Lingering Clouds Peak

This fourth film is the last in a series of construction time-lapse narratives produced exclusively for The Huntington in San Marino, CA. As they expanded the Chinese Garden for visitors to enjoy and marvel at, I decided this film would be an experiment in tone, color and softness. Called Lingering Clouds Peak and recorded I shot this film over a five month period. As part of the construction process they invented the way they installed and secured the heavy stones placed inside the top of the waterfall. When you walk under it and look up, you’re glad they were successful!

  • Michael e. Stern
  • Michael e. Stern
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Other
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 14, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    35mm DSLR's
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Michael e. Stern

Michael e. Stern is an award-winning Los Angeles-based photographer specializing in industrial and construction time-lapse film production and corporate portraiture. His clients have included: The Madison Square Garden Company, The Huntington Library, The Rose Bowl, The Walt Disney Company, Pixar Studios, ABC Television, Warner Bros., Universal Studios, USC, The Port of Long Beach and Syncreon. Michael’s still photographs have been published in more than a dozen books published by Disney Press, in addition to catalogs for Sotheby’s, Cinema Secrets & Sid & Marty Kroft. Michael has taught at community colleges, private colleges, online and one-on-one tutoring. His first book is: Build A Better Photograph, A Disciplined Approach To Creativity. His podcast: “Build A Better Photograph” is aimed at advanced amateurs, college students and early career professionals. Podcasts are available @ iTunes.

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Director Statement

I am fascinated by the world of construction. Projects begin with cleared land and end with a structure. Dirt. Dig. Build. Use. The choreography necessary to pull this feat off time and time again is crucial. If one part in the chain breaks down, everything backs up and costs more. Highly trained, effective and skilled construction workers are my personal heroes. They work hard, support each other on the job and trade laughs all day. I am thankful they have accepted me in their world and this acceptance allows me to honor them in the only way I can, by making as interesting a film as possible.