event motion artwork
Working with Hermes on the motion installation for the beach party was definitely one of the most rewarding projects we’ve worked on. There were many moving parts from a logistics perspective shooting the Sunrise/Sunset elements for the 30 metre long projection installation. The client wanted guests to feel like they were right there on the beach, slipping in and out of the sunrise/sunset in real time throughout the night. To achieve this we did 2 separate shoots, 2 separate beaches in different states of Australia. Sunset was shot on a remote beach on the West Coast and sunrise on a remote beach on the East Coast of Northern NSW. This was to ensure the best possible sunrise to sunset with the sun rising in the east and setting in the west on water. Add to the mix that both locations needed to have identical matching white sand so it felt completely consistent.
Finding a flat beach to shoot on so we had the right proportion of sand to water and sky looking out to the horizon was probably the biggest challenge in finding the right beach for both the sunrise and sunset. We recce’d over 14 beaches across those 2 states searching for the right sand, cloud cover and surf before we found the perfect sunrise and sunset experiences.
Each time we tested we had to sit through 2-3hours of sun rising and setting. On the east coast we had to be rolling at 430am to make sure we got those morning colours.
In the edit:
The aspect ratio for this screen was 11:1. To shoot high definition we took the pixels from the top and bottom and added them to an 8:1 ratio to increase the count. We also had to edit within this 11:1 ratio for the montage so it worked seamlessly with way the sunrise was shot.
The colour grade was also a vital component. We chose to work with a colourist who work with film to ensure we created that same cinema look and feel.