So excited to finally be able to share this with you all: "Time on Earth" is my first time-lapse film in five years. But more than that, it's a personal meditation on --- and a highlight reel of --- thirty years spent on planet Earth, with footage shot over seven years in ten countries.
Many thanks to my cousin Isagani Palabyab for the incredible job on the music and sound. Check out his band Farewell Fair Weather!
As the film was shot over the course of many years, several cameras were used, primarily: Sony A7S, Sony A7RII, Panasonic GH3, GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition, Canon 5D Mark II, and Digital Harinezumi. Most of the footage, particularly time-lapse, was shot in the Philippines and Spain, with other footage shot in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, USA, Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico.
Some images* from the time-lapse footage included in the film:
Here's a transcript of the voiceover:
I’ve been thinking about you lately.
How you’ve passed so quickly
like water slipping out of my hands.
When we were children time spread out before us like the horizon:
Endless, aglow with promise.
Decades on, I find myself still young,
but old enough to see that horizon
shrinking, closing in.
Seasons change, thousands of faces pass.
Helloes are easy
Goodbyes, not so.
Love comes, and then goes, where, who knows?
Loss leaves lessons
for every love, a letting go.
As tomorrows become yesterdays
and old resolutions fade
the questions come and then remain:
What does it mean?
Is any of this worth it?
Does it get any easier?
Will I ever find what I’m looking for?
What’s the point
when the Universe is so vast, and we are so small?
Do I even have a place in the grand scheme of it all?
here on this planet
our one special blue dot
though we’re tiny specks
on a lonely boat in a sea of stars
to know another soul is to find
that every human heart
is as deep as an ocean.
And that we are here for a moment
in the eyes of the infinity isn’t a tragedy:
It’s a miracle.
Hope you enjoy watching the film as much I did making it. Thanks for watching!
*Prints of selected images from the film are available in my shop.