The Sandpit from Sam O’Hare on Vimeo.

Aero Director/ VFX artist Sam O’Hare has finished a short film, The Sandpit. This short is inspired by films like Koyaanisqatsi, and time-lapse tilt shift photography.

It is shot on a Nikon D3 (and one shot on a D80), as a series of stills. He used a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lenses for all of these shots. Most were shot at 4fps in DX crop mode, which is the fastest the D3 could continuously write out to the memory card. The boats had slower frame rates, and the night shots used exposures up to two seconds each. The camera actually has an automatic cut off after 130 shots, so for longer shots he counted each click and quickly released and re-pressed the shutter release after 130 to keep shooting.

He shots over 35,000 photos whit normal lenses, which allowed options in the depth of field and shot movement in post. He used a tripod for the night shots, and a Gorillapod (which is much more portable) where possible, but many locations—like hanging over the edge of a roof or through a gap in fencing on a bridge– had to be shot hand held, and the inevitable wobble removed afterwards.

The footage was shot as raw NEFs,  organised and colour graded in Adobe Lightroom. The DOF effect and movement added in Eyeon Fusion, using Frischluft Lenscare. He outputs the final shots at 1080p.