From Below

From Below

A snack-sized horror short about the dire consequences of investigating strange noises in the attic.
Not for the faint of heart.

Starring: Grace Song and Ben Sottak

Directed and Edited by Ben Sottak
Cinematography by Steven Russell
Production Design by Courtney Porter
Creature Effects Provided by Composite Effects, LLC.
Production Sound by Kat Jirles
Lighting Design by Shaun Weber
Sound Design and Mix by Hunter Berk
Color Grade by Oliver Eid

Cast: ben sottak, Courtney Porter, Steven Russell and Grace Song

Max Cooper & Tom Hodge – Symmetry

Max Cooper & Tom Hodge – Symmetry

Max Cooper

Symmetry is one of the most fundamental principles of nature, and also forms the basis of music. So this music video is an important early chapter in the Emergence audio-visual project, which starts with visualisations of the basic building blocks of nature, setting the stage for the physical universe to come into being, and later planets, life, civilisation, and technology (the whole story and project is explained at: emergence.maxcooper.net).

Symmetry is the idea that one aspect of a system can change while another remains constant. The idea of natural laws themselves, rely on the forms of symmetry that mean the same forces will apply to you as they do to me, independently of our position in space or time. And scientists searches for natures symmetries lie at the heart of much of our best models of reality (see Noether’s Theorem or more recent uses of symmetries in things like the ‘amplituhedron’!).

The principle is also responsible for music, in that our enjoyment of tonality, melody, harmony and rhythm comes from our subconscious appreciation of different types of patterns (i.e. symmetries) in sound waves.

The idea of Symmetry was explored in the video by Kevin McGloughlin, using simple symmetrical forms (primarily the circle), and symmetrical operations applied to them – rotations, translations and reflections. The animation demonstrates the beauty of this simple concept when applied in an iterative journey towards ever increasing complexity, both visually and musically.

The audio track originally came from preparations for a live piano and electronics show with Tom Hodge. I had some chords and glitches we were playing with in combination with a simple piano motif. We decided to try some live Fender Rhodes with it during practice and it all came to life.

Luckily we recorded the whole session so I had a load of stock content to play with when it came to turning the project into the album intro. My reasoning was that the intro should be about symmetry because of it’s basic role in nature, and the development and form of the track, going so glitchy from a simple melodic motif starting point, should work with applications of ever more complex symmetrical manipulation – emergence from symmetry, just as Kevin delivered.

Amazingly, Kevin didn’t use automated sync points from the stems of the audio project – or to put it another way, Kevin painstakingly set up all of those edits by hand, hats off to him for his perseverance on that!

Thanks for having a read, watch and a listen! – max
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When I first heard Symmetry I was blown away by its impact and it really struck a chord with me… On hearing the concept for the track, this feeling was empowered tenfold. After much discussion with Max, we arrived at a conclusive concept for the visual.

I represented conservation laws by the use of a simple circle repetition. This circle form took on many new characteristics and evolved in complexity throughout the course of it’s journey, though every new form is an evolution / adaptation of the initial circle. I used a variety of techniques in an attempt to convey the idea of this ever evolving complexity within symmetry.

Starting with minimal moire patterns, moving into 3d depth and finally ending up with massive distortions and adaptations using a technique I developed ‘Digi-Cut’, displaying various moments in time offset by tiny fractions. This was an effort to demonstrate pre-universe ideas and the introduction of organic matter in relation to symmetry.

It was an absolute honour to work on this project with Max, in particular on ‘Symmetry’, which is my personal favourite piece on Emergence.

Kevin McGloughlin

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Cast: Kevin McGloughlin and Max Cooper

Blizzard New York City | Time-Stretch – In 6K

Blizzard New York City | Time-Stretch – In 6K

This was captured entirely with still images. The results of processing the video with still images alone isn’t technically slow motion, so I’m calling this technique time-stretch.

During one of the biggest snowstorms this year, I grabbed a DSLR and a waterproof bag and headed to Midtown. The contrast from a normal day to a snow day is pretty incredible and makes for some great images. It’s funny how every time snow hits New York every photographer in the city emerges and takes to the streets. It may be for selfish photo-related reasons but snowstorms here have proven to be my favorite days. I hope this can be a glimpse into what it’s like for those who haven’t experienced it. Please enjoy!

