I said it before, I’ll say it again. I hate technology. I’m thinking of going Amish.
I’ve tried to upload this twice yesterday/today.
I’ve been away from the internet this weekend. Shocking, but true. Just testing out the Amish thing.
Anyway, here it is. I shot it in Canada in August, in the woods along Long Beach on Vancouver Island (map/satphoto). I usually shoot a lot of still photos on holiday. This time, I shot a lot of moving snapshots, only one or two of which I’ve published so far. Basically, I just experimented with keeping the camera still and shooting a movie instead of a still. Slightly different compositions from what I’d choose for photos, but you see what I mean. I was frequently surprised by what would unfold within the frame in the minute or so I kept the camera running – plus you get the extra dimensions of moving light, and sound (though not here). Futuristic holiday snaps.
This isn’t a Lumiere, strictly speaking, because it’s not under 60 seconds long, but I’ve muted it anyway because (in this case) I wanted to leave space for you to imagine the sound of a forest on the edge of the Pacific, and to imagine what’s being said and thought.
You can re-read Alice’s encounter with a mushroom here:
This was shot and cut on my Nokia N93 phone. Not bad, for a phone.
I hate London.
Iàöâm in Devon, staying at my father-in-lawàöâs house on the River Dart.
This is a Lumiere that I shot when I was out in a boat with him earlier this evening. This is him, rowing. I’d love to share with you the sound of the oar, the boat and the water, but you’ll have to imagine it. Apart from anything else, what he was saying is unbroadcastable.
Earlier in the day, we went to Dartmouth on the ferry. I shot 120 clips, and cut them together as a little moving slideshow. But then I forgot my own rules, and cut them in Final Cut Pro instead of something quick & easy like my phone or Quicktime. It didn’t improve the quality of the finished product at all, I don’t think – and I forgot to compress it before I went out for a drunken dinner. So now here I am at 11.45, with the video still stuck compressing and my Day 3 deadline unachievable.
So it’s lucky I shot this Lumiere. In some ways, I prefer it to the video I was going to post.
I’ll post the Dartmouth trip video as soon as it’s done – which will be after midnight – and so maybe I’ll even end up posting 2 videos tomorrow. Or maybe not. There’s no need to show off, is there?
As I finish writing this, it’s 23:58 and the video is just about to finish uploading at Blip. Jesus. 23:59. Copied and pasted. Here we go.
Although I’m on holiday in Canada, I’ve been doing some videoblogging this weekend for The Big Time Out festival in Cumberland, BC, the village on Vancouver Island where I’m staying with my sister. I’ve set up a videoblog at TheBigTimeOut.tv and uploaded a bunch of videos to it – it all just came about in the last couple of days.
Anyway, Saturday night’s headline gig was Michael Franti & Spearhead. They’re *amazing*, and Franti gets the crowd going crazy – but I’d been told I couldn’t film them, and certainly couldn’t post images or music to the internet. As it happened, I cheekily took a couple of minutes from the side of the stage and posted it anyway – I knew he wouldn’t mind. But in the spirit of not breaking his copyright, here’s a silent fixed camera LumiÄö???¬¨?Üre of his shadow on the screen at the back of the stage.
When I filmed it, it didn’t even occur to me that it’d be a way around the copyright thing. I just thought it’d make a cool LumiÄö???¬¨?Üre.
We’re having our loft turned into a bedroom. Our house is enmeshed with scaffolding. I have mild intermittend Vertigo. Sometimes I totally freak out at heights. But it was too beautiful an evening to resist climbing the extremely wobbly ladder.
This video has no sound. It’s a Lumiere Rules video.
The rules are as follows. They mimic the conditions under which the Lumiere brothers made their movies in the late 1800s: