1. Eye of the Beholder


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    Featuring an array of scenes from the North American landscape, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER is a short film that encourages the viewer to shed previous conceptions and ideas about the world, and to return to a place of wonderment and awe. Shot on location in the High Sierra Nevada, Canadian Rockies and Southern Appalachians. Some insight from the writer, Meghan J. Ward: http://adventurousparents.com/2013/11/07/eye-of-the-beholder-how-my-daughter-inspired-a-film-that-went-viral/ BTS: http://blog.planet5d.com/2013/09/exclusive-bts-combining-magic-lantern-raw-video-with-timelapse-on-eye-of-the-beholder/ Cinematography & Direction by Doug Urquhart (http://upthink.tv) 
Original Words by Meghan J. Ward (http://meghanjoyward.com)
 Original Music by Michael Wynne (http://michaelwynne.net)
 Additional Musical Collaboration with Matthew Smith
 Audio Post Production Services provided by http://MWPro.net
 Narrated by Brian Bremer (http://imdb.com/name/nm0107068/) Original text inspired by the writer's daughter, Mistaya Joy, and Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose". Special thanks to:
 Karen Urquhart
, Guy Thorsby
, Erik Huber, Paul Zizka, Doris Doster & the 
USFS - Nantahala Ranger District
, The McClure Family, 
The Urquhart Family, 
Wendall Beason, Maggie Caldwell, Mike Posehn, Brian @ http://emotimo.com, Chris Pritchard, Yosemite Steve, Oscar and Julie @ http://aperturent.com, Jay & Chris @ http://dynamicperception.com, Fred Beal, Andy Hendrix Shot with Canon 5D3 (Magic Lantern Raw video module), 6D, 7D, T3i (solar-powered camera) and Rebel 400D (solar-powered camera). Samyang Cine Primes (14mm, 24mm, 85mm), Canon 14mm, 17-55 EF-S and 10-22 EF-S, Timelapsecontroller.com For footage licensing inquires: http://upthink.tv/contact/ If you enjoy this short film, you might also like our previous award-winning release, Mountains in Motion http://vimeo.com/upthink/mountainsinmotion Location Listing: 00:10 - Small pond nestled below a cliff on the southern edge of Minaret Lake. High Sierra, CA + 00:21 - Sunset view from the summit of Mt Craig in Pisgah National Forest. Black Mtns. North Carolina. + 00:30 - Lassen Volcano reflected in Lake Helen. Lassen NP, CA + 00:34 - Multi-directional clouds soar while crepuscular rays radiate above a morning inversion blanketing the town of Franklin, NC. Shot from the Albert Mtn Fire Tower, located directly on the AT. Nantahala National Forest. + 00:39 - Sunset at Minaret Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness + 00:43 - Our home galaxy illuminates a devastated area (wind damage) along the John Muir trail. CA + 00:55 - Sunrise at Minaret Lake. High Sierras, CA + 01:03 - Big Sur coast. CA + 01:07 - Evening light on McWay Falls. Big Sur, CA + 01:11 - McArthur-Burney Falls, road to Shasta, CA + 01:15 - Winter at Mistaya Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada + 01:19 - Full moon above Nantahala National Forest. Albert Mtn Summit + 01:23 - The Milky Way shines over the dancing maritime fog layer. Big Sur / Lucia, CA + 01:32 - White Oak tree atop Lookout Mountain, GA. Summer to Winter + 01:37 - White Oak, Lookout Mountain, GA. Winter. + 01:43 - Apple orchard, winter, Franklin, NC + 01:50 - Yamnuska Mtn, Winter, Front range, Canadian Rockies + 01:55 - Morning light on the Minarets. Minaret Lake, High Sierras, CA + 02:00 - Morning light on the redwoods of Pfeiffer State Park. Big Sur, CA + 02:06 - Australian tree fern + 02:07 - Winter moonlight above Bow Lake. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada + 02:10 - Autumn colors at Sweetwater Creek State park. Atlanta, Georgia + 02:14 - Albert Mountain Summit - Summer to winter, fall foliage change. Nantahala National Forest + 02:23 -+ Full moon and fall colors at Lake Nantahala. Nantahala National Forest, NC + 02:27 - Nantahala River, NC + 02:32 - Sunset with Crepuscular rays illuminating the Appalachian Trail. Cheoah Bald Summit. Nantahala National Forest, NC + 02:39 - Afternoon at Cecile Lake. High Sierras, CA + 02:43 - The Galactic core illuminates the outlet stream / pond at Minaret Lake. High Sierras, CA + 02:46 - Evening light at Pfeiffer beach. Big Sur, CA + 02:51 - Sunset above the Pacific. Coastal Ridge - Santa Lucia Mountains, Big Sur, CA + 02:55 - Our home galaxy blazes above the dancing maritime fog layer. Big Sur / Lucia, CA "Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much. Language consists of five basic sounds produced by the vocal cords. They are the vowels a, e, i, o, u. The other sounds are consonants produced by air pressure: s, f, g, and so forth. Do you believe some combination of such basic sounds could ever explain who you are, or the ultimate purpose of the universe, or even what a tree or stone is in its depth?" - Eckhart Tolle

