Bodie is by far the best preserved ghost town in the United States.
Gold was discovered back in 1859 by William S Bodey and at its apex, the town had a population of 10,000 residents through the 1880's. Bodie was replete with the makings of old west folklore; gunfighters, saloons, miners, gambling halls and prostitutes, a rough place through and through. But the town's success didn't last and faded from 'glory' prior to World War I and was finally down for the count during WWII once all mining operations were halted due to the war effort. It was effectively abandoned with many of the structures retaining the inhabitants belongings because the roads out were toll and weight based; many people simply decided to leave their belongings behind to avoid large fees so the ghost town was born.
Today, after two fires, around 100 structures remain, (5% of the original town) some of which are filled with furniture, lined and matted with layer up on layer of rotting and sagging wallpaper. Some buildings are seemingly untouched time-capsules to the once treacherous lives of the miners and other inhabitants of the town. Kids toys sitting by the window, a ball peen hammer on the ground, strewn gears in a machine shop, and rusted hangers hanging in a closet.
Walking the grounds, particularly the cemetery, I was overcome with a sense of foreboding and the gentle but incessant march of time continuing on. The once important lives buried under a wood tombstone were all but forgotten and those now nameless people who were loved or loved others, brothers, fathers, sisters and mothers, almost never existed unless you look at the uneven ground at a certain angle in the perfect light.
We spent a week shooting with access to some of the interiors of the buildings, and the ability to shoot at night. Because it is located in the Sierra Neveda and its unique geography and high elevation, the weather was quite extreme and could change in a matter of minutes; most nights were very cold and the temperature often sat in the low teens and were mixed with snow, wind, and icey rain.
Bodie is kept in a state of "arrested decay" and hangs (sometimes literally) in a sort of desolated limbo, as the dry lumber, rusted nails, and worn masonry, slowly give into the sands of time.
Special Thanks to Ranger Tom Gunther. Thank you for your help!!!
Thanks to Matthews MSE, (Tyler, Bob, Ed) for helping me with some last minute requests and their use of the DC Slider and dolly track.
"Made on Earth" is the result of many photography expeditions over the past two years. Spain, Iceland, Estonia and USA were the main destinations.
My goal has always been to get the best results, both technical and dramatical, emphasizing composition, light and feeling in each and every shot.
The difficulty of filming in many locations, the arduous process of developing and the physical and economic effort I had to make to film this piece, makes me extremely happy to share the material in Vimeo.
2x Canon 5DmarkII
1x Nikon 14-24 f2.8, Nikon 17-35 f2.8, Nikon 80-200 f2.8
Motorized slider: Kietacam Xlidercam-M (kietacam.com/en/caracteristicas-xlidercam-m/)
This is maybe the most powerful tool out there.
Editing and postproduction:
1st. - Developing with Lightroom
2nd. -Continued Developing with LRTimelapse (lrtimelapse.com) What a great tool!!
3rd. - Complied with Quicktime
4th. - Editing with Final Cut Pro
5th. - Post with After Effects
6th. - Color Grading with Apple Color
Grand Canyon : Blink of Time is a time lapse film featuring the stunning views of the Grand Canyon. Blink of Time brings the viewer on a journey around and into the canyon. Over 80,000 photos were taken over the course of 7 weeks in April, May, and June of 2012 to make this film. During the production we were able to capture the solar eclipse that took place on May 20, 2012. You may also notice there are two shots that are not from the Grand Canyon both are of Horseshoe Bend. We felt it was appropriate to include these shots into the film because the colorado river is a main staple of the Grand Canyon. This is GOTM Films first time lapse passion project and was funded entirely by us. Our goal was to show the scope of the Grand Canyon to those who haven’t had the fortune of visiting this natural wonder. Using time lapse allows the viewer a glimpse into the Blink of Time we spent making this film. The film features the original song "Don't Waste" from Figgy and a free download of the song is available at http://facebook.com/FiggyMusic
To purchase prints from the time lapses featured in the film please visit our Zenfolio site http://gotmfilms.zenfolio.com
To purchase a digital download of the film visit our website at http://www.GOTMfilms.com
For licensing information or business inquiries please contact us at GOTMfilms@gmail.com
The film was processed using Adobe Lightroom 4, LRtimelapse 2.0, Adobe After Effects CS6, and Adobe Premiere CS6
Special Thanks to :
Samantha Ortiz ------------- Christine Kirchner
Zoraida Blier-Ortiz --------- Peter Kirchner
Lynda Rossi ----------------- Mike Lanfor
Charles Rossi --------------- Chris Savin
Mirion Ortiz ------------------- Richard Bentley
Joe Reyes -------------------- Chris Dooley