***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***.
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:
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.
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!
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!# vimeo.com/45814119 Uploaded
Pre-production is by far the most important part of the process for not only time-lapse photography but film-making 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. I will be covering:
What I want to do with this video is give you a few tips that will hopefully help your shooting experience go smoother. To help with this process, I will be producing a new short at the same time and use it as a real world example showcasing my workflow.
For More Information on the tutorial, check out prestonkanak.com/extensive-raw-time-lapse-tutorial/.
Tutorial Technical Specs
For this tutorial, my gear selection was a little different from my other projects because of the location in which I was shooting. Due to the fact that I hiked in to film this, I had to condense my kit. In regards to cameras, I shot on 2xCanon 5D Mark II’s using the 24-105mm 4.0L, 14mm 2.8L, 50mm 1.2L, and the 70-200mm 2.8L II. In regards to sound, I used the RØDE Lavalier for the on camera content and the NTG3 for the SFX / Ambient audio.
In regards to support gear, I used the Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fiber Tripod – 3 Section tripods with Kessler Low Profile Ball Heads & Kwik Release plates to attach the cameras. For the drive lapse shots, I used the Kessler Shuttle Pod Mini, Kessler Stealth & the Shape Mountains.
Special Thanks to Nils Sorensen for this help on this project!!!# vimeo.com/52543777 Uploaded
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