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A Rainy Night in Birmingham – Timelapse video of Holloway Circus

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2011 by Admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Here is a single-shot edit of a random bit of time-lapse I captured during an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre on Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, UK. This video was shot on a Canon PowerShot A640, time-lapse-enabled with the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK).
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I captured triple exposures in order to post-process into high dynamic range (HDR) but I prefer the look of the single exposures. The still image is a tone-compressed HDR, post-processed with Photomatix Pro, but mangled due to camera movement.

I shot it as 1600×1200 pixels but wish I had used a higher resolution so that I could zoom in without having to scale it and, hence, losing quality. This is mastered to 1280×720 pixels and the original video zoomed to 200%.

The music is “Ooi” by Global Goon, c/o The Free Music Archive.
freemusicarchive.org/music/Global_Goon
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More Cake & Less Movement – Doc vs Promo

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2011 by Admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

New Manor Ware by Frances Priest

Here are two edits of a documentary video I have just completed for Edinburgh-based artist Frances Priest. She has just completed a residency at Yorkshire Artspace’s Manor Oaks Studios and the video was commissioned to document her work and cover an event at Sheffield Manor Lodge, UK.

The Turret House at Sheffield Manor Lodge

We originally agreed to make a subtle documentary edit with primarily timelapse video and sound design. However, the event was such a success, and the live video so good, I decided to make more of a promo edit that attempts to represent the event and all the organisations involved.

However, we agreed that an alternative edit, closer to the original brief, would be more in keeping with Frances’ existing online presence. “More cake and less movement” was my direction.

Both versions were made with the same material but edited very differently.
francespriest.co.uk
artspace.org.uk
manorlodge.org.uk

New Manor Ware is an artwork by Frances Priest, commissioned by Yorkshire Artspace, UK. The designs are based on elements from the ceiling in the banqueting room of The Turret House (1574) at Sheffield Manor Lodge.

The time-lapse was captured using the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK) using Canon PowerShot A560 compact cameras. The still photography was shot on a Canon EOS SLR and post-processed with Photomatix Pro from 3 exposures.

Camera and edit by Richard Bolam.
richardbolam.net

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Double Exposure – The Art of Commerce

In Uncategorized on October 12, 2011 by Admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sunrise at The Quadrant, Sheffield, UK

I am both a commercial media producer and a fine artist. As an artist, my ambition is to make beautiful, meaningful and lasting work for a general audience. I make my work for the world-at-large and I see no conflict of interests in being a commercial artist and also a fine artist. In fact, this is a very traditional approach, and I see myself as a traditionalist, although I use very modern technology and techniques.

This week has seen success for me in both worlds with my work being acknowledged as a commercial success and also being selected for an international film festival.

Still from The Quadrant video promo

Recently, I completed a job for The Quadrant, a managed workspace in Sheffield, UK, and this is a good example of how the two worlds of art and commerce can benefit from each other. I was commissioned to make a commercial promotional video and was given 24-hour access to their building. I saw an opportunity to make something of my own at the same time. Not instead of, but as well as.

I have been experimenting with techniques to capture high dynamic range (HDR) time-lapse video since 2008 and I saw an opportunity to test my workflow. I shot a number of views of the building as the sun moved during the day, and used the open-source Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK) to enable Canon PowerShot compact cameras to shoot multiple-exposure time-lapse. For the promo I mixed these shots with other timelapse shots of activity within the building. The Quadrant are very happy with the promo I made for them, particularly as it is markedly different from the usual commercial promo, and this is what an artist can bring to a project, a high degree of innovation and a different way of looking at the world. Here is the finished video, music by Laurence Alexander:

I used the clips of HDR time-lapse to make a completely separate piece of work that is an artwork rather than a promo. This is part of an ongoing body of work called “The Secret Life of Buildings” and is a collection of video works that attempt to capture the essence of the building, rather than to simply document it.

