Video sponsored by Airbnb
Hands up. Who’s ever booked an Airbnb room or apartment?
I haven’t yet, but the more I hear about Airbnb, the more inclined I am to give it a go.
A few years ago accommodation on a micro scale would have been unheard of. It was always about the big hotel chains, package deals and a few exclusive boutique hotels or B and B’s – well, mostly anyway, wasn’t it?
Now we have so much choice, as individual operators open up their homes, their granny flats and their exclusive little bijous to the world.
I’m sitting here in the city, in Perth on a hot summer’s night, longing for a travel escape.Everything in the city seems so bloated and difficult and cumbersome. When we travel, the world around us gets smaller. Friendships are made on the fly, landscapes are explored, and new experiences are found around every corner.
Perhaps if I was staying in an Airbnb in Perth I would feel differently 😉
Staying in an Airbnb listing gives you the chance to stay with local people and see the world from their point of view. It gives the feeling of ‘Small World.’
You’re closer to the coal face so to speak, but without forgoing life’s little luxuries, you connect to places and people in a different way than if you were staying at a big hotel chain.
Airbnb, is probably the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, and it’s recreated this feeling by taking the viewer on a train ride full of surprises in its newest film that’s just been launched.
They’ve created a little bit of fantasy. A handmade world that dramatizes the feeling of the ‘small world’ feeling you get while traveling with Airbnb.
Airbnb is all about enabling you to Belong Anywhere – in an expansive world that’s still personal.
“As you board the train in this film, you’re transported into a magical world that represents the very heart of Airbnb,” said Jonathan Mildenhall, Airbnb’s CMO. “As you wind your way through some of the amazing listings Airbnb has to offer, you get a different perspective on the world. With each viewing, you see something unique and interesting that you didn’t notice before, mirroring the experience that many people have when they travel with Airbnb.”
Take a look at the cute and idiosyncratic Airbnb Video and watch as the world around you get magically smaller …
Airbnb Film: Fast Facts
- The film was shot in one take, without any computer generated imagery.
- 30 people spent five weeks building the 85 square meter train set.
- More than 2400 craftsmen hours were spent creating a landscape out of 20 square metres of plywood, 12 litres of glue and more than 160 sheets of poly board.
- The goal: to help a wider audience understand Airbnb.”
- “Welcome to Airbnb” was shot in a 40 x 40 metre warehouse in Auckland, New Zealand
- 9 “Cirkus artists” mechanically moved all the transitions, by hand, as the train moved along the full length of the track
- The castle was 3D printed and then hand painted brick by brick
- Miniature modellers and model painters created more than 100 unique trees, more than 60 hand-cut houses and 240 tailor-made miniature flowers, grasses and shrubs
- 96 figurines were made – including 6 miniatures of real Airbnb guests and 2 dogs
- The film features seven different lighting environments, all happening ‘live’ at the same time
- On the day of the shoot, 85 attempts were made to shoot the whole film, which is just one take – there were plenty more rehearsals
- 18 tables were used to raise the full length train track
So will you stay in an Airbnb on your next trip overseas or locally? Any ideas? Let us know of any brilliant places you’ve already found, won’t you?
Over to you ZigaZagers …
Sponsored by Airbnb