Short video shot during two days in New York.
A quick half a day edit.
I really enjoyed the experience, having a chance to test out new D800, D4 DSLRs. They are amazing tools for event videographer, documentary independent filmmaker. Great to meet in person Sandro Miller, the director of beautifully shot "Joy Ride" film and many colleagues from around the world. All shot on the go, handheld, tripod only on time lapses. Did this on purpose to put a cam to real test. For the same reason all sound recorded with on camera mic.
*improved Dynamic range, probably best among all the DSLRs today, love Nikon colors, very film like, imo.
*amazing low light sensitivity, on a D4.
*improved rolling shutter, still present, be careful for dynamic, highly camera moving shots.
*great button controls, both D4, D800, one switch automatic ISO if needed, color temperature, ISo settings.
/A couple of shots here are taken with Panasonic GH2, Sedna A hack to compare it to the Nikon.
/Soundtrack by Kosheen
At the end, featuring Grey Matter the beatboxer, BS (MC), Dan Cary (Singer), Spencer Beatbox (beatboxer/squeegee noise), Cocoa Sarai ( Singer ).
Cheers!# vimeo.com/40363062 Uploaded 7,453 Plays 105 Likes 77 Comments
Compressed 03 continues my interest in telling stories through analog visual effects - everything in the film was made with physical materials and tools in my studio. By using frame by frame stop motion and time lapse techniques, fluid dynamics and magnetism are transformed into majestic explosions and seething storms.
Sounds best on headphones, and looks best fullscreen!
Shot with Nikon D90, macro lens & custom built timer / trigger
Edited in Adobe Premiere
Scored in Ableton Live
Compressed 03 Process
I find analog things appealing - whether it's vinyl or photographic film, there's a certain richness and magic that's difficult to replicate with digital means. The Compressed series showcases analog visual effect techniques, so everything in the films is made by hand, with physical materials and tools in my studio. For each of the Compressed films I try to develop and master a set of analog techniques with which I can craft a narrative.
For the effects in Compressed 03, I was drawn to the dynamic interactions between liquids. I spent about a month playing mad scientist to see what gave the most interesting results. I raided the kitchen for common stuff like milk, oil, and molasses. I stopped at the drug store and buy random things such as witch hazel, nail polish, and bubble blowing mix. I ordered exotic stuff like ferrofluid online. Some liquids repelled each other, some caused coagulation, and some created intricate patterns.
I settled on ferrofluid as my primary liquid, since it yielded some nice interactions with other liquids and could be manipulated using magnetism. All of the black or brown seen in the film is ferrofluid - needless to say it was a very messy few months!
The whole film is shot with a Nikon D90 DSLR, frame by frame, and animated using stop motion and time lapse techniques. This allowed me to control the effects by manipulating various parameters by hand - for example I could blow air onto the scene with a straw to adjust flow direction, or add liquid outside the shot to accelerate an effect. I also hacked a flatbed scanner so I could control it from my computer - and by physically connecting the scanner carriage to other equipment I could adjust parameters of the scene very precisely.
To control the camera for the frame by frame animation, I used a custom timer that I had built for a previous project.
Except for the opening title sequence, everything was shot with a macro lens. While the scale of the scenes in the film may seem grand, they actually range from the size of a post-it, to the size of a playing card. To work at that small scale I used syringes to dispense minuscule amounts of liquids, as well as a whole assortment of tiny magnets to control the ferrofluid. As anyone who has worked with macro can tell you, it's a pain to work with, but it opened up a whole world of visual opportunities for the project.
Once shooting was wrapped, I edited the film with Premiere, while concurrently writing the soundtrack in Ableton Live.
Since I'm kept pretty busy during the day designing software for Adobe, the film was made during my evenings and weekends over the span of about 4 months.# vimeo.com/37733280 Uploaded 110K Plays 2,146 Likes 60 Comments
BEST VIEWED IN FULLSCREEN HD - SCALING OFF
- This is a compilation of timelapses I recorded in western Norway in the summer of 2011.
- Locations include Ålesund, Trollstigen, Geiranger, the Briksdal glacier and Urnes & Kaupang stave churches.
