In January of 2016 I made the decision to move from the picturesque Pacific Northwest to New York City. Living in New York had long been a dream of mine, but doing so meant leaving the beauty of Seattle and the wilderness that surrounds it. During the summer, fall and winter leading up to the move I chose to create a film as my way of giving back the PNW for all it had given to me… and thus, Muir Song was born.
The inspiration for this film came from my time living and being active in the PNW. My goal was to capture the energy and attitude of exploring Washington through the eyes of people who do so religiously. The film is set to a quote by legendary conservationist John Muir, and narrated by infamous mountain climber, Lou Whittaker.
We were extremely resourceful in shooting this film due to challenging locations, and chose to backpack all of our gear into remote areas in order to find unique angles of the PNW. Our kit was small and mobile, but shooting on the Dragon with an anamorphic adapter enabled us to achieve a cinematic aesthetic without compromising portability.
I'm excited to release Muir Song on April 21st, what would have been John Muir's 178th birthday. If you're unfamiliar Muir and his work check out his bio on the Sierra Club here: vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit
-Leica 50mm r mount lens (almost everything was shot on this lens + anamorphic adapter)
-Isco Ultra Star 2.0x anamorphic adapter (shooting 4x3 in camera to correct for anamorphic squeeze)
-Freefly Systems Movi M10 gimbal
-DJI Inspire 1
Over than 3500 km traveled in 20 days, capturing landscapes from the bluish tones of Pamukkale to the warm ones of Cappadocia, the all passing by a great variation of colors, lights and weathers through six other cities.
I've crossed Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Istanbul, Konya; and tasted baklava, kunefe, doner, the turkish tea; and got the chance to meet the soul of Turkey, its people.. and got their smiles and their hospitality.
This is Turkey lived by me from north to south, and I hope you enjoy it :)
Directed and edited by Leonardo Dalessandri
Music: "Experience" by Ludovico Einaudi
Voice off: Meryem Aboulouafa