The video of the hourglass, the light up, the light down and the smoke was shot with an iPhone 4. The Candle time-lapse part was shot using Canon EOS 40D, with a 20mm/F2.8 lens.
I used my iPhone as an intervalometer for the 40D, with the DSLR Camera Remote app.
The iPhone videos are in 720p and the time-lapse was saved with a lossless resolution, so I have a pretty big video of 36 seconds (approx 10Go) @3888*2592. My computer was really crying during the rendering process.
All the time-lapse images were processed with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to make the background look like an untouched dark, I used Premiere Pro to reverse, put all together, and make pan & zooms on the time-lapse part… The result was pretty amazing.
The hardest part for me was to find ideas, it's actually pretty hard to imagine something reversed without using slow-motion, and since I don't have the necessary material, I decided to make a time-lapse.
The candle for me was the best way to make something unusual, like something that is built from scratch by the fire.
The hourglass acts as a video progress-bar, but reversed. I wanted to play with gravity and fire.
I also want to mention every piece of hardware and software that allowed me to make this happen : Apple for the iPhone 4, Canon for the 40D, ononesoftware for the iOS DSLR Camera Remote, Adobe for Lightroom and Premiere Pro. Thanks guys.
Music : "Theme" from Jon Brion
Martin L. for Gizmodo Video Challenge : Rewind