I grow orchids, and I spend a fair amount of time photographing them, have done now for about 14 or 15 years as part of my work producing flower essences with them. In the past 8 months I have begun creating time-lapse videos of the orchids coming into bloom. Most of these involve shoots of at least a week, and one took 33 days (and was published on the BBC website in the Nature section). About 33 short time-lapse videos have been created so far.
The camera is normally set up to take photos every 1 or 2 minutes, and with some of the shots I bring in a rotational element by having the orchid resting on a specially-built turntable which will rotate very slightly for a split-second, and then pause for 2 minutes, with a full rotation taking roughly 45 hours or more. This enables one to view the orchid as it develops from all angles. My motive in this has been the knowledge that most people will never see these orchids I am growing, and yet they have exquisite beauty. So the rotational time-lapse videos are about the closest thing I have come upon for helping people to get a sense of them without being in their physical presence.
One orchid species I shot in February revealed 'behaviour' in the time-lapse video that blew me away, although the video itself had some shortcomings technically. So I was determined to shoot it again, and do a better job of it the next time, making use of the turntable. A few months ago it came into "spike" again, this time with 2 spikes both going in the same direction - making for a very interesting time-lapse possibility. 8,845 photos later, and hours of bringing these all together in Adobe Lightroom and then in Premiere Pro (this really only to alter the frame-speed of the video which Lightroom created) I then was able to post the new video on our website and also on our Facebook pages.
An old friend from Finland commented on our FB page that he felt a particular track of Keith Jarrett's music, from his album called Rio would suit this video really well. I had held back from bringing music in to the time-lapse videos, as what appeals to one person musically will put another person off. But I tried my friend's suggestion, and wow! It was superb. The music and the orchid's dance of opening and dancing and decaying married up wonderfully.
So I found the agent at the record label for Keith Jarrett, and put it to him. He forwarded the matter to Keith Jarrett, and after about 12 days I heard back, that (unusually for him) he would let me have a license to use the track called "Part 9" from Rio as the soundtrack for this video, for posting on the web and for releasing the video on DVD as well. However, as this is the realm of serious music, there is a license fee I need to pay. Hence my coming to Kickstarter. It isn't a great amount that I need, but it is more than I can afford, or that my small business can afford. However, Keith Jarrett agreed that we can post the video with his music for the time being, so people can see and hear what the finished video on the DVD will be like. The version on the DVD will be much larger, higher resolution. But I need to pay that license fee in December.
If the fund-raising here is successful, it will mean not only will I be able to bring this video out with this beautiful, very moving music; it will mean I will also explore suitable music for the other orchid time-lapse videos I have made or will make. I see myself as being at the beginning of a decade-long project at least with the time-lapse work, and this is a very exciting new aspect for me to explore. So this is really just a simple but earnest request for some help in a first step in this new direction.
Thank you for taking the time to read all of this, if you have got this far..!
Risks and challenges
I've never published a DVD before, but am a long-term Mac user, and know my way around these systems pretty well. If it goes beyond my expertise then I'll call in professional help. But I can't see that being likely. I'll be outputting the video files in both PAL and NTSC formats, and for viewing on computer screens. So people in different parts of the world will be able to view the video sequences no matter what system they are using.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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