Monday, March 3, 2014

36By24 #3 - Sunrise

36By24 is a series featuring photos that, over time, have developed stories of their own. You can find more under the "36By24" tag in the menu bar above.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 24mm f/6.3, 1/30
Our New Zealand project was a beast to complete, and towards the end of it the cast and crew were absolutely exhausted. When we rolled into Queenstown, we had been shooting for just over 3 weeks straight...and this footage was the most critical to capture. I knew it going in when we were planning it out that Queenstown was going to be the most exciting part of our adventure, and that as filmmakers both Steven (the other filmmaker with me) and I had to be at the top of our game. It all worked it thanks to an awesome and flexible cast and our crew abroad giving us the support we needed.

Waking up to shoot the hot air balloon stuff was rough. We had to hop on a bus at four in the morning, struggling to sleep while working on everything else. The balloons are filled up before dawn so that, as you're going up, the sun peeks over the mountains and paints the sky fire orange and red.

The flight is incredible. Just like you would imagine, you float up with a grace that I didn't think was possible. This particular morning, we were blessed with perfect conditions: no wind, mild temperatures, and just enough clouds to give the sky some texture as the sun rose. At that altitude, everything is so quiet and peaceful. You can hear everything down below like it was right next to you, yet you weren't part of their world. You were above it, drifting in the space between the Earth and sky.

We spent most of the time up there looking through a camera. In futility, we tried to do the scene justice on screen. Fortunately, it was so beautiful that we didn't have to try too hard to capture something amazing. 

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