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The Infinite Now


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The Infinite Now Some time ago I took a still image with water splashes, frozen in time by using a strobe.

Later, when working on some cinemagraphs I decided was curious to see if I could convert this still into a moving cinemagraph.

Playing around with the Puppet Warp tool in Adobe After Effects I animated the splashes, and was surprised at how convincing the motion of the water looked.

I'm sure this was not something that Adobe had in mind when they came up with Puppet Warp, but hey, it worked! Many people actually thought it was an ultra slow-motion video shot.

To shoot a real slow motion shot like that, in this kind of resolution, you would need a super expensive high end camera like a Phantom Flex 4K, and probably a few hundred kilowatts worth of lighting.

This made me wonder what else I could do.

It seemed like a really cool idea to apply this technique to the work of a photographer who I admire a lot, and who's probably one of the best ocean photographers out there: Ray Collins.

At first I hesitated to contact Ray about the idea.

Here I was, a total stranger proposing to mess around with his images.

But when I finally sent him a rough example based on a low res image, he immediately loved it.

From there, things moved quickly, and our collaboration has now resulted in a series of 4K cinemagraphs of some of Ray's most iconic images.

As mentioned before, the cinemagraphs are created by animating the still images in After Effects, after which I use Flixel Cinemagraph Pro to create the perfect loop and mask out parts of the image that should remain static.

I usually create an animation of around 4 or 5 seconds, and create a 100% overlap when making the cinemagraph loop.

This way it's not obvious where the loop starts and ends.

It turned out that certain images lend themselves to this technique better than others.

There's always a bit of trial and error involved.

It helps to visualize in my head how the wave would move in real life, as I only have a still image to work with, and no video reference.

The nice thing about this technique is that it lets you take an infinitesimal sliver of time, and see it in motion indefinitely.

When I showed some of these cinemagraphs to André Heuvelman, trumpetist at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, it inspired him to get together with pianist Jeroen van Vliet to create a bespoke soundtrack for this cinemagraph series.

I combined it with a compilation of the cinemagraphs, and the result became the short cinemagraph film "The Infinite Now" that you see at the top of this page.

This has been a great collaborative project, and I hope we can expand and build on it in the future, perhaps even bringing it outside of the digital screen and into real world exhibitions or performances.

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Live Cinema Festival 2018
  • 01.08.18 | September 20 - 23, 2018


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Technical rider

  • Duration: 75 min.
  • Type: AV Performance
Technical equipment required:
Hereby a technical rider for our performance in Rome on September 23th.
For our performance we need the following technical equipment:
 Professional audio mixer with at least 6 input channels and 4 separate outputs (for connecting 4 speakers)
 4 active speakers (one at each corner of the room), big enough to fill the room
 4 XLR-XLR cables to connect the audio interface to the mixer*
 1 XLR-XLR cable to connect the trumpet microphone to the
mixer*
 1 microphone (SM58 like) with mic stand for trumpet
 1 small table and chair for setting up a laptop
 power on stage to connect power supplies for laptop and audio interface.
​ mixer.​
* cables must be long enough to connect equipment with audio
We will bring our own instruments. Trumpet, laptop (Mac) and audio
interface (RME-UFX)
Kind regards,
Frans de Rond
fransderond@gmail.com
0031-(0)654316705​

ABOUT ME

As a child, Andre Heuvelman (1966) had a great passion for making music.

The trumpet appeared in his life by coincidence.

However, this instrument offered a great challenge because of Andre's handicap – he had a short lower-arm and a limp wrist.

His down-to-earth approach to achieve what he dreamed of in the world of music allows Andre to have a compelling story to tell.

That explains why he's asked often as a keynote speaker to touch, connect and inspire audiences.

With his beautiful music and touching vulnerability he shares his story and challenges his audience to take their place on their own, individual stages.

ndre has been a trumpet player since 1990 and the solo trumpet for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra since 1997.

The orchestra is famous for extraordinary concerts in the most beautiful concert halls in the world.

Andre is also a member of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, which is well known in the Netherlands for the annual New Year's concerts on Dutch national television.

In February 2014, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble organized the thank you show for Princess Beatrix, who resigned from her task as Queen of the Netherlands.

ndre does master classes on a regular basis and he teaches at the Rotterdam School of High Arts Codarts.

Andre believes there is so much more than just playing notes.

Infinite curiosity and drive to communicate are preconditions for a career on stage, whatever that stage may be.

He shows endless energy and is the creator of many concepts to connect and activate audience and musicians.

His mission is to (re)connect people to themselves and to create shared value by doing so.

His numerous initiatives are witness to this mission.

In 2013, he released his solo album “AfterSilence”, on which his music expresses the universal language of emotion, connection and inspiration.

part from many concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Andre is incredibly active on other platforms for music throughout the year.

In 2014, he was invited to perform at the opening of the prestigious Market Hall in Rotterdam, with Queen Máxima present.

On the radio, ndre appeared in the Dutch Radio4 program “ good morning with....” and on Dutch national television he appeared as the main guest in the program “The Night Kiss”.

He performed at corporate gatherings for Ziggo, the Dutch Kidney Foundation and he was invited by the Radboud Medical Centre as a keynote speaker on the European Listening and Healthcare Conference, where he discussed the theme “Listening in health care”, with his music as a guideline for the audience.

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