Chronos Film Festival

  1. Our film is a meditation on a city, viewed from far above. We imagined a vast urban space, with its huge tower blocks, its monumental infrastructure, and its human population. We watched traffic pound the roads, and vast crowds move across public squares. And we wondered what would happen if we sped things up, watching minutes or hours of time pass in seconds, or stretched seconds into minutes. Seeing a city from far away, or at unusual speeds, gives it an alien quality. Movements that from close up seem individual and distinct suddenly seem mysteriously controlled - as if there is a more powerful mind at work imposing its will. The effect is to take something that we feel we understand, and view it through a new and utterly different lens. In the poem that overlays the film, we imagine this lens is shared by a couple in love, seeing the world this way for the first time, so that their sharing of the city is a part of their love, in all its mystery. And we wonder, is love too outside of their control?

    Filmed and directed by
    Joe Nafis

    Executive Producer
    Luo Tong

    Poem written and read by
    Arthur Jones

    Additional footage by
    Liu Jia

    Music and sound mix by
    Albert Yu

    Poem recorded by
    J J

    Poem translated by
    Zhu Xiaomin
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    The poem:

    I spy a city

    This turn and that
    turn too, as the map unfolds in
    ticks and taps, of time
    and places you and I have made our own

    the towers and the flats
    that joke about our size
    our matchstick statures
    feed the architectural blaze

    but in our meditations
    we too soar above the clouds
    and squint down, half focused
    on the buzzing music box
    wound up and played below

    the pans and tilts of our shared lust
    the thrust of our dollies
    the quiet stalking of our sticks
    just you and I and this, my little eye

    watching these timed and timeless crowds
    fan their way across the hot squares
    the glare of free will and of fate
    the runnels and folds we see from far

    that steer them here and there un-
    knowing; the fear that what from close up
    felt so certain of itself is perhaps controlled
    in all its comings and its going.

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  2. I shot and edited this over the last two weeks, in hopes of getting something done in time for the Chronos Film Festival here in Abq which is in 2 weeks. It's not everything I wanted due to rushed time but it has been a great last 2 weeks of traveling around this amazing state and getting these shots. I will of course be expounding on this and making many more in the very near future.

    This was all shot in New Mexico.

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  3. Timeless – 2010-2011, 4mins 9seconds

    This film is intended to capture the spirit and endless energy of London. We decided to shoot it in a mixture of Timelapse and slow motion. We started filming in October 2010 in Richmond upon Thames just on the western edge of the city, and then the ensuing journey took us all the way through the city and back again, ending up just a year later with a final sun rise shot in the Richmond area.

    The brilliant but temporary music score is by Rael Jones. He’s currently working on music for the new BBC Sherlock Holmes series and he will be delivering a final score for my film in a month or so. I can’t wait to hear it, and I would like to thank him for all his hard work.

    I’d like to thank everyone else involved too; particularly my camera assistants; David Mead, Dave Calub, Laurence Beck and Johana Castro. They helped me lug around equipment and of course they kept me company during the long hours of time lapse work. They braved not only windswept bridges, endless travelling, and brushes with local law enforcement, but also marauding gangs and drunken loons in the west end.

    I can’t thank my wife Johana enough. I made her stand around for hours while she was two months pregnant, and I nearly ruined our anniversary by insisting on filming some time lapse footage at the Oxo tower restaurant half way through dinner, sorry.
    Technical information:
    Camera: Canon 7D
    Lenses: 17 – 55mm f.28, 70 – 200mm f2.8
    Edited in FCP
    Graded in Magic bullet looks

    I used various shutter angles and intervals to achieve the best effect for any particular shot. At night I mostly wanted that streaky look, so most of it is either 1 or 2 second exposures with the lens stopped down to around f5.6. During the day I would shoot people shots at 1 second intervals which seemed to give that impression of frantic energy, particularly on a long lens.

    Hope you enjoy the film.
    Ed Beck, MB Films

    photography - Ed Beck
    camera assistants - David Mead, Dave Calub, Laurence Beck and Johana Castro
    editing – Ed Beck & David Mead
    music – Rael Jones

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  4. In "Timelapsing Back In Time" I tried to make a connection between time and whether our experience has an influence on it. Is life an unpredictable amount of events or do we have control over it?

    The equipment used in this video:

    Canon 550D
    Sigma 17-70mm OS HSM
    Canon 50mm f1.8 II
    Rode VideoMic for the voice over (my voice)

    The music tracks were found using Vimeo Music Store.

    My last timelapse work "Timelapsing The End Times" is temporarily out of Vimeo, it is uploaded on Youtube instead:

    Please, feel free to visit my website and facebook page, much more work can be found there.

    Thanks for watching and hope you enjoy it.

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  5. Image by Pixel's Revenge
    Canon DSLR > Lightroom > Shake > Final Cut > Vimeo

    Music by Silvano Mercado : "Valse des âmes ambigües"

    If you enjoyed that movie, please visit our facebook page

    Youtube version is also available :

    Top quality 1080p download is provided for private use only.
    All shots © Pixel's Revenge

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Chronos Film Festival

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