Canadian couple's 'Ireland Adventure' video goes viral
Published Thursday, July 25, 2013 9:04AM EDT
Most people's vacation pictures consist of countless of shots of beaches or cities, food they ate while travelling and the family and friends they shared the experience with.
Stephen Parker and his wife Shannon took it to the next level, recording hours and hours of video from their three-week trip to Ireland, then editing it all together into a stunning montage that is quickly going viral online.
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The stunning, 18-minute video, dubbed "A Fortnight Plus Half - An Ireland Adventure" feels more like a tourism film than a vacation memento.
It features footage of architecture, local music, nights out on the town and beautiful scenery -- even a sheep running down the road alongside their car. It also incorporates less glamorous moments, such as the challenge of navigating in a foreign country and driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.
The video has garnered more than 80,000 views in just a few days.
Stephen said Shannon did most of the planning for the trip, and as a professional video editor he felt his role was to record the adventure.
"I always have a camera in hand. I'm an editor, so I always want to be shooting stuff and telling stories," he told CTV's Canada AM.
"I thought the only way I could really contribute is to document it, do the best job I possibly could. And since I do this for a living, I thought if I didn't give it some level of polish I would never hear the end of it from my colleagues."
Both Stephen and Shannon come from Irish descent, and wanted to make a film that not only captured their adventure, but showed off the country.
Shannon said she felt their video achieves that goal.
"We've got compliments from people saying, the best compliment they can give us is that it makes them feel homesick and that makes us feel great, that we've shown the country in its true light," she said.