Awaken (2018) documentary


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Awaken, the next feature from Tom Lowe - a second-unit director for Terence Malick (Voyage of Time), as well as Godfrey Reggio (Naqoyqatsi) — both of whom executive produced here.

AWAKEN is a feature documentary film from director Tom Lowe exploring humanity's relationship with technology and the natural world. AWAKEN is a celebration of the spirit of life, an exploration of the Earth, and an ode to the Cosmos.

“One of the early driving forces of Awaken was to film the natural world in a way that could compete on a spectacle level with large visual-effects-heavy blockbusters, but to capture everything ‘in camera’ with no effects, compositing, or post-production tricks of any kind,” says Lowe.

To achieve this, Lowe and his company Dreamcore worked closely with Dubai Film to conceive and build several pieces of custom camera equipment, creating entirely new categories of filming techniques. This included collaborating with the Shotover camera-stabilization company in New Zealand to help develop the F1 camera gimbal system. Lowe later modified the F1 gimbal to accept custom camera configurations, allowing him to capture astrophotography timelapse at night from a helicopter in flight, a first in filmmaking history. These technological achievements translate to the beautiful and never-before-seen footage of the Sierra Nevada and aurora storm-lit mountains of Northern Sweden, as highlighted in the trailer.


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