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Brighton Biennial - the Introduction

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Uploaded on Sep 6, 2008

A promotional music video with consecutive time-lapse images (shot in video) of public art sculptures -- the "Brighton Biennial" downtown Brighton, Michigan.

The theme of this work is "A Day of the Brighton Biennial." It starts with the image of the sunrise by a lake nearby Brighton followed by traffic in the streets in the city area in the morning. Then the video montage introduces the art sculptures one by one with the background and foreground images of people walking, cars passing by, clouds flowing in the sky, trees and leaves shaking in the wind, the breeze rippling the surface of water, raindrops dripping from the art, birds flying through, water fowls cruising on the pond and activities with a crowd of people downtown Brighton. The video ends with quiet but vibrant night scenes and the sculptures with the moon and stars flowing in the sky.

The background music is "Gymnopedie # 1," written by Erik Satie, a "Neo-Classical" French composer active between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This version of Gymnopedie #1 is performed by Misha Grey, a local experimental musician in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area in Michigan. In fact, Tim Nagae originally hesitated to use this music piece because it has been used so widely for many kinds of film and TV programs that he was afraid that it may give some obvious "cliché" impression. Yet he thought no other music piece would beat "Gymnopedie #1" to create the final image he conceived in his mind to make this video before he started editing it. It was the right choice!

Nagae admits he was inspired by "The Frontiers," a music video created by Clayton Rye, his mentor film teacher who is also an independent filmmaker who lives in Big Rapids, Michigan to make this video, and there are many similarities found in the concept and content of both videos. However, "Introduction" counterpoints the dazzling fast moving video images with this slow music, whereas filmmakers in general tend to use fast music to match audio and video images to make this type of work with time-lapse photography. Music video with time-lapse photography is nothing new, but Nagae thinks it is probably the strongest format of video technique used to produce this type of promotional video for an event like "Brighton Biennial," and that the result was fantastic!

The movie was screened at 2006 Brighton Film Festival, Brighton, Michigan

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