This was filmed between 26 May 2012 and 6 June 2012. I first visited Mount Bromo in April 2012 for 2 nights and I was so fascinated by the many possibilities that this amazing landscape can offer and so I decided to revisit Mount Bromo and made my first time-lapse movie there.
My goal was to capture the beautiful milky way galaxy and sun rise along with the 3 volcanoes namely Mount Bromo, Mount Semeru and Mount Batok.
On 28 May 2012, I encountered one of the rare scenes where Mount Semeru was spewing red lava smoke under the milky way galaxy. Look at 01:33 to watch Mount Semeru in action.
On 2 June 2012, I captured the moon setting right in the middle of Mount Bromo and Mount Batok and the milky way galaxy became more obvious gradually. Look at 00:49 to watch the moonset in action.
On 3 June 2012, I was hit by a sandstorm when I was shooting on Mount Bromo and the strong wind had toppled two of my cameras and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. But to my surprise, the two cameras managed to capture more than 5 seconds worth of photos before they collapsed. Look at 02:10 to watch the sandstorm in action!
On 4 June 2012, it was a full moon night and I encountered one of the rare scenes where the volcanoes were partially covered by the hovering mid clouds and I captured the entire moon set. Look at 00:08 to watch the moving mid clouds in slow motion or look at 01:48 to watch the full moonset in action, which took me 8 hours to capture the whole process.
On 5 June 2012, knowing that the moon will set simultaneously as the sun rise, I spent more than 8 hours to capture this scene. Look at 01:18 to watch the sunrise and moonset in action simultaneously.
In addition to managing rapid changing lighting conditions, shooting long hours under extremely cold and windy conditions and resolving condensation issues were the biggest challenges I faced during the shoot.
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7 Jan 2013: The video cover photo made it into the news headlines in National Geographic! - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/billions-of-earthlike-planets-found-in-milky-way/
Feb 2013: Featured on EarthSky.ORG - http://earthsky.org/earth/video-time-lapse-capture-of-mount-bromo-volcano
Feb 2013: Featured on EarthSky Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151213076526853&set=a.61619521852.81951.36709031852&type=1&theater
Feb 2013: Featured on Space.com site - http://www.space.com/19634-milky-way-meets-indonesian-volcanoes-in-stunning-time-lapse-video.html
Feb 2013: Featured on Space.com Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/spacecom/posts/520950391261270
Apr 2013: Visit vimeo.com/63073536 for a 90 seconds trailer I've created and published for the first time.
Apr 2013: Sony World Photography Awards 2013 (Timelapse) - Grand Prize
Apr 2013: PDN Photo Annual - Winner of the Year 2013
Jul 2013: I have developed a simple web-based astro tool to track milkyway. Do visit http://www.justinngphoto.com/astro to check it out.
Please visit http://www.justinngphoto.com/tours to find out more about my astrophotography tours.
So I had been pushing Timeca to do a short for some time, an incredible actress with a million great story ideas. “Drama” was one she had mentioned and one that I fell immediately in love with. Maybe it’s because when I was a kid when I told my Dad I was getting picked on he said “What do ya want me to do about it? Ya gotta stand up for yourself”. The next day I did, got my ass kicked. Anyway, as I was saying, we had bounced around a lot of ideas and this was actually part of an longer story she had thought of doing. From the first time I heard this particular part of the storyline I thought it would work really well as a short, picking up from when Drama gets out of bed and walks by her Auntie who’s passed out, ending with Drama’s moment of self-realization in the mirror, perhaps not exactly Norman Rockwell but a slice of life nonetheless.
Took me five months to convince Timeca to go for it and once we decided to do this it was cast, found locations, shot and edited within a week and I really couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. We got incredibly lucky with the casting, only auditioned 6 girls for the parts of Drama and the bully and don’t think we could have found anyone better had we auditioned 100. Huge props to Ann Woodward (Drama) and Gianna Redeemer (the bully). Both just amazing and incredible to work with, I know we will be seeing a whole lot more of you two!
Of course Timeca rocked it, never had any doubts about that, and never had any doubts about her screen love interest of the moment played by Aaron Spivey-Sorrells. For those of you who watch “Friday Night Lights” you’re probably familiar with his work, he’s appeared in every episode except the pilot as Coach Spivey. We were all nothing but flattered that he was interested in being a part of our humble little short.
As for the making of stuff that I like to babble about, we shot this over one verrrrrry long day and picked up a few shots over a couple hours a few days later. Because of the nature of this one I wanted to keep it with a more real/doc type feel and opted for a handheld look. A little ironic that two of our actors were from Friday Night Lights (Timeca has also made an appearance on the show) and I went with the swishy sway cam but what can I say? When it works it works. My favorite shot of the whole piece is the shot coming off the roof. Took us awhile to find a location and when we did winded up with one that didn’t have rooftop access. Thankfully, Austin Habitat for Humanity did have a trusty old lift truck that hoisted us up two at a time with our equipment so we could get the shot I wanted.
Side note, the song playing in the background while Drama is running from the other kids was a song called “Get Low“ by First Class Fresh who Timeca’s son, Elgyn A. Chandler Jr. is a member of. The group makes a guest appearance as the boys who tease Drama as she’s walking by. You can see the music video I did for their song “Wobble House” here: