As of today, it is estimated that there are more than 7 billion humans living on Earth.
Humans have only been a glimpse in the Earth’s timeline, yet in the last 200 years the evolution of mankind has skyrocketed as well as the need for Earth’s resources.
Skyscrapers are growing taller than the next, like huge trees battling for sunlight. At night, from a higher point of view, traffic evokes lava flowing down a volcano.
Like a giant ant colony, humans have made this planet their own. But what about the Earth? Can we continue to take without consequences? The City Limits tries to show that even though we are the dominant species on the planet, there is something bigger than us.
In Carl Sagan’s own words “Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us.”
Human progress and technology are developing at exponential rates but at what cost?
Where is the city’s limit?
/ Technical Info
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lenses: Canon 14 II, Canon 24 II, Canon 70-200
A destitute man, living on city streets liberates a device and escapes to a symphony of light and sound.
The idea came about by wanting to play with timelapse as a way of showing different realities. The Maestro obviously sees things differently than most people and by working the timelapse effect into the narrative, it allows us to see the world from his point of view.
The Maestro was shot in Sydney, Australia with a crew of four people on the Canon 5D Mark II using only available light. The visual effects featured were all shot in-camera and later composited in post.
Director / Producer / Writer / Editor / Art Director / Costume Designer - ADAM ANTHONY
Co-Producer / Co-Writer / Visual Effects - EDWARD COPESTICK
Cinematographer - TONY GARDINER
Second Camera - NATE MARTIN
Composer - BENJAMIN SPEED
Sound Designer - ROSIE CHASE
Sound Mixer - SAM HAYWARD
Colourist - TRISH CAHILL
Hair and Make-up - JODI GARDNER
Additional Hair and Make-up - KATY CLUCAS / RACHEL COENEN
Wardrobe Aged by - MARC BAROLD
Location Sound - CHRIS FRITH
Roto Artist - OLIVER STOKE-HUGHES
Violinist - ANNE THOMPSON
The Maestro - GYTON GRANTLEY
Squeegee Kid - NICK MARICIC
Motorist - RORY WILLIAMSON
Double Bay Kid #1 - ALEX THOMPSON
Double Bay Kid #2 - KIRSTY O'CONNER
Double Bay Kid #3 - OLIVER LEIMBACH
Security Guard - JUSTIN STEWART-COTTA
Awards and Screenings:
Tropfest 2011 - 3rd Prize, Best Cinematography
New York City International Film Festival - Official Selection
St. Kilda Film Festival - Official Selection
Palo Alto International Film Festival - Official Selection
Edmonton International Film Festival - Official Selection
Shnit International Film Festival (Bern, Switzerland) - Official Selection