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    • Blondie on Atlanta. A+ Call for Entries 2013.


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      SILVER ADDY® AWARD - 2013-2014 AAF-ATLANTA ADDY AWARD WINNER We partnered with our friends at IRIS to create a set of call for entry videos. See more at: http://bigupatl.com/ Thanks to the infamous Blondie, Michael Wynne Productions, Jamie Olmstead, Catherine Cospelich, Veronica, Ben Rollins, Grant, and Si for being part of this fun pro bono assignment. In an industry that loves to pat itself on the back, http://iris-worldwide.com has created an award show dedicated not to advertising glory, but to a city. Atlanta is home to tons of talented people, great music, killer food and pretty sweet weather most of the year. We love our city and we want to do her proud. Enter A+. The annual award show where http://creativecircus.edu/ students compete on real briefs for progressive projects that make Atlanta a more livable city. To keep the local love going, the work is judged by creatives from agencies around the city. And to cap it off, we throw a party where the winners get cash money and A+ pimp cups. We’re honored to have another brief from The Atlanta BeltLine this year. Their participation helped make the inaugural A+ a huge success. This year we’ll also have a brief from another forward thinking organization, The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Two briefs. Two sets of prizes. Perfect for a two year old award show. Everything kicks off at The Creative Circus on April 19th, 2013. Stay tuned for details. And thanks to everyone who helps make A+ happen.

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      • HLN - What Would You Do ? - Broadcast Promos


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          We are a boutique production house. Not a factory, but a laboratory for new ideas. Small, but adaptable to the pace of visual technology. We believe in quality work and service. PRODUCTION - PHANTOM / RED / D-SLR / WEISSCAM / TIME-LAPSE / MOTION CONTROL POST PRODUCTION - AFTER EFFECTS / CINEMA 4D / PREMIERE PRO / FCP MUSIC// A TRIBE CALLED RED

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          • Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies


