Digital filmmaking has made great strides in the past few years. Resolution, low-light sensitivity, and portability keep improving along with decreasing costs to actually obtain or rent the equipment. Pair that up with recent improvements with motion control systems, and you’ve got a recipe for something completely awesome.
Enter TimeScapes, a project Tom Lowe has been working on for a few years. The footage is nothing short of astonishing, and at a resolution of 4K, you can’t even begin to fully appreciate what it looks like unless you happen to have a 4K capable movie theater or a $36,000 4K monitor.
Lowe used Canon, Leica, RED, Duclos and Arri Master Prime lenses in combination with the RED Epic and Canon DSLRs (taking still images in RAW format) to achieve the shots you see above. To combine the time-lapse segments with camera movements such as dollying, Kessler’s motion control systems were used.
I’m a huge fan of time-lapse footage, especially innovative artistic uses of the technique. TimeScapes is the kind of project that uses these resources to their potential and pushes the technology further.
Here at Terrabang, we’re limited to putting our DSLRs onto an egg timer and taking basic panoramic time-lapse video. It’s still fun and the results are still cool, but we’ll gladly leave Lowe and his crew (and their sponsors) to take the reigns and shoot some truly awesome shit.