The '40mm Underworld' Video Goes in for a Closer Look

 - Jul 24, 2011
References: vimeo & thefoxisblack
James Miller explores the secret lives of snails in his '40mm Underworld' video. Using a Sony NEX FS100 lens set up 40 mm off the ground, the Sussex-based cinematographer captured snails in their natural habitat, with precision and detail rarely seen before. At such a magnified level, the snails appear almost otherworldly, or like creatures from a science-fiction film. The soundtrack of the video, provided by Jean Michel Jarre, helps to create this extraterrestrial effect, with beautiful transcendental tones and melodies. The slimy snail's movements look like a slowed-down scene from the 1979 film 'Alien,' but the camera is simply capturing the natural pace at which the critters travel.

Miller's '40mm Underworld' gives viewers a new appreciation for these insects, as the camera captures their graceful movements and magnificently detailed and decorated shells. The video shows how beautiful Earth's creatures are when you take the time to really look at them.