Photographed with a Canon 5D MkII and Canon 14mm f/2.8L II
Directed/Animated/Edited by Calvin Frederick
Music by Daniel Eaton
Filmed using a Motion Control Camera Rig
No computer generated effects or compositing utilized.
Made at CalArts (2011)
Concept: Components of the space. Between existence and "No!". Alive — аbsorbs.
Client: Gosudarstvennaya Transportnaya Lizingovaya Kompaniya | GTLK
Agency: Communication Group IMARS | imars.ru ©
Producer/Director: Andrey Muratov | andreymuratov.com
D.O.P: Alexander Kuznetsov | 6fpro.ru
Sound design: Nebulo | myspace.com/nebulo
«Nebulo — Plasticmare» was licensed for this promotion video | hymen-records.com ©
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This was filmed between 29th April and 10th May 2011 in the Arctic, on
the archipelago Lofoten in Norway.
My favorite natural phenomenon is one I do not even know the name of, even after talking to meteorologists and astrophysicists I am none the wiser.What I am talking about I have decided to call The Arctic Light and it is a natural phenomenon occurring 2-4 weeks before you can see the Midnight Sun.
The Sunset and Sunrise are connected in one magnificent show of color and light lasting from 8 to 12 hours. The sun is barely going below the horizon before coming up again. This is the most colorful light that I know, and the main reason I have been going up there for the last 4 years, at the exact
same time of year, to photograph. Based on previous experience, I knew this was going to be a very
difficult trip. Having lost a couple of cameras and some other equipment up there before, it was crucial to bring an extra set of everything. I also
made sure I had plenty of time in case something went wrong.
If you can imagine roping down mountain cliffs, or jumping around on slippery rocks covered in seaweed with 2 tripods, a rail, a controller,
camera, lenses, filters and rigging for 4-5 hour long sequences at a time, and then
having to calculate the rise and fall of the tides in order to capture the essence - it all proved bit of a challenge.
And almost as if planned, the trip would turn out to become very
difficult indeed. I had numerous setbacks including: airline lost my
luggage, struggling to swim ashore after falling into the Arctic sea: twice, breaking lenses, filters, tripod, computer, losing the whole dolly rig and controller into the sea, and even falling off a rather tall rock and ending
up in the hospital. As much as I wanted to give up, the best way Out is
always “Through”. I am glad I stuck it through though because there were some amazing sunrises waiting. At 1:06 you see a single scene from day to night to day which is from 9pm to 7am. Think about that for a minute.. 10 hours with light like that.
I asked the very talented Marika Takeuchi to specifically compose and
perform a song for this movie, and what she came up with is absolutely remarkable. Thank you very much Marika!
Available in Digital Cinema 4k
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Music: "The Arctic Light" by Marika Takeuchi
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this video is based on footage I shot on marine vessel "Portland Senator" on the route from Los Angeles to Shanghai, in December 2008.
let it load. if you don't have patience or don't know me personally, you might not want to watch this.
music by Hammock.
album: Maybe they will sing for us tomorrow
songs: "this kind of life keeps breaking your heart", "we will say goodbye to everyone"
UPDATE: i have uploaded some daily life pictures from the trip here: cerberoleso.it/videos/personal/ten-things-i-have-learned-about-the-sea
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
how long did the trip last?
it was a total of 17 days, if i remember well. which i'm pretty sure i don't.
did you work on the boat?
no, passengers are not allowed to work.
so what did you do all day then?
i did lots of reading, watched lots of movies, kept an illustrated diary, did a series of illustrations for an art show, and lots, lots of staring at the sea.
how did you get on the boat in the first place?
i contacted the company that owns and operates the ship, they already know what is needed to organize passengers trips. they sent me some documents, i sent them some money, got the necessary visas and just showed up at the Long Beach port where they told me to.
was the food ok?
actually it was pretty good, they even made pizza one day.
did you find bad weather while at sea?
we were going to, but unfortunately the captain decided to steer away from it. next time.
what did you shoot this on?
i used a small consumer mono-chip HD camera.