First of all I want to thank IJsbeeldenfestival Zwolle for providing me with the icestatues. I walked around during the festival in 2011 in Zwolle and saw all the awesome sculptures. I asked the organizer what would happen if the festival was over. It turned out that they would end up in the canal next to it, and I could have them for free, or as many I could carry.
Most of the statues were huge, weighing probably more 1000 kilo's. Fortunately my good friend Akim Bwefar has a company in lighting and sound and is used to carry around heavy stuff. He liked the idea immediately and with his truck we drove two statues, a deepseafish and a griffin to his warehouse. There we hanged some black curtains behind an inflatable swimmingpool and put some nice lights on it. I could borrow his Sony Ex3, and with my Sony EX1r and a Canon 60D I shot this timelapse of the melting ice. I set the camera's to an interval mode. Meanwhile the employees made bets, when the meltdown would be complete.
This is the first time I have attempted to film a melting statue and reversed the whole process in my edit program. I came across some problems you would expect:
some of the lights provided to me by the company Bwefar would blow up, while burning continuously during the four day shoot. The ice didn't meld evenly, so parts fell off sooner that I would have wanted.
I also made a timelapse of a griffin that I will post later. Anyway, it was an amazing thing to do and thanks to some great people I was able to do this.
Music by Mark Schinkel, firstname.lastname@example.org
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