"Welcome to the end of the world," said a woman as we stepped out of a Bolero jeep, the government escorts trying not to clatter their guns while hopping down from the back. Since leaving the little airport outside of Dimapur, the last four hours had been the most pulse-pounding drive of my life: a cliffside trek where roads lacked guardrails and drivers lacked propensity to slow down for the nauseatingly elevated hairpins turns. As we loaded out of the car, I didn’t think to ask the woman why she called this the "end of the world". There was a feeling I had —somewhere deep inside me like a cavern that had never been lit up— that told me there was nothing beyond this. That this was "it". There was no going back and no going forward. We had arrived at the end.
In the Autumn of 2013, I was one of three filmmakers recruited to explore the work of a team helping children in some of the most ignored area of the globe. Myself and cinematographer Chad Terpstra ventured out into the Indian state of “Nagaland,” one of the most remote regions of the eastern Himalayas to learn about it’s habitants, the health conditions of the children, and a group called “Vitamin Angels”.
This is what happened.
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Shot on a 5D Mk III (Magic Lantern)
Directed by Caleb Slain
Shot and Colored by Chad Terpstra
Edited by Scott McCambridge and Caleb Slain
Produced by Caleb Slain
Executive Producers - Jesse Harris and Stefanie Malone
Supervising Producer - Todd Kaumens
Original Music by Wlad Marhulets
Sound Mix/Mastering by Adam Burd
A NFFTY Production
Supported by Vitamin Water®
(Watch in HD with headphones on & volume cranked, if you can! Hands & arms inside cart at all times!)
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After the great response to SUNCHASER STAR TRAILS (vimeo.com/54741100), my brave team and I trekked to the world-famous Eureka Dunes in Death Valley National Park to search for some of the darkest skies on Earth. Despite temps below freezing, we went on December 13th, 2012 – the night of the Geminid Meteor Shower Peak, and a time of great planetary alignment. Armed only with boxed wine, firewood, and our DSLRs, we had to conquer epic climbs, sand roads with the 4x4 Jeep, and the occasional UFO!
But it was all worth it when the skies cleared and showed us an incredible galactic palette! Star Trails shot at 25 sec exposures. No special effects used, just the rotation of the earth’s axis. Photography Merging: STARSTAX. Used Canon 5D & 7D, with a 24mm/1.4 lens and a 28mm/1.8. The Geminids get crazy as the sun comes up (2:20-2:35) but you can spot a bunch more throughout, if you look closely — or here’s a nice shot (bit.ly/SkZGdw). There’s also some passing planets (1:15-1:30 and 2:15-2:25). I believe the first big one is Jupiter.
The “UFO” appears at (1:30-1:35) and makes three broad circular sweeps over the desert. Though in timelapse it appears to be moving fast, consider the 5 seconds = about 50 minutes, so it’s creeping. There was no sound, so it definitely wasn’t a helicopter. Closer picture here (bit.ly/T3yK3s). It can also be seen cutting through the circular star trails in the shot used above!
Shot and Edited by: Gavin Heffernan twitter.com/GavinHeffernan
Producers/Stars: Michael Darrow& Rachel Payne twitter.com/bamaandtheyank & Ben Dally
Music: “Stay Down (Ambient)” by MOBY (License Courtesy MobyGratis.Com - very cool!)
Thanks: Adam Jeremy Williams, Briana Nadeau
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A 200+ mile backpacking experience through Yosemite National Park captured by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill. This project was filmed over the course of 10 months. We spent a combined 45 days in the park capturing the images in this video.
Music by M83 - Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun
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