1. We took a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give strangers an up-close look at a familiar object; a new view of the moon.

    Music: Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy

    Telescope: 12" collapsible Dobsonian reflector
    Eyepiece: Televue 13mm Ethos

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  2. On August 21st, 2017, the United States will host its first total solar eclipse in nearly 40 years. While a partial eclipse will be visible from the continental US, only a thin strip across fourteen states will experience what is regarded as the most astounding celestial event one can witness: a total solar eclipse. This film is about why you should do everything you can to go see it.

    "Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him, or as flying in an airplane does to falling out of an airplane."
    -- Annie Dillard

    Driving times to the path of the total eclipse: imgur.com/eTxu3UD

    Watch our first project, To Scale: The Solar System: vimeo.com/139407849

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    Blu-Ray discs available here: mikeolbinski.com/shop/
    Music by Peter Nanasi, find his work here: peternanasi.bandcamp.com/
    Follow me: twitter.com/mikeolbinski / facebook.com/mikeolbinskiphotography / instagram.com/mikeolbinski
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    Early on this summer when I found myself down by Santa Rosa, AZ watching a gorgeous hail core fall on the stunning desert landscape, and then later that day staring at a haboob with a stacked shelf cloud above it near the border of Mexico, I had a feeling it would be a unique monsoon. It's funny how every year is different. That's the beauty of chasing the summer storm season out here in the desert southwest. You never know what's going to happen or what you might see.

    This year I ventured far and wide. Phoenix never saw a good dust storm all summer, but I still was able to capture a few good ones in southwest portions of the state. The cover photo for this film was halfway to Yuma standing in the middle of Interstate 8 watching an ominous wall of dust roll down the highway towards me with lightning flashing behind it. It was an incredible moment.

    One bonus this summer was a few successful chases up at the Grand Canyon. Finally. A couple of gorgeous sunsets, rain dumping into the Canyon, lightning at night, Milky Way...it all worked out and I'm stoked for the footage I captured there that made it into this film. I also ventured over into New Mexico twice to chase some wonderful, plains-like structure to end the monsoon this year.

    All told I covered about 13,000 miles and chased as far west as Desert Center, CA, as far east as Wilna, NM and as far north as Tonelea, AZ. And two great storms down in Organ Pipe National Monument, which is only about 10 miles from Mexico.

    I loved what I saw this year. It felt so unique. I found myself submerged in cacti and desert flora a few times with stunning light and structure. Explored places in New Mexico I hadn't seen before. Smiled at the gasps of amazement from the crowds at the Canyon when a lightning bolt would strike. Finally discovered that the Santa Rosa area is a hotbed for supercell activity. And while it didn't make it on time-lapse, I captured a brief tornado over downtown Phoenix!

    So...the film. So much effort and energy went into it. I shot over 110,000 frames of time-lapse and likely only half of it ended up in the final cut. The editing has taken me weeks and even right up until Monday evening I was still fixing and tweaking. The music is all custom, thanks to the amazing work of Peter Nanasi. PLEASE check out his website and buy his albums! I love how we work together to develop a track that seems to fit exactly with the clips I capture. I am so incredibly blessed that his work crossed my path.

    A quick thank-you to the workshop guests I had this summer. You guys were amazing troopers, staying out to all hours and being around for some awesome storms. In fact, I am not sure that I would have even been on the shelf cloud in the final scene of this film if it hadn't been for my workshop. Thank you, thank you!

    As always though, what made it fun was sharing a lot of it with my kiddos. They made the trip up to the Grand Canyon with me once and it was such a blast of an experience. Asher joined me in New Mexico one day, just he and I, and I got to see his face light up when he captured his first ever lightning strike on video on his little iPad.

    To my wife Jina...we've come a long, long way since we started this storm chasing journey years ago. It's not been easy all the time, especially with me being on the road so much between April and October these days. But we've slowly figured things out and I'm unbelievably grateful to you for your support and belief in what we're doing together.

    To everyone else...thank you for your continued support of my work. I am constantly blown-away at the kindness that you show to me.

    And now...I hope you enjoy this film.

    Technical Details:

    I used two Canon 5DSR’s along with a Canon 11-24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 135mm and Sigma Art 50mm. Manfrotto tripods. The final product was edited in Lightroom with LR Timelapse, After Effects and Premiere Pro.

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  4. Life in Western Mongolia is an adventure. Training eagles to hunt, herding yaks, and racing camels are just a few of the daily activities of the nomadic Kazakh people. I spent a few weeks living with them and experiencing one of the most unique cultures in the world. Saddle up and enjoy the ride.

    My filmmaking kit: https://goo.gl/fWk5ct

    Select clips from this video are available for licensing. For inquiries: licensing@unscripted.com
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    Original score by Max LL
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    Facebook: facebook.com/RunGunShoot

    Bali: vimeo.com/136405903
    Tokyo: vimeo.com/129171397
    North India: vimeo.com/116044343
    Greece: citizine.tv/video/lost-in-greece-part-1
    Barcelona: vimeo.com/99401340
    Dubai: vimeo.com/88224399
    Turkey: vimeo.com/106755674
    South India: vimeo.com/113689725
    Arabia: vimeo.com/86774980
    Las Vegas: vimeo.com/147458521
    Australia: vimeo.com/98652051
    Guam: vimeo.com/138830005

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  5. "The Old New World" is a Photo-based animation project.
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    It's a travel back in time with a little steampunk time machine.
    The main part of this video was made with Camera projection based on photos.
    Software: 3ds max, Photoshop, After Effects.
    DriverMaster plugin has been used for vehicle rigging and animation. It really saved me a lot of time and the results were great.
    e-armand.com/driver-master
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    Source photos by shorpy.com
    Music: Al Bowlly - "Guilty"
    Still frames and illustrations: behance.net/gallery/35310703/The-Old-New-World-Photo-based-animation-project

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