The thing about timelapse is it involves a bit of a mathematical equation in order to get going…..if you want your final timelapse film to have a duration of 1 minute and you’re filming activity over the course of 4 days how many frames should you shoot per day?……1 frame per second….1 frame every 30 seconds….oh the horror of stepping back in time to your 0-Grade maths exam…..Anyway, once you get over that bit it gets EXCITING as you chose your camera position and rig up all the kit and then it all gets a bit SLOW again as you wait…and wait….and, well you get the picture…..but it’s worth all the effort and the patience and the changing camera positions and the standing around just waiting because the end results are very compelling and have huge energy.
This particular piece was commissioned by Sky to use online to advertise their forthcoming Skyfest event. They wanted to build up a sense of anticipation and excitement around the event amongst their troops and in doing so sell tickets. Our client was delighted as the ticket uptake went stellar!
We shot this using our Canon EOS 550d with a wide angle lens. For timelapse projects that span over much longer periods we can monitor remotely, meaning the waiting can be done over a nice cup of tea in our lovely edit suite!
So, in summary, the equation you need to get going is:
maths + shot position x waiting = lovely timelapse