The Raw Time-lapse Tutorial // Introduction

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The expression “pay it forward” is used to describe the concept of asking that a good deed be repaid to others. In sociology, this concept is called “generalized reciprocity” or “generalized exchange”. It is the belief that by doing good, everyone will benefit. For this tutorial series, I will be taking this approach. I will not be charging for this series — but there is a catch! If you find ANYTHING helpful in any of the videos, please either share your work or share your experiences along the way — including anything new you may learn — be it workflow or anything else.

In this post, I will cover a few different areas:

  • Introduction to Project.
  • Delivery Format.
  • What to Expect.

***NOTE: All opinions & perspectives shared come from my experience as a shooter and may not be the best way of doing things. I am simply sharing MY WORKFLOW when both capturing and processing RAW time-lapses similar to the ones seen in the INTRODUCTORY video below***.

Finding New Ways To Make A Living

Life isn’t JUST about making money — even though we all strive for it. It is about loving what you do and being happy doing it. It is extremely important that you are passionate about the work you do — and the way you live your life. When you decide to make the leap and become a full time freelance filmmaker, you don’t expect to make a million dollars. If you do, that’s great. It just isn’t always the reality. Now there have been a lot of articles online recently discussing ways to make a living as a filmmaker. Although fairly new to film-making, there are also a few things I have learned on my short — but adventurous journey. In this series, I will share what I have learned along the way.

Target Audience

The target audience of this series will be the independent filmmaker who is open to learn. In the series, I hope to give a thorough breakdown of how to shoot RAW time-lapses. There is no perfect formula to get incredible shots other than practice, practice & more practice. These shorts will simply give you a look at how I approach shooting time-lapses. Comments and recommendations for future videos are encouraged.

Paying it Forward

The gap between low quality and high quality video is quickly closing and this quality content is becoming available at a fraction of the price. It is becoming even more important to find ways to stand out from the crowd.

Now the main reason I am asking anyone that learns from the tutorials to either post their work or post something they learn along the way is because of the impact this work could have upon someone else. By posting your content online, you may be posting content that a viewer can relate to. You may even inspire someone or speak to them on a deeper level that could inevitably cause a life altering event. Who knows?!?

With this new market that is emerging, many people now have access and it is becoming even more important to find your niche. There are a few things you can do to stand out. Do work that relates to personal experiences. Continue to work hard and be passionate about the work you do — no matter what you are working on. Do the best possible job you can do on EVERY job. If you continually grow and work hard, good things will happen. It doesn’t take much to push yourself as a filmmaker. I’ve found that it is actually harder to be complacent!

Conclusion

Although only a quick look, the above post breaks down what I will be covering in the tutorials. If there is anything you would like to see added to the list or any advice on how you would like the series to be approached, please share in the comment section below!