1. Tempest Milky Way won Best Overall and Audience Choice at the 2011 Chronos Film Festival. chronosfilmfestival.com

    One of the challenges in making this video, was trying to get good storm with stars shots. The opportunity doesn't come along very often, the storm has to be moving the right speed and the lightning can overexpose the long exposures. I had several opportunities this summer to get storm and star shots. In one instance, within a minute of picking up the camera and dolly, 70mph winds hit. One storm was perfect, it came straight towards the setup, then died right before it reached it.

    Extended cut available here dakotalapse.com/2011/08/tempest-milky-way/

    At the 1:57 mark a Whitetail buck came in to check out the setup. It was caught on 20 frames, and was there for about 10 minutes. It was only 50 yards from the camera, dolly and light.

    At the 3:24 mark, a meteor reflects on the water of the small lake, see still below in Photos. There are also quite a few other meteors in the timelapse.

    This was all shot in central South Dakota from June-August.

    Canon 5D Mark II for a few shots, Canon 60D and T2i
    Canon 16-35, Tokina 11-16

    Shot in RAW format. Manual mode, Exposure was 30 seconds on most Milky Way shots, 20-25 on some of the storm shots, ISO 1600 or 3200 F2.8.

    Simon Wilkinson at thebluemask.com created the music "Tempest" and sound for it.
    thebluemask.com/shop/tempest/?tid=tempestmilkyway

    I used the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly on most of the shots as well, it is awesome. dynamicperception.com

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    Randy Halverson
    dakotalapse.com

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  2. The Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales.

    The primary structure was created of 26 polygonal panels made of silk threads laid down by a CNC (Computer-Numerically Controlled) machine. Inspired by the silkworm’s ability to generate a 3D cocoon out of a single multi-property silk thread (1km in length), the overall geometry of the pavilion was created using an algorithm that assigns a single continuous thread across patches providing various degrees of density.

    Overall density variation was informed by the silkworm itself deployed as a biological “printer” in the creation of a secondary structure. A swarm of 6,500 silkworms was positioned at the bottom rim of the scaffold spinning flat non-woven silk patches as they locally reinforced the gaps across CNC-deposited silk fibers. Following their pupation stage the silkworms were removed. Resulting moths can produce 1.5 million eggs with the potential of constructing up to 250 additional pavilions.

    Affected by spatial and environmental conditions including geometrical density as well as variation in natural light and heat, the silkworms were found to migrate to darker and denser areas. Desired light effects informed variations in material organization across the surface area of the structure. A season-specific sun path diagram mapping solar trajectories in space dictated the location, size and density of apertures within the structure in order to lock-in rays of natural light entering the pavilion from South and East elevations. The central oculus is located against the East elevation and may be used as a sun-clock.

    Parallel basic research explored the use of silkworms as entities that can “compute” material organization based on external performance criteria. Specifically, we explored the formation of non-woven fiber structures generated by the silkworms as a computational schema for determining shape and material optimization of fiber-based surface structures.

    Research and Design by the Mediated Matter Research Group at the MIT Media Lab in collaboration with Prof. Fiorenzo Omenetto (TUFTS University) and Dr. James Weaver (WYSS Institute, Harvard University). Mediated Matter researchers include Markus Kayser, Jared Laucks, Carlos David Gonzalez Uribe, Jorge Duro-Royo and Neri Oxman (Director).

    Video released under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.

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  3. The first of a series of fables. (kinfables.com)
    Watch the second film, Salvage here: vimeo.com/119777338
    And the third film, Requiem: vimeo.com/120523947

    Five Knights Productions presents, (fiveknightsproductions.com)
    A film by Seb and Ben McKinnon.

    * 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

    Technical specs:
    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.

    Enter the world at kinfables.com

    Facebook page: facebook.com/kinfables?ref=hl

    MUSIC AVAILABLE HERE: clann.bandcamp.com

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