For the best experience, watch it with headphones!! :)
Shot within a couple hours on a sunny Saturday afternoon, "Bending Sounds" is a test/experiment to capture the inspirational sounds and visuals of the NYC subway.
Thanks a lot to all the musicians featured in this video - and obviously a big thanks to the Vimeo staff for featuring it!!
Light Emitting Dudes takes a team of freerunners, geared up from head to toe with LED lights, and sets them loose on the streets of Bangkok at night. With acrobatic grace, they carved up the already buzzing nightlife spots while adding their own flair and colour to the mix.
Jason Paul, Shaun Wood, and Anan Anwar are a team of freerunners whose homes are already quite far apart, coming from Frankfurt, Sydney, and Bangkok respectively. Director Frank Sauer and Costume Designer Christina Zahra also had to fly in from Germany, so getting everyone together to shoot this video was a challenge in and of itself. With no definite locations, pre-planned stunts, or even a working LED suit prototype, making the decision to fly to Thailand was a real leap of faith. All I had was an idea in mind of what I wanted to create.
I had worked with Jason before in 2011 to create Dream World, which documented Jason's journey to London to compete in the Art of Motion Freerunning competition. Since then I have been looking for another opportunity to work together and to get the rest of his team involved. I wanted to portray freerunning in a way that hasn't been done before. I realized that freerunning at night was a barely-touched space where I could do some ground-breaking work, so I began thinking about LED suits as a concept.
One of the biggest challenges was putting together a suit that both looked cool and was functional. It had to be able to withstand the stresses of high impact acrobatic stunts, while adequately lighting up the surroundings as we passed through them. Luckily, Christina, with a wealth of experience as a fashion designer, was there to put it all together. Armed with a few morphsuits, some batteries, and a plethora of LED strips and duct tape, Christina really did a great job of fashioning together a Tron-style LED suit on a shoe-string budget.
Once the suits were ready, and we were tired of playing dress-up in the apartment and scaring the cat, it was time for the team to hit the streets. This opened up a whole new can of worms. It turns out, walking around the streets looking like creepy Neo S&M Power Rangers attracts unwanted attention, making guerilla-style shooting particularly difficult, to say the least. And the traffic police didn't take our presence at busy intersections light-heartedly either. Go figure.
The mix of dangerous stunts and exhaustion due to all-night shoots really tested our resolve to finish the video. Maintaining the suits in good condition was also a continual hassle. They needed to be disassembled from time to time so the batteries could be recharged, and damaged LED strips needed to be unthreaded and replaced. The schedule being what it was meant that the suits never really had time to air out. We had to work with the mild stench of men’s locker room on us the whole time. The low light conditions presented their own challenges for shooting, but did provide an opportunity to experiment with long exposure to create beautiful light stroke shots.
For two weeks we were out every night collecting shots and enjoying the confused look on peoples face when we walked by. Oddly enough the cool factor of looking like a general bad ass never wore off. I think a lot big kids dream of dressing up like superheroes and leaping around the city. That's something I can cross off my bucket list, now. We had a great time together. In the end, it's definitely worth it to create something new and unique in a way only you can.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED Frank Sauer (frank-sauer.com)
IN COOPERATION WITH Team Farang (farang-mag.com/)
EDITING Frank Sauer & Sebastian Linda
COSTUME DESIGN Christina Zahra
SOUND DESIGN Jens Fischer
TITLES Stephan Baumann
MASTERING Matthias Greule
MUSIC Metric - Artificial Nocturne (Love Thy Brother Remix)
Watch the orginal video “Schiller - Lichtermeer” here from germany:
And internationally here:
The shoot was based on Light Emitting Dudes idea which some of you will already know: vimeo.com/54321299
We shot this 3 weeks ago in Bangkok for about a period of 10 days and edited within one week.
We shot all in RAW, converted it to Pro Res Quicktime and edited it Premiere Pro CS6 on Macbook Pros.
We can say that the two GH3 connected with the new Timelapse function and the ultra-strong low-light capabilities in hand with the Low-Light lenses we used make them very capable for shootings like this.
Since we did not have a lot of light with us, we shot mainly with available light in the night.
If you are interested in working like us you can write us for a workshop at your place or you have a look here for the 2&3 March in Dresden, Germany: sebastian-linda.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=54
Voigtlander f/0.95 25mm,
SLR Magic Hyperprime f/1.6 12mm
Panasonic f/4 7-14mm
Canon FD f/1.4 50mm
Canon FD f/2 85mm
Carl Zeiss Planar 85mm
Slide Kamera PRO Slider 1m
HKN-1 Motion Control
Directed by Frank Sauer & Sebastian Linda
Creative Network Multimedia GmbH
Freerunners from TEAM FARANG