1. *** Update feb 04 Brand new film TOWARDS THE SUN Check it out :) vimeo.com/86002097 ***

    MOVE

    3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage... all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ....into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films.....

    = a trip of a lifetime.

    move, eat, learn

    For updates and sneak peeks at upcoming projects please feel free to follow me on facebook and instagram
    facebook.com/pages/Rick-Mereki/277839202256508
    instagram.com/rickmereki

    Rick Mereki : Director, producer, additional camera and editing
    Tim White : DOP, producer, primary editing, sound
    Andrew Lees : Actor, mover, groover

    These films were commissioned by STA Travel Australia: youtube.com/watch?v=-BrDlrytgm8

    Thanks heaps to Adam Fyfe, Brendan, Simon and Crissy at STA.

    All Music composed and performed by Kelsey James (kelseyanne.james@gmail.com)
    Soundtrack available here:
    itunes.apple.com/au/album/play-on-move-soundtrack-single/id456257170

    Music Recorded and mixed by Jake Phillips

    Colour Grade : Edel Rafferty and Roslyn Di Sisto
    Online Edit : Peter Mirecki

    Assistance in titles and production design : Lee Gingold, Jason Milden, Rohan Newman

    Big Ups to Michelle, Kiri, Renee, Hana, Andre, Ross, Bernie & Julie for your patience and support and awesomeness.....

    Huge Thanks to :
    Marco, Juliana and Julio at GAP Argentina and Peru
    Ariana Cardenas, Toni Figuera and cooltra scooters in Barcelona,
    Abete Zanetti Glass blowing school, Murano, Venice (abatezanetti.it)
    Annabel, Rosario and Carolina (Pitu) in France
    Juane and Andrea from the Princeca Insolenta hostel in Chile

    Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement. The response has been phenomenal and overwhelming. We never thought this little project would reach out to so many people. x

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  2. Paris in Motion (Part 1) - Timelapse and Stopmotion Photography. 3000 pictures in 5 days.
    By Mayeul Akpovi (facebook.com/mayeulak)

    Paris in Motion is a serie of stop-motion time-lapse (hyperlapse) videos about the city of Paris (France). Filmed frame by frame with manual camera movements, composed of more than 30.000 photographs it allows you to visit some of the most beautiful monuments and human activities of the French capital in a few minutes.

    Part 2: mayeul.com/portfolio-type/paris-in-motion-part-2/
    Part 3: mayeul.com/portfolio-type/paris-in-motion-part-3/
    Part 4: mayeul.com/portfolio-type/paris-in-motion-part-4/

    Music: Evidence by Mark Petrie

    Gear:
    Canon 5D Mark III
    Canon 5D Mark II
    Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L USM
    Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG Fisheye
    Samyang 14mm f2.8
    Tamron70-300mm f4-5,6 Di VC USD
    Filters: ND2 to ND400

    Area: Paris, France

    SHOT LIST :
    - Les Invalides
    - Le pont des Invalides
    - Eglise Saint-Eustache
    - Place de la Bastille
    - Funiculaire de Montmartre
    - Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre
    - Pont de Bir Hakeim
    - Trocadéro (Palais de Chaillot, Tour Eiffel)
    - La Défense (Esplanade de la Défense)
    - Le Louvre (Pyramide du musée du Louvre, L’Arc de Triomphe du Carousel)
    - Tour Montparnasse (Paris vu aérienne, Tour Eiffel, etc.)
    - Pont des Arts (Vue sur la Seine au couché du soleil)
    - Champs de Mars (Feux d’artifices de la Tour Eiffel)
    - Les champs Elysées
    - L’Arc de Triomphe (Place de l’Etoile)
    - Pont de Neuilly (La Défense, Grand Arche de la Défense)

    Time lapse video of Paris © All rights reserved. July 2012 - Mayeul Akpovi - mayeul.com

    # vimeo.com/46106624 Uploaded 731K Plays / / 309 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  3. Paris in Motion (Part II) - Timelapse Photography - 3500 pictures & You can realy enjoy it ! ;-)
    By Mayeul Akpovi (facebook.com/mayeulak)

    Part 4: mayeul.com/portfolio-type/paris-in-motion-part-4/
    Part 3: mayeul.com/portfolio-type/paris-in-motion-part-3/
    Part 1: mayeul.com/portfolio-type/paris-in-motion-part-1/

    Don't hesitate to contact me or share my work.

    Music: North (Dynamo) by North Minus

    Gear:
    Canon 5D Mark II
    Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L USM
    Canon 17-40mm f4 L USM
    Filters: ND2 to ND400

    Area: Paris, France

    SHOT LIST :
    - Gare de Lyon
    - Bir Hakeim
    - Le Petit Palais
    - Porte Maillot
    - Palais des Congrès de Paris
    - La Défense
    - Métro Hôtel de Ville
    - Pont des Arts (Institut de France)
    - Quartier Bercy
    - Place de l’Opéra
    - Place Saint Michel
    - Trocadéro
    - Avenue de New York (Tour Eiffel by night)
    - Hôtel de ville
    - Place de la Concorde
    - Porte de Saint Cloud
    - Gare Saint Lazare
    - Versailles
    - Berges de la Seine
    - La Géode (Parc de la Villette)
    - Place Saint-Sulpice (la fontaine et l’église Saint-Sulpice)
    - Place de la Nation
    - Jardins de Luxembourg
    - Centre national d’art et de culture Georges-Pompidou
    - Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
    - Pont du Garigliano
    - Place des Innocents (Fontaine des Innocents)

    Time lapse video of Paris © All rights reserved. Sep. 2012 - Mayeul Akpovi - mayeul.com

    # vimeo.com/50467187 Uploaded 317K Plays / / 80 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  4. Making Of - Paris in Motion. Tutorial : Shooting a hyperlapse (walklapse, spacelapse, stop-motion time-lapse, motion timelapse, moving timelapse). By Mayeul Akpovi (facebook.com/mayeulak).

