No Commercial use of any footage in this video without my explicit approval.
Countless hours of editing..
A city that never sleeps..
and an ameteur photographer hooked on timelapse..
Of course the result had to be a timelapse/hyperlapse video from my trip to New York :)
All hyperlapses in this video was shot handheld and manually counting between every exposure. Later stabilized in editing.
The hyperlapse of Brooklyn Bridge was the most challenging of them as i went like 2 steps forward, count to 3, shoot, 2 steps forward, count to 3, shoot for around 200 exposures. I was perhaps not the most popular guy on the bridge that day as I tried my best to stay on the line to avoid wiggeling in the hyperlapse. Especially the bikers disliked my activities on the narrow bridge leaving them in a more than tight spot in some situations.
For the panning scenes I used Panolapse ( http://www.panolapse360.com ) An amazing tool to create panos and zooming in footage. It creates a much more realistic image for panning moves than for instance animated pans using crop in Premiere as it simulates rotational panning with perspectiv correction in a brilliant way. I am thorougly impressed with its performance. I have still to get to know the many other features besides panning/zooming so this is certainly a tool I will enjoy to check out more on my next projects.
Check it out at their website. They have a 20% off on licenses just now also.
On my week long journey through New York I met tons of nice and interesting people. Thank you all for contributing to making my trip a huge success and a memory for life. I enjoyed every conversation I had while waiting for my camera sequence to end :)
Music by the ever so awesome Blackmill
Canon EOS 5d mk II
EF 17-40 F/4 L
EF 24-105 F/4 L IS
Induro AT313 Tripod
Panolapse ( http://www.panolapse360.com )
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is an amazing up and coming city. This time lapse is a culmination of 10,000 RAW images and multiple shoots capturing some of the cities relentless energy and pace of change.
Everyone who has visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam knows part of the magic (love it or hate it) is in the traffic. Ever since I first set foot in HCMC I have been captivated by the cities energy. Saigon is a city on the move unlike anything I have experienced before which I wanted to capture and share.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the film and thanks also to the numerous kind people who allowed me access to some amazing locations.
The Word HCMC magazine has published a Q&A interview with some background information on the project: http://tinyurl.com/88jp6vn
Winner of Best Experimental Film at Tiburon International Film Festival 2012
Official selection at: DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon 2012, Mudfest 2012, ANIMAYO 2012 and London International Creative Competition (LICC) 2012
Each morning the dawn calm of Hoi An, Vietnam, disappears in a frenzy of activity. Whether it's conical hatted ladies conducting million-dong-deals or school girls in their perfect white Ao Dai uniforms commuting four-to-a-bicycle, Hoi An is a place full of life... That is, until about 9pm each day when the bustling streets empty and calm returns.
Hoi An has effectively been preserved in time from it's days as one of South East Asia's busiest trading ports. I was privileged to call Hoi An my home for just over a year. As a visitor I will only ever understood a fraction of the activity that keeps the streets and waterways alive. I wanted to capture and share some of the sights that inspired me during my time in this historic town.
In 1980 Shanghai had no skyscrapers. It now has at least 4,000 — more than twice as many as New York. ‘This is Shanghai’ explores the diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is Shanghai going beyond the famous skyline.
Photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces combining deep city exploration and pioneering filmmaking. ‘This is Shanghai’ is a roller coaster ride seamlessly weaving between the iconic, sparkling and mismatched buildings of the financial district travelling by boat and taxi touring Shanghai’s impressive infrastructure whilst glimpsing some of the lesser-known aspects of Shanghai life such as the lower stratum areas or the stunning graffiti of Moganshan road. And of course there is the opportunity to try some of the vast variety of street food and Shanghai’s most popular homegrown delicacy, the pan-fried pork dumplings, the shengjian bao.
Wherever you travel in Shanghai the cities skyline is always present. The looming silhouette of the almost constructed Shanghai Tower now dominates and perfectly encapsulates the new heights this city is yet to reach. Once completed, in 2014, it will be the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
To understand the city, the team carried out rigorous urban exploration. In the words of JT “we walked, walked and walked, the Jane Jacobs way”. Weibo, China’s main social media platform was used to ask local Shanghainese people to share ideas of different vantage points and what they thought were the over-riding characteristics of the city. Stealth and curiosity were required to find and gain access to rooftops and locations. It became addictive for the team discovering breath-taking vantage points of the city. There was always an adrenaline rush upon reaching the top of a different building to see the vast urban jungle of Shanghai.
Rob Whitworth (robwhitworth.co.uk/) is a creative time lapse photographer from the UK based in Asia. His previous videos, ‘Traffic in Frenetic HCMC’ and ‘Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT’ have received international attention including being short listed for 7 film festivals, and have had received well over 2 million online views.
JT Singh (jtsingh.com/) has explored hundreds of emerging cities around the world and is a next generation thinker about the value and impact of 21st century cities. Having grown up in Toronto JT is now based in China. He explains:
“The over-riding reason we made this video was to creatively show the world visually how China is rising, in particular Chinese cities. Just as New York City exemplified the strengths and ambitions of emerging America in the 20th century, Shanghai, perhaps more than any old or emerging rival, will personify the power and dreams of rising Asia in the 21st century.”
Hyperlapse commissioned by On Board Experimental Marketing/ Nike showing the new route for the 11th Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco. Video received 6,000 likes, 4,000 shares and 300,000 plays on Facebook within its first week of launch. #werunSF