In March 2012 I was privileged to spend near on a month tramping round Nevada/California/Arizona, pointing my camera at those things that made the days special. Ostensibly I was there to finish shooting Navaro (a short film for Flexifoil, coming soon), but in my downtime I wandered aimlessly with my good friend Mark Esper (vimeo.com/esper).
This short film tries to capture the essence of those aimless days; the sense of discovery, and feeling of joy at being alive in that light. It was made all the sweeter because of an early morning shoot with Lenkadu.
Photographic aimlessness can be an unbelievably awarding, but also desperately frustrating endeavour [for want of a better word]. In the still image it can result in a glorious visual that needs no excuse at all - it can just be, a wonderful photograph in and of itself. Make that image move, however, and a world of doubt can suddenly assail: what's the point? What is this saying, or not, [as the case may be]? What "story" am I trying to tell?
In the end, I gave up caring. This film isn't trying to tell a story, or be anything, other than a quiet celebration of the days I spent with my camera and some wonderful people in astounding places. The only premeditation on my part was in the form of the soundtrack, which simply reflects what I was listening to at the time; and fortuitously (inevitably) ended up being quite appropriate really.
Two people need massive thanks for being instrumental in the making of this: Lenkadu for bearing with me during the bitter cold of dawn in the Mojave; and Mark Esper for his sage advice.
This was the first time I'd used my new 5D mk3 in anger, and in my eagerness I forgot to disable in-camera sharpening and contrast. Now it's all setup the way I like it, but when shooting this film there was too much in camera sharpening (i.e. more than none), which is difficult to deal with after the fact.
-Winner of the 2011 New Belgium Clips of Faith Film Contest/Tour
-Appeared on Wired.com, TheAtlantic.com, OutsideOnline.com and numerous other nat'l/int'l websites
-Chosen for the Wyoming Filmmaker's Showcase during the 2011 Wildlife Film Festival in Jackson, WY
-Appeared on Japanese TV - NHK show Tokudane Toko Doga
-One of JH Weekly's 2011 Newsmakers of the Year
-Featured by Vimeo during Winter X Games 2012
-Featured in Best of Vimeo Shorts: Lights! Camera! Action Sports! at SXSW 2012
-Finalist in the 2012 Wyoming Short Film Contest
-Featured at Vimeo's 2013 Sundance Film Festival Party
UPDATE 31 Oct 2011 - Video re-uploaded to include a few re-edited scenes.
Pretty Lights - Change Is Gonna Come
Pretty Lights - Pink Floyd Time Remix - prettylightsmusic.com
Under license from Pretty Lights Music, Inc.
All sequences are animated 7D or 5D mkII stills - effects applied to each frame in post-production using Alien Skin Bokeh 2 in Photoshop, image stabilization and deflicker (using GBDeflicker) in After Effects, and frame motion in Final Cut.