Nobody knows what we do… so, a homage to every editor out there in those dark rooms creating art with moving images.
Full Circle is a fashion film for London / Melbourne label Klezinski. Klezinski utilises sustainable manufacturing processes and materials.
If you like this film for it’s visual trickery check out my other films on vimeo or my website: callumcooper.com
Visuals: Callum Cooper
Audio: John Kassab
"Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives.
Learn more about what you see in my post: notes-from-dreamworlds.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/slow-life.html
This clip, as well as stock footage, is available in 4k resolution. Make sure you watch it on a large screen! You won’t be able to appreciate this clip or see individual cells moving in a sponge on a smartphone. If you have a full-HD screen, when you enter full-screen mode, please press on “view actual size” next to the HD icon to improve sharpness.
To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures.
I am glad that I abandoned the idea of making this clip in 3D (with two cameras) - very few people have 3D screens and it doubles processing time.
Please do not share this clip to promote or endorse marine aquarium industry. Do not misunderstand this statement: I have no problems with aquarists or the industry. I simply want people to admire life, but not to be told to buy stuff.
More about using my videos:
- Canon 7D (died at the beginning of the project as I had overused it in my research), Canon 5d Mkiii (90% of footage is done with it)
- Canon MP-E 65 mm lens
- adjustable custom-spectrum lamps (3 different models)
- several motorized stages including StackShot for focus stacking
- multiple computers to process thousands of 22+ Mpx raw images and perform focus stacking (an old laptop died on that mission after 3 weeks of continuous processing).
Edited in Sony Vegas, Adobe Photoshop CS6, Zerene Stacker, and Helicon Focus.
Visit my website to see more cool stuff: microworldsphotography.com
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Inquiries/licensing/press: find my contact details here: microworldsphotography.com/About
Little Taiko Boy combines Western holiday traditions, Shinto mythology and Japanese gay culture to advocate a very different way of wrapping gifts for a loved one.
Little Taiko Boy’s soundtrack is a safer-sex parody of the American Christmas carol “The Little Drummer Boy” interspersed with the slow rumble of a traditional Japanese taiko drum that sounds like a massive throbbing heart beat. Against this backdrop, several men meet in Tokyo’s bathhouses, love hotels and cruising spots for intimate encounters, watched over by a glamorous drag version of Amaterasu Omikami, the Shinto goddess of the Sun played by Japanese activist and artist MADAME BONJOUR JOHNJ. Like a queer Santa Claus, the goddess leaves each couple a condom in a bejeweled wrapper as a gift and blessing for the night.
While Little Taiko Boy’s setting is local to Tokyo, the contrasting elements woven together within the video emphasize how universal its issues are: the music brings together the modern and the traditional, the East and the West; the images depict the carnal and the spiritual, and ancient deities take up new roles in the modern world. And despite the urgency of its safer-sex message, the video not only embraces sensuality wholeheartedly, but does so with humor; after all, there is nothing “little” about either the Taiko drummer or the drum he beats.
Jackson made several trips to Japan in the course of developing Little Taiko Boy, working closely with AKIRA THE HUSTLER and Madame Bonjour JohnJ at Rainbow Ring’s COMMUNITY CENTER AKTA. The LGBT center and gallery takes an innovative, localized approach to community work that includes condom “Delivery Boys” who have done outreach and condom distribution in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ni-Chome district since 2003. The ‘Goddess Edition’ condom cases that Amaterasu Omikami gifts in Little Taiko Boy are inspired by the artist designed series produced by Community Center AKTA. Jackson made the video with a grant from ART MATTERS, a foundation created to assist artists who make work intending to break ground aesthetically and socially.
Bryan Jackson | Director
Quyen Tran | Director of Photography
Dickie Greenleaf | Music
Cesar Cipriano | Little Taiko Boy
Eric Dean | Cruising Man
Viet Hoang | Bathing Man
Madame Bonjour JohnJ | Amaterasu Omikami
Jeff Manabat | Business Man
Kiyoshi Shido | Hustler
Derek Lui | Drunk Businessman
Eric Hsu | Lonely Man
Richard Minor | Tengu Dancer #1
Pade Weng | Tengu Dancer #2
Kiyoshi Shishido | Tengu Dancer #3
Asuka Murata | Assistant to Director
Sam Riegel | First AC
Hiromasa Tamai | Gaffer
JoAnn Hockersmith | AD
Michael Hofeldt | Art Director
Roxanna Shih | Choreographer
Brian Baugh | VFX
Hiroko Honda | Make-Up & Hair
Akiko Matsumoto | Make-Up & Hair
Valeria Kohakura | First AC
Edward Alva | Grip Matt Cheah | Grip
Joseph Chen | Grip
Katie Faulknor | Grip
Andrew Nguyen | Grip
Ed Silla | Grip
Harrison Lees | Art Department
Akira the Hustler
Community Center Akta
Midoriya Studio Noritaka Minami
Sanwa Cine Equipment Rental
Video Studio UC Irvine
This video was funded in part by a grant from Art Matters.
A very Friendly little robot who only wants a little bit of attention from his human coworkers.
A short film made by:
Producer: Nicolas Nepveu
Associate producers: Sam Magal and Nicolas Meilland
Character designer: Mathieu Vavril
Director of Photography: Fabien Benzaquem
Assistant director: Romain Fihol
Production assistant: Romain Duplessier and William Wouaquet
Editing: Philippe Roch
Color Grading: Athony Lyant
Head of project: Frédéric Mayer
Modeling: Cédric Cibien, Bertrand Piot
Rig: Rodolphe Zirah
Animation: Frédéric Boulin, Danniel Ly, Ganael Chevalier, Bastien Laurent, Frédéric Mayer, Clément Richard, Anh Thu
Animation Trainee: Marc Pinta, Marine Villette
Lighting and rendering: Frédéric Mayer, Rodolphe Zirah
Compositing: Frédéric Barbe, Jonathan Deniard, Jean-Louis Khalifa, Maxime Neko
Compositing Trainee: Benjamin Jean, Louis Leroy
Music: Karim Lekehal
Sound Design and Mix: Studio Gling-Glang
Special thanks: APY, Otoy for Octane Render, Mat’Photo.
Thanks to everybody who worked on this project and was kind enough to give us time and talent!
A 200+ mile backpacking experience through Yosemite National Park captured by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill. This project was filmed over the course of 10 months. We spent a combined 45 days in the park capturing the images in this video.
Music by M83 - Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun
All tips received through the Vimeo Tip Jar will be donated to the Yosemite Conservancy, which helps preserve Yosemite.