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            BEST VIEWED FULLSCREEN, HD (with scaling off). Please dim the lights, turn up your speakers, sit back and relax. FINALIST - Banff Mountain Film Festival - Banff, Alberta, Canada FINALIST - Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival - Vancouver, BC, Canada OFFICIAL SELECTION - Banff Mountain Film Festival - WORLD TOUR 2012 / 2013 WINNER - Best Cinematography - ColdSmoke Awards Film Festival - Bozeman, MT WINNER - The People's Choice Awards - ColdSmoke Awards Film Festival - Bozeman, MT WINNER - Best Experimental Film - Honolulu Film Awards - Hawaii, USA WINNER - Best Documentary Short - Asheville Cinema Festival - Asheville, NC, USA WINNER - Best Documentary - Atlanta Shortsfest - Atlanta, GA, USA WINNER - Best Cinematography - Dixie Film Festival - Athens, GA, USA The full, unedited music sound track to Mountains in Motion. 36 minutes of continuous music for your listening pleasure. Check it on Soundcloud, spread the love! https://soundcloud.com/michaelwynne/sets/mountains-in-motion-soundtrack Banff World Tour Info: http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/worldtour/ SYNOPSIS: Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies is an award-winning short film documenting the life of the alpine landscape through time-lapse photography. In an effort to highlight the wildness of these mountain places and how they have inspired explorers of the past, present and future, time-lapse sequences were patiently gathered from exposed summits, by glacial lakes, and under aurora-filled skies. Hours and even months of change lapses in a matter of seconds, providing the viewer with a rare insight into the ever-changing nature of the landscape. Weaving throughout the film are reflections of an early mountaineer, who is deeply moved by his own encounter with the mountains and the revelations of explorers who have come before him. “What is this power that lures me upwards, into the unknown,” he wonders, “that pulls me deeper, despite snow, wind and exhaustion?” Made on a shoestring budget and with entirely volunteer hours, the film brought together artists from two vastly different parts of North America - Banff, Alberta, and Atlanta, Georgia. Strangers at the start, the film team developed strong friendships over the course of production and were united by their common goal of capturing the beauty and essence of a place that inspires them every day. This 100% human-powered film combines advanced time-lapse photography with an original story and musical score to bring the landscape center-stage and offers a thrilling new perspective that re-establishes the Canadian Rockies among the finest mountains in the world. Photography by Doug Urquhart (http://upthink.tv) & Paul Zizka (http://zizka.ca) Original Music by Michael Wynne (http://michaelwynne.net) Original Story by Meghan J. Ward (http://meghanjoyward.com) Motion control made possible by http://dynamicperception.com Voice Talent - Brian Bremer Pioneer - Guy Thorsby Shot on http://Canon.com 5D, 7D, T3i, 400D, http://RED.com EPIC Glass: Canon 14mm f2.8 , 24mm f1.4, 17-40mm f4, 70-200mm f2.8, 10-22mm EF-S, 17-55 f2.8 EF-S, PL Zeiss 16mm T2.1, PL Zeiss 28mm T2.1, PL Zeiss 50mm T2.1, PL Zeiss 85mm T2.1 Motion-Control: http://DynamicPerception.com Stage Zero, Stage One (beta), Orion Tele-Track Pan/Tilt Software: Adobe Lightroom 3, LRTimelapse (got a hold of this in the final hours of post, unfortunately it didn't see much use), Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro BTS Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougurquhart/sets/72157627898019489/with/8424630328/ Details about our solarCam / deep time-lapse sequences: http://blog.planet5d.com/2013/02/making-a-diy-solar-camera-for-multi-month-timelapses-behind-the-scenes-on-mountains-in-motion/ Mountains in Motion is an http://upthink.tv side-project in collaboration with http://zizka.ca Thanks for watching.

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            • Georgia Pacific: Densdeck Rich Media Banners


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              UpThink created a handful of rich media banners for the ultimate roofing product, Densdeck. We utilized Cinema4D + TurbulenceFD to simulate fire, dynamic hail simulations, and crumbling text paired with live-action green-screen material captured in our studio. This was a super fun assignment from our friends @ BBDO Atlanta.

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              • GBtimelapse + Dynamic Perception HDR Bulb Ramping!


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                The new GBTimelapse HDR bulb ramping with ISO stepping feature set makes its debut appearance! This is the first HDR ramping test outside of the testing Mike (the genius behind the GBT software) has experimented with. I'm very impressed with the flicker free results considering the Av stepping. The flicker that is present is a natural result of the sun shifting behind the cloud cover (unfortunately). Definitely disappointed with the blow out behind the clouds, but the challenges of shooting directly into the sun will always be present. Next time, I'll plan to exposure an extra stop or two under just to be safe. The Dynamic Perception dolly is controlled via USB support in GBT. A perfect combination. I'm really excited to employ this new skill set to my 2012 production for Mountains in Motion. For more info: www.mountainsinmotion.ca The specs: Canon T3i w/ Canon 10-22mm lens @ 10mm w/ GBT Aperture Correct Script Enabled, RAW (saved to camera) Luminance Tracking enabled AutoRamp NO LENS TWIST ( I know, scary move for HDR time-lapse, right???) + 6-stop ND (1.8) Aperture stepping! ISO stepping Bulb ramping HDR (+2/-2/0) w/ intelligent ISO shifting to keep intervals at a minimum! Interval ramping Ultra-light, Asus 10.1" netBook running Windows 7 Starter This sequence covers a 3 hour period. I would have continued to let it fully transition into night, but I had to retreat home early for Friday night festivities! The HDR doesn't really portray how dark it was when I actually stopped the shot. In the future, an EXR sequence would be keyframed to drop the exposure during the transition to night via Ginger HDR. Beginning bracket: (15 sec interval) Under: 0.15 second, iso 100, f16 Mid: 0.6 second, iso 100, f16 Over: 0.6 second ,iso 400, f16 Ending bracket (42 second interval): Under: 1 second, iso 1600, f4 Mid: 4 seconds, iso 1600, f4 Over: 19 seconds, iso 1600, f4 Location: Stone Mountain, Georgia Photographed by Doug Urquhart Music: "No Turning Back" Lovett

