This film took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and zero graphics to make. It changed my entire life.
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Circle of Abstract Ritual began as an exploration of the idea that creation and destruction might be the same thing. The destruction end of that thought began in earnest when riots broke out in my neighborhood in Anaheim, California, 2012. I immediately climbed onto my landlord’s roof without asking and began recording the unfolding events. The news agencies I contacted had no idea what to do with time lapse footage of riots, which was okay with me because I had been thinking about recontextualizing news as art for some time. After that I got the bug. I chased down wildfires, walked down storm drains on the L.A. River and found abandoned houses where I could set up elaborate optical illusion paintings. The illusion part of the paintings are not an end in themselves in my work. They’re an intimation of things we can’t physically detect; a way to get an ever so slight edge on the unknowable.
Early in the process I mapped out a very interconnected narrative structure. It took a long time to fill that narrative structure in, and when I finished editing the film after seven solid weeks of being holed up in a dark room I had no idea if it was something anyone would want to watch. I almost cut the film into pieces before realizing that outside influences were pressuring me to make that decision, and that I was happy with it as it was.
It took a long time to come to the creation side of the original premise. It finally took form in a collaboration with sculptor, Steve Shigley, as well as 15 amazing volunteers who moved full sized tree sculptures 450 times over two nights to create the stop motion climax of the film (see the behind the scenes film, Story of Abstract Ritual for the tale of their monumental effort: vimeo.com/frostjeff/soar).
The idea I wanted to explore was the creation of culture as a conscious creative act, but without the trappings of dogma from institutions or even from ways of thinking. The circle of inverted trees became a small piece of the world with personal meaning where I could mark significant events, contemplate and reflect. That circle still stands, and I still visit it regularly. Several people who have been there have told me that it’s come to mean something special for them as well. They each have their own fascinating way of interpreting the power inherent in those trees.
This film is art for the sake of art. It was made with much generosity, from the people who let me crash on their couches to the people who backed the Kickstarter to people who just wanted to pitch in: thank you. This would not have been possible without your help.
Every spare cent I make goes back into creating art. If you’d like to see me keep doing what I’m doing please consider purchasing a download or a print at jeff-frost.com, or PayPal me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dynamic Perception provided motion control gear for this project. They’re a great company run by an awesome dude (hi Jay!), and their product is rugged and reliable. Check them out at dynamicperception.com
At the end of 2013, I’d been living with my now-wife’s family in Yorkshire, England. With my 30th birthday quickly approaching in January, she asked me what I wanted to do for the occasion. “I want to have sushi for dinner”, I had decided. I’ve done this every year on my birthday since I was a kid. With there not being very many options for Japanese food in Northern England, our plans evolved to the point where we’d decided to spend a week in Paris. I took all the camera gear the Eurostar would allow me to cram on board (the timelapse dolly kept in a ski bag, as skis travel for free), and so spent the week filming time lapses in Paris’ rainy January weather.
After a few days of carrying camera gear around in the rain, Lizzy asked me “Do you really want to spend your whole birthday trip filming stuff?” I paused, thought about this question for a second, and replied “Yes. Yes I do,” before clamping my 6D to a metal guard rail on the roof of Printemps.
And yes, we did eat sushi on my birthday.
All but a few of these clips were shot in one week in January of 2014. A small handful were shot on a previous trip to Paris in October of 2012.
Music: “Wreck Beach” by Sean Bayntun
20 miler map
I mapped my 20 miler route on the Prairie Trail.>
my favorite approach into Chicago Ohare Airport. After 20 days, 3 countries, 17 cities/towns, 6 apartments, 3 hotels, 6 planes, 9 buses, 6 taxis, 5 subway rides, 4 bullet trains, 5 local trains, 1 kids’ train ride, 6 ferry boats, 9 water buses, 2 funiculars, 30+ miles of hiking/walking/running … seeing and experiencing everything along the way… now that’s insane traveling :) Home sweet home :)
A collection of timelapses, hyperlapses, and day-to-night transitions (and vice versa) from Chicago (IL), shot in the period August 2012-April 2013.
Camera: Canon EOS 550d (+Magic Lantern)
Lenses: Sigma 17-70mm, Sigma 10-20mm, Tamron 70-300mm
Software: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Elements, LRTimelapse
Music (licensed): Dexter Britain, “Second Class Citizen” (dexterbritain.co.uk/)
Locations in order of appearance: Chicago Theatre, Lincoln Park Zoo, Michigan Avenue, Michigan & Wacker, Willis Tower, River Walk, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Columbus Drive, Crown Fountain, Lincoln Park Zoo, Exelon Plaza, Exelon Plaza, Chinatown, Hancock Center, North Beach, Lakefront, Abraham Lincoln statue between Columbus & Michigan, Chicago River, Buckingham Fountain, Michigan Avenue, Osaka Garden, Lincoln Park, Promontory Point, Field Museum, Navy Pier, Promontory Point, Rockefeller Chapel, Daley Plaza, Dearborn Street, Promontory Point, Hyde Park Blvd Lakefront, Promontory Point, Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, Adler Planetarium, Museum Campus, Reid, Murdoch & Co. Building, Robie House, Adler Planetarium, W 18th Street, Osaka Garden, Burnham Park, E Roosevelt Road, W Roosevelt Road, Pritzker Pavillion, Trump Tower, North Beach, Wabash Avenue, Hancock Center, Hancock Center, Hancock Center
BARCELONA in Flow-Motion - A fast moving short film….
In few other cities is it possible to walk from spectacular location to spectacular location. I had a fantastic time adventuring around Barcelona’s winding streets making this film.
Special thanks to Ferran Macià Edo and his colleagues from Agència Catalana de Turisme (Catalan Tourism Board) for helping me get access to shoot at numerous stunning locations including:
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Gran Teater del Liceu
Museu D’Historia De Barcelona
Palau de la Música
Santa Maria del Pi
And an extra special thanks to Marta Garriga Bardalet for patiently modelling during an uncharacteristically cold and rainy day.
My time in numbers:
363 hours work
75 Hours Logistics and Travel
31 Hours Scouting and Location Finding
78 Hours Shooting
179 Hours Post Production
26014 Camera Raw Files
817gb of data
Nikon D800 DSLR
Nikon D7100 DSLR
Nikon D7100 DSLR
Nikon D3200 DSLR
Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye
NIkon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX
Nikon 16-35 f/4G AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor
Nikon 28mm AF f/2.8D
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II
Barcelona GO! was part of a project commissioned by the Catalan Tourism Board. Five video artists created five videos using different techniques. All of the videos can be seen on their YouTube channel:
Sound Design and Music: Slava Pogorelsky
September 21st 2013, International Peace Day, on the Normandy beaches at Arromanches.
Artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss include a team of international volunteers to help complete 9000 fallen figures, raked in the sand to create a massive monotone image. The Fallen are without nationality, without names. They represent a lost life, contextualising the 9000 daily mortalities during the Normandy beach landings in 1944.
A longer documentary is in production and this is an early teaser to commemorate 70 years since the Normandy beach landings of 1944.
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This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.
The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.
A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (bit.ly/g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.
Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.
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Music by my friend: Ludovico Einaudi - “Nuvole bianche” with permission.
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Time goes by … so slowly … in St John. 3,710 images compressed into
playin it loud!!!! to drown out the “open office”