Awaken – Most Likely the Most Beautiful Thing Ever Filmed

If you’re a fan of wordless cinematic meditations on modern society, like Samsara and Baraka, Tom Lowe’s Awaken should be on your radar. Filmed over the course of five years in more than 30 countries, it’s a documentary that explores humanity’s connection with technology and nature with some gorgeous imagery.

The first trailer for the upcoming documentary Awaken, and this is a sight to behold. Directed by award-winning cinematographer-turned-director Tom Lowe, whose debut film “TimeScapes” was a non-narrative doc comprised of gorgeous slow-motion and timelapse cinematography of landscapes, people, and wildlife, “Awaken” is epic in scale and brings “unseen sights and breathtaking perspectives to the human eye for the first time.” He has also done cinematography work for the renowned director Terrence Malick, who also serves as a producer for Awaken.

It’s a showpiece for new time-lapse cinematography innovations by Lowe, including gimbal technology that allowed him to shoot astrophotography scenes from a moving helicopter. Thetrailer alone shows off some astounding imagery, including a starry scene from the Sierra Nevada at dusk and a camera zooming above Dubai’s skyline.

Awaken is “a celebration of the spirit of life, an exploration of the Earth, and an ode to the Cosmos,” and it is set to be released sometime in 2018. The plans are to master the film in Dolby Vision HDR, which should make for a fantastic viewing experience in the cinemas.