Friday Flick: Eye of the Storm

Henry Jun Wah Lee‘s short film Eye of the Storm is a hypnotic glimpse of a contemporary winter saga in Iceland. Here, just under the Arctic Circle, you can take your pick of storms: ice, snow, rain, sand, ash, solar, magnetic…

“Storms are agents of change,” Wah Le explains. “While often destructive and unpredictable, they also demonstrate the unyielding power of nature. They reveal nature’s beauty and its hand in creating the landscapes we see today.”

Wah Lee shot in Iceland between February and March of this year. “I was lucky enough to witness and film the power of an X4.9-class solar flare and coronal mass ejection hitting our atmosphere,” he says. “The resulting auroras were a sight hard to believe, even in person and seeing it with my own eyes. The pink aurora captured at the 2:52 mark is very rare.”

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Music: The Eye of the Storm by Shaun Diaz.

Shot on the Canon 1-DC and 5D Mk III in 5K raw. Motion control using Kessler Crane Cinedrive, Shuttlepod Mini, Turntable and Oracle. Edited and available in Cinema 4K and Ultra HD.

Henry Jun Wah Lee is also behind this Sigur Rós video, Dauðalogn, filmed on Yakushima, a remote island in southern Japan, in 2012. “I chose this location both for its unique beauty and because the story of Yakushima was representative of the often fragile relationship between humans and nature,” he explains. “The giant trees on the island were once revered as sacred by locals. They lived for thousands of years but for the past 5 centuries they were logged to near extinction. The scarred landscape coupled with the dramatic way in which the forest has recovered made for a picturesque and magical atmosphere.”