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Elämä - Press Kit


Elämä is the thesis project of James Montour, it is the culmination of his research of timelapse photography and implementing technology in filmmaking effectively. The film features timelapse photography of Michigan, both natural and artificial, and combines them to form a rich visual experience for the viewer. Elämä was shot over the summer of 2013, and sparingly throughout the Fall and Winter months of 2013 and 2014.

The film was shot in 5K using a Canon 60D and Nikon D5100 and edited in 4K UHD (3840x2160) in Adobe Premiere CC and After Effects CC.

The Making Of Elämä

Elämä was spawned from James' interest and love of timelapse photography, which started when he was five after seeing a timelapse of a flower opening on PBS.>>>

About The Creator

James Montour

James Montour

DP, Filmmaker, Colorist, Editor, Photographer, Web Designer
Born in August of 1993. In 2011, he received a degree in Digital Media Arts and a Certificate in Computer Programming from Washtenaw Community College. He is currently a senior at the College for Creative Studies studying Entertainment Arts – Video Art and Production.

Montour has already had pieces in film festivals and exhibitions, including “Day of Light” at the International Broke Student Film Festival, Lawrence Tech University, Southfield, Michigan, where it won an award for Best Cinematography. “Day of Light” was also screened at the Windsor International Film Festival’s Short Film Program.

In mid-2013 he started his own business and is working on his thesis film. Montour currently lives in the Michigan Downriver area, and works in Detroit, Michigan.

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