UPDATE 19 january 2014
How it started
How did this adventure started? Could not mention this extra information because some parts of it were secret until now.
Well got in contact with Tim Jenison earlier in 2009 regarding my Dutch Skies. Later he asked if I would know people in the Netherlands who can get him in contact with a film crew because he was planning a movie in the Netherlands (he’s from the USA).
So contacted a friend of mine Maarten Butter and so they got connected to each other.
Then forgot about it until several months later asked Tim if everything went ok. He actually already had a film crew (thanks to Maarten) and was going to shoot on 10 September 2009 in Delft at the Vermeer museum
Asked Tim if it was ok I could visit the shoot and he told me it was ok. Then it popped in my mind, “why not shoot a HDRI panorama portrait of the whole crew?”. Told it to Tim and he said ok too. Personally always interested in behind the scene’s so the people who are doing the real thing that are normally never visible.
The day of the shoot
Arrived 10 September 2009 early in the morning in Delft and walked to the Vermeer museum. The museum looked closed but the door was open. While entering the museum a woman (Farley Ziegler – producer ) asked me a bit serious what I was doing there……. Told my name is Bob Groothuis and had a appointment with Tim Jenison…. Then she suddenly changed her serious look and shouted very loud “ hey guys this is Bob and thanks to him we are all together here now!” – indirectly arranged through Maarten Butter the Film crew. A unforgettable moment!
So the ice was broken and met Tim and the rest of the Film Crew. Pretty quickly Farley asked if I wanted to be in the in the documentary (the Dutch Brett Pret ;)) ! So play the assistant to Tim in one shot of the documentary!
The shooting needed to be done quickly because the museum would be opened for public later that day. Like always it cost more time to shoot al the scenes so at the end there was only very little time to shoot the HDRI panorama of the Tim, Farley and the film crew. But think the end result got to be one of my favorite HDRI pano’s I’ve ever shot (see below for more info)
Whats Tim’s documentary about?
Please note that I Not have seen the documentary yet.
Title: Tim’s Vermeer
Plot Summary: Directed by Teller of Penn & Teller fame, the film follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all of art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically,150 years before the invention of photography? Jenison’s epic research project ultimately succeeds as he uses 17th century technology — lenses and mirrors — to develop a technique that might have been used by Vermeer, supporting a theory as extraordinary as what he discovers.
Spanning a decade, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces; on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney; and eventually even to Buckingham Palace, to see the Queen’s Vermeer.
The documentary is shown on several film festivals in the USA September 2013.
Official publication is in 2014.
Information pages (more to be added soon) – updated 19 january 2014 – (ps a bit weird that the Dutch media not published anything about Tim’s Vermeer yet its pretty “huge” worldwide?)
The Trailer + Info!
Officially shortlisted for an Oscar! (update – a little bummer Tim’s Vermeer came not further then the Oscar Shortlist but still in the race for a Bafta!)
An astonishing documentary investigates the methods used by Vermeer to create his masterpiece The Music Lesson – the Guardian | Tim’s Vermeer Movie Review – Contact Music | Tim’s Vermeer Review – hey u guys .uk | Penn & Teller and Tim & Vermeer: Magic Duo Create Doc on Technology and Art – documentary.org | An art-historical documentary that’s at once great fun and completely pointless – Financial Times | DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEEK: ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ Shows How We Could ALL Paint Like The Dutch Master – Huffingtonpost.co.uk | Was Johannes Vermeer more of a scientist than an artist? – the Global Herald | Film reviews: Wolf of Wall Street | Tim’s Vermeer – scotsman.com | Tim’s Vermeer preview clips & images – entertainment-focus.com | Teller on Penn’s Idea, Tim’s Hypothesis and Vermeer’s Painting – Carpetbagger – NYT | Penn & Teller’s ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ addresses weighty questions – MyDesert.com | How did Vermeer paint his masterpiece? – BBC | Exposing Vermeer’s smoke and mirrors – The Australian (Premium Content!) | Watch: Trailer For Acclaimed, Oscar Contending Documentary ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ – Indiewire | ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ Trailer: One Of Peter’s Top Movies Of The Year – Slashfilm.com | ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ Trailer: An Inventor, Two Magicians, and a 350-Year-Old Mystery – movies.yahoo.com | ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ Film Review – slantmagazine.com | You see? Anyone can paint a Vermeer– thesundaytimes.co.uk (paid article) | DIFF 2013: Tim’s Vermeer (2013) – moeatthemovies.com | Becoming Vermeer: hobbyist recreates a masterpiece to solve one of art’s greatest mysteries – The Verge | Review: Teller’s ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ paints fascinating picture – Los Angeles Times | Mystery of Vermeer’s masterpieces solved: Dutch master DID use mirrors and projections to create ultra-realistic paintings – Daily Mail UK | Behind Great Art, The Artist’s Painstaking Process – OPB | Inventor or Artist? An Interview with Tim Jenison of Tim’s Vermeer – Huffington Post | ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ Review: Penn & Teller’s Doc a Magic Mix of Art and Science – The Wrap | First Poster for the Must See Doc ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ Directed by Teller – FirstShowing.net | ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ is a fascinating story about the artistic process (+video) – CSMonitor | Ebiri on Tim’s Vermeer: Penn and Teller Attempt to Demystify the Artistic Process – Vulture | Engineering His Own Vermeer – New York Times | Reverse-Engineering a Genius (Has a Vermeer Mystery Been Solved?) – Vanity Fair | Teller talks up his directorial projects ‘Play Dead,’ ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ – LA Times | A Man Obsessed by a Dutch Master – The Wall Street Journal (subscription) | Watch: How ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ Filmmakers Determined a Runtime With 2400 Hours of Footage – Indiewire | Tim’s Vermeer – Movie Review – 2013 – About.com Documentaries | Girl With A Pearl Earring” Shines Again At The Frick – NY1 | ‘Tim’s Vermeer’: Teller-helmed doc examines the painter – USA Today | Contenders 2013: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Tim’s Vermeer,’ ‘Before Midnight,’ ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ ‘Lone Survivor,’ ‘Despicable Me 2’ & ‘The Croods’ Bid For Oscar – Deadline | Hollywood | NYFF 2013: How Penn & Teller came to make a movie about Dutch painting – LA Times |