Still from The Secret Life of Buildings #6

This work has been selected to be shown at the Chronos 2011 Film Festival of time-lapse, slow-motion and stop-motion in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and here is The Secret Life of Buildings #6 with music by Erik Satie, played by BL Underwood:

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Portrait of the Artist in Residence

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2011 by Admin Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

I am currently artist-in-residence at Banks Street Arts in Sheffield, UK.
You can follow my progress on the blog here.
And I have a Facebook page here.
http://bankstreetarts.com/

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Kill Your Darlings (You’ll thank me one day) – Timelapse Video of Kid Acne

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2011 by Admin Tagged: , , , , , , ,

“Kill Your Darlings” is the name of Kid Acne’s current exhibition at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, UK (21 July – 23 October 2011).
museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/millennium-gallery/exhibitions/current/kid-acne-kill-your-darlings
kidacne.com

Here is a time-lapse video that I shot of Kid Acne painting the wall of the former Sheffield Independent Film (SIF) office, UK  in 2009. I had intended to do a much more elaborate edit but never found the time, so here is a utility edit to celebrate and promote his first solo show in his home town.
Here you can see him painting over an earlier work. Music by Kid Acne.

Special thanks to Yorkshire Artspace Society for allowing me to shoot from their building.
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Artist In Residence at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2011 by Admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


In July and August I will be Artist In Residence at Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS.

I will be shooting timelapse video with a view to creating a new piece of work as part of my project “The Secret Life of Buildings”. This is a body of video work that is intended to present a portrait of a building that is not necessarily a literal document of it.

The first in this series is “The Eye and The Sky” (2008), which was shot in The HUBS (Sheffield Hallam University’s Students’ Union building).

I will be documenting my progress on a new blog, and will be writing a text about the process. We also hope to have a screening at Bank Street Arts after the residency. I will not be present every day but will be shooting on and off throughout July and August.

thesecretlifeofbuildings.wordpress.com
bankstreetarts.com

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Never believe you’ve played your last hand – Jean Marc Calvet at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2011 by Admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I worked on Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011 for CVC Event Services, one of the external AV companies.
Also, I was commissioned by the Doc/Fest to shoot some time-lapse video of their MeetMarket venue (more about this later).
What I didn’t know beforehand is that artist Jean Marc Calvet was going to create a painting in the Showroom Cinema’s café/bar during the festival.
Director / Producer Dominic Allan has made a documentary film about Calvet’s remarkable life and this was one of the big hitters at this year’s festival.
calvetmovie.com
jmcalvet.com
sheffdocfest.com
showroomworkstation.org.uk
Thanks go to Pixelwitch Pictures (aka Jacqui Bellamy) for spotting the opportunity and for Doc/Fest, Dominic and Jean Marc for allowing us to shoot the process.
Below is a short time-lapse video of Calvet at work. Music by Laurence Alexander.
richardbolam.net
flickr.com/photos/pixelwitchpictures
laurencealexander.wordpress.com

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The Secret Life of Buildings #6 – HDR Timelapse Video

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2011 by Admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,


A different take on the commercial promo. This is another interpretation of high dynamic range (HDR) time-lapse video that I shot for a promotional video for The Quadrant. The music is “Gnossienne No. 1″ by Erik Satie, performed by B. L. Underwood.
http://blunderwood.com
http://quadrantsheffield.com

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The Quadrant, Sheffield, UK – Promotional Video V1

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2011 by Admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

At last, after a rather long process, I have finished a version of my promotional video for The Quadrant, a serviced office space in Sheffield, UK. Commissioned on behalf of CVC Event Services.
It’s entirely time-lapse video shot on-site, and some of it is high dynamic range (HDR), post-processed with Photomatix Pro. Music by Laurence Alexander.
http://quadrantsheffield.com
http://cvceventservices.com
http://laurencealexander.wordpress.com

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The Quadrant Video Shoot – HDR timelapse experiments with CHDK

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2011 by Admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

These are some fragments from a HDR timelapse shoot at The Quadrant, a serviced office space in Sheffield, UK. Below are some short examples of HDR timelapse video created with Canon PowerShot cameras “hacked” with the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK), an open-source software program. The HDR is achieved by shooting 3 exposures for each shot, one normal exposure, one +2 EV and one -2 EV. The results are post-processed with Photomatix into tone-compressed jpegs, the result of which is to produce an image with a much greater colour depth. These are then compiled into movies using QuickTime Pro. The result is a moving image that can accommodate a very high dynamic range without losing either the highlights or the shadows. It’s very processing-intensive but the results are impressive and produced with domestic-scale equipment (and a lot of patience).

Watch them in 720p HD on Vimeo or YouTube and stay tuned for a proper edit. Music by Sieben aka Matt Howden.



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