Please do not use my intellectual property (timelapse sequence, video footage, still images or screencaps of either) in any way without written permission. That includes re-uploading to YouTube or other sites.# vimeo.com/37012843 Uploaded 347K Plays 2,519 Likes 126 Comments
Make sure to watch this full-screen with the sound on!
Atacama Starry Nights: Episode I
Astronomer's Paradise is the first episode of a Atacama Starry Nights timelapse movie series.
So cool: As mentioned by Dr. Brian May here (scroll down a bit): brianmay.com/whatsnew.html (Sat. Dec. 1st, 2012)
- National Geographic newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/02/21/new-time-lapse-gives-rare-glimpse-at-atacamas-starry-nights/
- Nikon Rumours! nikonrumors.com/2012/02/27/guest-post-astronomers-paradise-time-lapse-video.aspx/
NEW: Fine Art prints of this movie at: christophmalin.zenfolio.com/
Cerro Paranal is an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady and transparent sky. Located in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile it is home to some of the world's leading telescopes.
Operated by the European Southern Observatory (eso.org) the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is located on the Paranal mountain, composed of four 8 m telescopes which can combine their light to make a giant telescope by interferometry.
Four smaller auxiliary telescopes, each 1.8 m in aperture, are important elements of the VLT interferometer.
Walking on the desert near Paranal between the scattered stones and boulders on the pale red dust, feels like being on Mars but under the Earth sky.
Paranal was selected for cutting edge astronomical observations also because of the sky transparency and steady atmospheric condition which let astronomers peer into tiny details in the deep cosmos using giant telescopes.
This film is made with footage from the November 2011 TWAN imaging expedition to Paranal assigned by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). We photographed 14 nights in a row from usually 05:30 pm to 08:00 a.m.
All video rights reserved by Christoph Malin (christophmalin.com) and Babak Tafreshi (firstname.lastname@example.org) of The World at Night (TWAN) program (twanight.org/tafreshi).
The inside vista-observatory video is contributed by Stephane Guisard (astrosurf.com/sguisard).
The music is by Carbon Based Lifeforms (carbonbasedlifeforms.net). Song Arecibo extract from the album [Twentythree], write & produced by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad, published by Ultimae (ultimae.com).
Equipment used by Christoph on assignment:
- 2 Nikon D3s
- 1 Nikon D700
- 1 Nikon D7000
- 2 AFS 12-24/2.8, 1 AFS 24-70/2.8, 1 AF 16/2.8 Fisheye, 1 AF DX 10/2.8 Fisheye
- Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly with MX2
- Astrotrac AT320 X-AG and Merlin with MX2
Transitions done with Apple Aperture (see vimeo.com/35998334). Edited and rendered with Final Cut Pro 10, Motion and Compressor. Some re-edits recently done with LR4 and LRT for testing, fun!. About 35000 TimeLapse images processed, 7500 used for this part of "Astronomers Paradise".
I hope we could at least capture the magic of this very special place a bit - this is how the night sky looks like, if people care about light pollution. And we need more people to do that.
With best regards,
Christoph Malin# vimeo.com/36972668 Uploaded
Making of the Nikon D4 Release Video
I have often said, if I wasn't a filmmaker and photographer, I would be a teacher. There's great satisfaction in sharing knowledge & experience to help spark the creative fire in others.
When Nikon approached me to be a part of the D4 release project not only did they ask me to produce a video and stills, showing off the attributes of the new camera, they were also looking for a behind the scenes video spot detailing how "WHY" came together. This was an amazing opportunity, as it allowed me to simultaneously be both a filmmaker/photographer and a teacher. Though this meant everyone in the crew had to work twice as hard, especially Dane Henry. Capturing the action behind the scenes became just as important as the hero footage and stills. "HOW of WHY" is a great illustration of everyone's hard work and ability to multitask, plus proof that we all had a lot fun along the way!
In this spirit, now is a perfect opportunity to thank the key teachers that shared their knowledge with me. Thank you Bob Porter, George Egbert, James DuPratt, Jim McNay and Greg Lewis - I am forever grateful for the time you spent helping me to find my passion for adventure and storytelling.
For more detailed information on the production of "WHY" & "HOW of WHY" and the Nikon D4, check out our blog and the Nikon Professional Services Global site.# vimeo.com/36358006 Uploaded 143K Plays 1,764 Likes 82 Comments
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