TELLER TALKS TIM’S VERMEER: DP/30 – Filmmaker IQ | TheWrap Screening Series: Teller Explains How Magic Show With Penn Jillette Inspired ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ (Video) – The Wrap | Tim’s Vermeer – Illuminating the Painting by Revealing the Science Behind It – Awards Daily | Lone Star film fest opens with ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ – Hispanic Business | LSFF Report (Day 1)– Fort Worth weekly | The Contenders 2013: Teller Talks Film Directing Debut ‘Tim’s Vermeer’: “We Had 2400 Hours Of Footage” (Video) – Deadline | Hollywood | Teller Speaks: He’s Directed a Horror Magic Show and a Documentary About Vermeer – LA Weekly Blogs | Interview New York Film Festival 2013 – Film Society Lincoln Center | How to Paint Like Vermeer, as Explained by a Techie – hyperallergic.com | NYFF 2013: Penn and Teller Hit New York With Their Oscar Contender Doc ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ – IndieWire | NYFF 2013: How Penn & Teller came to make a movie about Dutch painting – LA Times | New York Film Fest: Doc Contenders ‘Tim’s Vermeer,’ ‘The Square’ Screen Back-to-Back – The Hollywood Reporter | New York Village Voice – Tim’s Vermeer: Art and Tech Collide in Awe-Inspiring Historical Whodunit | Oscar? – Indywire | Another Tim’s Vermeer review: 8.8/10 score! – Film.com | Penn & Teller debut mysterious doc ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ at TIFF, await backlash – Ottawa Citizen | Tim’s Vermeer New York Film Festival 2013 – 51st New York Film Festival official website | Wild Card @ TIFF: Penn and Teller’s directorial debut, Tim’s Vermeer, could be a sleeper hit – National Post |
Done with Mirrors – Watch Newspapers | A Documentary by Teller Explores the Magic of Vermeer – Artsbeat | A Documentary by Teller Explores the Magic of Vermeer – The Art Newspaper
Tim’s Vermeer has been acquired for distribution worldwide by Sony Pictures Classics and will be released theatrically in the U.S. in Spring 2014.
If you need some more info about this documentary please contact:
Original post below was published on 10 october 2010
This panorama is part of a bigger series (this is Part 3) that will be made in the future. Behind the scenes HDRI panorama portraits of people. More info about this project see at the bottom of this page. Not sure witch direction it will go.
This HDRI panorama portrait is one of a Film crew. Note that for Tim’s Vermeer there were more film Units/crews. If I’m correct there was another unit in the UK and the USA.
Here you can see the full panorama.
Just click on the small image a bigger version will be shown
Will introduce the people on the panorama (from left to right)
Roel Ypma – Light
Farley Ziegler – High Delft Productions
Tim Jenison – High Delft Productions
Steven van Dijk – Sound
Richard Spierings – 1st Assistant Camera
Robert M. Berger – Director of Photography
Shooting an HDRI Portrait is one thing, another very important step is color correction and retouche. My good friend JP van der Burg did that for me. He’s a real master in color correction + retouche and to show you how it was before and after correction click on the image below. Jp can translate the clients wishes exact what they want without asking to much questions. One of the biggest hurdles was the sound boom a you can see because that thing is visible in more then 1 angles of the shoot. Another was the right arm of Robert the Director of photography. And much more correcting things happened to this image.
Big thanks to Tim Jenison and his film crew for the permission of taking the panorama and the allowance of showing it on this website & Jp van der Burg for the color correction and retouche. More information will be posted when possible.
HDRI panorama portrait information:
This is a ongoing project and is called (close) Encounters.
The HDRI ( High Dynamic Range Images ) panorama portrait panorama’s are made out of 63 pictures (minimal 9 exposures per angle, 7 angles so 63 images are used to make a HDRI portret panorama.
That makes taking the image with some thrill — it could be ruined due to the fact that if the people are moving the portrait could fail. That idea makes it fascinating for me to do it, Its always exiting to shoot. Warn the customers in advance: “we will see in the final image who moved, so do not dare to move!” Until now (almost) everyone has listened very good in the portrait shoots from the last years.
After the shoot the most time consuming part starts: tonemapping, color correction & retouche. The actually shooting is done within 1 minute per pano, post production can take about 20 or 30 hours (or even more).
Update november 2015:
Last years the technical development of 360° camera’s (so no need to shoot in several angles but just push the button once) is going very quickly. More and more are entering the market and this is fantastic news. My special attention goes to the latest Lytro Immerge development. But have to be honest. For the (close) Encounters series not want to use such camera’s its just too easy. Its much more exciting if there is a bigger chance of failure. It reminds me also to the early days of (portrait) photography, can imagine the photographer shouted also “ please do not move”.
Previous Editions (close) Encounters
(close) Encounters Part 1
(close) Encounters Part 2
(close) Encounters Part 3 – see above
(close) Encounters Part 4
(close) Encounters Part 5
(close) Encounters Part 6
(close) Encounters Part 7
(close) Encounters Part 8
(close) Encounters Part 9
(close) Encounters Part 10
(close) Encounters Part 11
(close) Encounters Part 12