Across America, there are dogs of all breeds riding in the open air of motorcycle sidecars, whether on short trips around town or extended adventures on the highway. Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs is a delightful and inspiring documentary film about motorcyclists and their beloved canine co-pilots.
Entertaining and engaging, Sit Stay Ride follows a number of sidecar-riding duos, trios, and foursomes as they travel together– sharing the experience of being out and about on a machine as unique as it’s passengers.
By focusing on the dynamic and sometimes eccentric individuals who travel with their dog in a sidecar, we are actually exploring the essential relationship between humans and canines; the extraordinary bond that exists between them and flourishes through shared experiences and adventures. Sit Stay Ride will be a rollicking, upbeat film that introduces us to the interesting personalities and heartwarming relationships that exist on the highways and byways of America through a series of insightful interviews, stunning visuals, and intimate portraits of dogs doing what they love best (living life to the fullest).
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Video and audio recorded on Arri AMIRA
Musical performance - SOPHIE ABRAHAM sophie-abraham.com
filmmaking - SEBASTIAN WÖBER
special thanks to
Rockamedia and Zoige production.
Shot on Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER - ED STEINBERG
D.P. /EDITOR - YEVGENIY K’BANCHIK
ASSIST DIRECTOR/ASSIST LIGHTING - DOUG CIARELLI
CHOREOGRAPHER - ALISON CLANCY
PUBLICIST - DOREEN D’AGOSTINO
STYLIST - ANTONIA RUSSO
ART DIRECTOR - SOHHEE OH
MODEL/VIOLIN PLAYER - ANNIE UNNOLD
COMPOSER/GUITARIST - LAWRENCE BLATT
HAIR STYLIST - CASEY GEREN
MAKEUP - RACHEL WOOD
MUSICIAN/PRODUCER - WILLARD MORGAN
DANCER - CLAUDIA ZAKRZEWSKI
DANCER - MOLLIE DOWNES
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT - CHARLIE GOMEZ
Scouting Locations using RED Epic and MoVI M10
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
(consideration to buy a print from my website or to use the tip jar below the video is always welcome)
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.