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Blackout City

Blackout City

In a metropolis like London light pollution makes the night sky invisible. Only a few of the brightest stars and asterisms force their celestial light through the man made glow of the city. The night sky, one of the most beautiful of natural wonders is extinguished from view. Blackout City is an experimental timelapse film that makes the invisible, visible. It attempts to show what the night sky would look like If there were ever to be a total blackout in the South East of England on a clear, moonless, summers night.

I started shooting this project back in August 2013 and have been slowly gathering footage when conditions were right. Although each shot in this film is a composite, all footage is real. The city shots were captured during the day and processed to look like night and the night sky shots were captured from dark locations around the South of England to ensure that the stars are astronomically correct for the latitude of London. I have also processed the astro shots to be more sympathetic to what the naked eye would see in terms of saturation and detail. The internet is saturated with well-processed images of the Milky Way that show phenomenal colour that are the result of fantastic low light DSLR technology. Don’t get me wrong I love these images, I am one of the people who endeavours to create them! But in reality the Milky Way does not look like this; so in order to make this film more believable I have chosen to process the shots this way.

I first got the idea for the film when I read an article about a blackout in LA in 1994 where people called 911 reporting these strange clouds floating in the sky, those clouds where in fact the Milky Way. It made me think about how the lights from cities have made many of us lose our connection to the night sky. We live in a fast paced man-made world whereby it is all too easy for us to become disconnected from the natural world around us, isolated from what is actually real. There are many other aspects of the human condition that this film could touch upon which could make its’ intentions appear somewhat complicated, but is essence the film’s agenda could not be more simple; to inspire people to get away from the city lights, go somewhere quiet on a star-filled night and simply look up.

This project is purely non-profit but I would love the opportunity take the Blackout City idea to different metropolises across the globe as each city with it’s specific latitude will reveal a different sky. If anyone thinks they can help to make this happen please connect with me through the links below:

To see more of my work please visit: nicholasbuer.com
For direct enquires please mail me at: contact@nicholasbuer.com

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Main track is by The American Dollar ‘As We Float’ (Ambient)
Licensed at: theamericandollar.info/licensing

For motion control I used the Stage One Dolly System by Dynamic Perception
dynamicperception.com

© Nicholas Buer 2014

Cast: Nicholas Buer and Dynamic Perception

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

Horizons

Horizons

If you have ever been in a wide open landscape the most interesting thing isn’t necessarily the landscape itself, but what you see coming over the horizon. Growing up in South Dakota the landscape itself can be beautiful at times, but that doesn’t compare to what the sky can do, especially at night. Combine that with the landscape, and it makes for great photo opportunities. More information and stills at dakotalapse.com/2013/06/horizons/

Watch the 30 minute feature on Vimeo On Demand vimeo.com/ondemand/horizons

Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Defiance, Battlestar Galactica, etc) once again helped me with some original music for the video. This time he suggested adding vocals to the mix. Brendan McCreary and his band (Young Beautiful in a Hurry) did just that. They came up with “I Forever” The single is available on iTunes tinyurl.com/pgrq45p , Amazon and other online sources.

I shot Horizons from April – October 2012 mostly in South Dakota, but also some at Devils Tower in Wyoming. From the rugged Badlands, the White River valley and the Black Hills, the horizons seem to endlessly change.

Download the 30 minute long Horizons feature at dakotalapse.com/2013/06/horizons-feature

Photography and Editing – Randy Halverson
Production Assistants – River Halverson and Kelly McILhone
Color Correction – Jeff Zueger – Spectrum Films

Sponsors:
Dynamic Perception – The Stage Zero and Stage One dollies were used in many of the shots. I can’t recommend them enough for a quality product at a low price. dynamicperception.com/#oid=1005_1

Borrowlenses – Throughout the summer I got some great Canon and Zeiss lenses from Borrowlenses to use in the shoot. They have great service and every lens performed flawlessly. So if you ever want to try out a lens ,or just need one for an special shoot, give them a try! borrowlenses.com

Granite Bay Software – I try to avoid flicker in sunset or daytime timelapse while shooting. But sometimes it is unavoidable. I used GBDeflicker to smooth out the flicker in some of the sunset timelapse. granitebaysoftware.com/

Equipment Used
Canon 5D Mark III, sometimes with a 2nd from Borrowlenses.com
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 60D

I used a variety of lenses, many from Borrowlenses.com

Canon 14, 16-35, 24-70, 50 F1.2, 70-200mm lenses

Zeiss 21, 25, 35mm lenses

Nikon 14-24mm with Novoflex Adapter

Available in 4K resolution.

