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The Extensive Raw Time-lapse Tutorials are either a 4-day basic or 8-day extensive workshop program. I know for many that hands-on education is by far the most helpful. These sessions will leave you with the knowledge you require to shoot a time-lapse, including all considerations you will need to take into account to improve your chances of capturing a beautiful shot AND telling a story. 

These workshops are open to photographers and cinematographers of all skill levels. However, basic camera knowledge is a huge asset if you hope to cover all aspects of shooting time-lapses including advanced motion controlled shots.

The curricula for these courses are catered per request. However, in these workshops, you will leave with the skills to develop a story, a schedule, scout, shoot static time-lapses, shoot motion controlled time-lapses, how to eliminate flicker in your time-lapses, and much more. I’ve broken down the content more extensively below.

Unlike many other workshops, these workshops are catered on a per request basis.

How it Works

These workshops will take place at the location you desire WITHIN CANADA. These workshops come in two forms;

  • WILDERNESS SHOOTING.
  • URBAN SHOOTING.

Once you have chosen your style of shoot, you then can choose between two package options:

  • THE BASICS EXCURSION: 4 days (Two day workshop; Two days shooting).
  • THE EXTENSIVE EXCURSION: 8 days (Four day workshop; Four days shooting).

**Please note that travel costs are not included in the cost of the course.

Locations

One of my hopes from the workshops is for you to leave with a portfolio worthy piece. As a result, I recommend choosing a picturesque location (WILDERNESS SHOOTING PACKAGE) or city centre (URBAN SHOOTING PACKAGE). However, I will travel to your location if desired. Once the location is chosen, I will do the leg work for accommodations & scouting.

Wilderness Shooting Package

As the name suggests, the Wilderness Shooting Package takes place in the wilderness. We will have the opportunity to shoot beautiful locations throughout Canada. Although I am open to exploring any park within Canada, I have included a list of recommended parks. By choosing a location in Western Canada, you will have access to more equipment than you would in Eastern Canada and the travel costs will be lower. During the months between May-October, you also have the opportunity to choose the OUTDOOR ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE. During the remaining months, the accommodations will shift to indoors while the shooting will remain outdoors.

 Recommended Parks

Jasper National Park
Banff National Park
Yoho National Park
Kootenay national Park
Waterton Lakes National Park
Pacific Rim National Park
Glacier National Park
Mt. Revelstoke National Park
Prince Albert National Park
Kluane National Park

Urban Shooting Package

The urban shooting package will take place in the city you desire across Canada. At each centre, you can request to have a guide on hand to help navigate if requested.

***Please note that costs are higher with the Urban shooting Package as accommodations are extra and must be paid upfront.


There are two different packages levels to choose between:

If you are looking for an extensive overview of shooting a time-lapse at a comfortable pace, you may want to consider ‘The Extensive’. However, if you are looking for a fast-paced workshop, than ‘The Basic’ is for you. *Please note that due to the length of ‘The Basic’, we will not be able to cover all aras covered in the curriculum.

The Basics

The Basics is the perfect solution if you are looking for a Introduction on how to shoot a time-lapse.

  • Two day workshop; Two days shooting.
  • You will leave with a firm understanding of how to shoot a RAW time-lapse. We will be going over pre-production, production & post-production tips. Cameras will be provided if necessary but if you have a camera, we will go over how to use your equipment.
  • A pre-screening interview will take place once you have enrolled to ensure the time is used most efficiently and the right gear is available if looking for more specialized training.
  • Once you have enrolled in the course, you will have unlimited online support extending beyond the two day workshop.
  • COST: $2199 + Travel Costs

*NOTE: Please note that training content is flexible and catered as per request. Location is also flexible however, travel costs are not included.

Two Days in Banff

About the film

The film above was produced during a two day workshop with Michael Curtis. During these two days we went over the basics of shooting a time-lapse. We also went over about ten Kessler products — used in both the time-lapse and live-action.

