1. Circle of Abstract Ritual


    from Jeff Frost Added 492K 5,398 315

    This film took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and zero graphics to make. It changed my entire life. Digital downloads available at www.jeff-frost.com/downloads instagram.com/frostjeff | facebook.com/frostjeff Circle of Abstract Ritual began as an exploration of the idea that creation and destruction might be the same thing. The destruction end of that thought began in earnest when riots broke out in my neighborhood in Anaheim, California, 2012. I immediately climbed onto my landlord's roof without asking and began recording the unfolding events. The news agencies I contacted had no idea what to do with time lapse footage of riots, which was okay with me because I had been thinking about recontextualizing news as art for some time. After that I got the bug. I chased down wildfires, walked down storm drains on the L.A. River and found abandoned houses where I could set up elaborate optical illusion paintings. The illusion part of the paintings are not an end in themselves in my work. They're an intimation of things we can't physically detect; a way to get an ever so slight edge on the unknowable. Early in the process I mapped out a very interconnected narrative structure. It took a long time to fill that narrative structure in, and when I finished editing the film after seven solid weeks of being holed up in a dark room I had no idea if it was something anyone would want to watch. I almost cut the film into pieces before realizing that outside influences were pressuring me to make that decision, and that I was happy with it as it was. It took a long time to come to the creation side of the original premise. It finally took form in a collaboration with sculptor, Steve Shigley, as well as 15 amazing volunteers who moved full sized tree sculptures 450 times over two nights to create the stop motion climax of the film (see the behind the scenes film, Story of Abstract Ritual for the tale of their monumental effort: www.vimeo.com/frostjeff/soar). The idea I wanted to explore was the creation of culture as a conscious creative act, but without the trappings of dogma from institutions or even from ways of thinking. The circle of inverted trees became a small piece of the world with personal meaning where I could mark significant events, contemplate and reflect. That circle still stands, and I still visit it regularly. Several people who have been there have told me that it's come to mean something special for them as well. They each have their own fascinating way of interpreting the power inherent in those trees. This film is art for the sake of art. It was made with much generosity, from the people who let me crash on their couches to the people who backed the Kickstarter to people who just wanted to pitch in: thank you. This would not have been possible without your help. Every spare cent I make goes back into creating art. If you'd like to see me keep doing what I'm doing please consider purchasing a download or a print at www.jeff-frost.com, or PayPal me at jeff@jeff-frost.com Thanks for watching! GEAR: Dynamic Perception provided motion control gear for this project. They're a great company run by an awesome dude (hi Jay!), and their product is rugged and reliable. Check them out http://www.dynamicperception.com/?Click=4195

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    • America Burning: The Yarnell Hill Fire Tragedy and the Nation's Wildfire Crisis


      from Weather Films Added 878K 526 15

      On June 30, 2013, 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona. Huge questions remain about the last moments of their lives. Why did they move out of a safe area in their final minutes of life? Why did the fire move so quickly? Could their deaths have been prevented? The tragedy also raises a crucial environmental issue: Has the very act of fighting wildfires made our forests more dangerous? Weather.com investigates in this origin

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      • Wildfires.....and hot dogs are only $1


        from trp0 Added 66 2 6

        My sister is on the dance team at her high school. They dance at various events throughout the school year. Although most of their routines are more involved than this one, Coral assures me that high-kicking for this long is an effort.

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        • Kastania Rd


          from Felipe Rojas Added 658 6 6

          This is the way I experienced the recent fire along Kastania Road near Petaluma. We were walking at Ellis Park that afternoon and I rushed to my truck to get my gear once I noticed what was happening. Not very fancy at all; just the facts shown in a very primitive way and from 3 miles away from the incident captured with a 500mm lens and a 1.4x adapter; just my own personal way of telling you how it happened despite the technical limitations I was faced with--only with the intention of giving a little credit to our fire fighters.

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          • Station Fire - Fire cloud


            from Think Pictures Added

            This timelapse was shot from my vantage point about 30 miles away using the Reds on a stereo rig. The Station Fire has since consumed over 120,000 acres and is still burning. more to come... --Eli Jarra

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            • Save Greenland


              from dugange Added 325 10 4

              On Sunday, April 21st, at New York’s Earth Day 2013 event, people in Union Square Park were confronted with #DARKSNOW, a four-ton ice sculpture dusted in soot. As the massive hashtag melted in the sun, it symbolized the threat facing Greenland and the connection between ice, climate, fire, and human interaction fueling climate change. At 5‐feet high, it physically demonstrated the predicted sea level rise where people were standing. This powerful metaphor got people thinking about the environment and the consequences of their actions. It also connected with them emotionally, spurring donations through a mobile-giving platform (txt DARKSNOW to 50555). Together, we can change the course of climate change.

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              • Weekly Address: An All-Hands-On-Deck Approach to Fighting the Colorado Wildfires


                from The White House Added 2,037 8 3

                President Obama speaks to the American people from Colorado, where he toured areas impacted by the devastating Waldo Canyon fire, met with affected families, and thanked firefighters, first responders, and volunteers.

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                • Far West Texas


                  from Ryan Britt Productions Added 581 5 3

                  Camera test/stock footage gathering with the HPX370 in beautiful Far West Texas.

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                  • WILDFIRES Video Update 3


                    from Jon Wagner Added

                    Jon (Writer/Director) and Sam (Producer) sit down with veteran actor R.D. Call, who plays DALTON in WILDFIRES. They discuss everything from R.D.'s beginnings as an actor to his expereinces working with guys like Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, and Dennis Hopper. www.indiegogo.com/projects/wildfires

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                    • Above the Ashes


                      from Michelle Bauer Carpenter Added 221 3 2

                      Above the Ashes is an award winning documentary that reveals untold heroes, the strength of mountain communities and the devastation caused by the catastrophic Fourmile fire that ravaged the mountain communities to the west of Boulder, Colorado. Above the Ashes documents the Fourmile fire through the eyes of Sunshine residents who refused to evacuate and joined together to fight the Fourmile fire. Their heroic actions saved numerous homes in the historic Sunshine community. Using haunting visuals Above the Ashes reveals tales of bravery, family, friends, loss and the rebuilding of a community.

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