Contact for licensing footage, shooting rates or anything else.
Randy Halverson
dakotalapse@gmail.com

Follow:
Facebook facebook.com/dakotalapse
Twitter twitter.com/dakotalapse

Cast: Randy Halverson, River Halverson and K MciLhone

The Roar Of Paris

The Roar Of Paris

Filmed 6 months of footage from January to June 2013, I lived South of Paris but visited almost every weekend. I had hours of footage that I edited down to just 8 minutes and tried to create a sort of timeless version of Paris.

Andrew Bird (Hole In The Ocean Floor)

Filmed on my iPhone 4s

Edited with FCPX

Don’t own nothin’ involving this song, just like it.

Mittonsmovies@gmail.com

Cast: Mittons

MIDNIGHT BARCELONA

MIDNIGHT BARCELONA

A fast, modern look to the city of Barcelona, at night.

Directed by Pau García Laita.
paugarcialaita.com
twitter.com/pauglbcn

Music: ‘Starscapes’ by ‘The American Dollar’
facebook.com/theamericandollar
Download a free compilation of 9 of their best tracks here: tinyurl.com/freeAMD
119 Song Discography in Any Format just $20 @ bit.ly/XiwDFs

Special thanks to:
Hotel Princess Barcelona (/hotelbarcelonaprincess.com)
Arenas de Barcelona (arenasdebarcelona.com)
Fundació Catalunya – LaPedrera (lapedrera.com)
Hotel PortaFira (hotelbarcelonaportafira.com)

Camera/Lens:
Canon 550D
Sigma10-20 3.5
Canon 18-135
Canon 50 1.8 II
Samyang 8

Cast: Pau García Laita

Time Recovered

Time Recovered

This is my 3rd video created using DSLRs showcasing some of the beauty and activities, mostly in Steinkjer and a few scenes fromTrondheim.

These are the best captures from the last 1,5-2 years.

Update: Won two prizes in a local short-film festival yesterday.
I submitted this short-film to a local film festival called STUFF (STeinkjer UngdomsFilmFestival – roughly translated -> Steinkjer youth film festival) spanning the age groups 15-30 years old.
It won two awards, one in the category “Open class” and the other was the “Audience awards” meaning that the audience voted for the films they liked the most.

The jury’s justification in the “Open class” was:

” The winner was technically very well completed and impresses with strikingly beautiful photography.
It shows an anormous pleasure to the subject and a unique eye for nature and environments.
Rarely has Steinkjer presented itself so wonderful. “

The idea I had when I began to edit this together was to create an “artificial day” going from night to night using the Ken Burns effect to create motion in post-processing to indicate and enhance the feeling of night, sunrise, midday and sunset passing by.

Cameras used:
Canon Eos 7D
Canon Eos 5D MKIII

Lenses used:
Canon EF 50mm F1.2 L USM
Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM
Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Also a bunch of ND-filters.

Software used:
Adobe Lightroom 4.2
Adobe Camera Raw
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Premiere CS6
Adobe After Effects CS6

I’d like to thank a friend of mine, Anett for letting me borrow her sofa a few times when I was working in Trondheim last year when I captured the very last clip in the video.

I’d also like to thank Quality Hotel Panorama at Tiller in Trondheim for giving me a room on the top floor with a fantastic view towards the City Syd parking lot during the christmas rush last year.

Music used is “Stormfront” by Kevin MacLeod.
Direct link: incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?keywords=stormfront
Youtube link: youtube.com/watch?v=Ustoua87R-4 (Kevin MacLeod’s own channel)

Cast: Thomas Jergel