Migration Mark explores Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Video Documentary 2010

By Mark Wiens 11 Comments

This is my first amateur attempt at producing a video in the form of a short documentary.  The video showcases a few markets, bug eating, things to do, and other culinary adventures in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  It could still use some work, and I could work on my narrative, but it’s my debut attempt.

If you have 10 minutes I would be grateful if you would check out this video and let me know your thoughts or ways to improve.  Thanks a lot!

I plan to start making other 10 minute or less documentary videos in different cities around the world.

Thank you so much for watching and I would appreciate any feedback or suggestions!

-Migration Mark

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  • Don

    13 years ago

    Nice video Mark. Brings back some great memories of the time I spent in Phnom Penh a few years ago.

  • Lola

    14 years ago

    I enjoyed your video. The baguette sandwich looked so delicious. My mouth was watering. My only suggestion is to do a video that offers a fresh perspective on international travel. You have such a laid back attitude, it’s easy to listen to you. I look forward to your next installment.

    • Mark Wiens

      14 years ago

      Thanks Lola!
      Next video, I will try to get a little more creative and offer more of my personal perspective! Thanks for checking it out!

  • Anil

    14 years ago

    I think that would work well, or breaking the documentary up into ‘chapters’ and having them available as separate videos as well.

  • Mark Wiens

    14 years ago

    Hey Anil, Thanks a lot for watching and for the tip.

    Would the shorter version almost be like a movie trailer, advertising some of the cool things in the full video?

    Sounds like a pretty good idea, thanks for the advice and hope you are doing great!

  • Anil

    14 years ago

    Pretty good debut – you speak well on camera which is where I think many have problems. I’d suggest doing a shorter set of series with each documentary for the blog but also link to the full version. I’ve heard many other bloggers who’ve found this blend works well.

  • Mark Wiens

    14 years ago

    @Kyle: Thanks a lot! Yes, as a matter of fact the Kandal market which is full of market hair salons had many Vietnamese. There was also some highly influenced Vietnamese cuisine. Yah, if you ever get a chance, Phnom Penh is an entertaining little town.

    @James: Thanks for watching it and for the advice, next video documentary I will try to add a few more options for things to do.

    @Randall: Yah, I do definitely look up to Bourdain and Zimmern, they have great shows. Figuring out all the sound balances was driving me a little crazy, next time I think I can improve that. Appreciate you watching it!

  • Randall

    14 years ago

    I really enjoyed it. The sound was a little soft for a while but overall it was great.

    Vietnam is a place I always wanted to visit. Once I move from the U.S. to the Philippines I will be more able to travel to exotic places like that.

    Your video was a little “Anthony Bourdain” and a little “Andrew Zimmern” (eating bugs).

    Seriously, I wished it would have gone on longer! Great work!

  • unbjames

    14 years ago

    Very well done … could use a little more mention of things to do, but the food and the markets seemed to be a big event in and of itself!

  • Kyle

    14 years ago

    Loved the video! That baguette sandwich looked so good! Unfortunately when I came to Cambodia from Vietnam I didn’t have time to explore Phnom Penh. I went straight to Siem Reap to see Angkor. Next time I go I would love to sample some of those foods you ate! Did you notice any Vietnamese in the markets you visited?