What a great result? I’m happy to share that the efforts of my first endeavour at time-lapse filmmaking have certainly borne fruit. I first heard about the 2016 Time-lapse Film Festival by way of a Blog update from an incredibly talented software developer, Gunther Wegner. Gunther is the creator and programmer of the hugely popular and widely accepted benchmark of editing plug in software for time-lapse filmmaking, namely LRTimelapse. His announcement of being one of the judges at the festival switched me on to that event. I decided at that time I’d enter, but with what? Final result was that I finished Fourth overall out of 125 International entries and Runner Up in my category. Super stoked with that news.

I’d only been toying around with Time-lapse since arriving in Japan a couple of years ago. I’d tried it a few times prior to that but at that time it never really struck me as something I’d fall headlong into, and certainly nothing that I would eventually focus on as my main photographic area of interest. I still retain my fascination for the natural World, that will never leave me, but with time-lapse there are so many ways to convey a passage of time that I find it offers me a fresh creative avenue. Since arriving in Japan I’d increased over time the amount of time dedicated to the genre to a point where I eventually made the decision to focus more on it after a trip to the Mount Fuji region to shoot the starry skies over the mountain. I guess it was then due to that experience that I came up with the idea for what was to go on to be my festival submission entitled ‘Fujiyama‘.

This project differs from most time-lapse films insofar that it retains a dialog, a narrative story that takes the viewer on a journey that has an ultimate goal. I’m not belittling any of the incredibly gifted photographers who create truly great works of time-lapse but it is a genre, pretty much like underwater imaging, where it is relatively simple to create a nice jingly little showreel that jumps from one scene to another with no link between the two. Personally I feel a film festival is just that, a festival for films. In my humble opinion a film has a storyline, it follows a track with a hook, obstacles and retains a hopefully successful goal or climax. Using an array of slider and panning hardware and rails from SYRP in New Zealand and an incredibly little intuitive multiple trigger intervalometer by Miops this is the format I tried to create with the film, see if you think I accomplished that.

So what now? I have set my goals on developing the foundation for my next project, a project that deals with a very real issue that many people, and Nations face throughout the expanse of the Pacific Ocean, global warming and the associated rise of sea levels. More info on that project can be found here on the ‘Island Time‘ page. As yet that is the idea for the title but that can, and possibly will change over time. I am welcoming any production entity who would like to partner on this and also any form of sponsorship and support from within the photographic industries.

Beyond that I am also doing more to promote the art of time-lapse and offering flexible teaching options for people looking to have a bash as it were at the time-lapse genre. Again I have created outlines for these teaching options and tours in Japan but as always I am also very much open to and inviting of commissions and possibilities to venture Internationally to serve clients and students alike.

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