Hey everyone, just wanted to give you all an update on my “Portland Nights” time-lapse project and a bit of insight into its production as well. I was hoping to have it done, uploaded and flying around the web by now but here I am in Mountain View, CA blogging from a Starbucks while swimming in various post production work for Truthout and recovering from a 13 hour shoot yesterday. Not that I’m complaining, being the busiest I have ever been with video work is an amazing thing. So I’ll be heading back to Portland tomorrow morning and prioritizing post work but this time-lapse project is so close to being done I can almost taste it.
It started as a small project to help me learn my new motion controlled dolly system and as I continued to produce clips, I got more and more excited about structuring it and creating not just a compilation of time-lapse video clips but a fully formed journey through a beautiful city using the latest technology and an artistic perspective of distorted time.
The production of this thing was intense. I worked solo for the majority of it and many times found myself on foot hauling 2 heavy duty tripods, 2 bags full of heavy water bottles, a camera backpack and a 6 foot long dolly track to some part of the city where I was unable drive to. Over the course of about 4 months I produced close to 40 time-lapse clips and I’m using about 25 of them in the final video. I would generally leave my place with all my gear and return about 5 hours later with approximately 1 to 2 shots per night. The learning curve was immense. And I can now say with a great deal of confidence that a DSLR feels pretty comfortable in my hands and under my control, especially with time-lapse. But I still feel like I am just scratching the surface of the medium and I am very excited to go bigger and better on the next project. But don’t worry, I will have this one up very soon! So thrilled for it to see the light of day. When I post the video, I’ll go into some more detail about some of the shots and techniques and I would love to start some conversations on the project or anything related. Thanks for your patience. Stay inspired. Peace out.