Off today to Miami for Filmgate Interactive Media Conference. Seems not that long ago since last year’s Filmgate, where I attended Philip Bloom’s one-day workshop that culminated in a timelapsing outing at South Pointe Park, Miami Beach. We were taxied over in small groups from the Miami Beach Cinematheque, and being in the first group, I decided to go ahead and get set up. When Philip and the other groups arrived, they congregated some distance down the beach. My timelapse had then already commenced, so I couldn’t leave it unattended to join them. Thus I was left somewhat alone, thinking about the days, with Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not, the festive departing cruise ships, Floridian passersby, and the intervallic clicks that marked the lapsing of time.

South Pointe Park (February 2013)


US 1 (February 2013)

The next day, I busted out the GoPro and drove to Key West. The battery only made it to Cudjoe Key. (The GoPro battery, not the car battery.)

I toured Hemingway’s house and drove back.


This year, I’ll be with Philip Bloom for a three-day filmmaking workshop in the Everglades. I’ll try to stay with the group this time.

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Written by Ryan Staples

Professional videographer, proficient photographer, practicing writer. Imperfect perfectionist.