They say that as business owners, we need to evolve or die. If we aren’t changing with the trends or times, then we become stagnant, and at the speed the world moves these days, it’s going to run over anyone not moving. The same could be said about photographers and filmmakers to an extent. As artists, we should always be evolving; that doesn’t necessarily mean having the latest equipment or the newest this or that, but we should always be improving on our craft, learning and experimenting, creating.
On a voyage to improve on his craft, Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker Beno Saradzic, began shooting a bunch of “disjointed timelapse sequences.” Constantly looking for ways to improve his craft, the UAE-based Saradzic spends much of his free time watching films and learning techniques to become a better storyteller. A fan of famed filmmakers, David Lean and Stanley Kubrick, Saradzic has translated the techniques of these masterful storytellers into his own timelapse films. For this project, he was experimenting with motion control systems and practicing “new ways to move the camera,” and got special access to Abu Dhabi’s most recognized structure, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Putting all of these disjointed sequences together, Saradzic created this short film.
The following timelapse, ‘THE VOYAGE,’ “represents [Saradzic’s] coming of age as a filmmaker with a profound passion for the craft.” He takes us masterfully through the massive Mosque using motion-controlled timelapse techniques on a beautiful and surreal journey through the architectural wonder that is the Mosque. It took around 4,000 images at about 25 frames per second to create the 2-minute timelapse, which was chosen as a vimeo Staff Pick. It also won first place in the ‘Spaces of Light’ Photography Award in Abu Dhabi. It’s not hard to see why as the visual imagery is simple and stunning as it sweeps through the Mosque from sunrise to sunset, color to black and white.
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