The Great Outdoors

  1. This is a simple but we hope spectacular little film depicting the coming of spring to the Wirral peninsula, set to music by Amon Tobin. It was not, however, so simple to produce, employing timelapse, motion control, and other tricky techniques in pretty challenging conditions. It was made really as a little bit of a thank you, to all the people who've helped us while we've been out shooting this last year.

    Photography by
    Andy Schonfelder and Alastair Dicks

    Music by
    Amon Tobin
    Easy Muffin from the album Bricolage

    The film was produced, not in a day, but over several months in spring 2013. Shot in various locations around the wirral, but mainly on the Dee estuary, at Red Rocks beach and in Dibbinsdale woods.

    The video was all shot using the Magic Lantern RAW video hack, on Canon 5D mkII and mkIII. The timelapses were shot as RAW still sequences on a range of Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Motion control was thanks to Dynamic Perceptions kit. Ramping was handled by TriggerTrap Mobile Dongles. Post was via a combination of the Adobe Creative Suite, LRTimelapse, and DaVinci Resolve.

    Thanks to:
    Bridget, Ayşegül and the BBC 'Seasons' team. a1ex, a.d., and all the Magic Lantern crew. Alex at digitalSTAGE, Haje at TriggerTrap and Gwegner at LRTimelapse.

    And to all those who've taken the long way around for the sake of our shots.
    Thank you.

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  2. Featuring an original score by Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, Eureka, etc) Thanks to Bear for taking the time to do this!

    Watch in HD for more info and digital download.

    There is a 23 minute extended cut, available for digital download here The feature is 23+ minutes of Milky Way, Aurora and other night timelapse, it has 2 original scores by Simon Wilkinson , as well as some from his royalty free collection.

    Download an MP3 of Bear McCreary's Temporal Distortion on Amazon or on Itunes

    What you see is real, but you can't see it this way with the naked eye. It is the result of thousands of 20-30 second exposures, edited together to produce the timelapse. This allows you to see the Milky Way, Aurora and other Phenonmena, in a way you wouldn't normally see them.

    In the opening "Dakotalapse" title shot, you see bands of red and green moving across the sky. After asking several Astronomers, they are possible noctilucent clouds, airglow or faint Aurora. I never got a definite answer to what it is. You can also see the red and green bands in other shots.

    At :53 and 2:17 seconds into the video you see a Meteor with a Persistent Train. Which is ionizing gases, which lasted over a half hour in the cameras frame. Phil Plait wrote an article about the phenomena here
    There is a second Meteor with a much shorter persistent train at 2:51 in the video. This one wasn't backlit by the moon like the first, and moves out of the frame quickly.

    The Aurora were shot in central South Dakota in September 2011 and near Madison, Wisconsin on October 25, 2011.

    Watch for two Deer at 1:27

    Most of the video was shot near the White River in central South Dakota during September and October 2011, there are other shots from Arches National Park in Utah, and Canyon of the Ancients area of Colorado during June 2011.

    Equipment Used
    Thanks to Dynamic Perception for their support and for making the Stage Zero Dolly. The best dolly made in many ways!

    Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 60D
    Canon 16-35, Tokina 11-16

    Shot in RAW format. Manual mode, Exposure was 30 seconds on most Milky Way shots, 15-30 seconds on Aurora. ISO 1600 - 6400 F2.8. 3 second intervals between exposures

    Production Assistants - River Halverson and Kelly McIlhone

    Opening title by Gus Winkelman // Winkelmedia LLC // Contact Guswinkelman@gmail for creative solutions

    Available in 4K Digital Cinema

    Contact for licensing footage, or anything else.
    Randy Halverson
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    This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
    Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.

    The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

    A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April ( and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

    Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

    Available in Digital Cinema 4k.

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    Music by my friend: Ludovico Einaudi - "Nuvole bianche" with permission.
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  4. Shot on Sony FS100 with Canon EF 100mm L Macro and FD 50mm Macro.

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  5. This video is made by an inspiration from James Griffiths : We were wanderers on a Prehistoric Earth

    Preface: The forests are disappearing slowly, there is already visible changes seen. This is a visual short to remind us how serene a forest ambiance is.

    About the video:
    All visuals were filmed in the Western Ghats and the Nilgiris, across Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu states in the Southern parts of India.

    Let's save the WOODS ... TOGETHER!

    Camera: Canon 5D Mark II, 7D, 550D
    Music: The Secret Garden: Nocturne (Instrumental)

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