Over the years I have been inspired by my personal travels and popular documentaries like Planet Earth. I’d watch the various episodes for hours, developing my shooting style from what I saw. After the creation of Toronto Tempo last year I had the opportunity to jump around to many different countries and work on diverse and intriguing projects. When I came back to Toronto I was approached by Tourism Toronto to create a short piece on the city. They wanted to do something entirely different, they wanted to come away from the standard tourism video, so I figured I would step as far away from those videos as possible. I felt like it was the perfect opportunity to push my shooting style by employing a purely observational perspective. I intended to capture the city in distinctive form— I wanted to make this piece different.
By utilizing time-lapse photography and slow motion to capture intimate moments, I was able to draw attention to what we might overlook, or only offer a passing glance to. I want to represent how we move through the city; how the weather moves through it and how the city breathes, transforms and grows each day. Much like other cities, Toronto is a place you have to experience to feel the energy and emotion that pulses through the streets and neighbourhoods. I hope that I can give you a brief glimpse of the beauty, and motivate you to come explore for yourself.
Thank you to my family and friends for the endless support. Thank you to everyone who has enjoyed and shared my videos this past year.
I love this city. As tribute, I’ve pieced together thousands of photos that I think capture Toronto’s beautiful skyline, and the essence of the lively downtown core. All but one of the scenes in this time-lapse were shot between September and October of this year.
In some ways, my presentation of Toronto is a follow up to a recent summer fling in Ottawa, where I produced Capital Cruising; thanks to CTV Ottawa’s interest in using the video as an introduction to their 6 o’clock news, I was able to devote myself to the creation of what I hope is a piece that everyone in the city can enjoy.
Thank you to CTV Ottawa for utilizing my last video Capital Cruising (vimeo.com/26830842) for their 6 o’clock news segment, which indirectly funded this project.
Thank you, Matt Black, of One King West hotels. You gave me the opportunity to behold some of the best views of the city. You should make this hotel a priority if you are visiting! onekingwest.com/
Thank you 1loveto for keeping in touch these past couple months and launching the video. Check them out at: 1loveto.com/
Thank you to my family, Jon B, and Martin L.
In the future, I’d like to set my sights on Vancouver, and my camera on the province’s sprawling landscape. Or a longer, properly funded Toronto film. If you have any interest in helping me accomplish this goal, e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moments in China is a collection of vivid moments I experienced while traveling around China last month. The piece flows from Hong Kong to Beijing, and visits Guilin, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Some moments are more significant than others, but I have a personal connection with each. The video is particularly special to me because I have not had time for personal projects over the past several months.
However, that is not to say that the past several months have not been exciting. I have had the chance to work on some interesting projects such as the Luminato Festival which aired on TV and at major theatres across Ontario, sequences for the Toronto Blue Jays, a set of commercials for Niagara Tourism, and promotional material for Toronto Tourism. I am also pleased to announce that I will be putting together Toronto Tourism's newest video aimed at garnering international interest for Toronto. I intend to take a unique approach.
Thank you to Trevor Corrigan for creating the title; and my family, Jon B, Martin L, Henry Less, Derek Flack and Bryan Brock for various reasons.
From the glaciers to the desert,
From New Zealand to Rome
Time flows, flies, burns.
Thank you for watching,
I traveled a lot in the past year, visiting many places multiple times,
and I thought I shall share those views and put them all together
into a short film, but I also wanted to have the logic in the sequence
coming from the ice age and glaciers and finishing with the end of life
on our planet, when other civilizations send their exploring rovers
to find out if the life ever existed on this planet, which we call Earth.
Huge Thanks to Anna, who worked with me on this project.
Thanks to Dalvin, Brinda and Leon from Navajo Tours, who let me
film with Glidecam inside of Antelope Canyon:
Tasman Glacier Lake, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Lake Pukaki, New Zealand
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Prague, Czech Republic
Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Death Valley, California
Mono Lake, California
Kalalau Valley, Hawaii
Bryce Canyon, Utah