1. Week 9 - Life in Motion


    from Gavin Hopkins / Added

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    For the ninth week of my video project I decided it was time to finally get round to trying out something I had been meaning to do for ages, timelapses of people working. Over the course of the weekend I found myself doing two things in abundance, cooking and gardening. As such the first two timelapses are from a meal I cooked on the first night, the next three are taken from my girlfriend's dad's garden where he and I spent the afternoon cutting back trees and the last is a meal I made that evening. The last is notable because it covers the entire process of cooking the meal as demonstrated by the clock on the wall. The music is probably a little dramatic for such ordinary tasks but I quite enjoyed the juxtaposition. For the camera geeks among you it's worth pointing out that the third and last timelapses were created using series of photos whilst all the rest were shot as standard videos that I sped up in post. The photo timelapses definitely worked better, particularly the last one so in the future I imagine I'll just stick to that. I'm excited by the possibilities of what you can do with timelapses so I intend to make this just the first part of a whole series of them that I'll shoot throughout the year as part of my video project. I shot this on a Canon 7D with my Sigma F1.8 24mm, Canon F1.4 50mm and Canon F3.5-5.6 EF-S 18-135mm lenses. The music track is entitled "Trailblazer" and is licensed from Audio Network.

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    • Week 10 - "Buzzing" Trailer


      from Gavin Hopkins / Added

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      The tenth week of my video project has turned out to be unbelievably epic in every sense of the word. When I started this project back in January my friend Kris offered to write me a one page script so I could try and make a narrative short film for one of the weeks. It seemed like a great idea so he went away and came back to me a week later with something that I can only describe as brilliantly mad. It drew inspiration from the classic novel "Lord of the Flies" and went to some very odd and rather dark places. Straight away I realised that it needed a particularly strong visual style. Because of the connection between drug use and raves I decided that it might be worth experimenting with a black light and seeing how that "UV party" look came across on camera. It worked exceptionally well and really turned that familiar environment of the living room into something completely alien. It even allowed us to merge with the tribal themes of the narrative through the use of UV paint. We shot all in one evening and both Kris and myself were over the moon about the results. Somehow though the film has ended up being considerably longer than we anticipated and as a result the post production has become mammoth. I've recently become a lot busier and I currently just don't have the time needed to finish this film to the standard it deserves. As a compromise to try and get my video project back on track I'm releasing a trailer of the film as my Week 10 video and I'll upload the full film as soon as it's completed. I hope you enjoy this little taster and be sure to watch this space for the film's release. I shot this on a Canon 7D with my Sigma F1.8 24mm and Canon F1.4 50mm lenses. The music track is entitled "Regime Change" and is licensed from Audio Network.

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