Moments in China is a collection of vivid moments I experienced while traveling around China last month. The piece flows from Hong Kong to Beijing, and visits Guilin, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Some moments are more significant than others, but I have a personal connection with each. The video is particularly special to me because I have not had time for personal projects over the past several months.
However, that is not to say that the past several months have not been exciting. I have had the chance to work on some interesting projects such as the Luminato Festival which aired on TV and at major theatres across Ontario, sequences for the Toronto Blue Jays, a set of commercials for Niagara Tourism, and promotional material for Toronto Tourism. I am also pleased to announce that I will be putting together Toronto Tourism's newest video aimed at garnering international interest for Toronto. I intend to take a unique approach.
Thank you to Trevor Corrigan for creating the title; and my family, Jon B, Martin L, Henry Less, Derek Flack and Bryan Brock for various reasons.
Unlike many time-lapses, this one is made by hand. All 6,148 were taken manually using a simple Sony Cybershot and a tripod. I had to stand in one place for up to 4 hours, counting to 20 in my head, and take a picture. I hope that this video demonstrates that you don't necessarily need expensive equipment.
This time-lapse video is a tribute to the city that has given me so much; Shanghai.
I wanted to capture the city as it truly is, therefore none of the shots were edited or photoshopped in any way. (With the exception of the intro.)
Personally, I find that the hard work put into a manual time-lapse gives you a much more rewarding feeling, and makes you look at the city through different eyes, seeing movement which you would normally ignore.
Music: Fireweed - Patrick Watson
Special Thanks to:
Stephan Dusault, Reneé Close, Maria Chen, Mr. Lu, Le Royal Meridien, The Ritz-Carlton, and The House of Roosevelt.
Cameras: Nikon D800, Nikon D700 (Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8)
& Canon EOS 5D Mark II (Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM)
24 Cities (Locations):
Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama - Japan (Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, Minato District, Shibuya Crossing, Shinjuku Dori, Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Bay)
Shanghai, Beijing, Hong, Kong, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Guangzhou - China (Beijing CBD Central Business District, Guomao, Yintai Center, World Trade Center, Tiananmen Square in Center of Beijing, Forbidden City, CCTV, Shanghai Pudong, Huangpu River, Puxi, Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Bund Center, Inner Ring Nanpu Bridge Interchange)
Seoul - South Korea (N Seoul Tower, Namsan Mountain, Namdaemun Market, Jongro, Euljiro Avenue, Jogno Building)
Singapore - Singapore (Marina Bay, Chinese New Year Party, Singapore Flyer, Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands, Merlion Statue)
Kuala Lumpur -Malaysia (Petronas Twin Towers, Menara, KLLC)
Bangkok - Thailand (Wat Arun, Temple of the Dawn, Chao Phraya River)
Hanoi - Vietnam (The Bustling Street Scene Of Hanoi, Vietnam, Old Town, Old Quarter,)
Doha - Qatar (Spiral Mosque, Old Marketplace, Doha Corniche, Tornado, Museum of Islamic Arts, Doha Souk, Burj Qatar, Al Bidda, Qatar World Trade Center, Dafnah, Palm, Salam)
London - England (The Shard London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Thames River, Westminster, London Trocadero, Swiss Re, Gherkin)
Venice, Florence, Verona, Turin - Italy (St. Mark's Cathedral Bell Tower, San Marco, Chiesa della Gran Madre di Dio, Monte dei Cappuccini in Torino, Piazza delle Erbe in Verona)
Budapest - Hungary (Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Lanchid, Hungarian Parliament)
Warsaw - Poland (Palace of Culture and Science PKIN)