Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is an amazing up and coming city. This time lapse is a culmination of 10,000 RAW images and multiple shoots capturing some of the cities relentless energy and pace of change.
Everyone who has visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam knows part of the magic (love it or hate it) is in the traffic. Ever since I first set foot in HCMC I have been captivated by the cities energy. Saigon is a city on the move unlike anything I have experienced before which I wanted to capture and share.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the film and thanks also to the numerous kind people who allowed me access to some amazing locations.
The soundtrack is the energetic Mondo'77 by Looper - itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/looper/id3266548
Used with permission.
The Word HCMC magazine has published a Q&A interview with some background information on the project: tinyurl.com/88jp6vn
Winner of Best Experimental Film at Tiburon International Film Festival 2012
Official selection at: DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon 2012, Mudfest 2012, ANIMAYO 2012 and London International Creative Competition (LICC) 2012
My work is for sale on Nimia app.nimia.com/profile/mmellway/videos
Filmed around Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Cinematography: Marty Mellway
Music: Bowspirit by Balmorhea
Narration: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. Read by Tom O'Bedlam
For more information on upcoming films : facebook.com/rick.mereki
3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage... all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ....into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films.....
= a trip of a lifetime.
move, eat, learn
Rick Mereki : Director, producer, additional camera and editing
Tim White : DOP, producer, primary editing, sound
Andrew Lees : Actor, mover, groover
These films were commissioned by STA Travel Australia: youtube.com/watch?v=-BrDlrytgm8
Thanks heaps to Adam Fyfe, Brendan, Simon and Crissy at STA.
All Music composed and performed by Kelsey James (email@example.com)
Soundtrack available here:
Music Recorded and mixed by Jake Phillips
Colour Grade : Edel Rafferty and Roslyn Di Sisto
Online Edit : Peter Mirecki
Assistance in titles and production design : Lee Gingold, Jason Milden, Rohan Newman
Big Ups to Michelle, Kiri, Renee, Hana, Andre, Ross, Bernie & Julie for your patience and support and awesomeness.....
Huge Thanks to :
Marco, Juliana and Julio at GAP Argentina and Peru
Ariana Cardenas, Toni Figuera and cooltra scooters in Barcelona,
Abete Zanetti Glass blowing school, Murano, Venice (abatezanetti.it)
Annabel, Rosario and Carolina (Pitu) in France
Juane and Andrea from the Princeca Insolenta hostel in Chile
Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement. The response has been phenomenal and overwhelming. We never thought this little project would reach out to so many people. x