This work is mindblowing and is a true and undiluted display of creativity and imagination. At the same time Sean conveys the narrative in hand with skill and a visual humour which is undeniably clever.
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 (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.
A huge thanks to Sergio Walgood for allowing me the pleasure of working with his inspired music. Thanks also to Angel & Sean Sluder, Stephanie James, Terrapin Hill Farm, Louisville Tuesday Night Potluck, and to Daevid Hargis for his invaluable assistance.
▶ I never finished my original goal of walking to Germany. Instead, I walked for a year and roughly 4500km, passed the Gobi desert, and then decided to stop walking for now.
▶ All of the distance from Beijing to Ürümqi was completed solely on foot, straight good old walking. There are instances where you can see me in the video sitting on a plane or riding a boat, but those are during breaks I had to take from walking, either to sort out bureaucracy issues or to take care of some personal things.
▶ I had been planning this trip for over a year before I even started, and getting as far as I got was an experience for which I am very grateful.
▶ Obtaining the necessary visa for a trip like this was not very easy, hence I had to go back to Beijing a few times to resolve some issues.
▶ This is not a strict "1 pic a day" video, because I wanted to make it a bit more alive by adding some additional movement. Sometimes during the film you would follow me turn around, or something would happen in the background. I tried to capture these moments to make the video more interesting.
▶ If you liked the music I used in this video, get it here: The Kingpins - "L'Aventurier" bit.ly/RXOMaz Zhu Fengbo - "Olive Tree" bit.ly/UDsHT7
▶ The core of this project is in actually my blog where I have posted my extensive travel diary, starting from day 1 (Nov 9th 2007) and describing every single day until the end one year later.
▶ 2009 Boulder Adventure Film Festival
▶ 2010 Berlin Webcuts
▶ 2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival
▶ 2011 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
▶ 2011 5th International Mountain Film Festival Domžale
▶ 2011 Squamish Mountain Festival
▶ 2011 Mezinárodný Festival Horských Filmov, Poprad
▶ 2011 Vertical Film Festival, Moscow
▶ 2009 TIME.COM #8 viral video
▶ madandcrazychild (she takes a photo every day)
▶ NK5000 (Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years)
▶ mattharding2718 (Where the Hell is Matt? 2008)