Timelapse With Surreal Camera Movements

Jess Dunlap created this masterpiece of a timelapse. What I really enjoyed about it was his very unique camera movements throughout the video, they really add some dimension to each section. I tell myself timelapses are becoming less and less intriguing, then I always end up eating my words when I see work like this. Not sure how he was able to accomplish some of these camera movements, but if anyone has any ideas please feel free to share because I am dying to know. Jess Dunlap shot this with a red epic.

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It looks great indeed!

Very wild guess : portable 6-axis robot-arm (dunno if it exists)
+ some zoom and rotation in post-production

 Looks like he used the Dynamic Perception Dolly in combination with a pan/tilt-head for astrophotography (I don't know which brand).

http://www.petapixel.com/2013/02/06/gorgeous-landscape-time-lapse-create...

David Martin's picture

It's not just zoom in post. It is zoom in the field, keeping foreground constant size and altering the perspective.

Today's sliders (kessler, cinevate, …) have motorized versions, which also allow you to move your tripod head in 3D. Not cheap, but pretty simple - not easy to learn, especially if you're doing moves like the ones in this video, which are pretty complex. Really nice work here.

Mark Pearson's picture

Not being trite when I say that one is moving (in the emotional way).  Our photographic forefathers waited for the light.  This one shows us the changes in light with great effect.

a timelapse dolly + motorized pan/tilt head I would assume. 

Anthony Chang's picture

I recall seeing this 

Anthony Chang's picture

I recall seeing this video a month ago and seeing a set up shot somewhere. But I do believe aside from the regular motorized slider and tilt/plan heads Jess actually used a astrophotography tracking mount (equatorial mount) to get a lot of the shots more specifically the rotating shots.

This looks great, and the motion adds to the effect. You see the content and think --- timelapse. You see the motion and think -- real-time. It's the cognitive dissonance caused by those two opposing viewpoints that makes it even more interesting.

The one thing I would say is that the fast-moving objects, such as the birds on the lake, or leaves swaying in the wind, always distract me in timelapse movies. They don't look right. They break the illusion. They take away from the dignity of the timelapse. They are so obviously an artefact of the fact that the shutter speed is much below the interval between shots. If only timelapse moviemakers would use integration method (shutter stays open most of the time), with neutral filters to reduce the light to a manageable amount.

. . big $$$ to move that camera, what kind of camera was it ? 

. . big $$$ to move that camera, what kind of camera was it ? 

Video is now passworded. :( I was really looking forward to seeing it.

Breaking Bad has used this effect a couple times, and it's very impressive.