moving image and the rest of the universe…
a casual collection of my work and others from around the web
Clouds is a computational documentary featuring hackers and media artists in dialogue about code, culture and the future of visualization.
The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Art && Code festival 2011
RESONATE festival 2012
Eyebeam Art+Technology Center
Phillip Whitfield @underdoeg
Diederick Huijbers @roxlu
Rachel Binx @binx
Josnhua Nimoy @jtnimoy
Marcus Wendt @field_io
Karsten Schmidt @toxi
Régine Debatty @wmmna
James George @obviousjim
Executive Producer: Golan Levin
Cinematography: Alexander Porter
Sound Design: Scott Gibbons
Sound Mix: Jesse Soracco
Line Producer: Marija Kadelburg
Made with RGBDToolkit.com
An around-the-world time lapse journey celebrating our Sacred Earth. Six years in the making… seven continents… 24 countries.
Full details and locations shot-by-shot:
Versión en español
My life as a filmmaker has blessed me with the privilege of seeing some of the most surreal and timeless places on the planet. These images of our Sacred Earth set to music are my way of sharing some of the magic I’ve experienced along the way…
“Terra Sacra” ~ Latin for Sacred Earth.
Terra Sacra Time Lapses is a short film featuring remote landscapes and ancient monuments from around the globe. These images were photographed during my assignments and personal travels between 2006-2012.
I’ve combined my favourite shots from these trips into non-narrative film that touches on a theme close to my heart: Sacred Earth.
The visuals are driven by an original score by composer Roy Milner (roymilner.com). The six-minute film is a journey through three distinct Acts: (I) Primordial Earth (II) Past meets Present and (III) Eternal Universe.
This film is a personal project to share the beauty and awe I witnessed at these locations. I hope viewers will be moved by the intangible power of our Terra Sacra.
Endless thanks to Art Wolfe for hiring me to as the cinematographer for the public television series Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge and taking me to the ends of the Earth where most of the shots from Terra Sacra were made. Art, you are an inspiration and the most driven photographer I have ever known! I learned so much working on this show with our amazing crew and have stories to tell for a lifetime!
Never-ending thanks to friends and colleagues Ian Herring and Maija Leivo of Parallax Film Productions for permission to us shots I took for the television series Ancient Megastructures (National Geographic Channel / History Television) and Battle Castle (Discovery/History Television/ BBC). These assignments provided unprecedented access to some of the world’s most iconic ancient landmarks
Infinite thanks to my amazing wife Deddeda for her love and constant encouragement to pursue this project.
Most of the time lapses were shot with a Canon 5D at the maximum resolution using a TC-80N3 intervalometer. A few shots were taken with a Canon 7D and Canon 5D mk II.
All images are single manual exposures, no HDR composites.
Original full resolution images were colour corrected and processed in 16-bit in Adobe Bridge using Camera Raw and exported as JPEG sequences at maximum quality. The rendered JPEG sets were then opened in Quicktime Pro as image sequences and exported at their native full resolution (up to 5K) as Quicktime movies at 23.98 fps with the Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) codec. The ProRes 422 (HQ) files were then edited in Final Cut Pro 7.0.3 on a ProRes 422 (HQ) timeline at 23.98. The master file is ProRes 422 (HQ) 1920 x 1080.
Selected time lapse sequences were also processed using Adobe Bridge and LRTimelapse to smoothen aperture flicker apparent in some shots with large depth-of-field.
If you are interested in licensing any of the shots from the film, please contact me so I can direct you to the appropriate agency.
I would love to revisit many of the locations in this film and other powerful sacred sites around the world to create a feature-length “Terra Sacra”. The film would combine real-time, slow-motion, and motion control time lapse imagery - all in stereoscopic 3D. If you are an angel investor, potential sponsor, broadcaster, distributor or someone deeply passionate who would would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
- Sean F. White
So this is what I did over this past winter when I was not making people coffee.
It’s all time-lapse footage shot in and around Anchorage, Alaska, with the emphasis on the nature around the city rather then on the people and buildings. This is a collection of the nicer stuff I shot of the northern lights, stars, sunset, and the tide. All of this was shot between October 2011 and April 2012.
The music is Aston’s Classical Cover of the song You’ve Got The Love by Florence & The Machine.
Music used with the bands permission. : )
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon Rebel xTi (modified to full spectrum)
Canon EF 24 - 105 mm
Sigma DC 18 - 200 mm
Sigma 8mm EX DG Fisheye (a thoroughly epic lens)
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly (kinda beyond epic)
Orion TeleTrack AZ-G Mount (really good for astrophotography)
Motorcycle and Car batteries from my locale battery store
And a lot of wires that connect everything together.
Adobe Bridge CS4 and CS5
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Lightroom 3
LRTimelapse (pretty much the most amazing software ever)
Hugin (for unwrapping the 8mm shots)
Final Cut Pro 5.1.4 (for making the stills move)
(Please note that the colours look different (like a lot) on different screens. The colours here look desaturated from the original file on my screen. But the colours look like the original on other screens, but not all, I’m not sure why.)
Director/Editor: Emily Kai Bock
Cinematographer: Evan Prosofsky
“She Is The Wave” taken from the album ‘Lesser Evil’ out February 25th on Souterrain Transmissions (Europe) / February 26th on Arbutus Records (North America).
“She Is The Wave’ b/w “Dysphonia” 7”/Digital available here:
Digital (iTunes): glnk.it/1nt
EUROPE: Order it here: souterraintransmissionseu.bigcartel.com
NORTH AMERICA: Order it here: arbutusrecords.com/?page_id=1594
So it’s time to look at some footage from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
ADDED ** For ungraded look at vimeo.com/64944847
This footage was shot over about an hour at my local market on Sunday morning. So yeah, it’s just home movies. I was literally grabbing shots where I could whilst I was shopping ! But, you do get to see what one man can do with a pocket cinema camera and a 12-35 Panasonic m4/3 zoom. I guess for those that like to shoot discretely, guerrilla or documentary style, this will give you a good sense of what you’re going to get. The same great DR and look has been inherited from the BMCC.
All this footage was shot using the FILM look. I set my exposure by ETTR and using the 100% zebra to indicate clipping. I had IS on all the time. I had a Hoya ND16 on as well to keep me at a slightly nicer stop. I set the rear monitor to VIDEO and then used focus peaking all the time.
There are plans afoot to create something that’s more *finished* in the way of demo footage in a more formal and drama / narrative style, but for now this should whet your appetite.
Its rough and ready, and really it was just something I threw together very quickly. Interestingly, I had one guy actually recognise that it was a BMCC pocket and several others stopped me to ask what the camera was !
I cut the footage using FCPx and used my colleague Captain Hook for the grade. He’s made some fantastic LUT’s for Resolve as donation-ware to make grading BMCC footage even easier. I encourage those of you who work with BMCC footage to check out these great LUT’s. There’s some great before and after examples there as well.
A short love story back projected into the warm breath of a couple on a cold February evening.
Shot, produced and directed by Wriggles & Robins
Projected animation by treatstudios.com
Graded by Richard Fearon at moving-picture.com
Special thanks to Fallon London, TVF & Albert (the dog)