"the Watchers", my first timelapse short film, is composed of some of my favorite shots taken over a two year period between March 2013 and March 2015. The locations are spread over California, Alaska, and Hawaii. Whether spending all night under the stars, a sunset on the pacific, the clouds drifting over peaks in Denali, or an early morning full moon setting over the Golden Gate bridge, I loved watching these beautiful scenes unfold in real time. Knowing that I could share them later sped up (or slowed down) with others was exciting, making the early mornings, really cold nights, long drives and flights, and even altitude sickness, all worth it. When editing the clips, I began to think of this piece as having a theme of watching. The CARMA Array and various Mauna Kea telescopes are featured watching their targets, myself as the photographer watching all of these scenes, and even the viewers watching this film. I hope you enjoy "the Watchers".
Directed and filmed by Bill Shupp. Follow more of my work here:
Music: "Sun" by Thomas Bergersen
Special thanks to Sean Goebel for the inspiration from his own work, as well as his generosity in sharing post workflow tips, location tips, sharing gear when mine died or got lost, and even hot soup in 17 degree weather. Thanks to Michael Shainblum and Tom Lowe for their inspiration on this film, as well as the information they share through tutorials and forums. Thanks to David Kingham for the wealth of information he makes available and his continuing generosity. Thanks to Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill for their expertise and some location tips. Thanks to Arsenio Santos for providing editing feedback.
Lastly, a very special thanks to my wife, Peggy, for her amazing and immeasurable support of my work. This is for her.
This was shot on the Canon 6D and Sony A7R, using various Canon and Rokinon lenses.
Clips are available for licensing, most of which are available in 4K. Please contact email@example.com for more info.