An intimate portrait of Omar, a 17 year old stranded in a refugee camp since the 2011 war in Libya.
The film offers a unique perspective of one person amongst thousands waiting for a chance to start their life again in a safe country.
When war broke out earlier this year in Libya, thousands of refugees from countries such as Somalia, Sudan, and Eritrea, who were living in or transiting through the country at the time, were forced to flee for their lives yet again. They are now waiting in refugee camps along the Tunisian and Egyptian borders - unable to return home due to war or persecution, unable to return to Libya due to ongoing violence and discrimination, and unable to stay in Tunisia or Egypt, countries both undergoing their own political upheavals.
The video documents the (usually) very peaceful life of a fire lookout in the Gardner Lookout on the East Peak of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California. I've been a Marin County Fire Department volunteer lookout for years and deeply love the mountain and the peace it brings to us here in the Bay Area. Perhaps this 6-minute video will convey some of the emotions I feel when sitting (and sleeping) on her peak.
All timelapse editing done in Lightroom4 and LR Timelapse2.
A try to visualize the flow of the famous painting "Starry Night" of Vincent Van Gogh.
The user can interact with the animation. Also, the sound responds to the flow.
Made with openframeworks.
Available on the app-store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/starry-night-interactive-animation/id511943282
Available on google-play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.artof01.starrynight
Claire and I recently took a trip to France, and I filmed this during our time in Paris. Until this trip, I had only ever experienced Paris in the summer and I was struck by just how different the city is when most of us tourist are gone. We were equipped with our metro and museum passes and were able to easily access most places of interest without even waiting in line. It was incredible! We were even given a private tour of the École du Louvre. Thanks Elisabeth!
The weather wasn't always perfect, but our experience was totally different and unique. Now I'm truly curious to visit the city in other seasons. Maybe a trip during the Fall someday?
I continue to be amazed by the little camera that could, aka the the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. I have yet to shoot ProRes or DNxHD, though I've seen amazing footage that was shot in the compressed modes. For me it's all about the uncompressed raw. It's not the easiest or fastest format to work with in post, but it allows me to color grade the images to get exactly the look I'm after.
I had the latest firmware for this shoot and put the timelapse feature to use. It's not going to replace a DSLR for serious timelapse work, but it is an amazing companion in my opinion. It can shoot consistently at higher frame rates than a DSLR can sustain, so shots where you only want a subtle timelapse effect are achievable. You can also shoot with longer intervals, but the slowest shutter speed is still only 1/24th of a second so shots become less smooth the longer your interval is. Ideally, you'd want to be closer to a 180 degree shutter.
Music: Spiegel im Spiegel composed by Arvo Pärt
Camera and Lenses:
-Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF
-Canon 50mm 1.4
-Canon 70-200 IS II
* Winner of Best Cinematography at the Fantasia International Film Festival 2013, in the Quebec Short Film Category*
Official Selections at the following festivals:
- Off-Courts, France 2013
- Razor Reel Fantastic Film Festival, Belgium
- Portobello Film Festival, UK
- Suffolk International Film Festival, UK
- Cyprus International Film Festival, Cyprus
- Corinthian Peloponnesian Festival, Greece
Shot on the Sony Fs-700
Lenses: Series of Zeiss SRL lenses:
- 18mm f/3.5 Distagon T
- 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T
- 50mm f/1.4 Planar T
+ Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8 L for a few shots.