As for the 1st cut, I really wanted to do this particular timelapse of sunset / lake / christmas lights. I only had few more days until people take down the decoration lightings, and I'm usually not available to shoot at sunset. So, on Christmas Eve, I got off work at 3, stopped by at Best Buy to get a new memory-card reader, googled on my iPhone to check sunset would be at 4:48pm, and then rushed here to arrive at 4:30pm. That's that for the 1st cut.
And for the rest, timelapse photos were being shot NOT to make a good timelapse video, but to allow me to spend time with my girlfriend. As seen on the 4th cut, although she didn't realize, we weren't freezing our butts off just to wait for 30-min shooting to finish, but timelapse was being shot to capture this one moment. This time, we weren't waiting for the camera to do its work, but the camera was waiting for us (well, maybe just me). Of course, she did not know what was coming.
We were writing down things happened in 2009 on one column, and the things we expect to happen in 2010 on the other. I wrote down "getting married" on 2010 column, then asked her. (Details left out on purpose)
You will be able to see things happening at 0:55 on the video.
Canon EOS 7D
Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 (1st shot only)
Sigma 10mm F2.8 Fisheye
1st cut: East Lake on Village Center Dr., Yorba Linda, CA
2nd-4th cuts: Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA