The video is Dust particles in front of a concentrated beam of light. To capture is I set up my camera in front of a Kinoton 35mm cinema projector. I tested various films to give colour to the particles but in the end it worked best with no film and just the open beam of light. I used the Cinema scope lens on the projector as it naturally stretches the lights and so gives more depth of dust particles from a side on angle.
For the sound I also used the Kinoton projector. I recorded the projector running from various angles and focused on different moving parts of the projector. I then used these sound to try and create a swarm like sound.
I used logic pro to pitch shift and automate plugins on the sounds. I spent a lot of time trying to create a feeling of air in the sound. I like how all the dust looks like miniature stars and so I wanted to try and create a larger than life feeling.
The sounds are underplayed with synthetic sounds that I modeled inside Logic to provide a richer texture.
This is a stereo mix. But I have also done a 5.1 surround sound mix that I created into a Digital Cinema Package. I played this back in a few different sized cinema screens and it was awesome to see and hear. The "Larger than life" feeling really came into life here and it felt like I was in a crazy solar system.
MAKING THE DUST MOVE
To introduce more dust into the air I just really jumped around for a while to disturb any lying dust. :) For the bigger particles I ripped blue roll above the light and then they slowly fall into the beam.
To move and control the dust particles I tried a few different techniques. For drastic, concentrated moves I simply blew air into the cloud of dust.
To created flows then my moving something a few meters away from the dust it creates air turbulence and so pulls or pushed all the dust.
To move all the particles quickly in any direction a few centimeters I placed my hands above and below the light and this gives you reall nice control over a block of air. This meant I could move the particles into the concentrated light where they glow more brightly.
Then finally to create the storm like affect, I opened the porthole into the cinema. The difference in temperatures between the two rooms means they are at different air pressure and so when the widow is opened the air is pushed into the room of lower pressure.
Thanks for watching, and listening, and reading.
Filmed on a Panasonic DMC-FS37