    Featured on: fstoppers.com/the-making-of-paris-in-motion-how-to-make-a-hyperlapse

    Music: We Swarm - Drink The Sea - itunes.apple.com/fr/album/drink-the-sea/id367738582

    Canon 5D Mark II
    Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L USM
    Canon 17-40mm f4 L USM
    Filters: ND2 to ND400

    © All rights reserved. September 2012 - Mayeul Akpovi - mayeul.com

    # vimeo.com/50577172 Uploaded 55.6K Plays / / 52 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  5. Entry from July 27, 2009 "We are jet-lagged and exhausted. The alarm blared at 4:30 am. Without opening my eyes I hit the snooze. "Just five more minutes" I told myself… "Lets go dude" a groggy voice commanded from the background. I didn't move. Out of nowhere, a pillow slammed down on my head, the mattress is lifted out from under me, and I hit the hardwood floor just missing my camera bag. "Ugh not again" I thought, but I knew he was right, we needed to hustle across the city and get our cameras rolling before sunrise. "

    We were in Paris with only a week to shoot. Armed with top of the line cameras, fresh batteries, memory card wallets, and our favorite glass. The game-plan was to shoot as much as possible and to motivate each other when we were exhausted from staring down the viewfinder. Time-lapses were just an afterthought. Seen a couple. Heard a bit on what it takes to get one done. But when we stepped off the plane in Paris, we had never seen the sky as beautiful as it was. Some twenty two hours later, we slept...at least tried to...

    We had never shot a time-lapse before, we had never put one together. We were just two guys who came to Paris to photograph. To make beautiful images. And we did. And we didn't stop. It became a battle against our batteries. " Why take one when you can take one-thousand" we'd laugh. Sometimes staying at a spot all day. Biking or walking from place to place. Mispronouncing words we didn't know. Two more packs of Camel's gone. We shot and shot and uploaded wherever we were. Even ran through the terabyte we brought with us and had to buy another one at Rue Montgalet ( nightmare ). Fell asleep on the Alexander III bridge while the clicks of our camera shutters became an urban lullaby.

    Wandering around the streets of Paris armed with $20,000 in gear, we took Paris head on.

    Its a scary feeling when you burn through a 32 gigabyte card before the day is done. You don't see what you're shooting. You compose the first frame and let your subject do the rest. We would wait for that perfect set of clouds or that perfect flare or trail from a plane. And all the while we didn't know what the final product would look like. We were shooting blind. But we wouldn't have had it any other way. The unknown kept us moving. Kept us thinking about what could happen when we return. Kept us thinking about what all these different pieces might say in the end.

    Changing glass as much as we did, we didn't factor in the amount of sensor dust that would build up. We could never just shoot something once, from one angle, without doing brackets and panoramic builds. It became an obsession. And our shutters paid the price. Back home, it took weeks to get organized. Then it took months working between all these side projects, our main gig at BorrowLenses.com, and the Paris project. Just beginning to think about what we would do with all the clips became overwhelming. There wasn't an obvious flow. There didn't seem to be a complete overall puzzle that could even be constructed with the pieces we had. And the pieces were in pieces.

    We started building each clip in After Effects. Render. Smoke. Chill. Re-Render. Smoke. Chill. We built around 150 clips out of the time-lapses we shot in Paris. They were flickery, noisy, grainy, bandy but they were ours. And we spent more time trying to fix them than we ever imagined. They were the first of the series. And from a single Clint Mansell song from "The Wrestler" sparked a vision for the Volumes. And once we put the first ones on Vimeo, we knew we had something going. We built the second one with a Tycho song. The third from Flying Lotus. The fourth from Pelican City. And after the fourth volume was built, we saw all these comments about the sensor dust. And THAT ate away at us.

    So we started from scratch; as if we had just hoped off the plane from Paris. Reorganize, re-edit, recolor, re-render. Days and days of work. Going through entire albums trying to find that one song that would go perfectly with all the clips strung together. But we didn't know how they would all hold together. There was no obvious order again. And we didn't think we could fill the twenty volume quota that we had promised to our fans. So we settled on doing a Director's Cut. A montage of all of the clips: Paris Volume 5.

    Enter Pigeon Point. We had been shooting a new series called the California Coastline. And we went to Pigeon Point down in Santa Cruz with our friend Matt. At first it didn't seem like a prime spot for time-lapses. But Matt didn't tell us the most amazing thing about Pigeon Point. They installed a new temporary 6-beam setup while the main lighthouse wasn't operational. We shot through the night, edited the next day, and posted on Monday. While we were editing, Mogwai popped into the playlist. To be honest we never sat down and listened to Mogwai with our work but it turned out that Friend of the Night fit that piece like a glove. And so we chose 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong for the first part of Volume 5. And we chose Explosions in the Sky, First Breath After Coma for the last part of the volume. It was perfect.

    We knew what we did best….Own a spot. Literally shoot the shit out of it. We learned a lot since Paris and shot a ton of other projects since we returned. The constant was a pattern. A style, a flow, a complete piece each in its own right. And we laid down the tracks, and then each clip, piece by piece. We cut and recut and re-rendered and fill gaps and cut tighter and sharper. We began to complete the puzzle. And it became what you see before you.

    Enjoy it. Its been a long time coming but we think the wait is well worth it.

    Sincerely,
    Thom & Vin

    Music-
    Mogwai - 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong
    Explosions in the Sky - First Breath After Coma

    Follow us @seventhmovement
    Facebook us facebook.com/pages/The-Seventh-Movement/152426741455631
    web: seventhmovement.com

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