Uploaded at 6K resolution.

This video was shot and edited by Tyler Fairbank.
Licensing, project quotes or questions please contact me at Tyler@lightowlproductions.com
Visit tylerfairbank.com

Edited in LightroomTL, Lightroom, After Effects, and Premiere Pro.
Music: Something of the Skies by Luke Atencio , Licensed through Musicbed.com
SFX from Soundsnap.com
Any questions feel free to ask!

Cast: Tyler Fairbank

NEW ZEALAND ASCENDING | 8K

NEW ZEALAND ASCENDING | 8K

Explore southern New Zealand in a journey from the dry highlands of canterbury to the lush rainforests of the westcoast and the rugged coastlines of the south to the highest peaks of the southern Alps. Captured in incredibly detailed 8K resolution and mastered at 60fps this video is aimed to bring you as close to the scenery as being just on location.
Within the production-time of 16weeks, 185000 photos have been taken, 8TB of raw-material shot, over 220 hours of time captured, 8000km driven and over 1000 hours have been spent for post-production.
Visit my website for information about the project: timestormfilms.net/new-zealand-ascending/

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/TimestormFilms | INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/martin_heck/

Behind The Scenes: vimeo.com/204098758
8K Version: youtube.com/watch?v=U-6wqFE79Gc
Soundtrack: “Waves” – Mattia Cupelli: mattiacupelli.weebly.com/
STOCK FOOTAGE: timestormfilms.net/new-zealand-ascending-8k-4k-library/

SPECIAL THANKS:
videocopter.nz/
stewartislandflights.co.nz/
venturesouthland.co.nz/
rakiurawatertaxi.co.nz/
caverafting.com/

EQUIPMENT:
Cameras: Sony A7RII, Sony A7s, Canon 6D
Lenses: Zeiss Otus 28mm, Canon 11-24mm, Tamron 15-30mm, Zeiss Milvus 35mm, Canon 70-200mm
Motion-Control: eMotimo Spectrum ST4, customized Dynamic Perception Stage One

Cast: Martin Heck | Timestorm Films, Videocopter NZ, eMotimo, Dynamic Perception, LRTimelapse and Nimia

Abu Dhabi Abundance

Abu Dhabi Abundance

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE’s seven emirates.

Enjoy this ride through the city in 3 amazing minutes. Travel from Ferrari World via Al Reem Island to the city center of Abu Dhabi and get amazing views of the UAE Presidential Palace and the Emirates Palace. Wtach tiny caterpillar build new islands and see an adorable version of the Qasr Al-Hosn Festival.
The music is “Mars” from Holt’s Planet Suite and I really like the “Star Wars feel ” that this adds to the film. Also you get an idea were John Williams was inspired for the Star Wars soundtrack…

A tilt-shift time-lapse aerial film by Joerg Daiber.

Facebook: facebook.com/MiniatureFilms
Twitter: twitter.com/spoonfilm
YouTube: youtube.com/littlebigworld
Web: spoonfilm.com

You can license raw footage clips from the Little Big World series here: gettyimages.de/videos/spoonfilm?phrase=spoonfilm&excludenudity=true&sort=best#license

WATCH FULL SCREEN!
Shot with Lumix GH4 and GH2, Gorillapod, 14-140mm and 7-14mm Lumix Lenses. Postproduction with Adobe Creative Production Suite.

Music: The Planets – Mars by Gustav Holst perfromed by the US Air Force Band

Cast: Joerg Daiber

Skiing Flachau

Skiing Flachau

A little edit of my recent skiiing holidays in Flachau, Austria. I used the GoPro Hero 5 black with the Karma Grip Gimbal and PolarPro ND filters – combo that works very well! Music is “High Speed Chase” by Terry Devine-King, licenced from audionetwork.com

Let me know how you like it and feel free to share it!

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The timelapse sequences were shot on my Sony A7s II

Cast: Gunther Machu