Watching aerial footage of Earth and its beautiful landscapes is hypnotizing and wonderful. Talented German photographer and filmmaker Roman De Giuli (previously) recreated this feeling, but without leaving the studio. In his latest short film, cleverly named Satellike, he imitates the rivers meandering through canyons and other regions. It looks like satellite footage; only it was made using ink and dried pigments.
Roman created Satellike as a part of a job he did for Taipei’s National Palace Museum. There was an exhibition on cultural treasures of Taiwan’s history in 2020, and they hired Roman to create artwork in his recognizable style. His task was to create fluid and abstract interpretations of several drawings and artworks.
Roman decided to apply his signature style for this task, but develop his existing methods even further. Instead of buying paints and inks, he decided to create most of them himself. He had to pay attention to the tones and the film’s final look. First, he had to make sure that the colors were natural, resembling real earth tones. He also focused more on details rather than going for a commercial look.
It took Roman four months of work and experimenting to finish Satellike. He used natural substances like sand and stone powder and even implemented some historic pigments into his work. Some of them are rare and expensive, like jade and malachite powder. So this project was quite demanding, expensive, and time-consuming, but I’d say it was well worth the effort.
Roman created a unique piece of art that combines painting and traditional pigments with cinematography. It’s sort of like satellite and macro footage at the same time, and it’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. So, make sure to check out Satellike, and find plenty more of Roman’s work on his website Terracollage.