Category Archives: Timelapse

Raining Cluster Bombs

This is a time-lapse of the cluster bomb display at the Cooperative Orthotic Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) in Vientiane, Laos.

If you can’t see the video above, click here.

Below is a picture of half the Chronos Light time-lapse rig used to shoot the image sequence—there is another tripod below, securing the other end of the rail.

Photo Raining Cluster Bombs

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Jeff Frost: Circle Of Abstract Ritual

This film took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and zero graphics to make. It changed my entire life. -Jeff Frost

As I mentioned hereCircle Of Abstract Ritual by Jeff Frost is an amazing use of time-lapse photography. He’s released the video on Vimeo where it has already garnered the Staff Pick Award. Check it:

If you can’t see the video above, click here.

Circle of Abstract Ritual

Circle of Abstract Ritual

The Description:

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 jeff@jeff-frost.com

Thanks for watching!

GEAR:
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.

Jeff Frost: Circle Of Abstract Ritual

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Jeff Frost: Story of Abstract Ritual — Circle of Abstract Ritual

Some time ago I came across the work of Jeff Frost — part photographer, part videographer, part alchemist. Media and metaphysics—two of my favorites. Not long ago he had a Kickstarter campaign. He had me at:

It’s art for the sake of art.

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Using Chronos Project Lite Kit On The Plain Of Jars Project

Disclaimer: The Chronos Project is a sponsor of the Plain of Jars Project. 

Note: Some of the videos of prosthetic limbs homemade in the remote villages of Laos may be disturbing to some.

About eight months ago I added a great piece of gear to my kit, the Chronos Lite time-lapse system by the Chronos Project. The shipping company used the first shipping box as a piñata and caused more damage to the rail than I could even imagine. This was a few short weeks before I was to fly to Laos and the Chronos team built me a new rail in record time. Excellent customer support… Everything since has worked like a charm. Here is a quick video of one of the motion-control shots (mostly what I use the rail for) that I used for the the intro to many of the videos on the project. Following are other videos for the project that contain shots done with the rail. Finally, below, are snaps I took of setups.

The fundraiser for the Plain of Jars Project is on until Friday, May 16th, 6pm PDT. If you would like to support this crowd sourced fundraiser for a great community project in the, per capita, most bombed place on earth, please go here:

http://startsomegood.com/plainofjarsproject

 

If you can’t see the video above, go here.

Here are other videos that use elements shot with the Lite kit:

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Cluster Bomb Cannister Filled With Cluster Bombs And One Grenade

 

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Child’s Prosthetic After Losing Arm To Unexploded Ordnance

 

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Inert BLU-3/B Cluster Bomb

 

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You Can’t See The Second Tripod Holding The Other End Of The Rail For This Vertical Up Shot.

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A Glimpse Into: Myanamar

My friend Bill Livingston, a somewhat cantankerous filmmaker, always manages to forward me some of the most beautiful examples of photography and cinematography. We got both in this piece by A Glimpse Into:

Here’s a link if the video isn’t visible above.

A nice addition to this short piece is the use of a time-lapse rail—and they’ve used it really well.

If you want so see some more beautifully executed eye-candy, take a look at A Glimpse Into‘s site here:

http://www.aglimpseinto.com/

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