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September 20, 2013

#ExploreYXE Shot using the Kessler CineDrive

The saying, ‘home is were the heart is’ varies from person to person but for me, my heart is still with the place I was born. Saskatoon, SK is a city smack dab in the centre of Canada in the province of Saskatchewan with a population of about 300,000 people. I recently teamed up with the crew at Tourism Saskatoon to produce a few videos to help promote the city. Out of the five videos that I am producing with the team, we decided to put together a time-lapse portrait of the city. What I want to do with this post is give you a look into the production to shed light on what it took to produce this campaign. This post will be evolving as each of these videos start to be [...]

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July 18, 2013

The Raw Time-lapse Tutorial: Gear Prep

One of the biggest challenges when shooting a time-lapse is gear management. I don’t know how many times I have arrived at a location and realized a crucial part of my kit was missing. However, like most things, you only learn from your mistakes and what I have learned is that it is extremely important to create checklists and prep gear BEFORE heading out to shoot. Although it does take more time to do this, it will save you time and heartache from going out to get a shot and realizing you don’t have everything you need.

Now I must admit, my least favourite part about filmmaking is the gear prepping. It’s a fine balance between taking too much and taking not [...]

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June 12, 2013

The Raw Timelapse Tutorial: How To Shoot Day To Night Timelapses

As many people have proclaimed, day to night or night to day time-lapses are the ‘holy grail’ of time-lapse shooting. They tend to draw the attention of viewers because of their assumed complexity. At the same time, what people don’t understand is that they aren’t as tough to achieve as they appear. In this blog post, I will quickly walk you through a few different ways of capturing these types of shots.

There are three different ways to approach day to night time-lapses which include:

Shoot in APERTURE PRIORITY and de-flicker in post. Shoot at least one shot during the day and one at night and then BLEND IN POST. RAMP YOUR EXPOSURE / [...]
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April 29, 2013

How to Shoot Motion Controlled Time-lapses: A Few Tips to Get You Started

Once you have mastered static time-lapses, the next thing to add to your repertoire is the ability to shoot motion controlled time-lapses. Like static time-lapses, it is key to think of each frame as a unique image. At any point in your shot, you should be able to pull out a frame and be proud of it. The biggest different between static and motion controlled time-lapses is that you are using movement to help tell your story. When approaching these shots, you will want to inspect the shot and then determine the best way to capture the motion and before you can do this, there are a few things you need to consider. In this post, we will be looking at:

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