I had actually given up doing Timelapses from hotels rooms after my year long project “A Room With A View” finished around October last year. The results were fun but the constant clicking at night certainly was not!! It was lovely to have peace and quiet again! Then on my last night in Australia in February I stayed in a hotel with a magnificent view of the Sydney Harbour. I made a film of that called 3513.
I write this in my hotel room in San Francisco which has to be honest a very uninspiring view. In fact most of the hotels I have stayed at in the past 4 weeks on the CanonFilmmakers Live tour around the US have been pretty crappy. So crappy in fact when I opened my first curtains in Chicago and had Wallgreens out front I decided to do timelapses of every hotel view I stayed in on the tour no matter how crappy it was. To see if you can make something out of very little and I will at the end of the trip.
Of course when I got to Seattle that changed! We got an upgraded room at the Warwick Hotel and asked for a view of the Space Needle. It was superb.
Now I am a very creative person and I need to let my creative juices flow and doing this month long workshop tour has meant I have done little if anything creative in the past month. So I vowed, with 2 days of Seattle to make something of this very interesting view using my 5Dmk2, T2i, T3i and GH2. I really adore teaching but I still prefer to shoot.
What was key was mains power supplies for the cameras (I don’t have one for the Gh2) and the lensskirt which blocks out reflections from the room’s windows. The Delkin suction mount is a great piece of kit too for doing timelapses through windows. Very strong and sturdy.
So here is the video below and below that is a 21 minute commentary going into a lot more depth about the shoot, the what, the how and the why. Let both the video and commentary load up and only press play on video once I say so in the commentary track and when I say pause…pause it! There really is a ton of information in the video including my thought process on music and the issues how have.
One thing I have been told is the Space Needle is a trade mark so I could not use this footage of it commercially without permission. Very interesting that and I need to investigate further…
This is personal piece of work and it’s what I love to make. No client, no broadcasters, no demands. Made by me for me. This is what makes me happy. Making something like this and of course sharing with you my thought process that I had whilst making it…
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