“Transient” A MUST SEE Compilation of Storm Chasing Adventures by Dustin Farrell

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Stop what you're doing and take 4 minutes to watch this. Really.

I've been a huge fan of Dustin Farrell for a while (we met many moons ago at a Timelapse Festival in one of the most unusual restaurants I've ever been in… but that's an entirely different story!).

This is one of the most amazing shorts you'll see. Well worth the time.

I found out too in chatting with Dustin that this includes ‘stock' music from a company I've never heard of (audiomachine) but I'm going to do a story to tell you more about them (you can learn a bit more below). When I first watched, I assumed it was custom music! Dustin's a master of picking music and working with it in the overall feel of the video.

So I asked Dustin if he'd give us a bit of a private planet5D look into the music and he graciously sent me this:

Years ago I realized there was a void in music licensing options for independent film makers that wanted feature-film quality scores. In order to license something of this quality you had to go the traditional licensing route which is very difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Licensing the traditional way usually requires a broker and a lot of cash. There seemed to be an abrupt cutoff of licensing options after $300. The only options I found were synchronization licensing through BMI and Universal Music. I was once quoted over $20,000 for a top 100 song that I wanted to put on one of my short demo reels.

One late night three years ago while scouring the internet for this intermediate option I discovered Audiomachine. I licensed a killer track for my timelapse compilation “Landscapes: Volume 4K” for $500. Audiomachine offers some amazing tracks that you will often hear on feature film trailers and video games. Since I first discovered them they have added a micro licensing page to their site that has made licensing simple.

Audiomachine tracks are bold and epic. I wasn't sure that I would ever create another video that could keep up the intensity of their music. During the production of my latest film “Transient” I had a predetermined type of music that I thought would work well for lightning bolts captured in slow motion. However, during my first rough cut of the footage I dropped another Audiomachine track into the timeline and instantly loved it!

I make a substantial part of my living licensing footage and these short demos are, in essence, commercials for my licensing business. For my application, spending anywhere from $500-$5000 is worth it for a feature film quality track. I would be interested to know if the planet5D readers know of other options out there that fit this budget range.

Anyway, let me know what you think in the comments!


Via Vimeo:

“Transient” is a compilation of the best shots from my storm chasing adventures of summer 2017. Most of the lightning footage was captured in uncompressed raw at 1000 frames per second with our Phantom Flex4K.

This summer I chased for over 30 days and traveled 20K miles. My respect and admiration for storm chasers became even stronger this year. This is one of the most difficult projects I have ever attempted in my career. On several occasions I found myself uncomfortable either mentally or physically.

Chasing storms with a Phantom Flex4K is stressful even when things are going well. There were at least 10 days where I returned home with my tail between my legs and nothing to show after a ten hour chase and 500 miles. There were also a couple of days that I drove home with an ear to ear smile that lasted for hours.


Most of the lightning was captured in my home state of Arizona. I also spent a week in the Great Plains chasing with Chad Cowan. It was during this time that I captured a time-lapse of the massive super-cell shown twice in Transient. For some reason that damn super-cell refused to spit out a proper bolt.

Lightning is like a snowflake. Every bolt is different. I learned that lightning varies greatly in speed. There are some incredible looking bolts that I captured that didn't make the cut because even at 1000fps they only lasted for one frame during playback. I also captured some lightning that appear computer generated it lasted so long on the screen.


Technical info: The Phantom Flex4K is a camera that must be post triggered while shooting high speed. This works out well for capturing lightning because the camera is always recording and rewriting to internal ram. As soon as a bolt appears in my view finder I trigger the camera to save what has been stored in the ram. Shooting at high frame rates requires a lot of light. Therefore, I mostly used my Zeiss Otus 28, 55, and 85mm lenses wide open at f1.4. In all, I captured 10TB of data during this production.

Special thanks to Chad Cowan for many of the time-lapse shots in the video and to Mike Olbinski for the storm chasing advice and guidance.

Music licensed from Audiomachine.

Check out more of Dustin's work at his website.

About Audiomachine


audiomachine is a boutique, motion picture advertising music production house, specializing in original music and sound design for the high end trailer market.

Launched in the fall of 2005, audiomachine has quickly become the “go to” choice for many producers, editors and music supervisors in search of the perfect cue for their next blockbuster movie campaign.

With our elite group of seasoned composers – capable of creating some of the most cinematic cues in the industry – we've worked hard to establish that we are a new force to be reckoned with in major motion picture advertising music. We think our rapidly growing list of credits speaks for itself – but … you be the judge and check in often to see – and hear – what we've got going on

Check out Audiomachine at their website.

About Dustin Farrell:

Creating images that awe and entertain has been Dustin Farrell's focus throughout his career. Now a veteran to the film and television industry, Dustin has developed a unique look that is unmistakable. The DFVC commitment to niche imagery like timelapse, aerial, and slow motion provides our clients an impressive arsenal under one roof.

Services and Skills:
Director of Photography, Phantom Tech, Motion Control Time-lapse, Movi Operator, CamBlock Operator, Underwater Camera Operator, Quad-copter Operator, Construction/ Long-Term Time-lapse.

(cover photo credit: snap from video)


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