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Old June 23rd, 2008, 10:56 AM   #1
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UWOL #9: "A Sunday in the Wilds" by Chris Barcellos

It is what it is.

Vimeo version here: http://www.vimeo.com/1216236
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 10:10 PM   #2
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Very nice Chris. I liked the colors and music, and you had great movement. The opening tilt revealed wonderful scenery.

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Old June 24th, 2008, 10:31 AM   #3
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Hi Chris,
Very nice video you have. So bright colors and sharp images throughout your video!
Nice scenery. Looks so peaceful to be there.
Thank you for sharing!
Keep up your good work.
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Old June 24th, 2008, 10:37 AM   #4
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Chris,

This one is an inspiraton for me!!!! You took some normal appearing countryside and turned it into the actual beauty it actuall is Watching this one I told myslef, that is what I need to do, make what appears normal and turn it into something beautiful!!!
It reminded me of the film "Soylant Green", (does anyone recall it?) when the old man gives up on life and goes to the suiside center. They put on some beautiful music and scenery on a big screen and he enjoys them as he drifts off into nothingness.

The pans were dead slow and smooth and helped give some life and movement to otherwise static sceenes.

For me this was your best yet!!

Awesome Job, definitely in my top 4!!!!!
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Old June 24th, 2008, 11:39 AM   #5
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Hi Chris:

This is lovely! I agree with Dale, I think it is one of your best entries. Slow moving pans, razor sharp images with deep rich colors. And your own creative music adds to the big cinema feel. What a nice Sunday you had there!

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Old June 25th, 2008, 02:12 AM   #6
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Chris, your pans and tilts are beautiful in this video. The score substantiated the film well. Would have liked to see some more wildlife!
Keep up your good work.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 03:16 AM   #7
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A nice serene hike in the wilderness, that was refreshing. You captured many points that I would have been interested in seeing on the way. Red-wing blackbirds were one of my favorites as a child. Thank you for the journey!
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Old June 25th, 2008, 03:43 AM   #8
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Chris nice open shot tilt slowly up to a lake and then into green woodland and wild flowers back to the clear deep blue sky.
very well put together, the music so calming reminded me of the scores that Hugh Miles used in his films A passion for Angling
Loved it.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 05:40 AM   #9
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A beautiful film.

Beautiful scenery, beautiful shots, beautiful light and beautiful music.

Beautiful.

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Old June 25th, 2008, 09:35 AM   #10
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Chris,

I learned a lot from this work...mostly, that it's not what you're shooting, it's how you shoot it.
You took what look like fairly normal countryside and turned it into art.

Outstanding colors! Nice composition! You've got it all going.

Well, back to the drawing board for me.

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Old June 25th, 2008, 10:07 AM   #11
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Smooth and nice… I would have liked some more animals or some close ups on the different plants (maybe some flowers or something). I liked the soundtrack, it fitted nice to the film, but I’m a sucker on VO… something to let us know something…
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Old June 25th, 2008, 12:41 PM   #12
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Thanks all for comments

Hey all, thanks for nice comments.

This film was shot with my HV20 on a Sunday afternoon, as a back up film. I was worried about my schedule, and had a free Sunday afternoon. Of course, wildlife doesn't really come out on a Sunday afternoon, so I had to live with what was there, and this the flora is part of wild life, in my view.

I had planned another shoot on this last weekend on the coast of California, knowing I was cutting it close, but that did not come to fruition due to vehicle breakdown issues on the coastal trip. So backup was there.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 01:03 PM   #13
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Chris,

That was very nice, very relaxing. The colors were amazing - that's the sort of greens I expect here in Ireland, and all I got was haze and heat shimmer and washed out shots!

I loved the red winged blackbird. You just have to go one better than the plain black variety we get here, don't you? Another of those times you'd love to have a three-foot long lens on the front of the camera. And the shots (and pans, and tilts!) of the trees and wildflowers were well executed, kind of makes the scene come alive a bit.

If this was the back-up film, the main feature must've been quite something. Very well done.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 02:20 PM   #14
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If "It is what it is" than it is simply beautiful. But you must have been wearing day-glow orange and banging pots and pans together because other than those two birds I think all the other wildlife must have been behind you? LOL I'm just having fun with you Chris. I really liked your video. In fact I liked it so much I'll give you an idea for your next venture out there -

However anyone else who reads this will assume I'm completely cracked...


As much as I love my tripod, recently I have found great freedom in sometimes walking away from it. "Dolly shots" to me feel very much alive - probably because we rarely look around this wonderful world while standing so still in just one spot in slow motion pans from left to right, or from down to up. But I don't have a jib, I can't afford a Steadicam, and any time I go hand held it looks like an earth quake just took place. So last week while I was filming those seals I took my $100 boom pole, turned it upside down, and screwed it into the accessory threads of my top camera handle (and my camera is HEAVY). Quite remarkably Chris, (and again, if you tell anyone I suggested this I'll deny it all the way to my grave) as I walked holding the "Bottom" of the boom pole, with the camera now suspended somewhere around my knees, it was amazingly steady. In fact I used a few of these shots in the dock scenes of my Sea Lion video. Of course in one of the shots the new "broom-cam" was suspended from my other new high tech toy - the "Van Cam" (Ford Econoline E350 traveling at 3mph).

Just a thought Chris.. Nice work either way
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Old June 25th, 2008, 04:42 PM   #15
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Hi Chris,
Very chilled, great composition and a good variety of colour and contrast - a perfectly paced film. Sometimes those "backups" just click don't they? ;-)
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