A Tiny Day
April 5, 2011 3:14 PM   Subscribe

A Tiny Day in the Jackson Hole Backcountry
posted by puny human (33 comments total)

 
warning: I had to turn the soundtrack way down
posted by puny human at 3:14 PM on April 5, 2011


Such a great visual effect.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:22 PM on April 5, 2011


This just in: filmmaker discovers cliche fake-tilt-shift plugin.
posted by introp at 3:24 PM on April 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


More over at youtube.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:24 PM on April 5, 2011


More over at everywhere.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 3:26 PM on April 5, 2011


I wonder if you could take footage of miniature things, like model train sets, use a really high f-stop and then slow it down, making tiny things look huge. probably you can. I might want to google that some day.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 3:29 PM on April 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


Another day at another place; another soundtrack warning.
posted by hortense at 3:35 PM on April 5, 2011


fake tilt-shift: the fake HDR of 2011?
posted by Nelson at 3:41 PM on April 5, 2011


I was all set to feel cliche fake-tilt-shift plugin overload but I really enjoyed that. Even after removing so many frames from the video and making people so tiny against the landscape, their actions and intentions seem very easy to read.
posted by bonobothegreat at 3:43 PM on April 5, 2011


Wow people can ski on some insane surfaces.
posted by Matt Oneiros at 3:44 PM on April 5, 2011


haters gonna hate, eh?

Neat link, thanks, I actually hadn't seen tilt-shift done with film, only with still photography....
posted by tomswift at 3:50 PM on April 5, 2011


I died a little inside the day they legally opened the backcountry in Jackson Hole. It just isn't the same to go through the caution gates. A whole culture was obliterated.
posted by humanfont at 4:36 PM on April 5, 2011


"haters gonna hate, eh?"

Sheesh, tell me about it :)

And I've seen tilt shift videos before, just not ski film tilt shift. So it was new to me anyway.
posted by puny human at 4:44 PM on April 5, 2011


I wonder if you could take footage of miniature things, like model train sets, use a really high f-stop and then slow it down, making tiny things look huge. probably you can.

They do it for movies all the time. The other trick for miniatures in movies is to shoot with a higher frame rate.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 4:47 PM on April 5, 2011


A tiny day at Jackson Hole is nothing without tiny bison.
posted by The White Hat at 5:19 PM on April 5, 2011


Yeah, I kinda don't get bored of this stuff, because in addition to the fun visual effect, I imagine the photographer sitting there for hours getting it all perfect in-camera (you really can't do this in PP, can you?)

As for the soundtrack, another nice effect, in that I thought my internet connection was borking.
posted by Lukenlogs at 6:18 PM on April 5, 2011


I liked the video, but I'm not so sure about the dubstep/garage/electroclash remix of Money, and I usually really like chopped and screwed glitch/noise, including Pretty Lights. I've never been a huge fan of Money, though, so that might be part of it.

I also spent most of the video imagining a giant cat batting at fruitfly sized hu-mons, knocking over trees and ski lift towers, chasing bits of steel lift cable string, starting avalanches and leaving impossibly cute giant paw prints all over the mountain.
posted by loquacious at 6:22 PM on April 5, 2011


That was neat - but at first I thought it was going to be a film of skiing on Jackson's Whole.
posted by jb at 7:01 PM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Heck, the main reason I watched it was because of the Money remix. That was surprisingly enjoyable.

The actual video, well, it was just so-so. The faux tilt-shift didn't work on a lot of the shots, which really spoiled the illusion.

Found some cool new music though, so overall it was a win.
posted by inparticularity at 7:16 PM on April 5, 2011


High marks for attention to detail, and a decent new version of a song I have been sick to death of after the first 15 times I heard it when it first came out
posted by Redhush at 7:51 PM on April 5, 2011


The other trick for miniatures in movies is to shoot with a higher frame rate.

Why, ROU_Xenophobe?
posted by IAmBroom at 8:08 PM on April 5, 2011


the song in the video is a pink floyd song, and money is a pink floyd song; however, the song that's used for this video time.
posted by mexican at 8:12 PM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


I imagine the photographer sitting there for hours getting it all perfect in-camera (you really can't do this in PP, can you?)

Sure you can, it's just a filter that blurs the top and bottom of the image with the blur fading to zero in the middle. Pause it at 1:03 and look at the pole toward the right hand side of the frame. Why is the top of it blurred more than the car behind it, while the bottom is in focus? Because it's not an actual narrow depth-of-field, but the filter I described. Same with the tree on the left side of the frame.
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 10:38 PM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Why, ROU_Xenophobe?

Dunno. Mongo only pawn in game of life.

It's just something I've heard directors talking about in movie commentaries, is all.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:51 AM on April 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


I guess I can't get over my visceral hatred of skiing, and the rich dickbags that made me dismiss all skiers with a broad brush in their pattern, to enjoy this. Neat idea, i guess.
posted by notsnot at 6:21 AM on April 6, 2011


Pretty cool.

I just want to go on record as saying that Jackson Hole is anything but tiny, though. (On a good day, it's the best skiing in the lower 48.)
posted by Benny Andajetz at 6:49 AM on April 6, 2011


It's just something I've heard directors talking about in movie commentaries, is all.

I think it has something to do with the sense of scale and motion across the visual field - at a lower frame rate, it might look a bit choppier when blown up from miniature scale to 'real' size. Maybe?
posted by FatherDagon at 9:25 AM on April 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Why, ROU_Xenophobe?

"For example, since the laws of physics (like gravity) makes small objects behave differently, making them look small, film makers "overcrank" their cameras. In other words, they shoot the miniature scenes with a very high frame rate per second. This allows the motions of the scene to be slowed down, making it appear that a falling tiny Statue of Liberty is actually the real thing that's heavy and massive." - Source.
posted by xedrik at 3:45 PM on April 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, not to just be negative, but from a tilt shift film perspective, this was not very well executed. Here is a masterpiece in shooting, editing, pacing, and feel.
posted by shinynewnick at 8:10 PM on April 6, 2011


your link loads a different video each time I click it. can you be more specific?
posted by puny human at 8:18 PM on April 6, 2011


this guy seems to be the master of tilt-shift.
posted by puny human at 7:25 AM on April 7, 2011


My mistake, posted from my phone. And you're right, it's Keith Loutit's piece Bathtub IV that I meant to link to above.
posted by shinynewnick at 7:43 AM on April 7, 2011


No tiny tunnels.
posted by unliteral at 5:15 PM on April 10, 2011


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