Take a dark journey into the forgotten, where time stands still. The paint has peeled off the walls and the only occupants are the souls of those left behind. This is the Asylum.
Opened in the early 1920s, the Asylum closed down and was abandoned decades ago. Rooms remain untouched and stand as a reminder of what the past once held.
Our 7 month journey into the Asylum led us on many adventures; from dodging security vehicles, ghostly figures and even a meth head. This is no place for the faint of heart. Asbestos blanketed every room we entered like new winter snow, so shooting was sometimes difficult.
This project is a combination of traditional HDR, tone-mapping, and standard time-lapse techniques. With the use of the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero and a Merlin head, we were able to capture the grit and the grime of this wondrous place, like it had never been captured before. Every single frame in this production is a still photograph, no video was shot. It took nearly 35,000 individual frames over 7 months to complete this project.
In return, it took tremendous help from many individuals to complete this project.
Many thanks to, Russ Scalf, Chris Griffin, Nick Kurtz, Brett Cote, Walter Wayman and Laura Buchta.Without you, this project wouldn't be possible.
Original Score by: lenn9o9n featuring Eyeway
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x2 Canon 5D Mark 2
Canon 16-35mm F/2.8 II
Canon 24-105mm F/4
Canon 50mm F1.4
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero + Merlin Head
Adobe After Effects CS5.5
Adobe Light Room 3
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5
“Prie Dieu” explores a world where insects are connected to a divine power by delicate threads. No insects were hurt during the shooting, all threads were done during post-production.
Best experimental video at Vimeo Festival + Awards 2012, New York
Honoree, weird and experimental category, at Webby Awards 2013, New York
Jury prize at Up Festival 5, Paris
Official Selection at ISFFC 2012, Cyprus
Official Selection at 2013 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City
Official Selection at 2012 ArtFutura
Music by Amon Tobin – Surge (16 bit Remix), written by Amon Tobin, published by Just Isn’t Music, (p) Ninja Tune 2011, licensed courtesy of Ninja Tune. Gregorio Allegri – Miserere. Sound design made from several tracks by Amon Tobin, Jan Driver, Skrillex, Murcof and 16bit. Thanx to Gaétan Di Muccio for his help on the shooting.
Produced by Cokau Lab.
Directed by Cokau (Achille Coquerel and Thomas Kauffmann).