Guillaume Juin is a French filmmaker, with a pretty incredible portfolio – he does everything rom commercials, events, drone photography, to motion design and narrative. But his most prominent videos are the ones from his travels. He’s always on the road and on his Vimeo channel you can find videos from Argentina, Peru, Turkey and most recently Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
For our next video of the week, we’ve chosen the short film he created during his trip to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. On this trip Guillaume visited the most important natural sights in both countries. First on the list was the Ustyurt Plateau in Kazakhstan. This area of around 200,000 square kilometres is also called an “island”, because of its edge cliffs of over 300 metres high. The colour of the cliffs ranges from white to pink, with no green in the sight.
Next they visited the Altyn-Emel National Park, which is about 4 times the size of Hong Kong. Located approximately 260 km from Almaty, this is the perfect place to experience the Kazakh wilds.
200 km east of Almaty, close to the Chinese border is the Charyn Canyon, a canyon on the Sharyn River. The canyon consists of colourful formations of varying shapes and sizes.
A completely different scenery awaited at the Kolsay Lakes in the southeast Kazakhstan, which are often referred to as “Pearl of Tien Shan”, seeing how they’re located on the north slope of the Tian Shan Mountains.
In Kyrgyzstan, they spent a lot of time horse trekking around the Song Kul Lake and its surroundings. They also visited the breathtaking Ala-Kul lake in Kyrgyzstan, as well as the Altyn Arashan Valley.
All of these awe-inspiring images can be found in the beatiful timelapse/drone video by Guillaume. The video follows Guillame’s journey through these two Central Asian countries, showing their nature in its full beauty, but also the life of the locals. It’s a wonderful ode to Central Asia and an invitation to travel. Enjoy the video and fingers crossed for some affordable tickets to Central Asia some time soon!