This is the first project in a series of hopefully many more released by Team Nine. Set in Switzerland and Iceland, Shutter Ísland tells the story of Iwan and Raphael meeting up for a fifteen day journey exploring the island in the North Atlantic. We knew that Iceland is also referred to as photographer's paradise so we packed some camera equipment and a plan for a video project. The idea was to capture the sceneries that we came across while driving and hiking, and to bring them home as a souvenir. Good memories.
Yours truly, Team Nine (http://www.teamnine.ch)
The Naked and Famous - The Source
M83 - Outro
Youth Lagoon - Montana
Thanks to you all !
There are now 3 films available featuring the Flying Frenchies - see more at sebmontaz.com
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WE HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMED BY THE REACTION FROM PEOPLE VIEWING OUR TRAILER AND YOUR HUNDREDS OF COMMENTS, and we hope to be able to film more projects in the months & years to come.
Highlining pioneers Tancrede and Julien have come to the spectacular and atmospheric cliffs of the norwegian fjords to try and turn their ultimate dream into reality. The talented pair have cemented their friendship over the past years exploring the sport of highlining, from the heights of the alps to the skyscrapers of Paris.
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This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.
The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.
A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (http://bit.ly/g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.
Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.
This short video is a small sample of the stock footage I am shooting for Digital Juice. Take a look at tomguilmette.com for more info.
I hiked my Vinten Vision 3 tripod, Vinten baby legs, 10 feet of PVC dolly track, my 2ftx2ft skateboard dolly, the Canon 5dmk2 DSLR with matte box and three filters, Zoom h4 audio recorder and a bag of Nikon lenses two miles up a mountain. I actually hiked 16 miles total that day.
Here is the quick version of the story…
I hiked two 10 foot pieces of 1 1/4inch PVC pipe, the dolly and the Vinten baby legs two miles to waterfalls on the side of Mount Chocorua in Albany, New Hampshire. I hid all the stuff under a rock at the edge of a 30 foot cliff face. I then hiked two miles back to the car at the trail head.
Next, I grabbed the Canon 5dmk2 camera (with batteries, Red Rock Micro matte box, .6 ND, circular polariser, .6 grad ND filters), bag of lenses and the Vinten Vision 3 Tripod. I hiked those pieces of gear the two miles to the falls. All this took just over 1.5 hrs of walking/climbing over rugged terrain.
So total mileage hiked thus far: 6 miles. I’m just glad the iPod battery was fully charged.
I setup the very first dolly shot (the shot of the small waterfall through the fir tree in the video) and used my only Canon lens for this, the 24mm f2.8. After getting the wide cover dolly shot, I grabbed for the Nikon glass and the Nikon to Canon lens adapter. I dropped the adapter by mistake and it fell into a small pool. This small pool was actually very deep and the adapter was lost forever.
At this point, all my Nikon glass was useless as I had no way to mount the lenses to the 5dmk2 body. I only had a Canon 24mm f2.8 for this shoot now! That simply was not enough.
So, I grabbed all my kit, looked up at the mostly blue sky, and stashed all the equipment in the bushes under a few inches of leaves and sticks. It was about noontime.
I ran down the two mile trail and got to the car in just about twenty minutes, with sweat pouring off me.
I grabbed my spare (and last) Canon to Nikon lens ring adapter and ran back up the trail the two miles to the waterfalls. So far, 10 miles traveled, about three hours elapsed since arrival at trail head and only one dolly shot recorded!
I shot for the next six hours in generally the same area. I worked the cliff face and thirty foot waterfall with mostly wide lenses and ten feet of track. I used the Zoom H4 to record all the wild sound you hear in the video.
Later, I climbed to the top of these cliffs to get the “eternal pool” shots. This small puddle was fed by falling water emerging right out of the mountainside. I drank almost a gallon of this water, right out of the pool between takes.
After shooting about 15 gigs or 1080p 30p stock footage (one minutes long takes with audio), I decided to head out. I only had about an hour of daylight left, so I knew that the last of my hiking would be done by head torch.
I tossed the dolly and track in a small cave and buried the Vinten baby legs under a mess of branches.
I grabbed the Canon 5dmk2 (which was covered in dirt and mud), the Vinten Vision 3 tripod, the bag of lenses, and batteries and headed the two miles back to the car. Once I got to the car, I locked everything inside and hiked again, up the trail two miles. I was getting very tired and I had raced mt bikes downhill the day before!
I was now thinking out loud that asking someone to help me might be worth the hassle! When I say “hassle”, I mean someone putting up with the bugs and countless hours in the middle of nowhere without complaining! Most people will get sick of this type of work after the first five hours.
When I arrived at the waterfalls for the last time, it was almost dark. My iPod battery was dead, so all I could hear was my own labored breathing. I grabbed the ten foot track, the twenty pound dolly and the Vinten baby legs and make the final trek off the mountain with only a weak LED headlamp beam.
I got back to the car and went through the gear. I sat behind the wheel, did not start the car. I slept in the drivers seat till 11pm. I woke up forgetting where I was and then drove out after eating a powerbar.
That was one hell of a day. Enjoy the 2 minute 15 second video.