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As the latest cohort of SAE students get set to enter the big wide world, their last works are being delivered for assessment.

Graduating student David Herington has created one of the many excellent pieces at the college. ‘The film Water was created as part of my final creative research project. The task was to produce an exploratory study into low-budget, cinematic audio production and postproduction, complementing visuals and using natural sound and piano.’

The four-minute-43 video is composed entirely of time-lapse photography – where photos taken over a period of time are played quickly together to create a video-like effect. ‘The photos were all shot on a Nikon D7000, using 11–16mm and 55–200mm lenses,’ says David. ‘Approximately 35 hours went into capturing the video, and about 20 hours were spent on the audio (including field recording and instrumental).’

David says this time-lapse is different from others as natural sounds from the photographed locations were used in the video along with music. Locations seen in the video include Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, New Brighton, Rocky Creek Dam, Minyon Falls, Protester’s Falls, Ballina, Numulgi and Bexhill as well as a few beaches on the south coast of New South Wales.

‘The video is intended to be listened to in 5.1 surround sound, where the various positions of speakers allow for a fuller and more spacious listening experience, but it has been altered for ease of YouTube viewing,’ says David. ‘The audio is actually the main marked component of the film, which is being presented in partial fulfilment of a Bachelor of Digital Media Majoring in Audio Production at SAE, Byron Bay. ‘This video is a culmination of all the experience and knowledge I gained in my degree.’


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