Sure I have been accused of being timelapse obsessed (as can be witnessed in this spoof video of the show intervention), always doing timelapses in hotels am staying at BUT there was a reason behind this. With the lots of travelling I was doing I thought a nice project would be to do timelapses of each view and stick them all together in a film…well just over a year after my last timelapse (October ’09 to October ’10) I have finally edited them all together. Unfortunately due to some catastrophic hard drive failures of the main drives and backups I lost about 6 or so timelapses which is a shame, they were mostly quite average views but that was the point of the film. Some of the views are spectacular, others less so (Manhattan Beach view being a highlight!)
I used all sorts of cameras but mostly my Canon DSLRs, the Nikon D3s and the Ricoh point and shoot! Many were done through windows, some on balaconies and a few just outside of the room…I cheated a little there, but I could still the camera from my room so that counts…right?!
Some of the shots used have been used in other films, like Sky and Monument Valley. Monument Valley was probably the most amazing view, from a hotel called “the View”, at one point I had i believe 5 or 6 cameras catching different shots from the balcony as I was only there one night!
I have to say I enjoyed the project but I am thankful the constant clicking of timelapse cameras whilst I was sleeping did start to drive me nuts. I still do timelapses of spectacular views but they have to be pretty special these days!
Big thanks to Eric Kessler of KesslerCrane.com for introducing me to his awesome motion controlled Cineslider and of course the new Philip Bloom Sig Edition slider. With the Oracle controller and the Revolution head I have had enormous fun experimenting with moving timelapses!