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A visual pilgrimage through ancient cultures and natural wonders filmed during my travels over the past few years around the world.
So, we’ll go no more a roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.
For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.
Though the night was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon,
Yet we’ll go no more a roving
By the light of the moon.
-Lord Byron (George Gordon) 1788–1824
Narration read by Tom O’bedlam youtube.com/user/SpokenVerse/feed
Music: Bless This Morning Year by Helios
Most of these shots are originally shot in colour and can be seen in my other videos if you prefer to see them in colour.
India vimeo.com/27551252 vimeo.com/34797341
North America vimeo.com/32658495 vimeo.com/38473978
Cast: Returning To Nomadism
This is a short video we made for Zenlike.me. We were originally approached to make a commercial for an app they were developing. After a couple of meetings, we decided to take it in a different direction. It became more of an abstract visual mission statement for the values that their company holds, which are completely in unison with my own.
We had complete creative freedom on the project. We shot some parts in Edmonton. Then we departed on an 18 day road trip to the United States, spanning from Montana to California, then up to Oregon and Washington.
I had an amazing time working on this video. We didn’t end up making any money but that wasn’t the point. We all just wanted to make something beautiful. Creatives need more clients like Zenlike. They took a chance on us and we ended up with something much more than a commercial. It doesn’t exist to sell a product, it exists to remind us of what it means to make our time count.
Produced by Tom Gunia & Aaron Pedersen
Director/DP/Editor/Score/Voiceover: Tom Gunia
Gaffer/AC: Eugene Uhuad
Featuring: Nicole Geldart, Micah Thomson, Adrianne Thomson, Alex Thomson, Jonathan Kornicki, Elan Laplain, and Lona Alia Duncan.
Cast: Tom Gunia, Aaron Pedersen and Eugene Uhuad
A series of timelapses I shot in the summer of 2012 in Toronto, my home city.
Many, many kilometres were cycled. A healthy tan was developed. A two week pause in production due to a broken shoulder, and even a wipe-out on my bicycle occured when I biked over a set of stairs in some thick fog. Over all, it was a fun and educational project.
Shot with a Canon 550D, which unfortunately has a cropped frame.
Music: Rememberance Day – God is an Astronaut
Cast: stefan kordiuk
STAND, a new film from b4apres Media in association with Dendrite Studios, will take you into the heart of the largest temperate rainforest on the planet-the Great Bear in British Columbia, Canada. Hung on the skeleton of a good ol’ fashioned adventure undertaken by a group of surfers, the potential effects of introducing super tankers to these pristine waters will be articulated. As the crew moves through this remote region under their own power, the landscape will be unfurled one paddle stroke at a time and punctuated by the faces and fears of the First Nation people who call this garden of Eden their home. Not just an efficient mode of transport, a stand up paddleboard expedition will be symbolic of “standing up” to preserve this last bastion of rainforest. Captured in cinematic High Definition, the film will bring the Enbridge Pipeline debate into the the collective consciousness in a way that will have you fishing in your basement for that old fluorescent wetsuit.
IndieGoGo Crowdfunding Campaign
b4apres has launched an innovative indiegogo.com campaign to raise funding for production of the film. Indiegogo.com is a popular crowdfunding platform that allows audiences to pledge different amounts of money towards creative projects to help make them a reality. In return backers receive various rewards for their donation. Perhaps most significantly, backers of STAND become part of the the production team.
Supporting STAND is easy. Backers simply choose their reward and pledge via credit card or PayPal. Some of our awesome rewards include a cedar paddleboard handmade by the children of Bella Bella, prints from renowned First Nations artist Ian Reid and the opportunity to join the crew on the expedition.
Why We Need Funding
All funds raised will go towards production costs including travel expenses, music rights, post production, etc. We already have all the equipment necessary to shoot and edit the film, meaning all funds raised will be used to finish this film so others can discover this pristine part of the world for themselves. This is a passion project with everybody involved being extremely committed to the preservation of wild places.
If you like what you see, please share this video on your Facebook page, Twitter, lunch room, everywhere you think you people will enjoy it. Thank you in… advance!
To learn more about the project, please go to indiegogo.com/stand-film
MUSIC- Spaceship Earth by MC Xander mcxander.com
Cinematography by Nicolas Teichrob nicolasteichrob.com
Additional footage provided by Pacific Wild pacificwild.org
Filmed around Vancouver, BC, Canada.