hyperlapse video

Capturing time

Aesthetically, a highlight of recent projects was our pro bono support of a Melbourne artist rapidly gaining international recognition. Starting as a talented street artist, Rone recently spent a year designing an ephemeral immersive installation in a 1930s streamline-moderne mansion in Melbourne’s outskirts.

Entitled ‘Empire‘, the interior of the derelict Burnham Beeches, was filled with furniture, light fittings, table settings and framed artworks, juxtaposed with the decay of peeling wallpaper, decomposing paint, penetrating trees and pervasive leaf litter. On the walls of thirteen rooms, Rone painted oversize portraits of a young woman’s face. With subdued lighting and evocative music (composed for the installation), and a virtual reality tour (on head-mounted-displays), the effect on visitors ranged from an aesthetic appreciation to a visceral emotion.

As an admirer of Rone’s artwork, Andrew W Morse was delighted to meet the artist during a visit to the exhibition, and offered to contribute to his future projects. That opportunity arose just days later, when Rone called to ask us to arrange a hyperlapse shoot to document the installation as it was disassembled.

All artists are aware of their own mortality and the impermanence of their works. Time, materials, sunlight, nature and human action can all contribute to damage and the eventual destruction of many artworks.

Some ‘street’ artists actively embrace the temporary nature of their work; whether Banksy intentionally starting to shred a framed work immediately after being sold at auction or Rone painting his work on a condemned building.

Hyperlapse is the term given to a time-lapse in which the camera is moving. Digital Tsunami coordinated delivery of dolly track and stabilising weights and an advanced motion-control camera system by which the hyperlapse could be captured.

On the shoot day, a specific path was devised to match a sixty second piece of custom composed music. The camera position (track, pan, tilt, and focus) was replicated precisely in scores of takes to the exact duration of the music. On each ‘pass’, elements within the foreground and background were progressively removed until all remaining was a white painted bare shell.

During the edit, the many takes were frame aligned and then a succession of dissolves created the impression of solid objects transitioning through an ethereal presence to a mere hint of memory.

The films produced by Rone of the Empire project all celebrated its intrinsic impermanence, none more so than the hyperlapse sequence of a 30 metre dining room as it transformed from a fully furnished to an empty room.

Film is an emotive medium. The hyperlapse sequence of Rone’s Empire achieved extraordinary impact by visually capturing the very essence of the temporary.

Speaking of Empire, Rone said “long after the paintings are gone, this photographic memoir and accompanying soundtrack will present an opportunity to .. be transported to this special space that we reclaimed, albeit fleetingly“.

Watch the hyperlapse.

conceptualiser: Rone
production: Rone and Andrew W Morse
venue: Shannon Bennett, Adam Garrisson
interior stylist: Carly Spooner
organic sculptures: Wona Bae, Charlie Lawler
composer: Nick Batterham
muse: Lily Sullivan
lighting cameraman: Chris Matthews
motion control rig operator: Gerald Thompson

https://r-o-n-e.com/empire

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