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A RIDE REBORN

A RIDE REBORN

This is a short film based on the photography and writings of Rob Lutter.

His project, The LifeCycle, is a global cycling tour from London to London and has so far taken him 2 years and 15,000km to Hong Kong – his half way point.

Struggling with OCD and failing to find creativity at home, Rob left his home in England in 2011 alone by bicycle to find new life and meaning out on the open road.

After a recent successful Kickstarter to ‘kickrestart’ his journey, Rob is preparing to embark on the second leg of his tour to continue forth to the UK which he expects to complete by 2016.
The Life Cycle is also raising funds for mental health organisations OCD-UK (ocduk.org) and MIND (mind.org.uk)

This is a mixed-media work incorporating Rob’s photography in 3D space and footage shot on location in Hong Kong.

Follow Rob on: thelifecycle.roblutter.com/
Instagram: instagram.com/roblutter#
Facebook: facebook.com/roblutter
Twitter: twitter.com/robertlutter

Directed, shot and edited by Edwin Lee
Aerial cinematography by Will Clem
Co-produced by Shawn Tse and Tom McLean

Music:
‘Waking Up’ by M83
‘Feather on the Clyde’ by Passenger (Stefan Biniak Private Remix)

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When I first read about Rob on PetaPixel, which led to his Kickstarter and The LifeCycle website, I was immediately drawn to his stunning photography and deep, philosophical journal entries. I’ve always believed travelling and adventuring as a means to self-discovery. But reading about his frustration and unhappiness at home, and the steps he took to alleviate that – by embarking on this adventure – was just as captivating. It mirrored a period of time I went through. I failed to embark on my own grand adventure due to 4 years of illness in my early twenties. Having recovered now and worked my way up like a dog in Hong Kong’s media industry, I started to look back and yearned for that sense of adventure once again. My life today could have turned out different if I did take that adventure and may not have ended up in Hong Kong. Not necessarily for better or worse. Just different. Perhaps it was a fitting coincidence that Rob and I both worked in the film industries and us also hitting 30 this year.

When I realised Rob was in Hong Kong, I just thought to myself, I needed to chat with this guy and delve into his mindset. Here was someone who just happened to be in my home town, on the precipice of his great second leg of his adventure. I had to find him. When I discovered Rob had previously worked in the film industry, and his love for M83 and the Cinematic Orchestra, an idea sparked in my head to make a video with him. The initial idea was cloudy at best – I didn’t really have a solid pitch for Rob when we first met. I’m just glad we had similar music choices!

A week earlier, a friend – who also loved photography and cycling – and I were discussing about her urge for change and hitting a creative impasse. Here was someone I thought who was already doing amazing work, so, it’s dismaying to see someone lose direction. I struggled to find words of encouragement.
So when I first encountered The LifeCycle, I thought Rob was a great example of someone who combined both elements and exhibited the passion for adventure and the push for change that was so galvanising.

Then the idea of the film began to form into something tangible at least. I wanted to produce something to help Rob and his project, as well as in turn the charities he’s assisting by doing it in the one way I know best.
Rob’s journal entries are deep and thought-provoking, and I wanted to incorporate his words into a narration piece that exemplified his passion for adventure, his thoughts on the universe and the inner demons he faced.
I wanted to create a film that was a mix of documentary and hyper stylised film. I was also inspired by the YouTube videos based on the words of astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson (youtu.be/9D05ej8u-gU) and philosopher Alan Watts (Really, check them out if you haven’t yet).

This was a no-budget, non-commercial film; assisted by great friends, and fueled by the desire to create. I hope this collaborative film with Rob can motivate others to take that adventure they’ve always wanted; to make that leap into the unknown; and ultimately to not squander life.

Equipment:
Sony FS100 24/60p
Leica M lenses: 28mm f2.8, 50mm f.10, 100mm f2.8 (courtesy of ClassicalCameraShop.hk)
GoPro HERO 3
DJI Phantom quadcopter with Tarot T-2D gimbal

Special thanks:
ClassicalCameraShop.hk
Yann Chambrier

Rob – thank you for your time, words and images. God speed.


