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    This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
    Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.

    The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

    A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (bit.ly/g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

    Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

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    Music by my friend: Ludovico Einaudi - "Nuvole bianche" with permission.
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  2. Audio: I break horses "hearts"

    Director | DP | Editor: Ben Joyner

    Footage from a cross country road trip this past summer.

    Equipment:

    Canon 7d
    sigma 30mm f1.4
    tokina 11-16mm f2.8
    canon 100mm macro f2.8 L
    SLIK 505QF lightweight tripod
    DSLR shoulder rig

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  3. ADA - analog interactive installation / kinetic sculpture by Karina Smigla-Bobinski. Music by Mohammad Reza Mortazavi.

    Complete documentation: smigla-bobinski.com/english/works/ADA

    Similiar to Tinguely's «Méta-Matics», is "ADA" an artwork with a soul. It acts itself. At Tinguely's it is sufficient to be an unwearily struggling mechanical being. He took it wryly: the machine produces nothing but its industrial self-destruction. Whereas «ADA» by Karina Smigla-Bobinski, is a post-industrial "creature", visitor animated, creatively acting artist-sculpture, self-forming artwork, resembling a molecular hybrid, such as a one from nano biotechnology. It developes the same rotating silicon-carbon-hybrids, midget tools, miniature machines able to generate simple structures.
    «ADA» is much larger, esthetical much complexer, an interactive art-making machine. Filled up with helium, floating freely in room, atransparent, membrane-like globe, spiked with charcoals that leave marks on the walls, ceilings and floors. Marks which «ADA» produces quite autonomously, athough moved by a visitor. The globe obtains aura of liveliness and its black coal traces, the appearance of being a drawing . The globe put in action, fabricate a composition of lines and points, which remains incalculable in their intensity, expression, form however hard the visitor tries to control «ADA», to drive her, to domesticate her. Whatever he tries out, he would notice very soon, that «ADA» is an independent performer, studding the originaly white walls with drawings and signs. More and more complicated fabric structure arise. It is a movement exprienced visually, which like a computer make an unforeseeable output after entering a command. Not in vain « ADA» reminds of Ada Lovelace, who in 19th century together with Charles Babbage developed the very first prototype of a computer. Babbage provided the preliminary computing machine, Lovelace the first software. A symbiosis of mathematics with the romantic legacy of her father Lord Byron emmerged there. Ada Lovelace intended to create a machine that would be able to create works of art, such as poetry, music, or pictures, like an artist does. «ADA» by Karina Smigla-Bobinski stands in this very tradition, as well as in the one of Vannevar Bush, who build a Memex Maschine (Memory Index) in 1930 ("We wanted the memex to behave like the intricate web of trails carried by the cells of the brain"), or the Jacquard's loom, that in order to weave flowers and leaves needed a punch card; or the "analytic machine" of Babbage which extracted algorithmic paterns.
    «ADA» uprose in nowadays spirit of biotechnology. She is a vital performance-machine, and her paterns of lines and points, get more and more complex as the number of the audience playing-in encreases. Leaving traces which neither the artist nor visitors are able to decipher, not to mention «ADA» herself either. And still, «ADA's» work is unmistakable potentially humane, because the only available decoding method for these signs and drawings , is the association which our brain corresponds at the most when it sleeps: the truculent jazziness of our dreams.

    © Arnd Wesemann, Berlin, 2011

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  4. Models - Lydia Mullen and Aubrey Aden-Buie

    Key Grip - Mackenson Charles

    Production Assistants- Jack McGuire, Tae Boogie, and Benito Charles

    Shot on Canon 5d mark III with carl zeiss 50mm 1.4

    Behind the Scenes - Andrew Yager vimeo.com/63673176

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  5. F5, the physical manifestation of Motionographer — our favorite resource for design and animation — commissioned us to create a short film around the festival theme of Happiness. We went back to basics, breathing life into the simplest of inanimate objects, transforming them into a playful tapestry — all choreographed to a hypnotically whimsical track scored by our allies at Huma-Huma.

    OFFICIAL SELECTION: OTTAWA 2011 INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL
    OFFICIAL SELECTION: ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY 2011 SUMMERFEST
    OFFICIAL SELECTION: CREST HARDWARE ARTSHOW 2011
    OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2012 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL

    Directed by Mixtape Club
    Animators Chris Lenox Smith, Jesse Casey and Michelle Higa Fox
    Music and Sound by Mixtape Club Music + Sound

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