Sollima/Gjertsen: Sogno ad Occhi Aperti (Daydream)

May 17, 2007

Here is Lasse Gjertsen’s video of Italian cellist/composer Giovanni Sollima performing his own compositions “Terra Aria” and “Concerto Rotondo.”
Lasse is famous on YouTube for his human-beatbox videos like “Hyperactive,” and “Amateur.”

Part 1

So this is the project I’ve been working on for the last 5 months, and heres how part 1 of it is made:

On the six arms parts, which by the way took most of the time to make, I filmed Sollima playing the different layers of cello after each other. I then edited the video frame by frame in Photoshop (remember, it’s 25 frames per second of video), cutting his arms out from the other layers and pasting it on top, matching the movement of the cello. This was done ca 4000 times, by myself.

The clouds were actually filmed in my backyard, sped up 1250 times. The birds we’re filmed in my town, Larvik, Norway on clear blue sky, so that I could use blue screen keying to put them on top of the clouds. It’s hard to notice, but the birds are moving in half speed slow motion. I also had to stabilize the motion of the birds, since I filmed it with handhelt camcorder. The sequence was cut together using After Effects and Premiere.

The forest, river sequence was photographed in a forest in Arona, Italy. I took a picture ca. every five meters, and morphed the images together using WinMorph, matching the pace of the music.

The zooming sequence is very hard to explain. Basically, the first 8 seconds after it starts zooming and when you see Mr Sollima’s face is real photos. The rest inbetween are “painted” in Photoshop by me.

The rest of this part is merely editing in Premiere and After Effects.

Part 2

So this is the project I’ve been working on for the last 5 months, and here’s how part 2 of it is made:

We went out into this very weird forest outside Milan, Italy, 5 in the morning to catch the morning fog. Then we just started filming, nothing planned except which song to play 😛 SO most of this is merely experimenting with angles and editing. People have asked me how I made the background. “Uhm, it’s a real forest..?” Spooky atmosphere..

The part were the “camera” follows the bow is made with After Effects.

[Notes and video directed by Lasse Gjertsen. © 2007 Casa Musicale Sonzogno, Milan. Source Ursi’s Blog.]

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