Veteran filmmaker and photographer Vincent Laforet spent the last nine months traveling the earth in a modified LearJet, capturing in RED 8K footage all that fell below. From red deserts to wintry peaks, fields of solar panels to craggy inlets, Mr. Laforet created slow-moving overhead shots, imbuing each scene with the majesty that Mother Nature deserves. “From the ground,” he says, “we all too often miss all that she has to offer.”
One of his “most personally fulfilling project[s],” 33k–as it is entitled–took over a year to create, including nine months of shooting and three months of prototyping. Clearly no easy project, the list of talent Mr. Laforet reels off in thanks only goes to show the depth of expertise needed to pull of what is truly a one-of-a-kind visual experience.
While he had attempted to “quietly” upload the work to Vimeo–evidently it had only very recently been completed as he is not yet at liberty to share who the client is–this gem didn’t remain hidden for long: within a week, Vimeo had chosen it as a Staff Pick. Since then it’s racked up almost 25K plays, with the director adding only that he wished we could “see it in 8K.” Aw shucks.
Overlaid with choral music that can only be described as “epic,” the director–who has previously worked with the likes of Apple, Nike, GE, and Canon–provides a film reminiscent of Koyaanisqatsi, able to be enjoyed equally well as both a series of spectacular stills, or as a moving tribute to the world we all share. I urge you to try both.