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September 17, 2021

How Mushroom Time Lapses Are Filmed

I can't speak for you but trying to figure this out has caused me a lot of sleepless nights.

From Kottke

Documentaries about mushrooms like "Fantastic Fungi" are interesting, but it turns out that short documentaries about how mushroom documentaries are made are fascinating as well.

For this video, Wired talked to Louie Schwartzberg about how mushroom time lapses are filmed.

I don't know why I assumed they filmed these outside: they are made indoors to help control lighting, weather, and other factors (like rogue wildlife).

And, after decades of working on nature films, Schwartzberg has integrated his process deeply into his life:

I realized I've turned it into a spiritual practice. It actually literally gets me up in the morning because as soon as I'm out of bed, I'm thinking ooh, "I wonder what the flower did last night? Is it still in frame? Is it in focus?"

I have to imagine what the framing and the composition is going to look like tomorrow, or two days from now, or a week from now. That is a transformational experience because you have to put your mind into the mindset and the intention of the flower or the fungi, thinking where it's going to grow, how big will it get. And if you're right, boy, it's a rush. If you're wrong, it means you just gotta do it all over again.

September 17, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


Really enjoyed that. Thanks!

Posted by: Ms. Radoo | Sep 18, 2021 10:58:06 AM

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