Marko Roth is a German filmmaker and "media addict" who loves to chase the world. He illustrates content about travelling and diverse cultures, as well as narrates stories about the people behind these scenes. Originally from Frankfurt am Main, Marko travels to seek authentic encounters and capture emotional moments.
His work was shown in National Geographic, GEO, Lonely Planet or Spiegel Online and his current reel features clients such as Mercedes Benz, Air New Zealand, National Geographic or GoPro.
The young author has already visited about 40 countries, documenting Morocco, India, Nepal, South Africa or Brazil, among others. In his recent film Together, he takes us to Patagonia, driving 2000 kilometres accompanied by rough weather and passing mountains over 3000 meters high, travelling often hundreds of kilometres without encountering civilisation:
We felt absolutely free. We didn’t plan anything in advance. Every minute desired spontaneity. There was no route – we were led by our instinct and feelings. We will never forget those indescribable moments of surreality. We had goosebumps caused by both: the temperature and the overwhelming size of the country.
Together showcases Marko's talent to capture moments and make the viewer part of them: almost each shot is a masterpiece itself. With shots of both majestic landscapes, close-ups and activities, the film is underlined with powerful music - keeping some of elements of the original background noise.
One of the first things you will notice are the faded, almost melancholic colours: the colour grading is the work of Marina Starke. The film also includes slow motion scenes, drone video, beautifully blurred details shot on small aperture and a wide range of shooting angles.
This film is about raw nature in all colours - from bright blue icebergs to orange, sun-lit meadows, as well as about capturing moments of pure joy and freedom. In the words of the author:
I could smell the scent of freedom. Fresh cool air spread into every cell of my body. We sat together around the bonfire laughing and not worrying about every-day-life problems. We lived our adventure at the southernmost point of South America in the middle of massive mountains and breathtaking glaciers.
The result is not a travel video, nor a personal memory of the protagonists - rather a good balance between individual travel adventures and shots that could be easily part of a commercial. These are all tied together by the narrative, because - as the film's closing states - "It's never about where you go - it's about getting there. Together."
If you are still hesitating, read Marko's reflection on spontaneous adventures and complete freedom:
We are obsessed by always knowing the truth or what we consider as the truth. Questioning ourselves or unsureness does not seem appropriated in our society. [...] Being overwhelmed by decisions we should rather ask ourselves: What do we really need? Isn’t it easier living a simple life? Isn’t less sometimes more?
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