1. / About the Project

    As of today, it is estimated that there are more than 7 billion humans living on Earth.

    Humans have only been a glimpse in the Earth’s timeline, yet in the last 200 years the evolution of mankind has skyrocketed as well as the need for Earth’s resources.

    Skyscrapers are growing taller than the next, like huge trees battling for sunlight. At night, from a higher point of view, traffic evokes lava flowing down a volcano.

    Like a giant ant colony, humans have made this planet their own. But what about the Earth? Can we continue to take without consequences? The City Limits tries to show that even though we are the dominant species on the planet, there is something bigger than us.

    In Carl Sagan’s own words “Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us.”

    Human progress and technology are developing at exponential rates but at what cost?

    Where is the city’s limit?

    / Technical Info

    Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
    Lenses: Canon 14 II, Canon 24 II, Canon 70-200

    / Licensing

    For licensing information please visit: dominicboudreault.com/licensing

    / Connect with Me

    Website: dominicboudreault.com
    Twitter: twitter.com/domboudreault
    Instagram: instagram.com/dominicboudreault

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  2. Tutorial on how to take your stills taken with your DSLR and turn them into great timelapse HD video.

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  3. A tutorial I put together back in 2007. It covers how to shoot a timelapse using a DSLR and intevelometer. The tutorial covers everything from settings you should use to making the time-lapse video in quicktime.

    Originally published here: http://digitalartwork.net/2007/01/30/time-lapse-tutorial/

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  4. ***NOTE: All opinions & perspectives shared come from my experience as a shooter and may not be the best way of doing things. I am simply sharing MY WORKFLOW when both capturing and processing RAW time-lapses similar to the ones seen in the INTRODUCTORY video below***.

    Target Audience

    The target audience of this series will be the independent filmmaker who is open to learn. In the series, I hope to give a thorough breakdown of how to shoot RAW time-lapses. There is no perfect formula to get incredible shots other than practice, practice & more practice. These shorts will simply give you a look at how I approach shooting time-lapses. Comments and recommendations for future videos are encouraged.

    This series is a work in progress and will continue to evolve as I learn more. Below you can find the current content breakdown:

    1: Introduction
    This video will introduce the series as well as showcase the types of shots that will be present in the time-lapse series.

    2: Kit Breakdown / Software & Hardware Solutions – Introduction
    In this video, I will give a quick preview of what equipment I use when shooting time-lapses.

    3. A Closer Look at my ‘Tool Kit’
    In this section, I will look closer at my ‘go to’ equipment and also break down a few different kit configurations depending on shot requirements as well as shooting conditions.

    4. PRE-PRODUCTION — (Story, Scouting & Scheduling)
    Pre-production is by far the most important part of the process for not only time-lapse photography but filmmaking as a whole. By being prepared from the beginning and by having a well laid out plan, production & post-production will ALWAYS go way smoother. There are a few specific areas that I will be investigating as part of the pre-production phase.
    - Searching for Locations.
    - Prepping Gear.
    - Shot Lists.

    5. PRODUCTION
    This section will be the most extensive and will encompass a wide array of possible time-lapse setups. For a list of the current tutorials to be covered in the series, please see below:
    - Camera Settings/Modes: Understanding the Basic Functions of a DSLR
    - Static Time-lapses
    - Motion Controlled Time-lapses
    - Day to Night Time-lapses
    - Astro Time-lapses
    - HDR Time-lapses
    - Walking Time-lapses
    - Bulb Ramping

    6. POST PRODUCTION
    For this section, I will be covering a few different methods for processing the time-lapses as well as cover some of the ways in which to remove flicker from your time-lapses. I will also be focusing on a few composting techniques.

    Some of the programs/codecs I will be covering include:
    - LR Timelapse, Lightroom, After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere, FCP 7, Quicktime 7, GB Deflicker, CHV Time Collection, ProRes vs CineForm, Photomatrix, GBS Timelapse & more.

    NOTE: I will be spending a substantial amount of time discussing how to remove flicker using various programs as it is a highly requested topic.

    7. Distribution: An Expanding Market Opportunity
    The demand for online content is increasing. Grants for web series are becoming available. Discounts that used to exist for online content, such as discounted actor rates, are quickly disappearing as many are seeing the added value in online content. Crowd funding is also becoming a viable option for funding. With this shift, it is key to create an online presence — and get your work seen.

    Paying it Forward
    The gap between low quality and high quality video is quickly closing and this quality content is becoming available at a fraction of the price. It is becoming even more important to find ways to stand out from the crowd.

    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!

    Conclusion
    Although only a quick look, the above post breaks down what I will be covering in the tutorials. If there is anything you would like to see added to the list or any advice on how you would like the series to be approached, please share in the comment section below!

    NOTE: All videos will be available on The RAW Timelapse group. To either share your experiences or work, please join. The RAW Timelapse Tutorial: Paying it Forward Thanks!

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  5. Tempest Milky Way won Best Overall and Audience Choice at the 2011 Chronos Film Festival. chronosfilmfestival.com

    One of the challenges in making this video, was trying to get good storm with stars shots. The opportunity doesn't come along very often, the storm has to be moving the right speed and the lightning can overexpose the long exposures. I had several opportunities this summer to get storm and star shots. In one instance, within a minute of picking up the camera and dolly, 70mph winds hit. One storm was perfect, it came straight towards the setup, then died right before it reached it.

    Extended cut available here dakotalapse.com/2011/08/tempest-milky-way/

    At the 1:57 mark a Whitetail buck came in to check out the setup. It was caught on 20 frames, and was there for about 10 minutes. It was only 50 yards from the camera, dolly and light.

    At the 3:24 mark, a meteor reflects on the water of the small lake, see still below in Photos. There are also quite a few other meteors in the timelapse.

    This was all shot in central South Dakota from June-August.

    Canon 5D Mark II for a few shots, Canon 60D and T2i
    Canon 16-35, Tokina 11-16

    Shot in RAW format. Manual mode, Exposure was 30 seconds on most Milky Way shots, 20-25 on some of the storm shots, ISO 1600 or 3200 F2.8.

    Simon Wilkinson at thebluemask.com created the music "Tempest" and sound for it.
    thebluemask.com/shop/tempest/?tid=tempestmilkyway

    I used the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly on most of the shots as well, it is awesome. dynamicperception.com

    Contact for licensing or anything else
    Randy Halverson
    dakotalapse.com

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