The 48 Hour Human Timelapse

Posted in Canon EOS 5D Mark II, filmmaking, short films, Timelapse, Video Production, videography on March 9, 2010 by martystalker

The 48 Human Timelapse was completed at 0700 HRS on 6th March 2010 on a roof top in Belfast. It was a long haul and obviously we faced many hurdles along the way (It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t).

After watching collections of inspiring timelapse pieces from the likes of Tom Lowe and Philip Bloom on the internet, I got a taste for it. However, I felt like I needed to put a slight twist on matters, why not introduce a human subject into the timelapse itself? I approached Rick Trainor, an excellent 5D Mark II operator and Director of Photography, with the idea. He was keen as always and extremely supportive, even though there were apparent limitations which he highlighted early on in the meeting.  I knew what I wanted, but I also knew that the only way I could make it happen was to have Rick on-board. As a Director, Rick has always delivered the goods for me and I am extremely thankful of the time he sacrifices, his invaluable skills and personality that he brings to every production.

The idea: capture a human subject for a 48 hour duration.

As soon as our family and friends got wind of what we were planning to do, they naturally thought we were crazy. I felt comfortable enough to put myself forward as the human subject- who else would do it anyway? I needed Rick behind the camera, his camera and lighting skills by far exceeded those of mine. We also decided that we would dedicate this endurance test to help raise money for Haiti and continue the support that the Belfast 4 Haiti event had started.

After getting knocked back by a few locations due to insurance issues, I contacted Ciaran from Kaya Studios, a popular recording studio situated at the top of Blackstaff Mills. I had seen the location on a photograph on MySpace and thought it was perfect. I was ecstatic when Ciaran gave us permission to use the roof space next to his studio. If it wasn’t for his generosity, the event would not have taken place. The TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller arrived from Amazon and Rick took it home to play with. The fact that the controller was limited to 99 captures in total before having to be reset was going to be a challenge in the least.

It was into the fourth hour of the shoot, when I realised the mountain we were climbing. The aches and the joint pains from sitting in a chair for a long period slowly crept in. However, it’s the little things that you take for granted. I had to urinate into a plastic bottle which Rick had to keep emptying out for me (now that’s friendship for you). The nights were extremely cold and we were waking up to sheets of ice on the roof top and over our equipment. Beating sleep was impossible and I began to frequently experience mini naps during the second day. The remote controller had to be monitored on a regular basis due to the 99 shot limit. But when the finish line came, we were both extremely happy with what we had achieved (refer to special dance moves during credit sequence). I couldn’t wait to take the stills back to the studio and fire them into After Effects.

For a more technical perspective of the timelapse shoot from Rick Trainor, please click on the following link:

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. A big thankyou to the following people:

Sean Duncan from Redcap Productions, Gary McKinstry from Carpe Diem Productions, Kieran McAlinden from Creative Juices, Alan Morton, Vinny Hurrell, Mathias Sorum and Vital

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48 Hour Human Timelapse

Posted in Canon EOS 5D Mark II, filmmaking, Red Sky Photography, Scattered Images, short films, Video Production, videography on March 2, 2010 by martystalker

After getting involved with Belfast4Haiti, Rick and I wanted to do something extra to raise awareness in our own social and business circles to hopefully get people talking about the Haiti and Chile disaster. We settled on heading in a direction that would take us out of our comfort zones and encourage others to do their bit.  We are planning to complete a 48hr time-lapse piece involving a human subject and we are hoping to raise £500 in the 48hrs of filming it. The event will also be streamed live on Twitter on scheduled occasions for people to follow.

Time-Lapses are a beautiful and modern interpretation of our world in motion.  It has become common place in cinematography and some pioneers have travelled the world capturing our cityscapes with extreme dedication.  We decided to do our own time-lapse piece in Belfast city but with a difference.

This poses a number of issues from a technical perspective not to mention the obvious sleep deprivation involved in being the human subject (sat stationary for the duration of the time) and the photographer/cameraman.  I decided to put himself forward for the challenge and we set about organising it.  We are still awaiting confirmation for the location but the image above will give you an idea of the proposed backdrop.

We will be dedicating this piece to help raise funds for both countries and all money will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee justgiving.com/belfast4haiti

You can follow us on Twitter and below is a trailer for the piece.

