pro with Logic Audio is the stuff of my teenage dreams as a songwriter. It’s a fascinating time to be a content creator.

A Short Video of San Miguel de Allende

An afternoon in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. From Gran Tourismo on Vimeo.

You can also view it here on YouTube.


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  1. fotoeins | Henry

    Ah, the memories of a pretty pretty and photogenic town.

    It was amusing to see so many Canadian- and American-retirees (escapees?) here in SMA, too. Then again, I wonder how many of them are willing to learn Spanish and/or able to hold a conversation with locals …

  2. Lara Dunston

    Hi Henry – agree, it’s just gorgeous, isn’t it? We hear you alright: a whopping 10% of the population were expats when we were there in 2010. And the expats we met gave visitors recommendations to eat at expat-owned restaurants/bars, shop at expat-owned stores, do cooking courses ran by expats, etc. This was our response: http://grantourismotravels.com/2010/09/24/tips-to-getting-the-most-out-of-san-miguel-de-allende/ and more specifically these http://grantourismotravels.com/2010/09/21/taking-traditional-mexican-cooking-classes-in-san-miguel/ and http://grantourismotravels.com/2010/09/20/lessons-in-silvermaking-in-san-miguel-de-allende/ and http://grantourismotravels.com/2010/09/22/the-sounds-of-san-miguel-de-allende/

    Also, take a read of this interview we did on the subject with retiree Richard Lander* I think you’ll enjoy it: http://grantourismotravels.com/2010/09/22/the-gangs-of-san-miguel-de-allende/ and then click through to his hilarious blog. *Richard is the father of Christian Lander, author of the blog and bestselling book Stuff White People Like.

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