Cast: Edwin Lee and Shawn Tse

The Longest Way 1.0 – walk through China and grow a beard! – TIMELAPSE

The Longest Way 1.0 – walk through China and grow a beard! – TIMELAPSE

In 2008, I walked through China – one year, more than 4500km. All the while, I let my hair and my beard grow. This is the resulting video.
Add me on FB: facebook.com/crehage Or drop by on my blog: thelongestway.com

Additional info:
– I never finished my original goal of walking to Germany. Instead, I walked for a year and roughly 4500km, passed the Gobi desert, and then decided to stop walking for now.
– All of the distance from Beijing to Ürümqi was completed solely on foot, straight good old walking. There are instances where you can see me in the video sitting on a plane or riding a boat, but those are during breaks I had to take from walking, either to sort out bureaucracy issues or to take care of some personal things.
– I had been planning this trip for over a year before I even started, and getting as far as I got was an experience for which I am very grateful.
– Obtaining the necessary visa for a trip like this was not very easy, hence I had to go back to Beijing a few times to resolve some issues.
– This is not a strict “1 pic a day” video, because I wanted to make it a bit more alive by adding some additional movement. Sometimes during the film you would follow me turn around, or something would happen in the background. I tried to capture these moments to make the video more interesting.
– If you liked the music I used in this video, get it here:
The Kingpins – “L’Aventurier” bit.ly/RXOMaz
Zhu Fengbo – “Olive Tree” bit.ly/UDsHT7
– The core of this project is in actually my blog where I have posted my extensive travel diary, starting from day 1 (Nov 9th 2007) and describing every single day until the end one year later.

If you have any additional questions, please refer to:
thelongestway.com/frequently-asked-questions
thelongestway.com/extras/miscellaneous-advice
and get the Google Earth file here (1KB):
thelongredline.com/TLW.kmz

Update – this weird beard video won at the following festivals:

2009 Boulder Adventure Film Festival
2010 Berlin Webcuts
2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival
2011 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
2011 5th International Mountain Film Festival Domžale
2011 Squamish Mountain Festival
2011 Mezinárodný Festival Horských Filmov, Poprad
2011 Vertical Film Festival, Moscow

Plus:

#8 top viral video 2009 at Time.com

Thanks to madandcrazychild (she takes a photo every day), NK5000 (Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years.) and mattharding2718 (Where the Hell is Matt? 2008) for inspiration.

Cast: Christoph Rehage

China through my eyes

China through my eyes

I made this video during summer 2012, while enjoying a 2 weeks trip to Shanghai. I let my feelings rested for a few months and I just finished editing.

I went there with my 5D MKIII and some lenses in my backpack 😉
My goal was to get the max of this trip & enjoy my friends over there, but also to bring enough rushes to make a shortfilm. Showing exactly what I felt during this trip, the different stages through which I passed. The very touristic side of China, then immersed in a new culture and finally the “expatriate” side with all my friends living there. That’s why I called this video “China through my eyes”.

I would, again, to thank everyone who helped me make this video!

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J’ai réalisé cette vidéo, fin de l’été 2012, lors d’un voyage de 2 semaines à Shanghaï.
J’ai laissé reposer mes rushs pendant presqu’un an, me laissant le temps de penser à ce que je voulais réellement montrer dans cette vidéo.

Je suis parti avec mon 5D MKIII et quelques objectifs sur le dos 😉
J’avais l’intention de profiter un maximum, mais aussi de rapporter assez de rushs pour réaliser un shortfilm montrant exactement ce que j’avais ressenti durant ce séjour, les différentes étapes par lesquelles je suis passé. Le côté très touristique de la chine, puis l’immersion dans une nouvelle culture et enfin le côté “expatrié” avec tous mes amis vivant là bas. C’est pourquoi j’ai intitulé cette vidéo “China through my eyes”.

Je tiens encore une fois à remercier toutes les personnes m’ayant permis de réaliser cette vidéo!