Belfast4Haiti

Posted in Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Red Sky Photography, Scattered Images, Video Production, videography on February 16, 2010 by martystalker

The Belfast 4 Haiti fundraising gig took place on 31st January 2010 in the three staged Limelight Complex in Belfast. 50+ Northern Irish bands played to over 1300 people to raise money for the relief efforts following the Haiti earthquakes. Over £22,000 was raised for the Disasters Emergency Committee. I was fortunate enough to have captured the whole event with the assistance from Rick Trainor from Red Sky Photography and Sean Duncan from Red Cap Productions.

The security staff at the venue allowed us to move around the back of the complex to film at each of the stages. It was either that or trying to squeeze through the hoards of people with expensive camera equipment above my head. The EX3 and 5DMark II cameras performed exceptionally well in the low light conditions and I had to do little colour grading and correction in post. Such amazing raw images that both cameras produced at the event. Two up-and-coming Northern Irish bands, Yakuza and Axis Of supplied the tracks for the video.

Red Sky Photography : Band Shoot

Posted in photography, promo shoot, promotional videos, Red Sky Photography, Scattered Images, Video Production, videography on February 11, 2010 by martystalker

Rick Trainor and I have decided to produce a selection of Behind The Scenes/Video Tutorials about his work. Rick, from Red Sky Photography, specialises in lighting, strobism, and all facets of modern digital photography. In this video we see Rick photographing the up and coming rock band ‘The Black Bear Saloon’ in Belfast. Future videos will focus on creative lighting and editorial photography. Keep checking back for latest videos and remember that you can find both Red Sky Photography and Scattered Images on many social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook.

New Short Film ‘Good Morning Mr Jenkins’

Posted in filmmaking, Red Sky Photography, Scattered Images, screenwriting, short films on February 5, 2010 by martystalker

The final scenes have been filmed for our new short film ‘Good Morning Mr Jenkins’. After the recent success of ‘Bloodstained Footprints’ in the Entry Level Filmaka Competition, we have been given four weeks to write, film and produce a short film for the final Jury Level round. Click on this link to view the very impressive jury panel that will be choosing the winning film.

‘Good Morning Mr Jenkins’ is a story about a guy who has everything, a loving marriage and is great at his job. After witnessing an event one day, his life starts crumbling all around him. The film is now online to view and please fell free to leave any feedback in the comments section. Within the three minute limit I wanted to make something different, basically a whole film within the time allocated. You may see a few traces of other directors influences in certain scenes. I’m a big fan of Guy Richie and especially Tarantino,  I embrace the way he doesn’t conform to the “correct structure” of filmmaking and tells his story the way he wants to.

By Red Sky Photography

The biggest limitation for me on this shoot, as Director, was the fact that for most of the scenes, Rick Trainor (my fantastic and trusted Camera Operator and Director of Photography) had to step into the shoes of the main character due to the lack of time we had. So that meant that I had to remember how to use the video mode on the Canon 5D Mark II, which came back to me slowly I must say! After remembering how to correct white balance and exposure, we cracked on with the shoot, which took us to Larne, Moira and Lurgan.

The last day of filming involved a selection of classroom scenes with four children. You are always reminded to never work with children or animals in the industry but they were fantastic and produced the goods for me on every shot. Like most of my short film work, I have had to call upon friends and family to help me out. So I thank you all again for the support that you have given me. A big thanks also to Gary McKinstry from Carpe Diem Videography for coming down and shooting some behind the scenes footage.

Remember that you can follow us on this Blog, Twitter and Facebook

‘Face The Future’ Official Music Video

Posted in filmmaking, Red Sky Photography, Scattered Images with tags , , on January 27, 2010 by martystalker

The official music video for The Black Bear Saloon’s latest track ‘Face The Future’ is now on-line. Check the guys out on their website too at http://www.theblackbearsaloon.com/

Thanks again for everybody who was involved, I couldn’t have done it without you!

By Red Sky Photography

‘Bloodstained Footprints’ wins film competition

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 by martystalker

Bloodstained Footprints was one of the winners of Filmaka’s “Wild Card Competition 09-10” Entry Level competition (http://www.filmaka.com/). Scattered Images has now entered the next round, the Jury Level Competition!

The screenplay has already been written and pre production is finally finished. The filming of ‘Good Morning Mr Jenkins’ will begin next week and the team is very excited.

Watch this space.