Terra Sacra Time Lapses

My life as a filmmaker has been a journey which has blessed me with the privilege of seeing some of the most surreal and timeless places on the planet. These images of our Sacred Earth set to music are my way of sharing some of the magic that I’ve experienced along the way…

Full details and locations shots-by-shot: www.TERRA-SACRA.com

“Terra Sacra” ~ Latin for Sacred Earth.

Six years in the making… seven continents… 24 countries.

Terra Sacra is a short film featuring time lapse sequences of remote landscapes and ancient monuments from around the globe. These images were photographed during my assignments and personal travels between 2006-2012.

Inspired by Ron Fricke’s Baraka, I combined my favourite shots from these various trips into a brief non-narrative film that touches on a them close to my heart: Sacred Earth.

The visuals are driven by an original score by composer Roy Milner. The six-minute film is a journey through three distinct Acts: (I) Primordial Earth (II) Past meets Present and (III) Eternal Universe.

This film is a personal project to share the beauty and awe I witnessed at these locations. I hope viewers will be moved by the intangible power of our Terra Sacra.

Spiny Forest, Madagascar

Spiny Forest, Madagascar

Isla Pescado, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Isla Pescado, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

CREDITS

Photographed and edited by Sean F. White. Original music by Roy Milner.

Endless thanks to Art Wolfe for hiring me to as the cinematographer for the public television series Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge and taking me to the ends of the Earth where most of the shots from Terra Sacra were made. Art, you are an inspiration and the most driven photographer I have ever known! I learned so much working on this show with our amazing crew and have stories to tell for a lifetime!

Never-ending thanks to friends and colleagues Ian Herring and Maija Leivo of Parallax Film Productions for permission to us shots I took for the television series Ancient Megastructures (National Geographic Channel / History Television) and Battle Castle (Discovery/History Television/ BBC). These assignments provided unprecedented access to some of the world’s most iconic ancient landmarks.

Infinite thanks to my amazing wife Deddeda for her love and constant encouragement to pursue this project.

Technical:
- Photographed mostly with Canon 5D, some Canon 7D and Canon 5D mkII.
- Edited using Adobe Bridge, LRTimelapse, Quicktime Pro and Final Cut Pro.
- All images single manual exposures, no HDR composites

Countries: (in chronological order of filming)
Bolivia, Chile, USA, Antarctica, Kenya, Madagascar, UK, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Mali, Nepal, New Zealand, Japan, Bhutan, Peru, Mongolia, Iceland, Cambodia, Egypt, Jordan, Philippines, Syria, Poland

What’s Next:
Help bring this concept to the masses by sponsoring the next project: a series of real-time and time lapse images from Sacred Places around the word in stunning stereoscopic 3D.

For sponsorship and distribution opportunities, please contact me

Art Wolfe (left) and I in Alaska shooting for  "Art Wofe's Travels to the Edge" Photo: John Greengo

Art Wolfe (left) and I in Alaska shooting for "Art Wofe's Travels to the Edge" Photo: John Greengo

On safari in Kenya with Karel Bauer for "Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge" Photo: John Greengo

On safari in Kenya with Karel Bauer for "Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge" Photo: John Greengo

Composer Roy Milner working the soundtrack for "Terra Sacra"

Composer Roy Milner working the soundtrack for "Terra Sacra"

Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island

Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island

Boudhnahath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal

Boudhnahath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal

Isla Pescado, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Isla Pescado, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Brooks Range, Alaska

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Brooks Range, Alaska

The Kimberley, Australia

The Kimberley, Australia

10 comments on “Terra Sacra Time Lapses

  1. It was almost a life altering event seeing your Tera Sacra film in my Vimeo feed on our AppleTV interface. I am a 60+ man in Texas and relatively new to photography. Your images have inspired me to a completely different course of study. At this moment it is a complete mystery and marvel how you capture the heavens in such clarity and detail and simultaneously incorporate terra firma images. The lateral and vertical tansversing pans (I have come to know as “The Ken Burns” effect) while shooting stop-action images is just astounding.
    Thank you for your work a literally gift to us.

  2. Thanks Winston! Creating inspiration is the ultimate gratification for me. Best of luck with all your endeavours.

  3. over and over again I play the 6 minute wonder.. learning something new each time. it is an inspiration for not only photographers but people everywhere. We can’t wait for your next great time lapse. The soundtrack is awesome and is timeless also. Congrats!

  4. Came across this in Vimeo; played it twice. It made me think of Art’s work; and now I see that you were the videographer for “Travels to the Edge,” probably my favorite PBS series ever!! You guys are amazing!! Look forward toseeing much, much more!

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