The Extensive

The Extensive is the perfect solution if you are looking for an in depth look at how to shoot a time-lapse.

  • Four Day workshop; Four days shooting.
  • You will leave with a firm understanding of how to shoot a RAW time-lapse. We will be going over pre-production, production & post-production tips. Cameras will be provided if necessary but if you have a camera, we will go over how to use your equipment.
  • Ability to go more in-depth on specialized time-lapse setups.
  • A pre-screening interview will take place once you have enrolled to ensure the time is used most efficiently and the right gear is available if looking for more specialized training.
  • Once you have enrolled in the course, you will have unlimited online support extending beyond the two day workshop.
  • At the end of the course, you will have a finished film to add to your portfolio. We will also go over distribution options if you are looking to make money on your footage as well.
  • Content catered as per request
  • COST: $2899 + Travel Costs

*NOTE: Please note that training content is flexible and catered as per request. Location is also flexible however, travel costs are not included.

The Canadian Rockies

About the Film

The film above was produced with Nils Sorensen and Leanne Schinkel in four days. We integrated a few different time-lapse and live-action techniques into this film.

Rhythms of Spring

About the Film

The film above was produced with Wendy Belkin during an eight day workshop. This film was shot around Glacier National Park and Revelstoke, British Columbia.


Curriculum

Most of the workshops will be catered to the specific needs of the shooter. However, I have outlined some of the content we would be covering.

Show the Content

In this section, we will look closer at my ‘go to’ equipment and also break down a few different kit configurations depending on shot requirements as well as shooting conditions. This will give you a good idea of what gear you will need to nail your shot. I will also outline the basic gear needed and show you how to slowly build up your kit as you add more shooting techniques.

Show the Content

Pre-production is by far the most important part of the process for not only time-lapse photography but filmmaking as a whole. By being prepared from the beginning and by having a well laid out plan, production & post-production will ALWAYS go way smoother. There are a few specific areas that I will be investigating as part of the pre-production phase.

  • Searching for Locations.
  • Prepping Gear.
  • Shot Lists.

Show the Content

This section will be the most extensive and will encompass a wide array of possible time-lapse setups. For a list of the current tutorials to be covered in the series, please see below:

  • Camera Settings/Modes: Understanding the Basic Functions of a DSLR
  • Static Time-lapses
  • Motion Controlled Time-lapses
  • Day to Night Time-lapses
  • Astro Time-lapses
  • HDR Time-lapses
  • Walking Time-lapses
  • Bulb Ramping


Show the Content

For this section, I will be covering a few different methods for processing the time-lapses as well as cover some of the ways in which to remove flicker from your time-lapses. I will also be focusing on a few composting techniques.
Some of the programs/codecs I will be covering include:
LR Timelapse, Lightroom, After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere, FCP 7, Quicktime 7, GB Deflicker, CHV Time Collection, ProRes vs CineForm, Photomatrix & more.

Show the Content


The demand for online content is increasing. Grants for web series are becoming available. Discounts that used to exist for online content, such as discounted actor rates, are quickly disappearing as many are seeing the added value in online content. Crowd funding is also becoming a viable option for funding. With this shift, it is key to create an online presence — and get your work seen.
HOW TO PROCEED

The first thing you will want to do is fill out the form below with the package you are interested in. Once you have decided the path you want to take from the options above, we will discuss a little further what you are hoping to get out of the course. A catered package will then be developed and sent your way for approval.

As mentioned, I am only taking THREE more people for 2013 and if you register before June 15th, you will receive a 10% discount!

Workshop Sign-Up Form

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***All payments are refundable upon request of cancellation. Cancellations are in full up to 90 days prior to departure. Cancellations less than 60 days prior to departure are subject to a 50% cancellation fee and cancellations less than 30 days are subject to a 75% cancellation fee. If payment is not received in full 90 days prior to departure I cannot guarantee your spot in the workshop. 

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