Geekery: ‘Awaken’ is a Feat of Cinematography

New cameras and techniques were created to get the gorgeous images in this documentary.

Tom Lowe‘s Awaken will definitely appeal to fans of Ron Fricke. It was filmed over 5 years in more the 30 countries, and looks at humanity’s relationship with the world around them. The trailer is flat out stunning…

The director/cinematographer pushes available filming technology to give viewers a new look at the world – including new creating new techniques in time-lapse, time-dilation, underwater, and aerial cinematography. It shows.

It also has some great names attached to it. The executive producers are Terrence Malick and Godfrey Reggio. Lowe is no slouch, either. He was awarded the Astronomy Photographer of the Year by the Royal Observatory for work on his last project, Timescapes. And he has developed motion-control systems with companies that produce the equipment used to shoot the multimillion dollar block busters we crowd into theaters to see.

I hope this makes it to the IMAX theater here, it’s something I’d really like to have the immersive experience with. It’s due out next year.

While we’re waiting on Awaken to arrive check out its predecessors – both of these are available on multiple streaming services.

Ron Fricke‘s Baraka…

Godfrey Reggio‘s Koyaanisqatsi…


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  • euansmith

    That is some amazing photography, only slightly blighted by the fact that it is so amazing that it looks like CGI. It is a shame as

    Godfrey Reggio takes such pains with his work. I guess this falls in to a similar hole as “stunts so amazing you won’t believe they are real”.

    • crumbreaper

      looks good loads of brain candy just in that trailer, big fan of Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka…… already liking the look of this project! For me both drew comparison to cities and road layout to the tech print of circuit boards – real life and the synthetic creations being so similar, so for this to teeter on “is it or isn’t it CGI” continues that theme. Snapshots of life, humanity, our triumphs and our failings, the flicking between the commuters on the subway and the sausage making production line for me is an image forever imprinted on my mind.