Frodo Álvarez, a.k.a. Children of Darklight, is know for his MASSIVE light painting collaborations and this one is Epic! For this collaboration the team went up into the sky with a Drone Light Painting! I caught up with Frodo to ask about this incredible project and get a little more information! Check out the full interview, images and BTS video below!
Frodo congratulations on another Massive Light Painting Collaboration! This one is so cool, its such a fun concept and excellent execution! What was the massive light painting for, was it to promote a team or event?
I’ve already collaborated with this drones team in the past, so I had already dreamed on the posibility of a huge collaboration like this. But it was not until one of the agencies I usually work for had a project proposal, that we decided it was time to make some tests to see the potential or our idea and what we are capable of.
Who was involved in this project?
What or Who sparked the inspiration for this Giant?
The project proposal for the agency involved a football championship, so here came the idea of the football player. I wanted to include the drone scene into a light painting scene in the ground, so it soon became a good idea to draw this football player about to kick the ball , and of course, the ball would be a light painted orb which we would light paint at ground level , with The Ball Of Light Tool. To complete the scene , we used 2 ledlenser MT18 filtered in green with Light Painting Paradise filters to light the ground.
What drone light painting projects have you worked on before?
In 2018 we were working in Las Vegas for Microsoft with our Live LightArt Show. Patry Diez my partner and I we are the performers there: light painting, modelling, acting.. Studio Lightpainting is in charge of the technical part, and Creartys was in charge of the production. We had there a scene were Patry acted as goddess of inspiration, and there was a star, dancing around her, and landing in her hand, which was done by a dron, whose pilot was Ernie from UMILES Drone Light Show. Here you can see a some footage of that scene:
In 2019 I also worked for UMILES Drone Light Show at the Iberian Drone League championship. At the end of the day, I was allowed to create this very special picture, with a drone doing 3 laps of the whole circuit:
Apart from this, I tried to light paint with a drone light show choreography made by my friends. Interesting results, but it just fed me with new ideas combining drone choreographies with light painting…
So it was about time, that this huge collaboration will arrive sooner or later, and we are all very happy with the results, and people’s feedback!
The lights on the drone have a Neon Light feel to them, what were they using for a light source?
They were using a 9W RGB LED board!
Was this Light Painting more or less difficult than you expected it to be?
Well, this is a team work, so the drone team worked on programming the drones for the design, and they did a really great job. By my side, the bigger challenges were that we didn’t have so much time to make rehearsals, because due to the pandemic situation, we must be at home at 11 pm… So we had to frame, set the camera to have a good exposure of the lights , compose with the orb in the right place, playing with the distance to camera to make it bigger or smaller,…
So I think it was complicated but we did a good planning and organisation of the tasks, but I know now we can do it much better. I think we all learned a lot from this experience, and next artworks will be even more impressive .
How many attempts did it take to get the final image?
We had time for just four attempts, but I would have loved to have another one.
The first image we shot with blue hour. The sky is great and it gives us a proper perspective and makes us realise the true dimensions of this Titan football player. But the orb was a little small, and there were some car light trails at the background.
So we tried to change the orb position, but it was too big, then we readjusted it in a new attempt with different orb colors but, something went wrong in my camera, so we needed a 4th attempt to get this image:
I was working with Olympus Cameras and live composite mode set at 2” , because I wanted to record the process, and that’s why the sky was so dark. I like this one very much, but it’s less epic than the first attempt with the blue sky…
So if I had had another attempt, I would have tried to have a better sky.
Other of that, I took a fast portrait to some of the members of the team, and I overlayed it in-camera with the first attempt image, as a souvenir!
You can see the behind the scenes process in this episode (with English Subtitles) at my light painting YouTube channel. Don’t hesitate to suscribe and support if you like it 😜 and follow us in IG @childrenofdarklight
The agency created a different video with English subs to show this project , you can watch it here:
Thanks a lot Jason for your support, for giving us voice to show and share this artwork to the community. We hope you all enjoyed it, and get inspired! We are light!
Thank you, and congratulations again!