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  1. I shot these clips this afternoon and edited them into this short piece this evening. As the film developed I felt the wind turbine started to feel like a giant clock overseeing time as peoples lives happened around it.

    As a lot of the clips were of people going about there lives in various situations the film began to be about making the time to do the things we love as it does not stop and wait for us.

    I really enjoy making these short emotive films in a single day, I guess it's more like painting or photography than traditional film making as my creations happen so quickly, but that's one of the ways I make the most of my time, and I love doing it.

    The footage was shot at Castle Acre and Swaffham, both in North Norfolk, UK.

    Camera: Sony PMW-EX1
    Music: Biffy Clyro // Diary of Always
    Edit: FCP & Magic Bullet

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  2. I was in the middle of making this and came across "The Chronos Project" VIDEO CHALLENGE #6

    then decided to see if I could add this to it.

    Here's why.

    First the images are from our past trip to Mt. Rainier in Washington State. The whole process and trip seemed to be all about time.

    For instance: The planning of how to get there - do we take the 4 hour route or 2 1/2 hour route? We just get there and we just happen to cross paths with the friends we were meeting up with. Perfect timing. The cabin we stayed at wasn't ready even though we were pretty early. Chris and Deb, the other couple, are a little older than us, not that much older but I thought I'd throw that in. Otis didn't poop almost the entire time we were there. That's a long time.

    Going up to the mountain, driving on icy roads with chains, is a slow drive but the way snow neutralizes everything kinda brings you into a time warp and you begin to forget about time. You just become engulfed by how amazing everything looks. Snow has a way of not only muting the way things look but also how it all sounds. Sound doesn't travel very far. The snow eats it up. So in a sense I felt like I was in a vacuum. I love vacuums. You lose equilibrium, and if you are not from the snow, you almost have to learn your senses again. Time.

    The title. Roger Moore. I don't know. This video is kind of all over the place. The images and the retro-ness of Mt. Rainier, its Paradise look-out, its James Bond-esqueness. When I got home and viewed the ice and snow images, Roger Moore (although I think he is the worst James Bond and Timothy Dalton doesn't count) is what popped into my head. The lameness and dorkiness, almost comedic way he portrayed James Bond. Anyway, my initial Flickr postings poked fun at the James Bond nostalgia.

    Then as a technical challenge, I wanted to pull all the images, sound and music to fit that time theme. I let the music do that. Gershon Kingsley's rendition of The Beatle's "Nowhere Man" was perfect. The Moog, despite its futuristic nostalgia, is a great instrument to denote time or a time period. It just gives that right mood. But I didn't think it's 1969 age was old enough. It needed, for lack of a better term, crappiness. I'm not saying crappiness is a negative thing, as in "Our time on Mount Rainier was crappy." I laugh at crappiness. At times crappiness can be hilarious. Which is what makes Roger Moore's James Bond to me, still watch-able. Anyway Nowhere Man is along the lines of The Fool on the Hill for me and how it was used in my favorite Beatles movie, Magical Mystery Tour. I thought for its time, THAT was crappy.

    I realize if you've made it this far into my description that you've spent a bit of time reading and NOT watching the video. I'll stop wasting your time and especially your imagination and let you view the clip.

    (Vimeo staff, if you are reading this - This is why I would love to have a way to set descriptions, from the publishers side, to be hidden and give the viewer a choice to read or not read.)

    Hello 2008

    For some reason the Flickr photo option isn't working. Here's the link to the set:

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  3. Video Loop exploring the psychological factors of human perception of time.

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  4. For the Chronos Project.

    Trees = Time
    (No post-production time manipulation was made on the clips, only in camera while shooting)

    Music: The Cinematic Orchestra - "To Build A Home"

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  5. For the Chronos Project:

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