Four Days in New York City

A Traveler’s Perspective of The City that Never Sleeps

‘I’d say the only difficulty specific to New York for me was the size of it,’ UK filmmaker Josh Monie told us. ‘Of course, I knew Manhattan was a big place but the sheer length of time it takes to get from once place to another is crippling.’

Accompanying his father on a business trip to NY, it was only natural that he would be inspired to film the city that he had always wanted to visit. However, he very quickly found it might be more difficult to get those great shots than originally thought.

Currently, Josh is working at a production company on a large-scale skiing project, whilst also developing some personal work. We asked him more about his time filming in The Big Apple:

The Plus: What advice do you have for someone who wants to film in a busy city?
Josh Monie:
Don’t be afraid of pointing your camera at people. I found that it was the shots of people that really gave this video any depth – after all, a city without people is just buildings. There’s no emotion in loads of huge wides. They’re nice, but capture some faces, too.

TP: How did you find the shooting process?
As I was only shooting handheld (and very rarely on a small tripod), there weren’t any substantial technical challenges as such. I suppose shooting from the helicopter was tough. We took a tour, which lasted 15 minutes, and I had to try and frame around peoples arms and heads whilst fighting the vibration of the helicopter.

TP: Do you have a favourite shot?
I actually got my Dad to spin around in Times Square so I could replicate that “moment of awe” shot from so many movies made in New York. So probably that one.