by Matthew Cobb
Fantastic timelapse film by Christoph Malin from the top of La Palma, on the Canary islands out in the Atlantic. Press the full-screen button and enjoy.
On his Vimeo page, Christoph describes the process involved in making the film:
This short film, a hommage to the beautiful Island of La Palma – “Europe’s Hawaii” – seemed like a never ending project for me. More than one and a half years of work…. photographing, processing, re-processing, selecting and de-selecting footage, some weeks filming, more than 1 TB worth of RAW data…
I had certain pictures in mind – the scenes, the locations, the moods. Every interesting location I had spotted during many stays over the years on the Island while Hiking or guiding Bike Groups was considered.
As often as possible I returned to Palma to let those images I had in mind get reality, but more than once got thrown back – bad weather, equipment malfunction or whatever. Hiked up the many spots, stayed up all night on stormy volcano ridges, slept like a dead on the beach next morning. Pre-processed nights footage at the Appartement, to check what scenes worked and not, thus needed to be repeated. Moved back up the mountains before dawn for new setups. Watched the clouds and stars move. Feeling small in the universe. And tired and dizzy.
Night-Timelapse filming is a passion, hard to live from, tough on your biorhythm – there is a lot of love, passion and dedication involved. Passion for the work, an open eye for the location. Love for nature and being out alone in the night. Dedication and endurance in front of my workstations when returning and working trough the RAW data.
Which is the toughest part for me – I am not the office guy. Although a friend once said “you have a Mac network that Cupertino would be proud of”, and really enjoy working with these clever designed, efficient machines, I hate sitting in front of the screen too much. And that you do. NO current workstation or server PC has enough power to process timelapse sequences fast. It takes hours, hours, hours.
Endless nights rendering and processing sometimes take their toll – there is no automatism and the machines need to be fed with data… also I usually do not finish until a scene is perfect. On some key scenes of this film I have worked over several months, pulling them out, color-reprocessing, iterating them many times, trying variations. And I am still not sure if they are right now. You judge.