Sunday, January 29, 2012
I shot a few time lapses while I was attending the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The two shots were done using my Canon 5DMKII and 70-200mm f/2.8L lens. I used an interval of 7 seconds, and the long shot was created over a 9 hour period. The first shot has some flicker to it, and I would've used a de-flicker filter to help clean it up, but I was rushed to upload since I was being thrown out of my condo at checkout time. If the flicker in shot #1 bothers you, just blink your eyes really fast to compensate. I animated in Quicktime at 24 frames, then imported both shots to FCP. While in FCP, I added a touch of contrast, saturation, and sharpness, then created the slow digital zoom in the long shot #2. I exported out with Compressor to a manageable file, and uploaded to Youtube. The music is by Jeff Hefti, and I chose it based on trying to avoid the traditional "speedy" tech song found in so many time lapse videos. I think Jeff's excellent score adds a more somber tone, and is a nice contrast to the hyper activity of Main Street. I always try to create contrast and conflict in art, and again, it was going against the grain of what's out there. I synced the lights in shot #1 to the music cue, and adjusted my long shot (shot #2) to the ending of the music. I actually shot a few more time lapses with my iPhone, but they seemed out of place to the dynamic 5DMKII shots, and decided to keep only 2. I had a great view of Main Street from my condo, and could let the cameras run, while out and about at the festival. I knew that Saturday afternoon and night were going to be the busiest time of the festival on Main Street, so I wanted to capture the population crush that happens during that time period. I wish I had more time in post, but "they" were literally standing at the doorway, waiting for me to leave the condo, as I finished my Youtube upload. I had to checkout. Fate plays its part in the overall quality, but I made my deadline, and left town. Thank you, Sundance 2012!
My personal pictures from the festival can be found here:
Posted by James Boyd at 8:55 AM