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Taikonaut
08-08-2013, 01:05 AM
Don't get me wrong, some time lapse are cool when done properly and maximises the effect of change when needed. However I'm starting to hate it more and more in promo videos as much as I do with HDR photography. Time lapse is now a staple diet of new upstart film companies that sprang up as a result of the video dSLR revolution, almost a necessity in every promo advert. How speeding up people walking, cars driving, clouds and water moving has anything to do with promoting a business, university recruitment, tourism, etc, one would never know. I suspect these film companies want to impress their clients but cannot produce any decent special effect so time lapse is the answer, a poor man's special effect. As long as the clients are happy, many are spending within a budget, we will continue to put up with this annoyingly aweful feature.

Fluoro
08-08-2013, 01:26 AM
How speeding up people walking, cars driving, clouds and water moving has anything to do with promoting a business, university recruitment, tourism, etc, one would never know.
To show whether directly or through metaphor the community, crowds, activity that inhabits a place over a longer period of time than you can show in a 20 second clip in real time.

I'm not a fan of timelapse for artistic purposes but for many corporate type videos I can understand the appeal.

I guess we all have our pet hates. Mine's the overuse of slider shots.

Tom
08-08-2013, 04:17 AM
Mine's the overuse of slider shots.


THIS!

I am far more impressed by a static locked shot with amazing lighting and composition than a shot which simply aims to show off that the person has a slider/dolly/gib.


Another one is people who's show reel consists of almost nothing but close up shots. Closeup of the eye, closup of the hand, closeup of the foot walking on the ground.....

Dale Campbell Films
08-08-2013, 07:25 AM
Lulz You'll love my showreel ;)
https://vimeo.com/71216818
https://vimeo.com/71216818

sfpuk
08-08-2013, 07:37 AM
I really like that Showreel :)
Lulz You'll love my showreel ;)
https://vimeo.com/71216818
https://vimeo.com/71216818

funwithstuff
08-08-2013, 07:42 AM
We can be annoyed at these things because we've seen them overused, but ordinary people are still likely to be impressed. Eventually, they'll become the next Bevel, Drop Shadow, Page Curl (anyone else remember Kai's Power Tools in the 1990s?) but for now they're still trendy. I think tilt-shift has maybe passed its peak, though.

Fluoro
08-08-2013, 09:16 AM
Lulz You'll love my showreel ;)
https://vimeo.com/71216818
https://vimeo.com/71216818

Some great shots in that reel. Even some great time lapse shots. But way too many time lapse shots... Edit some of them out and some of the other shots and turn it into a killer 1.5 minute reel... That's what I would do.

1027Films
08-08-2013, 10:27 AM
Lulz You'll love my showreel ;)
https://vimeo.com/71216818
https://vimeo.com/71216818

Dude I LOVE your showreel! Fantastic work! Did you do some hyper lapsing as well? Also how did you pull off the shot where you start with the stairs and exit out the door?

Dale Campbell Films
08-08-2013, 10:29 AM
Working on a less than one minute version at the moment, this one was trying to cover lots of ground but your right need a distilled edit. Literally just got a fresh BMCC mft 2 hours ago as well so may be distracted for a little while :D

Dale Campbell Films
08-08-2013, 10:38 AM
@1027films Thanks, didn't intend to hijack this thread.. was meant to be slightly tongue in cheek!

Yeah there are a few hyper-lapse shots in there, love playing around with timelapse to the extent that I got a bit obsessed a couple of years ago (even got a little bramper... nerd)

The stair shot was a multirotor with a gopro it was cut short in this but actually ends looking down on the buidling, in fact a fair few shots in there are gopro. Rest would be canon 550D/60D for timelapse, hacked GH2 for normal overcrank and a few fs700 shots. No BMCC yet.... though I have got some wedding films shot on one.

Taikonaut
08-08-2013, 12:13 PM
That sample video most of it are pretty good. However many time lapse footage used in promotional videos looks crap. Not the arty time lapse that is a joy to watch but a city from day till night with cars speeded up or people whizzing around, those type that is thrown in with minimal effort because they think it can make their video look special to the client.

Autoferret
08-08-2013, 07:59 PM
I think tilt-shift has maybe passed its peak, though.

this is why i hate music videos......

Nice real! and like other said i'd chop it to under 2min! some of those time lapse are F'n sweet!