First Shot

2012 is here, and it’s time to get started on our big film project! Cassie and I went a few miles out of town and shot our first timelapse footage of a nearby Ethanol plant at sunset. We have been brainstorming themes for the film and have been considering the concept of ‘isolation’. The footage is being shot on a Nikon D7000 digital SLR camera and edited in Adobe Premiere.

There is a long history of timelapse techniques in filmmaking, but the major influential figures in current cinema are Geoffrey Reggio and Ron Fricke. If you watch Fricke’s film, Baraka, you’ll understand why he’s considered a master of both timelapse and large-format filmmaking (Baraka was photographed using 70mm film).  Another major current influence is Tom Lowe, who shot the soon-to-be-released Timescapes using ultra-high-resolution digital cameras and a variety of timelapse techniques.  I’ll be frequently updating on the progress of the video shoot and discussing the process of creating the film.


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