A big thanks to Matthews MSE (msegrip.com) especially to Bob Kulesh, Tyler & Ed Phillips for their generous support and patience of this lengthy endeavor. Most of the linear motion control shots were captured using their FloatCam DC Slider, a wonderful piece of engineering for the time lapse world.
'Nightfall' is a three minute tour of light through the City of Angels.
I shot "Nightfall" in an attempt to capture Los Angeles as it transitioned from day to night. As you probably know, LA is an expansive city so shooting it from many different angles was critical. Usually I was able to capture just one shot per day with a lot of driving, exploring, and scouting in between but the times sitting in traffic or a "sketchy" neighborhood often lead to new adventures and interesting places.
Nightfall in particular is my favorite time to shoot time lapse. Capturing the transition from day to night while looking back at the city as the purple shadow of Earth envelopes the eastern skyline and the warm distant twinkling halogen lights spark to life and give the fading sun a run for her money- this will never grow old or boring to me.
In this piece, it was important to me for the shots to both capture and accentuate the movement of light through the day and night and the use of multiple motion control techniques allowed me to do so.
I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it.
An English translation of the lyrics-
"It is late. I am looking for my other home, taking an unfamiliar path: a small trail near the factories and the city, cutting through the forest. I can barely see nature when suddenly, night falls. I am engulfed by a world of silence, yet I am not afraid. I fall asleep for a few minutes at the most, and when I wake up, the sun is there and the forest is shining with a bright light.
I recognize this forest. It is not an ordinary forest, it is a forest of memories. My memories. The white and noisy river, my adolescence. The tall trees, the men I have loved. The birds in flight, and in the distance, my lost father.
My memories aren't memories anymore. They are there, with me, dancing and embracing, singing and smiling at me.
I look at my hands. I caress my face, and I am 20 years old. And I love like I have never loved before."
I performed to MADONNA's "VOGUE" in the Summer of 1991 when my parents took me to Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. A business in the casino at the time gave tourists the chance to lip-synch to their favorite pop songs in front of a blue screen background, and I was lucky enough to partake that summer.
In honor of the twentieth anniversary of MADONNA's "TRUTH OR DARE" and in celebration of MADONNA's upcoming "W.E.", here is my nine year old self paying tribute to the woman who changed my life and continues to inspire me just as much today as twenty years ago.
DOP: Fabien Benzaquen
1st assistant DOP: Nourédyne Amroun
1st assistant director: Antoine Ricard
Steadycam Operator : Loic Andrieu
Gaffer: Vincent Ricoux
Electricians: Arnaud Duru, Bruno Seguer
Key grip: Bertrand Val
Production designer: Anna Brun
Set decorator: François Droeghmans
Decorator: Manon Hansa
Stylist: Erwan Morelli
Stylist Assistant: Sophie Roumegoux
Costume designer: Bylitis Nicod
Make up artist: Cathy Martiny, Olivia Carron, Aline Macouin
Tattooist: Paul Grelet
Location Manager: Regis Melet, Amélie Boyé
Cuppers: Damien Costantino, Serge Douey
Making of and pictures: Laureline Attali, Charbel Zaarour
Editing & Grading: Romain Kunstlinger
VFX supervisor: Samuel Ben Simon
Sound Design: Fabrice Lombard
Production Company: SoLab
Producers: Nicolas Tiry, Edouard Chassaing
Production Assistant : Adèle Boyé
Intern: Jonas Texier
The Girl: Hannah Novak
Men in Black: Boris Fodella, Zachary Arnaud, Thierry Pecqueux
Extras: Julie Motreff, Apolline Tresonne, Laure Gourlant, Sindy Gourlant, Stéphanie D'Eygere, Alexandra Jacmin, Julien Ratel, Gregorie Pierre, Delphine Rooz, Victor Durand et Anne Charlotte, Maxime Allex, Antoine Houël, Laura Sanchez, Elise Jaquin, Fabien Guyon, Agnès Arrouby, Amélie Jaboeuf, Alexandra Grumbach, Marc Pottier, Maryline Jost-Kiehl, Florian Liberal, Alex Sabot, Charlotte Baker, Lucinda Gallop, Sélim Niederhoffen, Kévan Boddelé, Magali Driouiche, Mathieu Houdain, Julie Montel, Lois Ballester, Bruno Ferdinand, Aurélien Cabat, Sophie Touitou, Amandine Multin, Caroline Ronzani, Michael Ronzani, Romain Ratel, Apaury Bastrenta, Pauline Billat, Marie Feld, Maxime Mc Brenon, Péa Delaplace, Doris Hémar, Brune Fournier, Jérémy Gatuingt, Zelda Mauger, Pierre Echeveste, Arthur et Benjamin Mauries, Régis et Brice Abby, Amélie de Lataillade, Julie Héry, Agathe Couderc, Thomas Hakim, Romy Hammond, Rose Katché, Marie Eva Gatuingt, Marie Yasmine Arrouche, Valentine Baillot, Maud Paget, Jean Bastiste Piron, Martin Leny, Célia Pouget, Anne Cécile Kovalesky, Augustin Desforges, Margaux Beaumier, Anne Sophie Daire, Basile Vinet, Johanne Pastor, Emmanuelle Courty, Mathilde Fouquet, Pauline Bouvet, Ana Perromat, Lenaïc Noury.
Thanks to Anne et Mika (Le Carmen), Clémentine Libault (GUM), Jalal (La phonogalerie - phonogalerie.com), , American Apparel, Blancs Manteaux, Cosmoparis, Falke, Guess by Marciano, Heimstone, Kitsuné, Lacoste, Maison Fabre, Manoush, Mellow Yellow, Mexx, Petit Bateau, Repetto, Save the queen, Sessun, Unisa, Zoé la féé, Corinne (Photocinerent), Magali (Transpacam), Sandra (Cinelum) and all our great extras.
Commissioner: Jane Third (Because Uk)
Label: Because Music