Art Weekend is alive! I love collaboration. The synthesis of photography with HD Video, analog art and music-making all in one space was electrifying.
I decided to make a promo piece for my upcoming gallery show for cut paper art, which I shot using my an MC-36 Remote Release Cord and my Nikon D700 in JPG mode, high quality/small size. I set it to 10 sec intervals with a 5-second delay (to avoid camera shake), pre-focused in manual and set custom white balance (since adjusting after wards on 8-bit JPGs is a bear...). One of my favorite methods is to use Live Preview to compose the shot right after focus and white balance. I flew the camera on the top of some old FOBA Combitube I picked up over a decade ago, since my tripod doesn't go to 8 ft. in the air ;)
Part of the fun was multitasking, and by this I mean that I was engrossed in making art, listening to Brian and Chrstian (a.k.a. Attack and Release) make music and thinking about timing and composition as a film editor and DOP while choosing camera angles and focal lengths simultaneously. Total creative mash-up. The result is this video. Enjoy!
So I heard about the big contest Nikon is holding, and it got me all jazzed up. I shot this in one evening with my D700 - 5300+ frames, all handheld. All were then imported into iStopMotion HD, and exported via XML to Final Cut Pro. My good friends steamed up to create the original music, and I recorded the foley with my trusty Edirol R-1. Much of it was from building a personal foley library over the past few years.
Please watch this film first on on the Nikon Contest site - it helps my chances at winning the big prize! On December 22nd, I find out if I made the final cut, so to speak, and will ask that you come back to vote and view it again! Thanks so much for your support :)
This is a crossover product of photography and stop-motion picture. To do this, I synthesized my cut paper art with my background in photography, film editing and a lot of creative juice. It's a precursor of a larger project coming along. I just had to do it, since the next parts have a much longer production process.