‘New Zealand – Land of the Long White Cloud’. Translated, this means 'Aotearoa' being the Maori name for New Zealand.
As a city dweller, I'm often 'geographically challenged' when it comes to escaping the city and fulfilling my desire to time lapse the New Zealand wilderness. Hence, this is my first time lapse of New Zealand landscapes. It is a compilation of my best material captured to date from various trips over the past year.
The locations include the petrified sand dunes at Cape Rienga in the far north to the lush rain forests on Stewart Island in the deep south. There’s also a few lighthouses and other places in between, namely the pristine lakes of Central Otago, the rugged West Coast and the stunning geology on the Wairarapa Coast.
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Gear and Post Production
Nikon D700 with Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8, Nikon D200 with Samyang 14mm f2.8, Dynamic Perception – Stage Zero and Stage One, MX2 controller, Emotimo TB3, LRTimelapse, Adobe Lightroom, After Effects, and Premier Pro
Dynamic Perception, Emotimo, Bevan Percival (NZ's pre-eminent time lapse artist), a few friends and work colleagues. Thanks for your feedback.
Background sounds - Nature Sounds of New Zealand (naturesounds.co.nz) and SoundBible.com# vimeo.com/103946316 Uploaded
This film took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and no CGI. It changed my life.
Circle of Abstract Ritual began as an exploration of the idea that creation and destruction might be the same thing. The destruction end of that thought began in earnest when riots broke out in my neighborhood in Anaheim, California, 2012. I immediately climbed onto my landlord's roof without asking and began recording the unfolding events. The news agencies I contacted had no idea what to do with time lapse footage of riots, which was okay with me because I had been thinking about recontextualizing news as art for some time. After that I got the bug. I chased down wildfires, walked down storm drains on the L.A. River and found abandoned houses where I could set up elaborate optical illusion paintings. The illusion part of the paintings are not an end in themselves in my work. They're an intimation of things we can't physically detect; a way to get an ever so slight edge on the unknowable.
Early in the process I mapped out a very interconnected narrative structure. It took a long time to fill that narrative structure in, and when I finished editing the film after seven solid weeks of being holed up in a dark room I had no idea if it was something anyone would want to watch. I almost cut the film into pieces before realizing that outside influences were pressuring me to make that decision, and that I was happy with it as it was.
It took a long time to come to the creation side of the original premise. It finally took form in a collaboration with sculptor, Steve Shigley, as well as 15 amazing volunteers who moved full sized tree sculptures 450 times over two nights to create the stop motion climax of the film (see the behind the scenes film, Story of Abstract Ritual for the tale of their monumental effort: vimeo.com/frostjeff/soar).
The idea I wanted to explore was the creation of culture as a conscious creative act, but without the trappings of dogma from institutions or even from ways of thinking. The circle of inverted trees became a small piece of the world with personal meaning where I could mark significant events, contemplate and reflect. That circle still stands, and I still visit it regularly. Several people who have been there have told me that it's come to mean something special for them as well. They each have their own fascinating way of interpreting the power inherent in those trees.
This film is art for the sake of art. It was made with much generosity, from the people who let me crash on their couches to the people who backed the Kickstarter to people who just wanted to pitch in: thank you. This would not have been possible without your help.
Every spare cent I make goes back into creating art. If you'd like to see me keep doing what I'm doing please consider purchasing a download or a print at jeff-frost.com, or PayPal me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for watching!
Dynamic Perception provided motion control gear for this project. They're a great company run by an awesome dude (hi Jay!). Their product is rugged and reliable. Check them out dynamicperception.com/?Click=4195# vimeo.com/106181453 Uploaded 516K Plays 5,664 Likes 319 Comments
Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an hypnotic surround sound.
What you hear in this performance is captured in realtime without any additional effects and with no post audio processing.
For contact: email@example.com
Performence: Görkem Şen
Video: Levent Bozkurt
Video Editing: Olgu Demir
Sound Mix: Mert Aksuna
Place: Alişler Yurdu
2014# vimeo.com/110633932 Uploaded 3.1M Plays 6,944 Likes 163 Comments
a recording of my everyday render.
tools: Cinema 4D, Photoshop // total time: 2 hours 15 min.
music: Run the Jewels - Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)
music: runthejewels.net# vimeo.com/111528451 Uploaded 29.9K Plays 1,130 Likes 64 Comments