The RAW Timelapse Tutorial: Paying it Forward

  1. Preface Note: Because of the nature of asset structure with timelapses, the process outlined below is ONLY used for timelapse media management. My process for managing all other assets is different. I will do a follow up video showcasing that method soon.

    Media management to me, is a lot like accounting. It isn’t the most fun thing to do but is fundamental to the success of your business. Having a well established system and way of doing things is critical. Because of the large file sizes of RAW images, you will want to have a solid workflow to ensure that you keep your clips organized and cataloged. Especially when shooting timelapses, staying organized and having a system that allows you to easily find assets will make your life much easier down the line. What I want to do with this post is walk through how I manage my timelapse footage. One thing to note is that there are many approaches to this – the key is having a system that works for you and your team.

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  2. This film was shot over four days in Banff National Park just days after the major flooding that happened in Alberta, Canada that caused over $6 billion in damages. During filming, we were limited in filming locations as many places were still under water throughout the park. You can see in some of the clips that the water levels are much higher than normal, especially the Bow River.

    It was shot on the Nikon D4's and Kessler motion controlled equipment.

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  3. As many people have proclaimed, day to night or night to day time-lapses are the ‘holy grail’ of time-lapse shooting. They tend to draw the attention of viewers because of their assumed complexity. At the same time, what people don’t understand is that they aren’t as tough to achieve as they appear. In this video, I will walk you through a few different ways of capturing these types of shots.

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  4. With summer just beginning, 2013 workshops have begun and the first workshop took place in Glacier National Park from May 7th to May 15th. First off, I must say that the experience was a HUGE success and cannot wait for the next one! For people unfamiliar with these workshops, the structure is unlike most other workshops out there because you leave with a finished film. These workshops take you through the entire process of shooting a time-lapse film including story development, scheduling, scouting and much more!

    Rhythms of Spring was shot and edited during this workshop with one day of fine-tuning following the workshop.

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    This film was shot using Kessler Gear including the Kessler Cineslider, Revolution Head, Oracle Systems, Stealth Slider, CineDrive and more.

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    The SFX sounds were recorded using the Rode NTG8 and Rode NTG2.

    All camera gear was carried in the F-STOP Tilopa BC.

    Shot using the Nikon D4.

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  5. My intent with this film was to document St.Thomas’ diverse landscape. I wanted to show that the island has two faces – the first, a superficial front of luxury and wealth and the second featuring a stark contrast of poverty. For all the tourists that visit during the day, they are taken on Safari’s through the wealth and beauty of St.Thomas with the option of spending thousands at one of the jewlery shops on a ten block street. For others that have a chance to explore the deeper side of St.Thomas, they will find a place of poverty and anger. At almost every turn, I was confronted by a slew of people not willing to give you the time of day (a sign of a place stripped from the countless tourists).

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The RAW Timelapse Tutorial: Paying it Forward

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The expression “pay it forward” is used to describe the concept of asking that a good deed be repaid to others. It is the belief that by doing good, everyone will benefit. For this tutorial series, I will be taking this approach. I will…

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The expression “pay it forward” is used to describe the concept of asking that a good deed be repaid to others. It is the belief that by doing good, everyone will benefit. For this tutorial series, I will be taking this approach. I will not be charging for this series — but there is a catch! If you find ANYTHING helpful in any of the videos, please either share your work or share your experiences along the way — including anything new you may learn — be it workflow or anything else.

Life isn’t JUST about making money — even though we all strive for it. It is about loving what you do and being happy doing it. It is extremely important that you are passionate about the work you do — and the way you live your life. When you decide to make the leap and become a full time freelance filmmaker, you don’t expect to make a million dollars. If you do, that’s great. It just isn’t always the reality. Now there have been a lot of articles online recently discussing ways to make a living as a filmmaker. Although fairly new to film-making, there are also a few things I have learned on my short — but adventurous journey. In this series, I will share what I have learned along the way.

Now the main reason I am asking anyone that learns from the tutorials to either post their work or post something they learn along the way is because of the impact this work could have upon someone else. By posting your content online, you may be posting content that a viewer can relate to. You may even inspire someone or speak to them on a deeper level that could inevitably cause a life altering event. Who knows?!?

With this new market that is emerging, many people now have access and it is becoming even more important to find your niche. There are a few things you can do to stand out. Do work that relates to personal experiences. Continue to work hard and be passionate about the work you do — no matter what you are working on. Do the best possible job you can do on EVERY job. If you continually grow and work hard, good things will happen. It doesn’t take much to push yourself as a filmmaker. I’ve found that it is actually harder to be complacent!

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