Ben Wiggins – Beyond the “Cool” of time compression

Thu, Oct 1, 2009

Creativity / Industry News, Video

Ben Wiggins – Beyond the “Cool” of time compression

I’ve seen time lapse before, who hasn’t?  Maybe it’s a shaky seedling sprouting from the ground or a street scene with jittery people.  Yet, there’s an emotion to Ben’s short films that I find unexpected.  Not only is the still frame that captures the motion well considered but the motion itself has a power beyond the usual “cool” of time compression.

The shapes and movement are the definition of organic power and fluidity.  The movement of nature contrasted by the immovable man made objects and the planes landing at LAX like alien space craft as nature stays still.  The feelings from the hours fills a single frame.

“It’s a pretty organic process.  I don’t have any specific work flow or rules that I follow.  I shoot all my own footage, and I shoot *a lot*.

When I’m doing a shot, I’m out there standing in the cold, or the heat, or the fog and it kind of embeds a feeling of a place that
carries on with you on into editing.  I don’t go into a reel with a
plan – I’ll often try lots of different music and quick edits until I
find something that feels “right” and then roll with that feeling.

When I watch my earlier work, “Montipora” for example, I find that I get bored.  I felt that way when I was editing it too, but figured it was unique enough that it wouldn’t matter – however, in hindsight, I should have just gone with instincts.  Now, the moment I feel like something isn’t up to par, or boring, or doesn’t go well with the rest of the film – I just delete it and never think about it again.  More than half of the stuff I shoot ends up on the cutting room floor.

When I go out shooting, often I’ll have a vision for what I want to
capture, but I’m never afraid to ditch my vision for something
unexpected or beautiful.

For example, for the Golden Gate Bridge shot where you see the moonlight on the water (in “Another Cloud Reel”), my vision was to get a telephoto shot of the moon rising behind the tops of the Golden Gate Bridge towers (similar to the moon shot in Koyaanisqatsi).

You can’t get shots the Golden Gate Bridge from every angle without a helicopter, so I had to plan it out so I was there when the moon was in the right spot and mostly full, etc…  I lug all this stuff up there, take one look at the bridge and the moonlight on the water, and I immediately ditched the moon behind the towers idea for something incredibly more beautiful.

Nature is always doing incredibly beautiful things – a lot can be said about being in the right place at the right time and being flexible.”

- Ben Wiggins

Go here for more of Ben’s work: Delrious on Vimeo

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