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After so many petitionts I’ll finally give some details about the workflow I followed for my last tiltshift film, Girona.
This has been a challenging film because of being made on a province instead of a city, what makes the distances quite farther and adds so much driving time. Apart from that, I found myself with so many cloudy days, so it took more than expected to shoot everything, and some locations got out of the edit. Mainly because one of the key things in this technique is color to make everything look like a painted model, so when clouds appear everything turns grey and flat.
The other essential need is to always shoot from high spots. This can easily be done in cities with tall buildings, but when you are shooting an entire province, location scouting turns a bit tricky. Viewers have to be find through google or asking people from the area, and after that reach them probably on foot, luckily with car. So you need mountains and hills to shoot from. Another place where I always looked for were the main bell towers from each town, which usually are the highest point. Extra shots were made from a hot air balloon. For the ski shots I just had to ski myself through the slopes of the station and look for nice spots to shoot skiers.
The most important thing you need to have is movement. Not sea or trees, human movement. In a city is something easy to find, but in the middle of the mountains I saw myself waiting half an hour for the train to pass by. So patience is needed, and some previous preparation for the things to happen in front of you at the right time.
For this project I used a Canon 60D, a Canon 24-105 L lens for all kinds of shots, a Sigma 10-20 3.5 for the wide shots, and a Canon 70-300 4.5-5.6 for the close up shots.
I made the shootings with an intervalometer locked on burst mode, around 5,3 pictures per second. I had to lower the quality of the pictures and have a fast sd card for the camera to handle it along 2-3minutes.
I imported the 300-500 pictures sequences into Adobe Lightroom, where I processed them popping out the colours and correcting the light and exposure. You can do it with one shot and apply it to the rest of the sequence. Then I would export them keeping the same resolution and quality.
I then reimported this new sequences to Adobe After Effects, and stabilized the ones that need it. After that I added a lens blur effect and masked the areas I wanted to be on focus. This is the key process for the optical effect of miniature to happen, and each shot has a different blur and mask. After that I exported the shots with a lossless video format.
Finally, I imported the tiltshift shots into Adobe Premiere Pro, where I adjusted the speed of them one by one, according to the effect of a stop motion film. Being shot at 5,3 pictures per second, the resulting video at 25fps is itself accelerated, which intensifies the miniature effect.
The 3:2 format from the pictures and the high resolution they have give you the ability to zoom a bit and animate the shots with motion.
Long hours of rendering.
After the edit was done, I added sound effects on each shot, to give life to the film in a subtle way. Some layers had background sounds such as sea or forest ambients, and other layers had specific effects such as tennis rackets or cow bells.
I hope this has been helpful to you!
You can check out more behind the scenes pictures here:
I love the 8bit aesthetics of this video. Brings me back memories of my childhood videogames, where a few pixels created small worlds where our imagination made the rest.
The music has nothing to do with those times, but it blends really well with the video, which is also telling a story that follow the lyrics.
-Don´t date a girl who travels-
Hoy he leído un texto que no he podido remediar compartir. No sólo me he sentido identificada, sino que he conseguido entenderme a mi misma, para aquellos que realmente me conocéis entenderéis lo que digo, y para aquellos que no me conoces pasarán a conocerme no solo como artista sino como persona. Aquí os lo dejo… y para todos aquellos que también se sientan identificados… un mensaje: no dejéis que os convenzan de que estáis desperdiciando vuestra vida y nunca, nunca, nunca dejéis de ser vosotros mismos!
Don´t date a girl who travels:She´s the one with the messy unkempt hair colored by the sun. her skin is now far from fair like it once was. not even sun kissed. it´s burnt with multiple tan lines, wounds and bites here and there. but for every flaw on her skin, she has an interesting story to tell.Don´t date a girl who travels. she is hard to please. the usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. her soul craves for new experiences and adventures. she will be unimpressed with your new car and your expensive watch. she would rather climb a rock or jump out of an airplane than hear you brag about it.Don´t date a girl who travels because she will bug you to book a flight every time there´s an airline seat sale. she won’t party at republiq. and she will never pay over $100 for avicii because she knows that one weekend of clubbing is equivalent to one week somewhere far more exciting.Chances are, she can´t hold a steady job. she does´t want to keep working her ass off for someone else´s dream. she has her own and is working towards it. she is a freelancer. she makes money form designing, writing , photography or something that requires creativity and imagination. Don’t waste her time complaining about your boring job.She might have wasted her college degree and switched careers entirely. she is now a dive instructor or a yoga teacher… she´s not sure when the next paycheck is coming. but she does´t work like a robot all day, she goes out and takes what life has to offer and challenges you to do the same.She has chosen a life of uncertainty. she doesn´t have a plan or permanent address. she goes with the flow and follows her heart. she dances to the beat of her own drum. she doesn´t wear a watch. her days are ruled by the sun and the moon. when the waves are calling, life stops and she will be oblivious to everything else for a moment.Don´t date a girl who travels as she tends to speak her mind. she will never try to impress your parents or friends. she knows respect, but isn´t afraid to hold a debate, about global issues or social responsibility.She will never need you. she knows how to pitch a tent and screw her own fins without your help. she cooks well and doesn´t need you to pay for her meals. she is too independent and won’t care whether you travel with her or not. she will forget to check in with you when she arrives at her destination. she is busy living in the present. she talk to strangers. she will meet many interesting, like-minded people from around the world who share her passion and dreams. she will be bored with you.So never date a girl who travels unless you can keep up with her. and if u unintentionally fall in love with one, don’t you dare keep her. let her go!-Toutes Directions-