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                • Mauna Lapse: From Sea to Summit


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                  Highlights include: Being above the inversions on Mauna Kea (13,796') and Haleakala (10,023' summit, Holua back-country cabin @ 6,900') was a memorable experience. The weather was so predictable during our stay. Clear through the night and into sunrise, then the Trade Winds shift all the clouds into the Haleakala's crater around 9am. For the rest of the day you're stuck in the clouds with limited visibility. Around sunset the clouds begin to clear and the inversion settles back into place just under 7,000'. The shadow of Mauna Kea (13,796') attempting to bend over the earth's atmosphere, although it wasn't as spectacular as I have seen in other videos due to some unwanted clouds blocking the sun near the end. The Zodiacal light is visible near the end of several easterly facing star-lapse sequences. This is caused by sunlight reflecting off of dust particles in space in the final hours of darkness proceeding sunrise. Normally this is masked by light pollution. Viewing other islands: you'll notice Maui as seen from Mauna Kea (Big Island), Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa as seen from Haleakala (Maui), and Molokai, Lanai, & Kahoolawe as seen from Southern/Western Maui coastline. Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, as viewed from where we camped on Green Sand Beach, the southern most point of the United States. Lots of other Hawaii Milky Way photos posted on my Flickr page. Waxing Gibbous moon light across Haleakala's Ko'olau Gap with the grand finale being the setting moon as shadows dynamically passed across the super wide cater and Hanakauhi (8,910'). Relaxing on the beaches, hiking through the rain forests, etc.... all the awesome stuff not featured in this video! _______________________________________________ Music: "Sun of Haleakala" by Paradise Blue - Mykonos Chillout Cafe (Feelings del Mar) A chronological photo journey from the trip can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougurquhart/sets/72157627550947742/with/6100673115/ _______________________________________________ No fancy motion-control on this one. Minimalist 5DMII 'vacation' rig. Here's the run-down: My wife and I took a 2 week anniversary trip to the overly popular archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean, Hawaii. We started on the Big Island and finished the vacation on Maui. To our surprise, we found peace and solitude for a majority of our journey which was incredibly refreshing. I wasn't able to shoot time-lapse everywhere we went, but still managed to capture enough motion sequences from sea to summit for this montage. Check out my Flickr page for other Hawaii photography such as Volcanoes National Park in which I didn't shoot any time-lapse but had some great clear night sky for stills. Overall, an amazing trip with only one negative event: I lost a hard-drive mid-trip due to a head disk assembly failure. Lost all of the photos from Waipio Valley & Hana which explains the absence of waterfalls and lush, tropical greenery. Time-lapse is purely a hobby for me at the moment, but I look forward to the day in which I can provide my clients stunning, moving images. You know where to find me. I'm fortunate to have such an understanding wife who allows me to pursue my hobby while on vacation together. Thanks Karen, you're the best. Special thanks to Jennifer Rice-Morton @ AAA for her travel assistance, Jim & Margi Urquhart for giving our Huskies a home while we were away, Erik Huber for the 70-200mm lens hook-up and Oscar @ Aperturent.com for the 5DII & 24mm 1.4II rental.

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                  • 24,480 Minutes with an Australian Tree Fern


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                    As a side-project for April 2011 we chose to document the grandeur of a growing tree fern. Using two Canon D-SLRs, a motion control time-lapse dolly, custom motion control focus control (BETA), fluorescent lights, and our green thumbs we captured 17 days of the growing fern. Each shot represents 24-48 hours of growth. Original music composition by our friend, Michael Wynne. Check him out @ michaelwynne.net. Special thanks to Oscar @ aperturent.com. Enjoy... P.S. Sans camera gear and artificial light, the fern continues to thrive in the bathroom @ the UPTHINK studio in ATL.

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                    • Experimental Stop-Motion Light Rig


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                      This is a experimental test shot from late 2010. The conceptual goal was to portray a vehicle in motion through the use of a moving light rig and stop-motion dolly movement. Shot on a Canon 7D with the Dynamic Perception dolly in manual, stop motion mode (beta). When time allows, we'll try to get back to this side-project and improve the moving light rig. Thanks to everyone who helped make this test shot possible.

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