Burst Into Northern Michigan II from Chris Zuker on Vimeo.
Michigan is full of breathtaking scenery.
From well-traveled tourist destinations to little-known hidden gems, the offerings in the Great Lakes State are as eclectic as they are spectacular.
St. John’s native Chris Zuker captured a small-but-powerful collection of Michigan’s beauty in a short video that premiered at the inaugural Fresh Coast Film Festival held in Marquette Oct. 13-16.
Titled “Burst into Northern Michigan II,” the two minute and 14 second film depicts aspects of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula using an exposure technique called hyper lapse. Extended tracking shots and drone footage are also incorporated into the video.
“It’s basically moving time lapses,” Zuker said. “You take a shot every few seconds, which creates this moving through space kind of sensation. “It’s very high pace and if it was all hyper lapse all the time it would be tough to follow so I sprinkled in some slow motion so the viewer is able to follow. ”
Zuker, a graduate of Ferris State University, works full time for Big Foot Media, a video production company based in Chicago. He shot some of the footage for the film on the side while working for one of the company’s clients on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Some of the footage was also shot during a family trip.
Among the iconic U. P. imagery to make an appearance in the film: The Mackinac Bridge, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Jampot Bakery, Blackrocks Brewery, Mystery Spot, Deer Ranch, Portage Lake Lift Bridge, House of Ludington, Sand Point Light, Isle Royale National Park, Mount Baldy, Alger Falls and Tahquamenon Falls.
The film took four full days of shooting and weeks of editing to complete. Zuker completed the film’s predecessor, “Burst into Northern Michigan,” in March. He said reception to the follow-up was overwhelmingly positive at the Fresh Coast Film Festival.
“I started shooting not knowing if it was going to work,” Zuker said. “Then I got the stuff back and I was like yeah this works. I kind of got better at it as I went. It creates a different perspective, I think. No one has really seen the U. P in this perspective so it shows people things they might not have seen before. ”
Zuker plans to continue making similar videos.
“There’s so many nooks and crannies in the Upper Peninsula,” he said. “There’s still so much for me to experience. ”
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