I remember when I first arrived in Hong Kong almost a decade ago, I felt like I had walked into an actual movie set. It was a place that I had only seen on TV as a kid, with its strange red taxi’s, odd stop lights and driving on the other side of the road.
My intent with this project was to illustrate the grandeur of Hong Kong that most people would never get to see. When I had recently watched the movie Oblivion, it had somehow starkly reminded me of Hong Kong, with the feeling of being so insignificantly small -- almost irrelevant to my surroundings. Hong Kong is an unbelievably dense city, where much of the world can be accessed at your fingertips. But in a city where you can access the material world in a matter of seconds, it also has the ability to isolate you from the 8 million people around you as well.
With this piece, I hope that you are able to engage in this contradiction.
Track: M83 - Waking Up
Inspiration: Oblivion Movie
Andrew Tso, for a good time in Hong Kong, and makes cameo at 1:53. tsotography.com
Tom Ryaboi, for the technical editing expertise. tomryaboi.com
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon T2I
Lenses: Sigma 8-16mm, Samyang 8mm, Sigma 30mm, Canon 50mm
BEST VIEWED IN HD AND FULLSCREEN (with scaling off)
Midnight Sun: A natural phenomenon occurring in the summer months north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never fully sets and remains visible 24 hours a day.
Shot entirely in Ultra HD 4K resolution, this short time lapse film was shot during the Icelandic Midnight Sun in June of 2011.
For 17 days I traveled solo around the entire island shooting almost 24 hours, sleeping in the car, and eating whenever I had the time. During my days shooting this film I shot 38,000 images, traveled some 2900 miles, and saw some of the most amazing, beautiful, and indescribable landscapes on the planet. Iceland is absolutely one of the most beautiful and unusual places you could ever imagine. Especially during the Midnight Sun when the quality of light hitting the landscape is very unusual, and very spectacular.
Iceland is a landscape photographers paradise and playground, and should be number 1 on every photographers must visit list. Iceland during the Midnight Sun is in sort of a permanent state of sunset. The sun never full sets and travels horizontally across the horizon throughout the night, as can be seen in the opening shot and at the :51 second mark in the video.
During the Arctic summer, sunset was at midnight and sunrise was at 3am. The Arctic summer sun provided 24 hours a day of light, with as much as 6 hours daily of "Golden light". Once the sun had set it wouldn't even get dark enough for the stars to come out, and they don't start to reappear until August.
My advice to everyone out there, photographer or not, is simple... You MUST visit Iceland sometime during your lifetime. You will never regret it.
"MOVIE OF THE YEAR" - Powder Video Awards 2012
"BEST FILM" - X-Dance Film Festival, SLC 2012
"BEST PICTURE" - International Freeride Film Festival, France 2011
"BEST FEATURE-LENGTH MOUNTAIN FILM" - Banff Mountain Film Festival 2011
"BEST FILM OF THE YEAR" - Adventure Film Festival, Copenhagen 2011
"PEOPLES CHOICE" and "BEST SKI FILM" - Fernie Film Festival, BC 2011
"BEST SKI FILM" - Adventure Film Festival, Boulder 2011
"2012 CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD" - Mountain Film Festival, Telluride CO
"BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY" - ESPN Fan Favorites 2011
"BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY" - International Freeride Film Festival, France 2011
"BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY" - X-Dance Film Festival, SLC 2012
"BEST DOCUMENTARY" - IF3 Film Festival Montreal 2011
"MOST INNOVATIVE VISUAL FX" - IF3 Film Festival Montreal 2011
"AMBASSADOR OF GREEN" - X-Dance Film Festival, SLC 2012
"FULL THROTTLE AWARD" - Kye Petersen, Powder Video Awards 2012
"BEST NATURAL AIR" - Kye Petersen, Powder Video Awards 2012
"BEST POV" - JP Auclair, Powder Video Awards 2012
"BEST EDITING" - Powder Video Awards 2012
"The best movie in skiing."
- Jamey Voss, ESPN es.pn/pPxkbQ
"Like listening to a Zeppelin song."
- John Stifter, Powder Magazine: http://bit.ly/nl0JiT
"The Sherpas are firmly in the lead of a new wave of filmmakers that are changing the face of ski films for good." - Leslie Anthony, Skier Magazine: http://bit.ly/mVaYsy
"By the end, as I headed out from the screening, trying to walk straight after being pummeled by what I had seen, the only thought going through my head was that the trailer did not do its movie justice." - Mark Quail, skistarmovies.com/review/all-i-can
The Sherpas are proud to present All.I.Can: a two-year feature film project that fuses our passions for riding and exploring the mountains with our potential to help the environment. The film strives to unite global mountain culture and bind us together as the leaders of a revolution. We must be inspired to do all we can for the environment, and we must learn how to take that first tiny step in the right direction.
Multi-award winning Directors Dave Mossop and Eric Crosland journey to Chile, Morocco, Alaska, BC and beyond with riders Kye Petersen, Mark Abma, Eric Hjorleifson, JP Auclair, James Heim, Chris Rubens, Mike Douglas, Dana Flahr, Rory Bushfield, Ian McIntosh, Lynsey Dyer, Alexi Godbout, Matty Richard, Chad Sayers and more.
Music: "Blood Theme", by Data, from the album Skywriter.
So this is what I did over this past winter when I was not making people coffee.
It's all time-lapse footage shot in and around Anchorage, Alaska, with the emphasis on the nature around the city rather then on the people and buildings. This is a collection of the nicer stuff I shot of the northern lights, stars, sunset, and the tide. All of this was shot between October 2011 and April 2012.
The music is Aston's Classical Cover of the song You've Got The Love by Florence & The Machine. youtube.com/astonmusic
Music used with the bands permission. : )
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon Rebel xTi (modified to full spectrum)
Canon EF 24 - 105 mm
Sigma DC 18 - 200 mm
Sigma 8mm EX DG Fisheye (a thoroughly epic lens)
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly (kinda beyond epic)
Orion TeleTrack AZ-G Mount (really good for astrophotography)
Motorcycle and Car batteries from my locale battery store
And a lot of wires that connect everything together.
Adobe Bridge CS4 and CS5
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Lightroom 3
LRTimelapse (pretty much the most amazing software ever)
Hugin (for unwrapping the 8mm shots)
Final Cut Pro 5.1.4 (for making the stills move)
(Please note that the colours look different (like a lot) on different screens. The colours here look desaturated from the original file on my screen. But the colours look like the original on other screens, but not all, I'm not sure why.)