This short little film, Aeria Gloris, marks my foray into time-lapse photography. I’ve enjoyed the many excellent time-lapse pieces I’ve seen from fellow artists on Vimeo, so I thought I’d give it a try.
The footage was shot around my neighborhood in Provo, Utah. (Film Trivia: Robert Redford’s house is about a 15 minute drive up the canyon from Provo.) This was the first time I ever attempted any time-lapse experiment. I shot it in 24p and increased the speed by 1,200 percent in Final Cut Pro to achieve the effect I desired. I chose to go with greyscale because I like the interplay of light and dark, and found that the colors distracted from this exchange.
This film was shot on a Canon T2i with the Canon 24-105 f/4L lens. The shots were all on a tripod, but it was windy, as you can see some jitter. I actually enjoy having a technical glitch or two like this because it adds a bit of randomness, or “human error.” It makes the film less mechanical and more organic. I like to think of this as being similar the painter’s technique “pentimento,” in which a false start that was changed over the course of the painting is left visible.
The music is Inner Universe composed by Yoko Kanno, performed by Origa. The lyrics are Russian, English, and Latin. “Aeria gloris” is a latin phrase meaning “heavenly glory.”