I took about 15,000 still photos and strung them together to give the illusion of motion. If you’re still curious I made a video that shows how the time lapse process works.
When I was planning this little movie I was ending my final semester of college. I was really stressed out from producing Senescence all semester long and I just wanted to leave by myself and drive. For this film, I didn’t travel to South America or have anyone help me out or even spend much time at each location. I didn’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars flying out to these exotic locations, so what I did was visit The Roads Less Traveled in the western United States.
It’s amazing how many beautiful places you’ll come across when you go exploring without any real direction (luckily my iPhone kept me from getting lost). I knew the general areas that I wanted to visit – very touristy areas. But when I ventured off the beaten paths it was as if a whole different world opened up. Some places seemed like the surface of Mars and I was the only person in a 50 mile radius.
The season is also important to keep in mind. I was traveling in the middle of winter. Apparently nobody likes to go to the desert in the winter, which was great for me. There was one point in the Glen Canyon area where I drove for about 100 miles and didn’t come across a single person.
Music: L’estasi Dell’oro
by Ennio Morricone on iTunes here
When you watch it, some shots might look a little odd. As if the objects were tiny toys. Or you might wonder why some things are out of focus. The reason is because I used a tilt-shift lens to rotate the depth of field to make it look as if these huge expansive vistas were tiny models. If you do a Google search for “Fake Miniatures” it’ll give you many examples.
Also, I took exposures at the 40D’s full 12 megapixels. This meant that when I went into Final Cut, I could pan the image digitally without losing resolution in a 1080p workspace. Final Cut cannot handle clips larger than 1080p very well, so I made offline ProRes files and reconnected them when I was done editing.
Here’s a map with descriptions of some of all the places I visited on the road trip. I started at Lake Tahoe, worked my way east, then south, ending up in San Diego. Click on a point to see a short description of the place.blog comments powered by Disqus