Matériel utilisé :

– Canon 5D MKIII
– Tokina 11-16 f2.8
– Canon 24-70 LUSM f2.8
– Canon 50 USM f1.4
– Canon 70-200 L USM f2.8
– Monopod Manfrotto 562B-1

Cast: J_say

Nomadism

Nomadism

More films and photography on my website. mmellway.wix.com/photography

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.

Nepal vimeo.com/27323161

India vimeo.com/27551252 vimeo.com/34797341

North America vimeo.com/32658495 vimeo.com/38473978

Cast: Returning To Nomadism

This is Shanghai

This is Shanghai

In 1980 Shanghai had no skyscrapers. It now has at least 4,000 — more than twice as many as New York. ‘This is Shanghai’ explores the diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is Shanghai going beyond the famous skyline.

Photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces combining deep city exploration and pioneering filmmaking. ‘This is Shanghai’ is a roller coaster ride seamlessly weaving between the iconic, sparkling and mismatched buildings of the financial district travelling by boat and taxi touring Shanghai’s impressive infrastructure whilst glimpsing some of the lesser-known aspects of Shanghai life such as the lower stratum areas or the stunning graffiti of Moganshan road. And of course there is the opportunity to try some of the vast variety of street food and Shanghai’s most popular homegrown delicacy, the pan-fried pork dumplings, the shengjian bao.

Wherever you travel in Shanghai the cities skyline is always present. The looming silhouette of the almost constructed Shanghai Tower now dominates and perfectly encapsulates the new heights this city is yet to reach. Once completed, in 2014, it will be the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

To understand the city, the team carried out rigorous urban exploration. In the words of JT “we walked, walked and walked, the Jane Jacobs way”. Weibo, China’s main social media platform was used to ask local Shanghainese people to share ideas of different vantage points and what they thought were the over-riding characteristics of the city. Stealth and curiosity were required to find and gain access to rooftops and locations. It became addictive for the team discovering breath-taking vantage points of the city. There was always an adrenaline rush upon reaching the top of a different building to see the vast urban jungle of Shanghai.

Rob Whitworth (robwhitworth.co.uk/) is a creative time lapse photographer from the UK based in Asia. His previous videos, ‘Traffic in Frenetic HCMC’ and ‘Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT’ have received international attention including being short listed for 7 film festivals, and have had received well over 2 million online views.

JT Singh (jtsingh.com/) has explored hundreds of emerging cities around the world and is a next generation thinker about the value and impact of 21st century cities. Having grown up in Toronto JT is now based in China. He explains:

“The over-riding reason we made this video was to creatively show the world visually how China is rising, in particular Chinese cities. Just as New York City exemplified the strengths and ambitions of emerging America in the 20th century, Shanghai, perhaps more than any old or emerging rival, will personify the power and dreams of rising Asia in the 21st century.”

A ThrillingCities Production – thrillingcities.com
Engineering cutting-edge Identities for Cities on the Rise

JT Singh
Website: jtsingh.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/jtssingh
Twitter; twitter.com/jtssingh

Rob Whitworth
Website: robwhitworth.co.uk/
Facebook: facebook.com/RobWhitworthPhotography
Twitter: twitter.com/kwhi02

Copyright all images Rob Whitworth 2013 – robwhitworth.co.uk | Soundtrack used under license Artist ‘Subscape’ Track ‘Shanghai’ © submergedmusic

Cast: Rob Whitworth and JT Singh

Trans-mongolian : A long train journey

Trans-mongolian : A long train journey

We shot this footage during a transmongolian and transsiverian travel from Beijing (China) to Ulaanbataar (Mongolia capital) then to Irkusk (Siberia , Russia) and ending in Moscow (Russia). About 7500 Km ride.

This video tries to show how landscapes are short living trought the window.

Shot with Canon 7D and 18-200 lenses.

Edited in 21:9

Our facebook page: facebook.com/pages/Factoria/503994519646560
Our twitter: twitter.com/factoriame

Film by Rubén Sánchez (@lostintv) and Cristina Fernandez (@lostanit)

Music: Mongol Nutag by Sedaa.

Cast: Factoria